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Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

Care to join me?  Click the picture above!

This year, the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange is organised by me at Leeswammes’ Blog and by Courtney of Stiletto Storytime. Anastasia of Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog has passed the baton on to us. Anastasia is the originator and ran this very popular event for two years. Courtney and I were sorry to hear Anastasia wasn’t running it this year, so we’re very pleased she allowed us to take over. As we’re a little late announcing this event we’re more or less taking Anastasia’s text from last year, with her permission (thank you so much, Anastasia!).

The Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange is an event in which book bloggers send each other a holiday card around the Christmas period (the end of December). This isn’t just for people that celebrate Christmas, though! Everyone is can join in the fun.

Info

1. Sign up for the exchange by November 30, 2012.

2. Emails with partner info go out December 3, 2012 (please check your spam folder if you didn’t get the email, then contact us).

3. You have until December 13, 2012 to send your card(s).

4. Since it’s a book-lovers card exchange you have to include something book-related in your card. Some ideas:

  • Write about a book you’ve read recently.
  • Give a few book recommendations to your partner.
  • Tell a book-related story.
  • Something else book-related that you think up yourself.

5. Since this is a book blogger holiday card exchange, you need to be a blogger who blogs at least sometimes about books to participate.

6. The swap is open internationally. It’s too cumbersome trying to pair up people who do/do not want to send internationally, so everyone must be willing to send internationally.

7. You can exchange up to five cards. You won’t always get a card from the same people you send your cards to. It will nevertheless be an awesome thing.

Some Things to Remember

1. You HAVE to send a card. A card is something like this. You can make it yourself or buy it at the store. Everything you write must be contained in the card itself. Letters are not cards. The card doesn’t have to be book-themed OR holiday themed (but it might be nice if it was). We suggest you refrain from sending specifically religious-themed cards, because that sort of thing tends to offend people, even if you didn’t mean to offend them.

2. You HAVE to write something book-related in your card (see above). You can’t just say “happy holidays.” You COULD just write a list of books and that’s all, but I don’t think that’d be a lot of fun, do you?

3. You DON’T have to send anything else but the card, but if you want to stick in something else that’d be fine. A bookmark, for instance, would be really nice. Whatever you send: it has to be flat enough to fit in the envelope– no upgrading into package territory, here.

4. The most you should spend is $5. The point of the exchange is that it’s cheap enough for us money-less people to participate in, so everything should cost $5 and under. I don’t know if you can even buy a card that costs more than $5. Can you?

Oh, and the Twitter hashtag is #bkcardex.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Life

 

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Holiday Card Exchange


From BirdBrain(ed) Book Blog:

It’s that time of the year! I’m hosting the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange once more (see the 2010 post here) and I’m hoping this year will go much more smoothly. Last year was fun but it took me forever to come up with partners; this year I’ve simplified things so hopefully I won’t have people getting more cards than they send out again.

Info

1. Sign up for the exchange by November 30, 2011.
2. Partners go out December 3, 2011.
3. You have until December 13, 2011 to send your card(s).
4. Since it’s a book-lovers card exchange you have to include something book-related in your card. Some ideas:

    a. Write about a book you’ve read recently
    b. Give a few book recommendations to your partner
    c. Tell a book-related story
    d. Something else book-related that you think up yourself.

5. Since this is a book blogger holiday card exchange, you need to be a blogger who blogs at least sometimes about books to participate.
6. The swap is open internationally. Since last year I got a big headache trying to pair up people who did/did not want to send internationally, this year everyone must be willing to send internationally. Okay? Okay.
7. You can exchange up to five cards. You won’t always get a card from the same people you send your cards to. It will nevertheless be an awesome thing.

Some Things to Remember

1. You HAVE to send a card. A card is something like this. You can make it yourself or buy it at the store. Everything you write must be contained in the card itself. Letters are not cards. The card doesn’t have to be book-themed OR holiday themed (but it might be nice if it was). I would personally refrain from sending specifically religious-themed cards, because that sort of thing tends to offend people, even if you didn’t mean to offend them.
2. You HAVE to write something book-related in your card (see above). You can’t just say “happy holidays.” You COULD just write a list of books and that’s all, but I don’t think that’d be a lot of fun, do you?
3. You DON’T have to send anything else but the card, but if you want to stick in something else that’d be fine. A bookmark, for instance, would be really nice. Whatever you send: it has to be flat enough to fit in the envelope– no upgrading into package territory, here.
4. The most you should spend is $5. The point of the exchange is that it’s cheap enough for us money-less people to participate in, so everything should cost $5 and under. I don’t know if you can even buy a card that costs more than $5. Can you?

