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Kiki Overthinks Every Thing
December 29, 2011
Doing Tequila Book Shots!
Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: 2012 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: Readingwithtequila
Topic: Book Reviews
 
Because I will not get out of my Romance Novel groove unless forced to, I decided to sign up for the 2012 Book Blogger Recommendtion Challenge being hosted at ReadingwithTequila.com. The best part of this challenge is that most of the titles on the list are ones I wanted to read anyway!
 
I decided to do Level 1 of the challenge, which is to read at least 5 books from the recommended  book list 
  1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver 
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (more like re-read, because I read this in high school and loved it!)
  3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 
  4. First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde (because I already own it!) 
  5. Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr 
While reviewing the list, I realized that I had read a few of the titles on them. Here they are, please let me know which ones you've read or plan to read.
 
  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  (got a third of way through and I just didn't like it)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (I read the whole series)
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (My favorite book and heroine!)
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K Rowling 
  5. The World According To Garp by John Irving (I listened to this on audiobook ten years ago and it was just awesome.)
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
  7. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 
  8. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (Read this twice!)
  9. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote 
  10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (I tried but it was too wacky. Heathcliff was nuts.) 
  11. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 
  12. You Against Me by Jenny Downham (Started but I have to finish.)
  13. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Started and I have to finish. I love Jo.)
  14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 
  15. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (*Sigh* Hated it.)
  16. A B C's by Dr. Seuss 
  17. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques 
  18. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 
  19. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (I got halfway through it but hated it.)
  20. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer  (Badly written but enjoyable on a certain level. Couldn't be bothered with the sequels.)
 


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December 21, 2011
What The Librarian Is Reading
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Book Reviews


What are you currently reading? 

An Imprudent Lady by Elaine Golden. It is an entertaining ebook historical novella about reunited lovers after a 20-year separation. 

 An Imprudent Lady

 

What did you recently finish reading? 

Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write about Real Sex by Erica Jong. It was non-fiction book that was terribly boring with very little insight. I was hoping for something more. Frown 

 

What do you think you’ll read next? 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)


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December 17, 2011
My Top Ten Everything!
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Random Thoughts
Every year, I try to come up with the top list of the most interesting entertainment stories but everyone does that nowadays! So, I decided to come up with the top ten entertainment and pop cultural things I discovered! (Or, maybe rediscovered.) What new thing did you discover in the 2011?

1. I rediscovered my lust for men with accents especially those from the United Kingdom and their territories and commonwealths. 

a.  Representing Ireland: Colin Farrell after seeing a very well done remake of Fright Night.

b. Representing Australia: Hugh Jackman after seeing the surprisingly entertainingReal Steel and his even better one man show--Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway.

c. Representing Ireland via Germany: Indie-film hottie, Michael Fassbender, who starred in no less than four films in 2011. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve seen 3 out of 4 with plans to see A Dangerous Method before 2012. (Speaking of shame, you must see Michael Fassbender as a tightly-wound sex addict in Shame--a role for which he was recently nominated for a Golden Globe. I smell Oscar-nod.)

 

d. Honorable mentions goes to the two Scots--Ewen McGregor (for Beginners) and James McAvoy (X-Men First Class).


2. I have to thank the supreme writing talents of one Ms. Edwidge Danticat for helping me to rediscover the wonderful escapism of romance novels and the Harlequin brand. Ms. Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory was so beautiful, haunting and painful that it reopened some personal wounds that I am still exploring in therapy ten months later. I also realized that any other capital L literature would only pale in comparison so I decided to go the genre I knew would always make me feel good--romance. (I got so entrenched in the genre that I went to the Romance Writers of America’s Librarian Day conference in New York this past year.)

3. I discovered that African-American romance novels are not like what I thought they would be. (Yes, the librarian was judging books by the their covers. lol.) I have to thankGwyneth Bolton, who wrote the hot and dramatic Kimani Romance (a Harlequin imprint)Sizzling Seduction (which is about a fireman trying to woo the heart of a bitter divorcee). When I met her at a 2011 Book Expo of America book signing, all I could stutter was “fireman hot” like a super fan girl.

4. I discovered the next hot and sexy Young Adult paranormal romance trend is Angels/Demons after reading Personal Demons. A hot angel and a super demon fight for the soul of a corrupted-Catholic girl named Mary. Talk about your love triangles. Take that Bella, Jacob and Edward. 

5. I discovered blogs about books and romance novels that were well-written, funny, insightful and relevant. My favorites are Smart Bitches Trashy Books and Heartbreakers and Heroes.

