Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Arranged" by Catherine McKenzie

When another relationship comes to an end Anne Blythe begins to wonder if she will ever find Mr. Right. She has a great job, good friends and has just been given a book deal. But she is missing someone to share it with. When she comes across a business card for a dating service, she decides to try it on impulse.


Only this isn't a dating service, it's an arranged marriage service. A very pricey arranged marriage service which boasts an incredible success rate. At first she rejects the idea, but when she considers the millions of people around the world for whom arranged marriages are the norm, she decides to give it a go. Anne travels to a Mexican resort and within days is married to Jack, and to her surprise things seem to be working out. Until Anne arrives home early from a trip to discover a secret about Jack and realizes that her arranged marriage isn't what it seems at all.


Arranged by Catherine McKenzie brings a new twist to the marriage and relationship novel. It looks at modern marriage from an old-fashioned view and asks if love is the most important thing in a marriage.


While this book has great moments of humour and emotion, it does follow the standard formula of relationship chick-lit novels which results in it being pretty bland at times. The ending was pretty standard as well. Maybe I was expecting a different twist given the fact that this is such a unique take on relationships.


The book will definitely make you think about relationships and what one wants, especially if you are single. It is also a book that you can read through in a short amount of time, as it keeps you turning the page to find out what is going to happen. But it's not one I would recommend rushing out to find, rather one to pick up if you do have the chance.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Happy Friday! I was up very early this morning to watch the Royal Wedding, how about you? My husband thinks I'm crazy, but my grandmother had a great love for the Royals and she passed that on to me.

This weeks question for the hop is: Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you most looking forward to?
First of all, I'm so happy to hear summer is coming quickly. It doesn't feel like it outside, but I know it's just around the corner. And so the summer reading anticipation has begun for me. There are so many great chick lit books coming out this summer that I can't wait to read, but the one book I'm really waiting on is The Kid by Sapphire. It's going to be released on 5 July and it is the sequel to Push. This book is going to follow Precious' son as he is now becoming an adult.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Please check out my new blog Faith Filled Reading for reviews of Christian books. A few of my friends will be contributing as well so you will find a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

"In From the Cold" by Deborah Ellis

Rose and her daughter Hazel are homeless in a big city. They spend their nights searching for food in garbage bins and their days in a shack in the bushes, hiding from anyone who could notice them. As summer turns into fall and into winter, the days and nights are becoming long and cold and Hazel is starting to miss her friends and her school. Rose wants to do right by her daughter but it's becoming increasingly hard. Will she be able to care for Hazel while living this way, or will Hazel try to return to her old life?


In From the Cold is a short story by Deborah Ellis, that shows a side of city life that most people don't know about. While it is a quick read, it is an emotional one as well. One can't begin to imagine what life is like on the streets, especially for a young girl. This book will give readers a view of the heartache and turmoil that is faced by those who live on the street, and the troubles that many people face in this world. It is a wonderful story of a mother's determination to do right by her daughter no matter what the cost.


In From the Cold is a part of the Good Reads series. Good Reads books are a partnership of ABC Life Literacy Canada and Grass Roots Press, with support from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.


Good Reads allows you to discover Canada's best authors. Good Reads authors write stories using clear language, creating enjoyable and accessible books for adult learners as well as a wide range of readers. Good Reads are:

Short: Less than 100 pages.

Fast-paced: Stories you can't put down

Easy-reading: Clear language and layout

Good looking: Terrific covers

Canadian: Written by Canada's best authors.


Check out Good Reads books and ABC Life Literacy Canada at www.goodreadsbooks.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Waiting on Wednesday"

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine for book bloggers to share which upcoming releases they are eagerly anticipating. My selection this week is:

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) by Betty White
Release date: 3 May 2011

Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take centre stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. "If You Ask Me" mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven-decade career in Hollywood.

Because who doesn't love Betty White?


