Monday, March 28, 2011

Words for the Week

I often find myself musing. As I have said , some of my musing will be reflected here. I would like to share some "Words for the Week" each Monday. Perhaps these musings will give pause for thought, some inspiration, a moment to meditate, or room for reflection. However you take it or use it is part of your journey. I am merely offering these thoughts to you. 

I will state where the thought came from, who said it, or where I heard or read it, if possible. If I don't know, I will state that. Today's musing was quoted by Oprah, from "a previous guest" whom she did not name.

This being said, the "Words for the Week" are:

"Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different."
                                                                           

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SHINING STAR!

Today is the day!!

I want to thank you all for being here and for being a part of McGuffy's Reader! I appreciate everyone who takes the time to visit, read what I write, and especially those who follow me. Thank you all!
A special thank you to Cheryl for this honour!
http://cmashlovestoread.blogspot.com

Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Blogger Hop! 3/25- 3/28-2011

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!  So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list below!!

The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week, so if you don't have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun!  This is a weekly event!  And stop back throughout the weekend to see all the new blogs that are added!  We get over 200 links every week!! 

RULES:

Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

1.  Enter your book blog link in the Linky List below, including the genre that you review!
In your link, please state the main genre that you review:  eclectic, contemp. fiction, ya, paranormal, mystery, non-fiction, etc.

Example:  Crazy-for-Books (contemp. adult fiction) 

2. Post about the Hop on your blog.  Spread the word about the book party!  The more the merrier!  In your blog post, answer the following question (new question each week!).  

This week's question comes from Mina who blogs at Mina Burrows:

 "If you could physically put yourself into a book or series…which one would it be and why?"
My answer is...the "Little House on the Prairie" series. I think it would have been fun and exciting to be a part of Laura Ingalls Wilder's world! Many of my favourite adult books would be too difficult to choose to be a part of, for various reasons, but "Little House"...I definitely could do!

Sunday's Shining Star!


This Sunday, March 27th, I will be featured as: "The Shining Star" on
CMASH LOVES TO READ: 
http://cmashlovestoread.blogspot.com

This is a very important honour to me. I want to thank Cheryl from the bottom of my heart for noticing me, and for introducing me into the blogging community this way.
I want to thank all of you for accepting me, supporting me, visiting my blog, and especially for following my blog! Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bent Road

Bent Roadby Lori Roy


This is a gripping debut novel from an author to watch. Lori Roy tells a story in southern-gothic tradition of a family haunted by the past.

To escape the race riots of 1967 Detroit, Arthur Scott returns to Kansas, after fleeing his family homestead there twenty years before.

While his teen daughter settles into a new love and life in Kansas, his adolescent son, and grade school daughter struggle to fit in and belong.

Arthur’s wife must come to terms with being a farm wife, as she struggles with Arthur’s secret past and what drove him away from his home here so long ago.

Ms. Roy portrays a very real picture of farm life, country folk, and the secrets a family will go to all lengths to hide, even from each other.

The characters are believable, their struggles heartfelt. This is a haunting, memorable story. This author has much to offer, in a genuine way. I welcome her, and highly recommend her.

Lily Hates Goodbyes

Lily Hates Goodbyes
by Jerilyn Marler



Lily must deal with the feelings of separation from her military Dad. The emotions range from confusion to loneliness, sadness to anger. She does find ways to stay connected to him, with the help of her mother and family. Through this support, she also learns to trust that she is not abandoned, and that they will all be reunited. When they eventually are, Lily sees she was never alone. Many families are separated by the military, and because they are family love and support reunite them.

This book is written by “the real” Lily’s grandmother. It is an honest, sweet book, with a real purpose. There is a page of suggestions for families separated by military service. The page is designed to help get the most out of the book.
This is a very special and important book.                       

Wrecker

Wrecker

Wrecker: A Novel (Hardcover) by Summer Wood by Summer Wood

Wrecker is a boy. It is the mid-1960s. He is born into a world of chaos, and his single mother is also in turmoil. By the time Wrecker is three years old, she is in prison.

What seems to be a tragedy can sometimes be the best possible thing to happen. After being shuttled around, Wrecker finally is sent to live with distant relatives. They are unknown to him, living in a very remote area of California. By this time he is an angry, sullen little boy. His reaction is usually to flee. However, over time and with much patience and perseverance, things begin to change.

Through a warm patchwork quilt of eccentric characters who pull together, Wrecker finds a family and home, and even ultimately himself.

Summer Wood was a foster mother before penning this heartfelt book. She currently teaches writing and is a mentor for young writers, as well.

Monday, March 21, 2011

From Bibliophilic Book Blog...

I read this courtesy of Ellen at: http://mymotherstuttered.blogspot.com/  

How could I not share this??