6. I discovered that I like technology. I won an iPad 2 and a Clarisonic Plus. The iPad has made surfing the net and personal organization fun for me. Each day I discover a new trick that it can do. The Clarisonic Plus has transformed my skin! I use it only about two times a week, but after a month I saw a difference. My face felt smoother; looked less dull; and my pores appear smaller. The netbook I received as a Mother’s Day gift is like having a personal diary. I whip it out and bang out a story whenever I want. 

7. And speaking of writing, I've rediscovered my joy of writing. So far, I've written an erotic short story and a few poems. I also have another short story in progress. I might have to pull out my romance writers’ phrase guide book to help me with that one. Wink

8. I have been listening to the podcasts of Adam Carolla, Kevin Smith and Larry Miller for a little over a year but it was really this year when I discovered that I can’t go a day without listening to one of Adam’s trademark rants. Why? Because he makes so much damn sense! He yells, complains, and theorises about the same things I want to rant about it to a public audience. 
 
9. I discovered the TV show Breaking Bad. My husband has watched it from the beginning, but I’ve only started watching with this past season. I’d sit on the arm of the couch next my husband like a bird on a hippo’s back, and quietly absorbed the brilliant intensity of that show. After each episode, I would turn to my husband and whisper “Wow, that was intense.” He would just nod and say “That wasn’t even the illest part.”

10. Thanks to the drug store beauty blog, Nouveau Cheap, I discovered some of the best lip gloss around. It’s Jordana’s EasyShine Glossy Lip Color. For only $1.99, I was able to get rich, high impact, and sexy color. What more could a girl ask for?
 
Next week, 5 things that I forgot to add to this list.


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Updated: December 18, 2011 12:21 AM EST
Hey, Us Librarians Have A Great Sense of Humor
Mood:  cheeky

I've developed a new respect for Ryan Gosling. Tongue out

 Check out this awesome Tumblr site: http://librarianheygirl.tumblr.com/

 


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November 26, 2011
Eating Up Books and Turkey
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Harlequin's Kimani Romance and American Romance
Topic: Book Reviews
At First Kiss (Kimani Romance)At First Kiss by Gwyneth Bolton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect, sexy, sassy, and heartwarming romance novel with just enough drama that doesn't rake you over the coals before the happily ever after. This is a romance novel I could see myself rereading.

My Favorite CowboyMy Favorite Cowboy by Shelley Galloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Serena is a small town Texas librarian who is falling behind on her bills because the recession has caused the town to the library's budget and hence Serena's salary. Jarred Riddell is Serena Higgens' long time friend and crush. When Jarred offers Serena money to teach him charms lessons in order to attract the town's society girl, Serena can hardly refuse the offer. In a sweet and predictable manner, Jarred soon starts to realize that Serena is the woman he needs and wants in his life not VIctoria Snow. Serena definitely wants him, but how long will it take for Jarred to come around and confess his feelings before Serena writes him is the true conflict of the story.

My Favorite Cowboy had all my favorite elements for a paperback romance novel:
* a cowboy who works on a ranch 
* a librarian as a heroine
* friends-to-lovers scenario
* a hero or heroine whose family has a strong presence and also acts as the Greek Chorus, humor, or the voice of reason

and
* a hero and a heroine who banter


I loved this book. I'm glad I bought it, and that I'm recent road trip allowed me to have a good 8 hours alone with it. It is a sweet and tender story without being sappy or devoid of sexuality. Definitely a romance novel I wouldn't mind my daughter finding when she is 12 years old and curious


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November 3, 2011
The Book Review Revue
Mood:  on fire
Topic: Book Reviews
Wickham's DiaryWickham's Diary by Amanda Grange
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I put aside my negativity about Jane Austen and all the hoopla surrounding her works (including Pride and Prejudice) to check out Wickham's Diary, which seemed like it might be a delightful piece of fluff that would include ingredients from Gossip Girl, Edith Wharton, and American Psycho. I was sadly disappointed that it turned out to be a bit of a flat read that didn't allow me to connect with Wickham. All the elements were there (i.e. envy, scheming, overbearing mum) but they didn't gel.



Bound by Honor: An Erotic Novel of Maid Marian (Seducing the Classics, #3)Bound by Honor: An Erotic Novel of Maid Marian by Colette Gale
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Imagine if Maid Marian was locked in a love triangle with Robin Hood of Locksley and Will--the cold Sheriff of Nottingham? Throw in a dash of courtly intrigue and steamy encounters and you have this novel. It's entertaining to see the old folktale imagined this way, but it isn't the most stunning tale.




