Archive for ‘Meme’

September 17th, 2010

A Bit About Me(Me) ~ I Dodge the Question

by Gwen


It is time once again, to step out from behind the book and get to know one another better.

We all have a story and a life beyond the book and thanks to Danielle from There’s A Book, we get share. She asks the questions and we get to answer.

Who is a famous person (dead or alive) that you most admire? And why?

I am struggling with this question. First off, what does admire really mean?

ad·mire (d-mr)

v. ad·mired, ad·mir·ing, ad·mires

1. To regard with pleasure, wonder, and approval.

2. To have a high opinion of; esteem or respect.

3. Chiefly New England & Upper Southern U.S. To enjoy (something): “I just admire to get letters, but I don’t admire to answer them” (Dialect Notes).

4. Archaic To marvel or wonder at.

See, in my house, we use admire, as in “I admire you.” because we are too chicken to say that we love each other. Really long story could be inserted here, but we don’t have all night and it is a wee bit personal.

So If I go back to the real definition of admire; I am looking for someone that I approve of and fills me with wonder.

Well, there’s a might big whopper of a problem right there. Just about everyone and everything fills me with wonder. For example, the people that drive 50 MPH on the highway where the speed limit is 65 MPH. Those drivers fill me with tons of wonder…and a few expletives tend to come out of my mouth to take part in the wonder.

So I was at a loss to pick just one person that I admire. Then I realized that it doesn’t just have to be one person. After all, there aren’t any hard and fast rules to these posts. It’s my post and I can do what I want to, do what I want to…..sing it!

You know the people that amaze me? It is all of you that are reading this post! I have diddled in all sorts of different groups of people on these grand interwebs and book bloggers rock, let me tell you.

Sure, we have the occasional blow ups over  who gets ARCs and who doesn’t, then there are the book blogger police that like to tell you what to do. Those squabbles are quickly put to rest around here with very few feathers ruffled.

That is special because it doesn’t happen on my relationship or home decorating blogs or on other non blog sites. Those dustups can get nasty and the bad juju can last for months.

We also embrace new people into what we do, we involve all, and we work at doing things as a team.

So I admire ya’ll. Give yourselves a group hug!


September 12th, 2010

A Thought Provoking Question Asker, a Crochet Artist and a Writer in the Making ~ My First Treasure

by Gwen

Welcome one and all to the first day of BBAW. This is the day that we are supposed to share blogs that are new to us since last year’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

While Chew & Digests Books has in fact existed for more than two years, I really didn’t get involved in the book blogging community until the last year, so I have had a wealth of choices from which to pick from. So ya’ll are new to me in many ways.

The problem lies in choosing from this plethora. What sort of guidelines or criteria did I use to pick the following? Why are ye trying to ask me to explain the unexplainable? I have no clue why I do anything, but here we go.

First up, the “thought provoking question asker”, A Little Bookish. Carin has a wonderful Friday feature called Coffee Chat and it never fails to inspire me to write a book of a comment in response.

Carin is also a hero of mine because she is super involved with her blog and the community. I swear the girl is always on twitter when I need her and in the know.

Then we have Danielle and There’s a Book. She has been a major reason why I am as active as I am today. We “met up” during Armchair BEA and while we read totally different genres, she keeps me actively coming out from behind my reviewer persona with her meme, A Bit About Me(Me).

She is also a writer, not just a blog writer, and I enjoyed hearing about a writing workshop she went to recently at Catherine Ryan Hyde’s home.


Then there is Meg of Write Meg! I was lucky enough to get paired with her for the interview tomorrow and I have to tell ya, I like her style.

Like Danielle, we don’t really read similar genres, but we do have something in common. She likes to crochet and I have been known to pick up a J hook or two in my time.

Another great thing about Meg is that she isn’t just all about reviews. She often steps out from behind the book to share what is going on in her life. Her reviews are much like her other posts, honest and open.

It must be said, all of the blogs are I read are treasures. You all have something special and deserve a huge award for keeping me coming back. All of you are a huge part of my excitement about book blogging. You give me a purpose, focus and get me to come out of my shell. That isn’t an easy thing to do to this anxiety filled swiss cheese brain. Thank you!


September 10th, 2010

A Bit About Me(Me) ~ Just Call Me Crafty

by Gwen


It is time once again, to step out from behind the book and get to know one another better.

We all have a story and a life beyond the book and thanks to Danielle from There’s A Book, we get share. She asks the questions and we get to answer.




What are your other hobbies?

I am a fidgeter by nature, always moving around and unable to sit still. I also can’t focus on any one thing at a time, which often means that I will have the TV on, a book open, and often a project or three going while also having the laptop on the ottoman in front of me.