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Blog Tour - Living in the Pink by Sharon Tubbs

As a Christian, are you living in the pink? You know, your sins aren't red like scarlet, but you aren't doing what's necessary to make them white as snow. You are satisfied living in the middle, in the pink. Sharon Tubbs' new book, Living in the Pink, will have you thinking about where you are living and how you can move out of it and into the light of truth.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Living in the Pink is a series of humorous and insightful short stories with Christian underpinnings. Through the eyes of the wise “Sister Pinky” and Believers Ministries International Church, these stories highlight issues that women grapple with but that often remain unspoken in religious circles. The characters are everyday wives, mothers, and singles. They develop and gain a spiritual perspective in dealing with romantic relationships, wayward children, jealousy, church traditions, Christian hypocrisy, and self-righteous judgment, among other themes.

Discussion questions help readers connect with the storylines and urge them to look within—and up—to reach their highest potential in life.


MY REVIEW

Living in the Pink is a unique book in the Christian fiction genre. The short stories allow for a deeper look at each character and their lives while still tying everyone together for a larger look at the Christian community. Each story comes with discussion questions to help the reader get a better understanding of why the characters were living in the pink and to help the reader reflect on their own lives. The short stories and discussion questions make this an excellent book for women's groups to study.

I really enjoyed this book. Some of the stories are stronger than others, but they all serve a purpose. These aren't fifteen individual stories, all of the characters belong to the same Christian community and are tied together by Sister Pinky. This means that the reader gets to see how the lives of the characters were changed even after their story ends. Each character is a real, relatable person and shows that every Christian has their struggles, but faith in God is what keeps them on the right path.

This is a great book for Christian women. It takes many serious themes we see in the church today and puts them into stories for the purpose of reflection and growth within the reader. This book works well as an individual read or as a study tool for church groups.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SHARON TUBBS is a Christian who loves to write. She has worked professionally as a journalist since 1995 and has reported and written about various news topics, from local government issues to race relations to national religious events. Currently, she is a community news editor for a major newspaper in Florida.

Her passion is writing about God’s love and His vision for believers. She confessed Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1995, shortly after graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and moving away from her home state to jumpstart a journalism career in suburban New Jersey. Hundreds of miles away from the security of home, she realized that God was the source of true peace, contentment, and most importantly eternal life. Since moving to Florida in 1996, she has used church leadership activities and other venues to encourage women in the Tampa Bay area to write poetry, devotionals, and books with Christian themes. She has also sponsored a “small group” home Bible study affiliated with Grace Family Church in Lutz, Florida, where she has been a member since January 2008. She feels blessed to learn from other women, while helping to facilitate their growth, as well.

The Living in the Pink project originated when Sharon wrote a version of the first story, Revelation, for a writing contest. She didn’t plan to create a series at the time. In fact, that story stayed tucked away in the annals of her computer for years before she looked at it again. The second go-round, she saw potential for something more and began to develop the central character “Sister Pinky,” using humor and real-life situations to touch others in a down-to-earth way. In 2009, the project was launched online at LivingInThePink.com as a monthly short story series and newsletter with themes inspired by struggles that many women face.

In the spring of 2010, Sharon finalized a deal with Moody Publishers to expand the Living in the Pink project. That same year, she also contracted with See Media, a Christian company that publishes 30-day devotionals for woman. Both the Living in the Pink project and Sharon’s devotional for See Media are scheduled for release in April 2011.


For More Information

Visit the author online at http://godsdevinedesign.com/


Purchase the Book Online at:

Amazon.com

BarnesandNoble.com

BooksaMillion.com


Chapters/Indigo


Thanks to Tywebbin Creations for providing me with a copy of this book. The opinions expressed above are purely my own.

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the There's Lead in Your Lipstick prize pack....Jonnie (momtodc)!!! I will be contacting you via email to give you all the details!

Monday, April 25, 2011

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! And it's Easter Monday which means no school so the whole family is home together, for the 4th day in a row! It's been lovely, but it's also been loud! I look forward to when things quiet down a bit.

What I Read Last Week
Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
The Picture of Nobody by Rabindranath Maharaj
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Living In the Pink by Sharon Tubbs

What I'm Reading Now
A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French

What I'm Reading Next

Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Take Action Bible" from Thomas Nelson

We know what the Word of God teaches us, but what does it mean to really put it into action? The Take Action Bible, part of Thomas Nelson Bible's God's Word in Action campaign to empower people to change the world, will show you people who are doing just that and help you to take action in your own life.