Blue SeaBlue Sea by Robert Kalan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This spare book is bright, colorful, and fun. It is perfect for read-alouds for children 2 and up, who can get the humor of it. My daughters love it and I love looking at because the colors are so hypnotic.
Dinosaur vs. the LibraryDinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love the Dinosaur vs. series and I find them funny to read aloud. I also like reading them to myself. However this current Dinosaur incarnation doesn't seem as good as the others. The Dinosaur is bringing animals to the library for all of them to make noise at the library. I thought perhaps the plot would be Dinosaur "attacking" different parts of the library until he is tamed by story time.

View all my reviews Wow! Said the OwlWow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet, adorable, colorful. Perfect for read-a-louds and for one-on-ones. The art work is beautiful, and its multi-textured. I wish the book said what type of materials the author used.

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October 29, 2011
Pants in Review
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Fashion Thoughts

 

 

 

Just  My Size has just made my perfect pants. I thought I had gained weight because all of my pants were fitting tight around the waist. (I hadn't gained weight it just shifted.) As a woman who dresses casually for work, I thought the best decision I could make about my wardrobe was to go the legging and tunic route until I saw these pants!! Although they have an elastic waistband, they fit just like slacks. The skim over my thighs, bottom and legs, and flatter just like a pair of slacks. They are comfortable without pinching. It also versatile. It can be worn with flats, heels, boots, blouses, tunics or sweaters. I feel womanly, put together, and a little sexy when I wear these pants. I have them in black and herringbone. I wish they came in more colors!

 


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October 9, 2011
Fists of Steel, Heart of Blood
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Real Steel
Topic: Movie Reviews


Let's get a few things out of the way first before I lodge into my review of the latest Hugh Jackman flick “Real Steel.” If you are a regular reader of this blog or of anything I ever posted on the internet over the past ten years, then you know that I love Hugh Jackman. Although there's a 50-50 chance that a Hugh Jackman film will be good, Hugh, himself is always charismatic and fun to watch on film. He never phones it in. Second, yes “Real Steel” is reminiscent of the 1980s toy "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots," which I desperately wanted to own.

Thirdly, lets acknowledge that we are all in the electronic artificial intelligence age and that we are more slaves to our computers than ever, and that we are selling humankind up a mechanic river filled with chips, metal, and plastic.

Finally, let’s also acknowledge that we are bloodthirsty creatures. From the ancient times, we liked gladiator matches. We, as humans, like watching UFC, football, boxin, WWE, etc. We like watching a good beat down, which is probably why people pull out there phones to video record fights before they call the police. “Real Steel” doesn’t acknowledge any of those personality quirks of humankind, because it isn’t that type of movie. “Real Steel” is not a morality play about humans becoming as cold as the technology we carry or why we enjoy blood sport. It is a feel good movie that both older children, teens, and parents can enjoy together. It is a family film where we root for the underdog.

Charlie (Hugh Jackman) is a washed up human boxer turned robot boxer, who trolls scrap yards looking for pieces to create a great robot boxer to pull him out of his poverty-ridden existence.  Even when Charlie discovers he has an 11-year-old son, Max, he still chases after the dollar with horrible circumstances until Max discovers an old robot that can take a ticking and keep on licking. Even better, it can be taught to fight because it shadows the moves of anything in front of it. From this point, the movie begins its upward trajectory. The junkyard dog robot Max discovers, Atom, moves up the ranks until it is given a championship match. Charlie and Max bond over boxing, cans of Dr. Pepper, and training Atom. You know where this story is going (actually not all of it because the ending is a bit of a surprise), and it is a pleasing ride.

The robot animatronics is awesome. Whoever worked on the robotics on this movie should takeover the Transformers franchise. They made the most clunky robot boxer graceful and light on their 2 ton feet. The boxing matches are engaging. The audience I saw it with was as hooked as I was. They were shouting at the screen; mirroring the punches; grimacing with each body blow; and clapping after each victory. Even better, Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo (who plays Max) are just engaging on screen as their metal counterparts. The little boy has attitude, moxie, street smarts, and just enough moppet to not him appear as a pint-size asshole. The same could be said for Jackman. His character is a totally jerk, but he gives him just enough tenderness that we forgive him for being an absentee dad.

The kinetic and mostly urban soundtrack add to making the audience hyper. Tracks by Timbaland, 50-Cent, and Eminem feature prominently in the movie and adds to the grittiness of underground robot boxing as well as underscoring the hungriness of Charlie, Max and Atom to win.

