Archive for May, 2010

May 30th, 2010

What Are You Reading? (5/30/10)

by Gwen

Books completed last week:

  • The Case For Books by Robert Darnton
  • You read that right. One Book. I had a blast with #ArmChairBEA and got very little reading done.

Books on tap for this week:

Received some great books in the mail this week to mix in with the above

Posts/Reviews last week:

Books I Still Need to Write Reviews On:

My Good News:

ArmChairBEA was a great success and if you didn’t get a chance to participate, you really need to get over there and check out all of the great contributors. Like Arnold, it will pump you up!

From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of the organizers and participants last week. It was a tour de force and I am grateful that I was able to be a part of it.


May 28th, 2010

Showing My Virtual Love for The ArmChairBEA Organizers

by Gwen

Many of us were given a great gift this week by attending the #armchairBEA. 5 wonderful women had an idea and it not only came to fruition, it dazzled many of us all week.

Personally, I met  more bloggers that think a lot like I do than I have come across in all the years that I have been doing this. There were so many times that I said to myself, “Why have I never met this blog or person before, I really like them!”

I learned, I laughed, I explored all of the wonderful different paths that brought us all to having a similar passion. I am energized, pumped up, and maybe just a wee bit tired, but mostly just grateful that I was included and astounded at what they created.

I have very little to give in thanks other than words, but to go along with my usual Showing Your Love Of Books post, I would give these gifts to you if it were in my power,

For Danielle from There’s A Book…………

a SLO made Downtown Brown Bag, by Modepopulour, $ 50 from

Writing Letters - Signed Print 8x10

For Emily from Emily’s Reading Room…..

Writing Letters Signed Print by Illustrations by Kecky, $15 from

For Florinda from The 3 R’s……….

Wolf on Vintage Page Print, by CrowBiz, $10 from

For Michelle from Michelle’s Masterful Musing……

Remembrance Hardwood Journal, by V E T R O K, $60 from

FREE SHIPPING Guardian of the Forest Tote Shoulder Book Bag

For Tif from Tif Talks Books……

Guardian of the Forrest Tote Bag (to go with those fairy tales) by Something Else Studio, $61 from

That is it. Those are the beautiful handmade things that I would love to give to you if only I could. Instead you will have to take my gratitude for my best blogging week ever.

Thanks to all of the participants as well, you rock!


May 27th, 2010

Find Yourself a Blogging Buddy

by Gwen

I have learned so many things this week, but the most important is the great community we have got going here. I would love to keep the sharing, caring, and learning moving off into the future and with your help, I think that we can full this off.

Problogger has a great list of the benefits of having a Blogging Buddy or two;

  1. You can feedback on posts, prior to pressing publish.
  2. You can have someone to vent to, who understands your situation.
  3. You can work on projects together.
  4. You can share link love.
  5. You can share each others posts through social media and with other bloggers.
  6. You can share communities.
  7. You can help each other stay motivated as you share encouragement.
  8. You can guest post for each other.
  9. You can share each others talents.
  10. You’ll have twice the blogging power at your disposal.

I think that this sounds great to me, but would this be something you want to hook up to do?

If you would like to have a blogging buddy let me know and I will coordinate the groups. If you have someone in mind for your buddy, let me know that too.


May 27th, 2010

Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson -Review

by Gwen


She wanted to die. God had other plans.

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.

But Kristen’s story doesn’t end there.

In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.
Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured. 

I have a lot of issues with the man upstairs, AKA God, so I am always on the look out for a book that will inspire me and lead me to a deeper understanding. I hate to say it, but while Life, In Spite of Me is a story of courage, this isn’t the book I was looking for.

Kristen Jane Anderson is a remarkable woman. What she has done with her life and her faith since attempting suicide and losing her legs is a roadmap in how to turn your life around when you hit bottom.

What didn’t work for me was that the book didn’t connect a lot of dots for me and maybe that is just me. It seemed like one day she wanted to die and the next, she found God and had a purpose. It couldn’t have been that easy, I mean I know that her struggle had to be like climbing Mt. Everest, but that feeling and exertion didn’t make it into the book.

Those with a strong faith will no doubt love this book. I too, admire her and her strength amazes me.

I thank LitFuse and Multnomah Books for sending me Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson and Tricia Goyer.


May 27th, 2010

This Just in, Jodi Picoult Giveaway!

by Gwen

I just happen to have an extra copy of Jodi Picoult’s House Rules languishing in my bookcase.

This giveaway is open to all of my U.S. readers, but ArmChairBEA members get an extra entry.

Just comment to win and make sure you leave a way to contact you.

Contest ends Saturday, May 29th at midnight Pacific. I will announce the winner on either Sunday or Monday.