What does this mean in terms of this post? Well children, it means that I have developed a lot of hobbies over the years to keep my hands busy. Combine that with an active imagination and a lack of decorating budget and you get an artist. Well, some might not agree, but for lack of a better term, we will use artist here.

I paint to fill the walls and to give as gifts.







The dog painting was a gift for my mom last year. The bicycle paintings are in the office along with a large neon sign advertising Fat Tire Beer. (which led to the red bike theme)


I have been working on a series of book themed paintings, but they aren’t ready to show yet.


Painting has always been a love-hate sort of relationship for me







I have been known to dabble in Trash to Treasure



This desk was um, found by the side of the road. The poor guy was a bit worse for wear, yet had wonderful lines and let me tell you, it was well made and heavy.





It has beautiful dark iron drawer handles now and resides in the office.




Then there was the ottoman. This baby was OLD and the fabric was fraying. Still, it was down filled and the perfect place for my laptop near the couch.





With a lot of ripping, destruction and fair amount of cussing at the sewing machine, here she is.







And just so you don’t think that I am all about home decor, I make jewelry.


There are times when I think that I am in the wrong field because I really enjoy creating. If something involves a needle, paintbrush, sander, playing with color, a shovel, cement, or pretty much anything to do with home, I love it and have probably tried it.

My problem is that I can never focus on one thing long enough to really build up a stock and sell it. I will get wrapped up into something for a month or so and then just stop to move onto something else. Following my bliss would be loads easier if it didn’t keep changing all of the time or if the inspiration didn’t keep hitting me with such varying subjects.

Anywho, that is why I read. With a books, I am constantly challenged to explore outside my comfort zone. I am always learning something new. I am always seeing new vistas from the comfort of the couch, the bed, the patio chair or whatever freakly location I finally settle in.



August 31st, 2010

August in Review

by Gwen

Bookworm by justina kochansky


August books finished 

The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell 2010 432pp

The Tree by John Fowles 1979/2010 NF 112pp

Living Organized by Sandra Felton 2004 NF 224pp

Silent Scream by Karen Rose 2010 608pp

97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman 2010 NF 272pp

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott 2008 400pp

Radiance by Alyson Noel 2010 192pp

Angel of Death Row by Andrea D. Lyon 2010 NF 288pp

Free for All by Don Borchert 2007 NF 224pp

Penguin 75 (Commentary) 2010 NF 256pp

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller 2010 416pp

Blind Man’s Alley by Justin Peacock 2010 480pp

Social Media Metrics by Jim Sterne 2010 NF 272pp

Johannes Cabal The Detective by Jonathan L. Howard 2010 304pp

Mom’s Guide to Earning Money Online by Barb Webb 2006 NF 224pp

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett 2003 352pp

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford 2010 384pp

Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto 2010 NF 336pp

The Associates by Richard Rayner 2008 NF 223pp

Paula Deen’s Savannah Style by Paula Deen & Brandon Branch 2010 NF 224pp

Think of a Number by John Verdon 2010 418pp


21 books and 6,337 pages of mostly delicious reading. (Art just pointed out to me that War and Peace is only 1296 pages long)

Some favorites-

*If you like a bit of cooking in your history, make sure you check out my Cross-Bloggination post at The Lost Entiwife or the review of 97 Orchard.

*New to YA? You must read The Eternal Ones.

*My review isn’t up yet, but I LAUGHED AND LAUGHED at Johannes Cabal The Detective. Seriously, the sarcasm was so funny that I was grateful that I wasn’t reading in public. Agatha Christie, eat your heart out.

All of that reading left us just enough time to take Murphy Grace, AKA the Beast, on his first trip to the beach. He did well, didn’t pee in the water, and is ready to go again.

Murphy at Pismo



August 26th, 2010

A Bit about Me(Me) ~ I want to be Clad in Leather!

by Gwen



It is time once again, to step out from behind the book and get to know one another better. 

We all have a story and a life beyond the book and thanks to Danielle from There’s A Book, we get share. She asks the questions and we get to answer.

Who is your favorite female character, in a book or on a TV show/movie? Why?

My favorite female character would have to be Sydney Bristow from Alias. Played by Jennifer Garner, she proved that women are just as accomplished as men and can look hot while doing it!


I mean, she had a cool wardrobe, got to go to all sorts of neat places and no one got the best of her. (sure, there were often people shooting at her, but hey, danger can be exciting. Right?) That is something that I really admire in a person, even if she happens to be fictional.


Sydney could do it all and manage to look stunning at the same time. Now any woman that can do that and save the country while dealing with the fact that her mother is a Russian Spy. When my mom defected to another political party I was a mess for days. (I am still not over it that, traitor)

Sydney doesn’t take $%$ and isn’t afraid to dole it out and I wish that I was that strong.


One other character that I really can identify with is Dana Sculley from The X Files. She rocked it too, but didn’t have the wardrobe that I could drool over.