You will not waste your money seeing this crowd-pleaser especially if you go with your tween-age kids or younger. (There was a little boy in my audience, no more than 4 years old, who shouted out that he wanted to be a robot. Too cute.)

Real Steel Soundtrack on @Spotify


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October 4, 2011
Tuesday Teaser
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: You Against Me by Jenny Downham
Topic: Book Reviews

 

Dad slammed his for down. 'That's enough!' A spatter of gravy flew across the table and landed on the clother. 'If you can't be civil, then you go to your room. What the hell's got into you, Eleanor?' --page 257, You Against Me by Jenny Downham


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October 3, 2011
Tie One On
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Fashion Thoughts

Neck Up

 

After about two weeks serious balmy weather in New York City, we are finally getting some Autumn like weather. As much as I like fall weather, it can be a bit bi-polar: really cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon. So, I've taken to wearing a scarf over my blazer  each morning so I'm not too warm in the afternoon nor too cold in the morning. Woman's Day magazine had a nice little video on a new way to tie your scarf so it stays put. Click this link to check it out. I'm going to try it tomorrow. 

 

 


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September 28, 2011
What The Librarian Is Reading
Mood:  flirty
Topic: Book Reviews

 

What Am I Reading?

Your Man is Wonderful: How to Appreciate Your Partner, Romance Your Differences, and Love the One You've Got by Noelle C. Nelson 

Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress by Louise Allen

Love in the Mountains by Janet Burnham Haywood

The Hot Spot by Niobia Bryant: An extra steamy novel about a 42-year-old divorcee's romance with a super-sexy 20-something diary farmer who wants to start a family. The problem? Her kids are grown and she doesn't want to be anybody's wife anymore. Or will her new boyfriend change her mind?

 

What Will I Read?

Secret Weapon by Opal Carew

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1) by  Simone Elkeles

Ask the Dust by John Fante

 

What Did I Just Read or Started-but-Stopped Reading? 

 PenguinPenguin by Polly Dunbar

 

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

The World of King Arthur and His Court by Kevin Crossley-Holland: Great non fiction book about the mythical king and his court. It blends truth, folklore, and poetry to teach King Arthur fans about the time in which he lived. I only wished there was more about Arthur's background, heritage and rise to power.

 


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August 31, 2011
The 3 Ws

What I Am Reading... 

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende, page 21

Testimony by Anita Shreve, page 131

The Master's Mistress by Carole Mortimer, page 121

 

What I Will Read...

The Hot Spot by Niobia Bryant 

A Whole Lot of Love by Justine Davis

The Watcher by James Howe

 The Watcher

What I Just Read...

When the New Baby Comes, I'm Moving Out by Martha Alexander

Forbidden Shores by Jane Lockwood 


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August 30, 2011
Touch Me, Tease Me
Now Playing: Testimony by Anita Shreve

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 I have very little insight as to why Rob did what he did. I don't see him that scenario at all. page 105, Testimony by Anita Shreve


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August 24, 2011
Huh, WHUT???
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: What I'm Reading; What I Finished Reading; What I Will Read
Topic: Book Reviews

What I'm Currently Reading

Texas! Lucky  Texas! Lucky by Sandra Brown 

The Master's Mistress (Harlequin Presents) The Master's Mistress by Carol Mortimer

 

At First Kiss (Kimani Romance) At First Kiss by Gwyneth Bolton

 A Whole Lot of Love  A Whole Lot of Love by Justine Davis (ebook version)


 What I Finished Reading

Mice, Morals, & Monkey Business: Lively Lessons from Aesop's Fables by  Christopher Wormell

Mice, Morals, & Monkey Business: Lively Lessons From Aesop's Fables 

A Stranger's Kiss by Liz Fielding 

Robin Hood and the Golden ArrowRobin Hood & The Golden Arrow by Robert D. San  Souci

 

 

 


What I'm Going to Read

 

 

Spellbound Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Dangerous Curve by Chérie De Sues

A Taste of Texas by Liz Talley 


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August 10, 2011
What I'm Reading Wednesday
Mood:  energetic
Topic: Book Reviews
Finished Reading

The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsA Stranger's KissRobin Hood and the Golden ArrowI Am a BunnyToy Dance PartyLibrary Wars: Love & War, Volume 1

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Currently Reading

The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsA Stranger's KissRobin Hood and the Golden ArrowI Am a BunnyToy Dance PartyLibrary Wars: Love & War, Volume 1

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