It includes 15 real-life stories, 52 Take Action Ideas, and Personal Take Action note pages in addition to the NKJV UltraSlim Bible text, words of Jesus in red, concordance, colour maps and Bible reading plan.


The colour pages in this Bible are beautiful and stunning. The real life stories will show you ways in which people have answered God's call to go, serve, give, heal, and touch. I really enjoyed the colour maps in this Bible and the Concordance is one of the better ones I have seen. My only criticism of this Bible is that I wish the real life stories were a bit more in depth, though I understand that space is limited. The personal reflection pages are a great touch and help you go further in depth to find out how you can answer God's call.


The UltraSlim Bible text is a little too small for me. Because of that I wouldn't use this as a regular or study Bible, but this Bible has been useful in inspiring me and motivating me to find my place in the world of serving of others.


From raising money through a lemonade stand to relocating to the mission field, the actions and inspiring stories will uplift you and motivate you to use your own life to make a difference in the world.


I received this Bible as part of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. The opinions expressed above are purely my own.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Happy Good Friday!!! I am definitely looking forward to this long, long weekend! It's time for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books. It's a weekly gathering of book bloggers, and each week there are over 200 participants. It's a great way to get to know other book bloggers and find some great blogs and books to read.

This weeks question: If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?

Definitely!!! One day at the library I randomly picked up a book by ReShonda Tate Billingsley. I loved the book so much that I went out and read every other book she wrote and now she is one of my favourite authors. There is nothing I love more than finding a new author and reading everything they've written!

Some bits of news

In celebration of Earth Day I'm hosting a giveaway for Canadian residents. You can enter to win a copy of Gillian Deacon's There's Lead in Your Lipstick and an Eco-Kiss gift set from Saffron Rouge. Check it out here. The contest runs until Sunday night.

I have also started a new blog for reviews of Christian fiction and non-fiction. I will be posting reviews along with some of my friends. If you read Christian books or if you are interested in contributing a review, please check out Faith Filled Reading.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"There's Lead in Your Lipstick" by Gillian Deacon + Giveaway

A Special Earth Day message from Gillian Deacon:


Earth day shouldn't just be an annual tip of the hat to greener living. This year, make it the day you recalibrate your everyday patterns to be more earth-friendly all year long.


You don't have to be a treehugger to care about avoiding toxins in your everyday bodycare. Synthetic chemicals in personal care products contaminating groundwater and wildlife is alarming enough - but they're also contaminating us. Those hard-to-read ingredients you squint at on the back of a product label? They're building up inside your body and in your children's bodies - on Earth Day and everyday.


Make today the day you start paying attention to that fineprint. Turn a product over and read the ingredients label before you are seduced by the "green" imaging on the package. The good news is, there are lots of safer products on the market.


Good luck and I hope you'll check out There's Lead in Your Lipstick for more ideas on how to clean up your act!


My Review:


Wow. This is an incredible book. I thought I was doing a great job when it came to personal products but Gillian Deacon has shown me that I'm not doing the best job. My motivation to switch to natural products came when I discovered that the products I was using on my daughter's hair contained formaldehyde! I was shocked, it was a product designed specifically for children! It was then that I started to do research into the ingredients in our personal care products. And I couldn't believe how many carcinogens and chemicals I was putting into my system and my childrens' systems. I knew I had to make a change.


I've always avoided parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. But those are only a few of the chemicals in our products. In There's Lead in Your Lipstick, Gillian Deacon walks you through the various chemicals, tells you what to avoid, and tells you what the best products on the market are to use. This is an easy to read and easy to understand book. Believe me when I say you will be sitting down with all of your personal products and reading their labels after you have read this book.


An excerpt from the book:


The Real Cost of Cosmetics

There's a reason why these more healthful options are usually more expensive. Most conventional cosmetic manufacturers use parabens to preserve the ingredients, claiming it is a necessary evil. Parabens are estrogenic, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which means they mimic natural estrogen and can wreak havoc on your hormones. When your hormones are out of whack you can experience mood swings, irregular menstruation, skin irritations, and other troubling symptoms. Parabens are also potentially carcinogenic.


