Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stanza Saturday (6)

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Stanza Saturday is a new weekly post to share poetry from either a home collection or from the library.  Find a book of poems, any poet will do, and open up to a random page and post the first poem you see.  If the poem is rather lengthy, feel free to post just the first stanza and be sure to include the poem's title, the book's title, and the poet. ^_^

This week's poem is:

A Poem
By Emily Dickinson
From For Love of Her

These are the days when Birds come back -
A very few - a Bird or two -
To take a backward look.

These are the days when skies resume
The old - old sophistries of June - 
A blue and gold mistake.

Oh fraud that cannot cheat the Bee - 
Almost thy plausibility
Induces my belief.

Till ranks of seeds their witness bear -
And softly thro' the altered air
Hurries a timid leaf.

Oh Sacrament of summer days,
Oh Last Communion in the Haze -
Permit a child to join.

Thy sacred emblems to partake -
Thy consecrated bread to take
And thine immortal wine!




What poem would you like to share today? ^_^

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Book Blogger Hop Day: April 29-May 1

This week on Denim-Jacket Librarian Dishes:

Book Blogger Hop

As Crazy For Books says:

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 PARTis 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!

This week's question is:


"Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"


My Answer: Hands down, it has to be Forever by Maggie Stiefvater set to be released on July 12, 2011.  Shiver was an amazing introduction and Linger really left off at quite the cliffhanger.  So there is no question about my eager anticipation for the release of the final volume of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.  



Special Side Dish: Don't forget to check out the Giveaway over at Books Beside My Bed!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring is here at last!

And the Gardenias are starting to bloom on my balcony!  I'm so happy about them finally opening! ^_^


This was what these two buds looked like on Monday of this week.


And THIS is what they looked like on Tuesday morning. ^_^


These opened up today, and even more are starting to open!


Like this one in the foreground!


I just love my Gardenias. <3

What flowers do y'all look forward to in Spring?  And what flowers are in your gardens? ^_^

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Pack by Jason Starr

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's "Waiting On" Wednesday selection is:

By Jason Starr
Publish Date: June 7, 2011 by Ace Hardcover

From Amazon.com~
When Simon Burns is fired from his job without warning, he takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son.  But his reluctance pushes his already strained marriage to the limit.  In the nestled playgrounds of the Upper West Side, Simon harbors a simmering rage at his boss's betrayal.  Things take a turn when he meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground.  They are different from other men Simon has met, stronger and more confident, more at ease with the darker side of life- and soon Simon is lured into their mix.  But after a guys' night out gets frighteningly out of hand, Simon feels himself sliding into a new nightmarish reality.  As he experiences disturbing changes in his body and his perceptions, he starts to suspect that when the guys welcomed him to their "pack," they were talking about much more than male bonding.  And as he falls prey to his basest instincts, Simon must accept that werewolves exist if he is to turn the tides of his fortune...

This sounds like a great supernatural thriller, and it's so rare that I read books from a male point of view.  I'm curious to know how Starr will portray the werewolf mythology in his novel and also to see what Jason will do to turn his fortune around.  Since I haven't read any of Starr's novels before, I think I'll wait until my library obtains it for the collection. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? ^_^


Special Side Dish: Be sure to check out the Giveaway at Books Beside My Bed!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Mean Girls in Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a state that you don't have to worry about being deprived of more books as long as you're near a library. ;) This week's Top Ten is:

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Mean Girls in Books


1. Reina from Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series - She is the epitome of were-witches simply because she was manipulative and cruel, doing anything possible to give herself more power.


 2. Hatsumomo from Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha - The woman nearly burned down a building just because she was no longer "top dog" of her house!


3. Bellatrix Lestrange from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Crazy as all get-out and she uses magic.  Can you say dangerous combination?


4. Mommy Fortuna from Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn - This witch managed to capture a unicorn, one of the most pure and innocent of creatures, and put her on display in her Midnight Carnival.  That's pretty low.


5. Witch of the Waste from Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle - Jealous of anyone who dared to be courted by the wizard Howl, she transforms Sophie into an elderly state.



6. MacKenzie Hollister from Rachel Renee Russell's Dork Diaries series - You've probably known this girl, the popular rich girl who thinks that she is the be-all and end-all judge on who is "cool" and who isn't.  She's really the girl who needs to receive paddlings.


7. Didi Badina from Anne McCaffrey's Acorna The Unicorn Girl - The woman is involved in child slavery and prostitution of older children.  If that's not mean and cruel, I don't know the meaning of the word.


8. Astrid from Annette Curtis Klause's Blood and Chocolate - She is one werewolf who is totally off her rocker, an excellent combination of Reina and Bellatrix.


9. The Trickster goddess from Beth Hilgartner's Colors in the Dreamweaver's Loom - You have to admit when you're dealing with gods or goddesses, they can blow hot and cold.  This Trickster is no different though she seems to delight in causing others suffering even after they do her bidding.


10. Heather from Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak - Like MacKenzie Hollister, this girl is another one you might have known, namely the girl who was your friend until someone better came along.  Then, she'd drop you like yesterday's newspaper. 


Special Extra Dish: Be sure to check out the awesome contest going on now at Books Beside My Bed!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Visit from the Book Bunny!

He's hopping along to bring readers lots and lots of books today!