I love this Idea!!!!  I’m going to be making homemade Christmas cards this year and it would be amazing to spread the joy to fellow book bloggers!  Follow the link, sign up, and join me in the fun!

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Life

 

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Highlight of the Week and Meals a la Tobe!

How long has it been since I did one of these?  Oh about 8 months.  Yeah I’m slacking, but honestly Sunday has become my lazy day.  It’s also contradictorily my crazy busy errand day.  So here we go…

Highlight

J and I visited an awesome brewery Peace Tree in Knoxville, Iowa.  J had some in the fridge from the last visit there.  And man was it yummy!  It’s even better on tap.  I had the Red Rambler (awesome red ale) and the Blonde Fatale.  J had the Imperial Stout and the triple IPA.  All amazing!  We had to get some to take home.  So of course, we filled the trunk with a growler of the Rye Stout and a case of the IPA.  Now we have a fridge full of beer…

Lowlight

The reason we were in Iowa is my weekly lowlight.  We drove the boys to the Mississippi to let my mom pick them up and take them back to Indiana and their dad’s house.  I won’t see them until Thanksgiving.  Sad day… but hopefully they adjust well to the new situation.

New Feature — Meals a la Tobe

In my new place, J and I have made the commitment to cook at home more often.  So I thought it would be easily to make a weekly meal plan.  Two weeks down and it seems to be working.  I’m determined to plan ahead, shop ahead, and eat all the leftovers.  Hopefully this saves us money and time.  While tooling around the internet, I found a great blog featuring weekly meal plans, This Week for Dinner.  Using some of her recipes and plans, here’s my upcoming meal plan:

  • Sunday — Frozen shrimp and linguine meal (I was being kind of lazy)
  • Monday — Pork chops, green beans, rice, rolls
  • Tuesday — Leftovers/out
  • Wednesday — Orange chicken, rice, carrots
  • Thursday — Tacos
  • Friday — Leftover/out
  • Saturday — Salmon, black bean and corn salsa, salad, rolls
Extra fun notes from today
  • On the way home from the grocery store, The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” came on the radio.  Awesome!
  • I had to stop on the highway to let 4 wild turkeys cross.  Craziness!
 
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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in Life

 

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Trip and a Challenge and Holiday Cheer!

Final book read while sitting on various planes — Dashing Through the Mall.  Three holiday themed romances set in the same mall on Christmas Eve.  Good fun, predictable, but fun.  The book included “Santa, Baby” by Sherryl Woods, “Assignment, Humbug” by Darlene Gardener, and “Deck the Halls” by Holly Jacobs.  My favorite, hands down, was “Santa, Baby.”  The story might have been predictable, but the characters were real with personalities.  The other two stories were good; they just didn’t have the extra little something that I wanted.  The paperback ended up being 312 pages long, but I finished it in one leg of my journey back home.  Good, fast read to keep the holiday cheer!

Final state of the list:

  • Bespelling Jane — Mary Balogh, Colleen Cleason, Susan Krinard, and Janet Mullany
  • Holidays are Hell –Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and Vicki Petersson
  • The New Dead — edited by Christopher Golden
  • This Christmas –Jennifer Coburn and Liz Ireland
  • Dashing Through the Mall — Sherryl Woods, Darlene Gardner, and Holly Jacobs
  • The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination — Garth Sundem
  • The Lightkeeper’s Daughter — Colleen Coble (waiting until Jan. 1 to include in Historical Fiction Reading Challenge)
  • Rogue Angel: Destiny — Alex Archer
  • ArchEnemy — Frank Beddor (waiting until Jan. 1 to include in Fantasy Reading Challenge)

Well, 4 out of 9 isn’t bad.  I really only spent time reading through the traveling parts.  Now I need to get started on all the reading challenges that I convinced myself I just had to do.  Wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2010 in Books

 

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Trip and a Challenge and the Paranormal!

I know I’ve missed a day, but it was good day spent relaxing, eating, and watching some Doctor Who.  That said, I’ve gotten quite a bit of reading done already.  While stuck in various airports (only two but it felt like much more) I read one and a half of the books on my list. Four hour layovers at O’Hare give you a lot of time to do nothing.  I decided to start with some fun holiday paranormal.

Holidays are Hell contained four short paranormal themed, holiday centered stories.  I’ve not read anything by any of the authors included, so it was a nice change of pace.  Out of the four stories, I really like two of them, one not so much, and just couldn’t get into the fourth.