That Time Again....



I am going to start March, and hopefully my more frequent return to the blogging world (work permitting) by having another epic giveaway!

The usual in honor of bookmark day will run until April 5th. Anyone can enter (who is over the age of 13) Please follow when you enter if you don't already...but it is NOT a requirement, I would just love you to return.

So what can you win...let's see....AN EREADER or GC of your choice from the bookstore of your choice....ereader type can not be more than $200 and GC is the same. All you have to do it fill out the form, follow(hopefully) and sit back and wait for the results...there will be extra entries given on Bookmark Day on the 15th of March!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday's Book Blogger Hop Question!

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books!
The question this week is:
Do you read only one book at a time or do you have several going at once?
I usually only have one book going at a time. I like to focus on one story and set of characters. I tend to get so absorbed that I can't put it down; I can't wait to see what happens next. If it can't hold my interest, then I start something else and usually just don't go back to it! "So many books, so little time!" 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Catfish Alley Giveaway

I read this on Goodreads, in the Southern Lit. group.
Win 1 of 2 copies of Catfish Alley by Lynne Bryant.
Giveaway ends on 4/3/11.
Open to U.S. and Canadian residents.

Enter to win here:

http://thegirlfromtheghetto.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/catfish-alley/

Monday, March 14, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness, by Book Soulmates


What a wonderful idea! I could not resist, so just signed up and want to spread the word! This is a great way to "recycle" books, share, and do a random act of kindness! It's easy, too! You go to Book Soulmates, sign up, and follow the instructions to list your "Book Wish List" (RAK). Others check out your list, and you can check out theirs. If lucky, you can fulfill some wishes, while perhaps having your own fulfilled! What a nice thing to do! Okay, here's my wish list (RAK)...
*Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Chua)
*Swallow the Ocean (Flynn)
*Weekends at Bellevue (Holland)
*All That's True (Miles)  

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Thank You...

Special "Thanks"  to Inspired Kathy, and to Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews. Thank you both.
I want to officially thank all of those who have helped me get started book blogging, and who have sent me encouragement. I am learning, always learning. I hope all of you will continue to stop by, and will follow me, too. I plan to continue to follow others and will continue to grow. Reading and writing are integral parts of me. I feel privileged to be able to do both and be part of such a great community. Thanks!

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Turquoise Years: A Memoir



Ms. Farrant captured all that was 1960! She tells her story of a time and place, and the people who filled it along with her.

Adolescence is not easy for most of us, especially when you add the problems of family. MAC Farrant shares her relationship with her mother, who never quite outgrew her own self-centered ego. She also relates her connection with her father, made difficult by his occupation as a sea captain. Raised by a paternal aunt and uncle, they play major roles in her life, and this book. She learns about her parents, family, and life itself from them, and from observing them.

MAC Farrant is gifted in her character portrayals, as well as her description of time & place. Great memoir!                         

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Southern charm of a whimsical small town with its seemingly peculiar people will draw you in, and will keep you spellbound.

Here, two women cross paths, both seeking acceptance. They need a place to call home, to belong. It is in this magical place that they both learn to accept, as well as find acceptance. They also find the meaning of home.

This is an enchanting novel full of mystery, magic and memorable characters.  
         

The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It...



This is a book that I re-read often. It is both cathartic and inspirational.

In this beautiful, wonderful book, Ms. Roth learns to come to terms with herself and life, with the help of a cat named Mr. Blanche. She learns to overcome fears and obsessions that hold her back, restricting her growth as a human, and keeping her at a distance from love itself. With the help of her cat, she learns how to open up to love without the fear of loss. It is here that her cat teams up with her father, who is also her lifelong hero.

This is a very special book. I recommend it highly to those who love reading, writing, cats, and to those who want to live life fully.                      

The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper: A Novelby Sarah Addison Allen

The much-anticipated novel of Sarah Addison Allen is all it was hoped for! Again she gives us romance, friendship, family, southern charm, suspense and mystery, all with a touch of magic.

In the town of Walls of Water, unlikely former high school classmates are brought together by the renovation of a local historical mansion. It is this mansion that ties the unlikely families together through history. As they struggle with this history, as well as their own common history, a real mystery is uncovered. This forces them to look beyond what they thought they knew, at their families, each other, and ultimately themselves. They must solve the mystery for everyone to be able to move on.

Ms. Allen’s books are fun, interesting, wonderful reads. This one delivers it all, as well. I already look forward to her next book…which I’m told she is working on now.
                                               

Prayers and Lies

Prayers and Liesby Sherri Wood Emmons



This is a very appropriate, thought-provoking title for this book. Sherri Wood Emmons is a new voice in fiction, and one well-worth listening to.