^_^ Happy Easter, dear readers! ^_^

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Stanza Saturday (5)

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Stanza Saturday is a new weekly post to share poetry from either a home collection or from the library.  Find a book of poems, any poet will do, and open up to a random page and post the first poem you see.  If the poem is rather lengthy, feel free to post just the first stanza and be sure to include the poem's title, the book's title, and the poet. ^_^

This week's poem is:

"The Snowy Morning"
By Basho
From Classic Haiku: An Anthology of Poems by Basho and His Followers


Ah! on the snowy morning, 
We gaze even at horses.


In Japanese:


"Yuki no Asa"


                                      Uma wo sae
Nagamuru yuki no
                                                                                 Ashita kana


I really love this commercial and thought it appropriate for today's Haiku.

What poem would you like to share today? ^_^


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Book Blogger Hop Day: April 22-24

This week on Denim-Jacket Librarian Dishes:

Book Blogger Hop

As Crazy For Books says:

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 PARTis 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!

This week's question is:



This week's question comes from Christina who blogs atThe Paperback Princesses.  She asks:

 "If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"

My Answer: I used to do that, or rather I would hunt down all the books in a series.  That's how I came to own all of Anne McCaffrey's Acorna series.  Now, I think it really depends on the book I've found and loved along with the summaries of the other books by the author.  With the free space on my bookshelves diminishing at such a fast rate, I have to be careful about how many books I add to my own library. ^_^

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Hounded

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's "Waiting On" Wednesday selection is:


By Kevin Hearne
Publish Date: May 3, 2011 by Del Rey

From Publishers Weekly~
Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut.  Staying alive for 2,000 years takes a great deal of cunning, and sexy super-druid Atticus O'Sullivan, currently holed up in the Ariona deser, has vexed a few VIPs along the way.  High up on that list is Aenghus Og, the Celtic god of love.  It's not just that Aenghus wants his sword back--though it is a very nice magical sword--but that Atticus didn't exactly ask permission to take it.  Atticus and his trusty sidekick, Irish wolfhound Oberon, make an eminently readable daring duo as they thwart his schemes with plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting.

I don't know if it's the fact that the main character is named Atticus, that he is a druid, or that he has an Irish wolfhound named Oberon.  But this book sounds awesome and mysterious, and it makes me think of The Dresden Files.  Here's hoping that's true. ^_^


What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind - Top Ten Fictional Crushes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a state that you don't have to worry about being deprived of more books as long as you're near a library. ;) This week's Top Ten is:


Top Ten Rewind - Top Ten Fictional Crushes

1. Sam from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - Sensitive, sweet, although sometimes furry, this wolfish poet is quite a catch.


2. Bigby Wolf from Fables by Bill Willingham - I think of Bigby as a different form of Wolverine while also being a bit more sensitive.

3. Valek from Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - He's a spy and a warrior, how much more awesome can you get?  Oh, he also carves beautiful statues. :)

4. Tolmac from The Princess's Dragon by Susan Trombley - If you ever needed someone to depend on, you know you could depend on Tolmac.


5. Gabriel from Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Clause - Tough guy with a sensitive side, he made me swoon.


6. George from The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce - Move over Robin Hood, here's the real king of thieves.


7. Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - He was my classic literature hero, and you cannot help crushing on a man who is able to redeem himself.

8. Cyrano from Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand - Romantic, eloquent with a unique profile.  Once you get past the nose, he's quite the man. 

9. Joaquim from The Nymph King by Gena Showalter - I think it was his tough-guy attitude that got to me.

10. Janco from Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - Janco is a guy that could always make you laugh, and I adore guys with a sense of humor.  Plus, you could always spar with him if you're miffed.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (5)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where bloggers post about all the books they have received whether in the mail, if we purchased it, or checked out from our local library.

From Karen of Books Beside My Bed (because she's so awesome):




Dust City by Robert Paul Weston...



Personalized since Mr. Weston was at the Texas Library Association conference this week! ^_____^

From Carmel at Rabid Reads for winning her Giveaway:


Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn 

From author R.A. McDonald:


Ada Legend of a Healer

From Half-Price Books:


Intertwined by Gena Showalter (I wanted to read some of her YA and LupLun wrote a great review.)
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (I blame Karen's great review and for her pointing it out in the store.)
Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee (Finally, I have all three in the trilogy in hardcover!)


Black Dragon Codex by R.D. Henham (I'm still in a dragon mood lately.)
Wolf Moon by Charles de Lint (So I don't have to worry about returning it to the library!)

From Borders during Store Close-out Sale (kind of bittersweet):


How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (I blame Carmel's great review.)
Natsume's Book of Friends Volumes 4 and 5 by Yuki Midorikawa (Cannot pass up manga on sale.)

Whew! Long list for me, but I'm happy about all of my new books. ^_^

What did y'all receive in your mailbox this past week?

Stanza Saturday (4)

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Stanza Saturday is a new weekly post to share poetry from either a home collection or from the library.  Find a book of poems, any poet will do, and open up to a random page and post the first poem you see.  If the poem is rather lengthy, feel free to post just the first stanza and be sure to include the poem's title, the book's title, and the poet. ^_^

This week's poem is:

"The Making of a Unicorn"
By Jane Yolen

Take this bone, this ivory,
This slender pyramid, this spear,
This walking stick, this cornucopia,
This twisted instrument of fear,
This mammoth tusk, this pearly thorn,
This mythic spike, this maiden's bier,
This denticle, this rib of time,
This alabaster harrow--here
We start the beast, we give it name,
That world will never be the same.


What poem would you like to share today? ^_^

 
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