From There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon (Penguin Canada). Copyright © Backbone Inc. FSO Gillian Deacon, 2011


The Giveaway:


One lucky reader will win their own copy of There's Lead In Your Lipstick and an Eco Kiss kit from Saffron Rouge.


To win, leave your name and email address in the comments section. This contest is open to Canadian residents only. The contest will run until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday April 24 and the winner will be announced the following day.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Global Soccer Mom" by Shayne Moore

Shayne Moore was your typical full-time suburban mom, living in an insular world of soccer practices, bake sales, and carpools. Until one day she attended a talk by Bono of U2 and learned about the devastation of poverty and HIV/AIDS around the world. With her eyes opened she knew she couldn't stay silent about this global epidemic and she became involved in the local fight. Before she knew it she was travelling the world with the organization ONE, meeting rock stars and world leaders, and doing her part to change the world.


Global Soccer Mom is the story of Shayne's journey but moreso is a call to action for women and men of all walks of life to find a cause they are passionate about and to go out and make a difference in the world. Her story shows that no person is too small to make a difference and no matter how busy your life, there is always room for getting involved in a worthy cause.


As Shayne chronicles her journey from full time soccer mom to world-travelling global advocate every reader will become inspired by her motives and determination and look within their own lives to see what changes they can make. As a mother of a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old I myself was very inspired by this book. I often find myself wanting to get out and get involved in this type of work, but I feel that I don't have the means or time to do so. Shayne Moore has proven me wrong.


It doesn't matter what your place in life is, you don't need to be rich and powerful to make a difference in this world. God has called all of us to do what we can and to care for others. Global Soccer Mom will help you get on the road to living a life of advocacy and charity.


I would like to thank the author, Shayne Moore, for providing me with a copy of this book. The opinions expressed above are purely my own.

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. My reading has been thrown off quite a bit over the last few weeks but I think I'm getting back into my groove. I hope....

What I Read Last Week:
Global Soccer Mom by Shayne Moore

What I'm Reading Now:
Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

What I Plan to Read Next:
A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French

In Other News:
I recently started another book blog called Faith Filled Reading. There you will find reviews of Christian books. There will be fiction and non-fiction of all sorts of topics surrounding Christian Life. If this is something that interests you I hope you will check it out by clicking on the blog name above!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I've Expanded!

Ok, well I haven't expanded personally (I'll thank my Bikram yoga practice for that) but my blog has expanded! As my readers know, I read a wide variety of books and one of those genres is Christians books, both fiction and non-fiction. Lately, I've been reading some more theological type books (personal growth, etc.) that I feel don't really fit in with this blog, but that I want to share with fellow readers. So I have created a blog for Christian books called Faith Filled Reading. I hope you will check it out and follow. For a short while some of the reviews may be ones I have posted here before but you will see new reviews shortly! And of course, I will still be posting regular reviews here!

Come check it out - Faith Filled Reading

Friday, April 15, 2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Happy Friday!!! It's a very sunny day (though a little chilly but I'll still take it) and they're forecasting rain for the entire weekend and into next week. I hate when Friday teases us with the sun.

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books. It's a weekly gathering of over 200 book bloggers, a great place to visit and check out.

This weeks question is: Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her.
Well, I just finished reading Give The Lady a Ride by Linda W. Yezak (you can see my review below.) The main character, Patricia Talbert, is a New York City social co-ordinator who has just inherited a ranch in Texas from her Uncle. So she goes to check out the ranch, decide what to do with it and falls for man who runs the ranch. So to buy herself some time, she asks him to teach her how to ride bulls!
I loved the character of Patricia and I so related to her because I'm a city girl at heart who gets intrigued by different ways of life. But our similarity ends there because while Patricia decided to throw herself into the world of bull-riding and ranches, I would have just remained intrigued! It's a great novel and I recommend checking it out.

