Archive for June, 2010

June 30th, 2010

BBAW Entry Post

by Gwen


Book Blogger Appreciation Week is coming up fast and I have been putting off doing this post. It is so hard for me to put myself out there like this. Hi, I’m Gwen, the girl that is such a chicken that she uses a picture of her dog for all of her icon shots!

So, what am I supposed to be doing? Oh, that’s right, pointing you to some of my favorite posts this year. You know, the ones that point out how eclectic and funky I am……

I also have an almost  weekly series called “Show Your Love of Books” where I find bookish items on that make my heart sing.

Is that it? I want to crawl back into a book and call this BBAW entry post done.

Cheers and Happy Reading,


June 18th, 2010

A Bit of Me(Me) – Animals?

by Gwen

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1st Daughter at There’s a Book has started a great meme where we share a bit about ourselves that isn’t book related.


This Weeks Question: Are you an animal person? Any type in particular?

I am all about dogs and the occasional pygmy goat. I had a cat as a kid, but they make me crazy in the allergy department.

I don’t have kids, so my pooch is my baby and that means that he gets spoiled rotten.




This is Sonny, we just had to say goodbye to him a few months ago.











scream Then there is Murphy Grace. The apple of my eye. 2.5 years old and ready to party!













houseWe party in his house.



book  We read together.



backpack& we travel together. He carries the books and snacks. Murphy Grace is my shadow, 24/7 and I wouldn’t want it any other way.


Books and Dogs make a house a home for me. The rest is just icing on the cake.


June 17th, 2010

Save The Gulf and Show Some Handmade Love

by Gwen

Many Etsy artists have gotten together and are selling for a great cause, oil spill relief. Why not do your part while getting something cool for yourself?

BP Oil Relief

Sea Turtle Bookmark with $5 going to Oil Relief, by Sevgi, $20

cajun spice soap

Cajun Spice Handmade Soap with Profits Donated, by Handmade Louisiana, $6


BP oil spil

I’m Cleaning Up the Oil Spill Print with $3 donated, by All You Need is Pug, $18

Small changes from everyone can make a huge difference!



June 14th, 2010

A Ranting of the Reviews of Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

by Gwen

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I have been steaming about this for almost a week. Should I post about this or not post about this? Then I figured that if it was still brewing in my head, I should do it. Here goes…

Loving Frank, I liked it. I love everything Frank Lloyd Wright, so that was sort of a foregone conclusion. My rant isn’t about that, but I want to make sure that you know that I liked the book. Nancy Horan brought to life a woman that is largely forgotten in history, Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Over time, she became a footnote in the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, his mistress that died. Seldom is she even mentioned by name. Horan gives her a name and a depth that no one has before.

Read the book if you want, but my rant is with many of the reviews that I found online.

FIRST ISSUE-I don’t know about you, but when I am going to read a book that is either nonfiction or historical fiction, I tend to know a bit about the period or event that it covers. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t really have been interested in reading the book in the first place.

The thing that shocked me about some online reviews is that people were mad that previous reviewers talked about the ending of Loving Frank. They ranted about spoilers. Um, this part of the story isn’t fiction, it is fact. Telling the ending of this book wasn’t a spoiler. I bet these same people would read a book about the history of WWII and be pissed about reviews that revealed that we won.

SECOND ISSUE-One of the things that struck me about the book is how, in many ways, the style of journalism has changed. Today’s paparazzi have nothing on the yellow journalists of the early 1900’s. They hounded, judged, & wrote outright lies about FLW and Mamah Borthwick in order to sell papers, often creating insane headlines. You may not realize how much things have changed, but they have.

While I noted this change, current day readers/reviewers and their judgments haven’t. I was absolutely floored when I read many reviews that stated that Mamah got what she deserved. Funny that she supposedly got what she deserved, but FLW is still celebrated today and lived to a ripe old age of 91. What was his comeuppance, assuming that these people feel that she got what she deserved? Why the double standard and what right do you have to judge?

MY TAKE AND WISHES- I do a bit of research on a book before I choose to read it. Whether it is looking into the author or subject matter, it makes my reading experience a lot more fulfilling. I would encourage others to do so.

Lastly, this one may be too much to ask, but you will never get anything if you don’t try. Stop the judging of women and the choices that they make in their lives. First of all, we are not in their shoes and don’t have the same life experiences they do. Second, there is a big difference between judging and disagreeing with a person’s choices. One is constructive, the other is destructive.

{This is me, getting off of my soapbox}


If you like historical fiction that is much more fact than fiction or appreciate the genius that was Frank Lloyd Wright, read this. Just don’t read the reviews on Amazon.


June 11th, 2010

A Bit of Me(Me) – Movies

by Gwen


1stDaughter at There’s A Book, has started a new meme so that we all get to know each other better. She can tell the story behind it better than I can.

We all leave our “footprint” on the world, in one way or another. We each, individually, do something or are someone that makes the world a little better just by being here. I created this weekly meme to get to know the blogging community I love just a bit better. To know what makes them tick, outside of books, that is. Each week I will post a question to be answered in the following week’s “A Bit of Me(Me)”. Check back each Saturday to get the info for next week’s post and link up with your current post right here.

This is my take. The little things say a lot about you, almost as much as the books you read. This meme is a way to see a bit of the person behind the book.

Up this week is Movies…….

My favorite movie is Kings Row, which was released in 1942 and stars Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan, and Ann Sheridan.

I am a sucker for old movies, but it is hard to put my finger on why this one id my favorite. I think that a lot of it has to do with growing up with President Reagan and by the time I saw this, his health had declined so much. In Kings Row, my hero is young again and shows so much promise.

All the Kings Men would be my second favorite.

Next Week’s Question: Are you an animal person? Any type in particular?

Go check out everyone’s favorite movies at There’s A Book!