Archive for November, 2009

November 24th, 2009

Gifts for the Book Lover in Your Life

by Gwen


Surprise! I love to read. You knew that already, right?

Being a book lover is not just all about books though. Here are some things that just might be perfect for the reader in your life….



Bookmark Calendar 2010

How cool is a new bookmark with a calendar for every month of the year!  (kifli’s Shop $12)


Call me old school, but I love to keep a journal of the books I read and this is perfect! (kindlivingdesigns $11.50)


book purse

This is a bit outside my budget, but I want a book purse.

(bookity $75)


dog bookmark

A bookmark that also pays homage to my other favorite thing…Dogs.  (boofolobeads $5)



For the Harry Potter fans out there, here is the Goblet of Fire bookmark (boofolobeads $5)


Pendant front


Pendant back- TOO STINKING CUTE!

(CobwebCorner $15)


Finally, I haven’t made the switch to a reader-don’t get me started on that subject-if it gets more people to read, I guess that it is a good thing. Still, if you have a reader or know someone that haves one…..

kindle case

A snazzy case/bag to keep your reader safe. (xcessrize $54.99)


This should be enough to get you started on tackling the book lovers on your list, but if you wander around you will be able to find many more great gifts.


Disclaimer: I get nothing out of posting the beautiful objects above, I was just have fun creating my wish list and though that I would share.

P.S. I just finished the best book and I can’t wait to share it with you. Gretchin Rubin wrote/lived/ blogged/dreamed “The Happiness Project”. The blog is great, but the book comes out on December 29th is even better.


Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate it!

November 17th, 2009

From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America By Steven V. Roberts

by Gwen


From Every End of This Earth by Steven V. Roberts: Book Cover

From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America
By Steven V. Roberts

Okay, everyone that either has immigrate to America themselves or has an immigrant in their family tree raise your hand. Pretty much everyone, right? Sometimes, I think that we forget that. That is understandable because often our own families story of immigration is lost to history. It isn’t tangible.

Steven Roberts makes immigration tangible by telling the story of 13 families and their  journey to America. Whether fleeing persecution, seeking business opportunities,  or for a myriad of reasons the stories are ones of dreams, heartbreak, fear, great courage and ultimately, success.  Some families have totally assimilated and some have held fast to the culture that they left behind, but no matter their choices, they have all contributed to the story of America.

Something that becomes very clear in all of the stories is that these people worked very hard to get here and continue to work hard at creating their American dream.  Did you know that immigrants represented 16.7% of all business owners and account for $67 billion in yearly income? Or that more than half of the businesses in Silicon Valley were started by them?

I am totally guilty of jumping to generalizations and stereotypes when the subject of immigration comes up. Mea culpa, this book made me see the bigger picture and it just might do the same for you.

From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America
By Steven V. Roberts

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper (October 6, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0061245615
ISBN-13: 978-0061245619

November 15th, 2009

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

by Gwen

Pirate Latitudes

Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Sphere, etc, may have passed away, but he left us an unpublished work to remember him by. Pirate Latitudes was discovered on one of his computers after his death, completely finished, and will be released on November 24th.

The setting? The Caribbean. The time? 1665. The treasure? A Spanish galleon in the heavily fortified bay of Mantanceros. Don’t laugh, it was actually a great escape!

Once you accept that you are actually reading a bit of historical fiction that happens to include pirates, it is great fun. Side note: They actually like to be called privateers. Piracy and pirates are illegal, privateering is legal and accepted.

The characters are fully developed and crystal clear. You can’t help it cheer for the bad guys, even when they aren’t the bad guys anymore. Crichton was always known for his suspenseful action and this didn’t disappoint me.

Bonus:This book is one of the weapons in the retail “book wars” so you can snatch up a copy for as little as $9.00!

Pirate Latitudes
by Michael Crichton

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper (November 24, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0061929379
ISBN-13: 978-0061929373

November 9th, 2009

Midnight Fugue: A Dalziel and Pascoe Mystery By Reginald Hill

by Gwen

Midnight Fugue: A Dalziel and Pascoe Mystery

Superintendent Dalziel is ready to get back to work after recuperating from nearly being blown to bits by a terrorist bomb in his last case. His collogues aren’t so sure, but what he says, pretty much goes. He wonders about his readiness himself when he leaves his house to go to a meeting that isn’t taking place until the next day. It works out alright though because he manages to meet up with a damsel in distress to perk him right out of his mood.

Gina Wolfe lost her husband 7 years ago. Well, he didn’t die, he just disappeared one day and no one has seen him since. She assumed he was dead & has moved on with her life, but just before the deadline for her to go to court and have him declared legally dead, she receives a picture in the mail of him.

The more Dalziel hears of her story, the more he wonders just what this Alex Wolfe, a former D. I., had gotten himself into. He is sure the case will be simple enough though and just what he needs to get back into the swing of things at work.

The problem is, nothing is ever simple and when an officer is found unconscious and next to a very dead body after falling up a lead that Dalziel sent her on, everything changes. Now, we are looking for a murderer and someone that seriously injured a cop.
The other nagging problem is that someone has bugged their room and seems to be following them while they chase other leads. Who are they??

The book is called Midnight Fugue because the entire tale takes place in 24 hours. It was fast passed, but never hurried and very easy to keep up with. A good British Mystery with a smart but sometimes dyspeptic Superintendent at the helm.

I enjoy British mysteries. I like the change of environment, seeing how other police forces work, and the humor is as dry as a white wine, just like I like it. If you have never tried one, this would be a good place to start.

Midnight Fugue: A Dalziel and Pascoe Mystery
By Reginald Hill

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (October 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061451967
ISBN-13: 978-0061451966