Would you have been like Patricia and learned to ride bulls, or stayed at the sidelines like I would?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Give the Lady a Ride" by Linda W. Yezak

Patricia Talbert is a high class social co-ordinator from New York and a city girl at heart. Talon Carlson is a ranch foreman and champion bull rider from Texas, your typical Western guy. Will opposites attract when their worlds collide?


Give the Lady a Ride by Linda W. Yezak is a modern Western romance and a fun culture clash. Patricia Talbert has just inherited the ranch that Talon Carlson runs. But her mission to sell the ranch is derailed when she discovers not only a few family secrets on the ranch, but that she has a deep attraction to Talon. Knowing that the attraction may be mutual, she decides to buy herself some extra time on the ranch by issuing Talon a challenge - she wants him to teach her how to ride bulls.


I am a city girl at heart so I can definitely relate to Patricia's hesitation regarding the ranch at first. That sort of stuff is not on my radar. But Linda W. Yezak's writing pulled me right in from the start and never let me go. I quickly found myself falling for the ranch life. The writing is wonderful in that it made an unfamiliar world come alive without making it too simplistic.


This is a Christian novel and the story has the right amount of faith in it. It's not in your face and it's not preachy, but it is an important part of the story. The faith of the characters is not forced or stereotypical, it's a real faith and I really appreciated that about this book.


Give the Lady a Ride is a fun novel that takes you inside a fast-paced and down-home world. It is a great read and if you're looking for a funny, sweet Christian story this is one you should definitely pick up.


I would like to thank the author, Linda W. Yezak for providing me with a copy of this book.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Apocalypse For Beginners" by Nicolas Dickner

Mickey Bauermann is an average teenager growing up in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec in the 1980's and 1990's when Hope Randall walks into his life. Hope and her mother Ann descend from a long line apocalypse predictors, all of whom when wrong, go crazy. Hope and Ann flee Nova Scotia to escape Ann's prediction, only to have their car break down in Riviere-du-Loup which they decide is a good place to start over.


Mickey and Hope spend their days either at school, working or holed up in his basement watching television. Until Hope receives her apocalyptic vision and soon finds herself on a journey around the world to discover the reason behind the date she has been given.


Apocalypse for Beginners by Nicolas Dickner (winner of Canada Reads for Nikolski) is a quirky and thought-provoking novel that challenges readers to take a look at themselves and the world around them. Hope's obsession with the forthcoming apocalypse is, in some way, in all of us. Set in a recent period of instability (the 1990's) the book shines a light on the way the media, especially television, has brought a heightened sense of paranoia into our homes.


Dickner is a fantastic writer (and Lazar Lederhendler is a fantastic translator as this novel was not written originally in English) and the book and its premise draws the reader right in. However, I do feel that the book began to lose its steam in the second half and I found myself disappointed with the ending. Though as I look back on it now, I assume maybe that was the point, not to disappoint me but rather to illustrate the nature of our world. This is definitely a book that has left me thinking about it well after I turned the final page.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

"Doing Dangerously Well" by Carole Enahoro

Sometime in the near future Nigeria's Kainji Dam, a 10-kilometre-long engineering marvel, suddenly collapses. Hundreds of thousands of villagers drown and many more are left in danger. Water becomes known as "blue gold," a commodity hotter than oil and up for grabs. Cue the opportunists.


A colourful cast of characters is swept up into the frenzy that erupts following the dams collapse. Nigeria's minister for natural resources, Chief Ogbe Kolo, sees this as an opportunity to become president and turn himself into a national hero. Mary Glass and her colleagues at TransAqua in Santa Fe, New Mexico see this as an opportunity to buy the rights to the Niger River and then move throughout the world exploiting other traumatized nations for personal gain. Mary's sister Barbara, a flighty conflict manager decides to become a water activist so she can take revenge on her sister and thwart her plans. Femi Jegede is a Nigerian activist whose family was swept away in the dam collapse and who suffers from post-traumatic stress. The lives of these characters and many, many others are quickly thrown together in what turns out to be a wonderful, dark satirical romp.


Doing Dangerously Well is the first novel from Carole Enahoro and what an incredible debut it is! Nothing is safe from Enahoro's sharp wit as she takes on a serious topic and the unfortunate truths that we face as a people when it comes to globalization, the environment and water rights.