  • “Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel” by Kim Harrison  included vampires, magic, and a ghost.  I loved this story and have put Harrison on my must read list.
  • “Run, Run, Rudolph” by Lynsay Sands focused on a scientifically caused shape-shifter.  An entertaining fast paced adventure.  Another author to add to my list.
  • “Six” by Marjorie M. Liu had a necromancer, a government agent, and vampires.  I enjoyed it but just couldn’t connect to the characters as much as the previous two stories.
  • “The Harvest” by Vicki Pettersson involved Zodiac warriors and a fight against the Shadow.  I just couldn’t get into the story at all.  Interesting premise, but the writing was confusing with references to other characters not introduced and a pretty long back story.  I wonder if her other books are of the world.  Maybe if I read her other pieces first, I would have been able to connect to this one.

Oh well, three out of four isn’t bad.  I did like how the stories were short enough that my interruptions of changing planes and gates didn’t really distract me from the plots.  After fishing Holidays are Hell I moved on to the anthology of zombie stories.  I’m really into this one.  I’ll write a mini review when I’m done with it.

Here’s the updated list of book:

  • Bespelling Jane — Mary Balogh, Colleen Cleason, Susan Krinard, and Janet Mullany
  • Holidays are Hell –Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and Vicki Petersson
  • The New Dead — edited by Christopher Golden (120 pages read out of 378)
  • This Christmas –Jennifer Coburn and Liz Ireland
  • Dashing Through the Mall — Sherryl Woods, Darlene Gardner, and Holly Jacobs
  • The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination — Garth Sundem
  • The Lightkeeper’s Daughter — Colleen Coble
  • Rogue Angel: Destiny — Alex Archer
  • ArchEnemy — Frank Beddor
 
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Posted by on December 26, 2010 in Books

 

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Trip and a Challenge

Christmas Day and I leave to go visit J for a week–a much-needed escape after the last few weeks.  While away from home, I thought I would give myself a challenge.   I have been reading more than usual, but I wanted to take the time to really get into my growing TBR pile.  And so, I packed nine books in my suitcase.  Hopefully I get all nine read, but if not, that’s okay.  I’m there not just to read but to enjoy J’s company and get some relaxation.  I plan on keeping the list updated throughout my mini vacation. To help, here’s the tentative list:

  • Bespelling Jane — Mary Balogh, Colleen Cleason, Susan Krinard, and Janet Mullany
  • Holidays are Hell –Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and Vicki Petersson
  • The New Dead — edited by Christopher Golden
  • This Christmas –Jennifer Coburn and Liz Ireland
  • Dashing Through the Mall — Sherryl Woods, Darlene Gardner, and Holly Jacobs
  • The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination — Garth Sundem
  • The Lightkeeper’s Daughter — Colleen Coble
  • Rogue Angel: Destiny — Alex Archer
  • ArchEnemy — Frank Beddor

Lots of collections of short stories, some holiday themed, a zombie anthology (of course), a funny how-to, historical Christian fiction, an action adventure paperback, and the conclusion of a The Looking Glass Wars… I’d say a ver eclectic selection, but that’s usually how my reading goes.  I figure I’ll start with one of the holiday themed collections, but if it doesn’t grab me, I can always switch to zombies for guaranteed enjoyment.  As I read, I hope to do a few mini reviews, or just thoughts on the book and/or author.  I have a 3 hour layover at O’Hare today, so I have plenty of time to get started…

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2010 in Books

 

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Highlight of the Week — School Program

On Wednesday, the boys had their school Christmas program.  Although I picked the program for my highlight of the week, I have mixed feelings about the program itself.

The Bad

For whatever reason, the school decided that the Christmas program would be a patriotic tribute to America.  No Christmas songs, no Frosty, no Santa, no nothing.  It was full of every patriotic song I knew and many I didn’t know.  We all expected to hear some carols, maybe a song about snow, hopefully an audience sing along.  But what did we get?   This Land is Your Land and the Star-Spangled Banner.  My grandmother decided not to come because of the songs being sung.  She wanted Christmas and so did I.

The Good

Even with the nonChristmas music, all the kids did such a good job.  They were adorable.  There were cowboy kids and stepping kids.  Kids with little speaking parts and kids with cute barbershop choreography.  Although A definitely was a step behind on the choreography. he said he loved dancing and singing.  N look so cute in his barbershop hat taking a bow after his song.  N’s class (who I help during the week) looked so finished and sophisticated in their performance.  As a bonus, they all mobbed me when I dropped off and picked up N from the cafeteria.  They had to confirm that I thought they did well.  So adorable!  I love watching little kids perform.

Added fun: The finale unintentionally sung in a round was the hilarity of the night!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2010 in Life

 

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