Most families are held together with ties that bind, and often are prayers and lies. Such is the family of this narrator, Bethany and her cousin Reana Mae.

Every summer, Bethany’s family goes home to the Coal River Valley of West Virginia. She and her cousin Reana Mae, both “misfits” develop a “sisterhood”. As they grow through adolescence, the shocking realities of family secrets, lies, and “bad blood” brings them closer, yet threatens to tear the entire family apart.      

Bethany’s own sheltered life “up north” eventually becomes jeopardized by Reana Mae’s everyday life and the devastating horror of it, down in Coal River.

The sister-cousins cling to each other through it all, as they learn about life, the different kinds of love, family, and their rightful place in the world.

This is an excellent book from an excellent new author.
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books!
The question this week is:
If I gave you £50 (or $80) and sent you into a bookshop right now, what would be in your basket when you finally staggered to the till?



This is a really hard one..."so many books, so little time"...no doubt it would end up being women's memoirs, though. There are several that I want to read right now! "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", "Swallow the Ocean", "Weekends at Bellevue"...I could go on...and on...*lol*...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Twilight Children


Twilight Children: Three Voices No One Heard Until a Therapist Listenedby Torey Hayden



Torey Hayden is a very special teacher. She takes us into the world of troubled children, from classroom to hospital ward, to life. We meet the children, and then we learn about their lives and Ms. Hayden’s role in them.

The children in this particular book suffer different forms of silence, and the effects of that silence. Some of these stories are difficult to read, but Torey’s handling of the topics is respectful and caring. She educates the reader just as she did each child, each family, and even other caregivers.

Torey Hayden breaks our heart with these children and the tragedy of their young lives, but then she heals us, just as she does them. Torey, her book, and her children will stay with you.
                                               

Nothing is Fixed


"Nothing is Fixed" is the much-anticipated sequel to "The Hypocrisy of Disco". In her first book, we are told the unique somewhat Bohemian story of Clane Hayward's childhood.

In this second book, Clane does not disappoint. She literally picks up where she left off in her first book. We are taken along with her through her teens, with its rites-of-passage, and into her adulthood, including her stint in the U.S. Navy.

Clane writes so freely it is easy to be drawn into her books. She tells her story with frankness, as a matter of fact. She is no-nonsense, and makes no apologies.

I felt privileged to have read Clane's books. They have a special spot on my bookshelves.

The Hypocrisy of Disco


 The Hypocrisy of Discoby Clane Hayward

An honest and raw memoir, Clane Hayward takes us on a journey through the landscape of a turbulent time in the world which was also her childhood.

She tells us of growing up in communes, being shuttled between two parents, both free spirits, and trying to make sense of a world seemingly without boundaries or roots. Oftentimes Clane and her brother were left to their own devices to raise themselves, and each other.

Clane never blames the adults in her life, nor does she ever make excuses for them. She accepts them as she does her childhood. She takes what she was given and makes the very most of it. She is to be admired for this, and for the many things she imparts through her story.

Clane’s memoir will make you feel many things, and stay with you long after you close the book.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

Mindhunter (ebook) 



Upon retiring, Special Agent John Douglas was finally able to share his story. He is the elite pioneer of what we now know as criminal profiling. He is also the model for the chief male agent in the book and movie, “Silence of the Lambs”. In this book, Douglas takes us into the early days of the FBI’s special unit for this highly specialized field.

Special Agent Douglas was involved in several notorious crimes, including John Wayne Gacy, the Tylenol poisoning case, the Atlanta Child Murders, and the Green River Killer. His profiling of the criminal mind was integral in solving these among other major crimes.

To hone his skills, Douglas studied and interviewed the likes of infamous serial killers Richard Speck, Charles Manson John Wayne Gacy and other serious offenders. This enabled him to understand the working of their mind, as well as what drove them to commit such heinous crimes.

A fascinating psychological read, this is also an excellent account of true criminal justice. Fans of the TV show “Criminal Minds” will certainly appreciate this compelling book.

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Stealing Buddha's Dinner

Stealing Buddha's Dinner

by Bich Minh Nyugen



This is the memoir of a young Vietnamese girl growing up in 1980’s Michigan. Bich Nyugen tells her emotional story--- of being a Vietnamese immigrant after the fall of Saigon, 1975.

Not long after settling in Michigan, Bich’s father marries a Hispanic woman. It is interesting to see yet another culture blend into Bich’s young life. Throughout the book we gradually learn about Bich’s mother and the mystery surrounding her absence.

Bich artfully exposes moments and facts through food, tradition, culture, and the youthful desire to “fit in”, to “belong”. Her story is both universal and intimate.

A very unique memoir, sweet and poignant, its flavor will linger.