Though this is a longer book (470 pages) it is a fast-paced read that will have you laughing out loud while mourning the sense of decency at the same time. Recent real-life environmental disasters will make this book hit home. I was very impressed with the Enahoro's blend of satire, trauma and compassion. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from Carole Enahoro.


Side Note:

Carole Enahoro is a resident of Nigeria, Britain, and Canada. Part of this novel takes place in Canada and I have to say that her writing about Canada had me laughing out loud and proud to be Canadian. Here are a couple of reasons why:


Barbara was getting worried about these Canadians. They had a pathological cheeriness that certainly had no place in the world of international intrigue. (p. 157)


She strode past skaters opting to remain outdoors in sub-zero temperatures on the Rideau Canal. "It's the only world they know," she sighed, forgetting the three other seasons she had already encountered in Ottawa. "I expect they have developed an extra layer of blubber to cope." (p. 364)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Personally I Blame My Fairy Godmother" by Claudia Carroll

As a young girl, Jessie Woods fell in love with the story of Cinderella and dreamed that her life would turn out the same way. So when she was 18, she left her stepmother and stepsisters behind for a dream life as a television host, complete with a million dollar mansion and the dream boyfriend.


But then Jessie makes a split-second mistake on-air and her life falls to pieces. With no job, boyfriend or money, Jessie is forced to move back home with her stepmum and evil stepsisters. Will Jessie be forced into a new life in which she works around the home to earn her keep, or will she get a second chance at the Cinderella life?


Personally, I Blame My Fairy Godmother by Claudia Carroll is a fun update on a well-known story. When I first picked up the book I didn't realize that there would be the many Cinderella references, and when I read about them I thought this was going to be a cookie cutter modern update on the story. But Carroll's great twist on the story made this book a fun, quick read that I didn't want to put down.


There is humour and warmth in this story. The book has all the typical elements of a chick lit novel but definitely stands out in the pack.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, is a weekly meme for book bloggers to share with upcoming releases they are eagerly anticipating. This week I have chosen two fun chick lit novels!
Kate's Wedding by Chrissie Manby
Release Date: 12 April 2011

Thirty-nine-year old Kate had almost given up on love when she met her fiance. Now she's planning for the wedding she never dreamed she'd have. But things seem to be slipping out of her control. Diana, born on the day of the 1981 Royal Wedding, never doubted that one day she would find her prince. Newly engaged and with daddy's credit card in her grasp, she's in full Bridezilla mode. Against the backdrop of the other couple getting married in April 2011, both women prepare for the most important day of their lives. But will each bride get her perfect day? Or will it all become a right royal fiasco?

Girl on the Run by Jane Costello
Release Date: 14 April 2011

He's a real catch...if only she could catch him up. Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before - they involve eating one blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two. But since starting her own business, after watching one too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28-year-old's waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life. When Abby is encouraged to join her sporty best friend's running club - by none other than its gorgeous new captain - she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise. Sadly, her first session doesn't go to plan. Between the obscenely unflattering pink leggings, and the fact that her lungs feel as though they've been set on fire, she vows never to return. Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that change her life - and Abby's - forever.

Monday, April 4, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme (and one of my faves) hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It helps me get organized and makes deciding what to read next easy for me!

This week was a rough week for reading. I feel like I should be apologizing to my bookshelf. But sometimes life gets busy and books get put aside for a while.

What I Read Last Week
Apocalypse For Beginners - Nicolas Dickner

What I'm Reading Now

What I Plan To Read Next

Give the Lady a Ride - Linda W. Yezak
Global Soccer Mom - Shayne Moore

How does your week look? Here's to a better reading week!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Happy Friday! Brought to you by Jennifer at Crazy For Books the Book Blogger Hop is a weekly gathering of over 200 book bloggers!

This weeks question is: Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?

Sorry guys but I'm boring! I'm not a big prank person. I don't like them being played on me, and I'm really not creative enough to come up with any myself, and besides I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face anyway!

Thanks for stopping by!