Review: Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs by Jen Knox
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Memoir
musical chairs

Blurb: Musical Chairs explores one family's history of mental health diagnoses and searches to define the cusp between a '90s working-class childhood and the trouble of adapting to a comfortable life in the suburbs. In order to understand her restlessness, Jennifer reflects on years of strip-dancing, alcoholism, and estrangement. Inspired by the least likely source, the family she left behind, Jennifer struggles towards reconciliation. This story is about identity, class, family ties, and the elusive nature of mental illness.



Review:
This is probably one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It brought reality down to earth, and reminded me how blessed and safe and sheltered I am.

Jen’s story is not something that can really be summed up in a quick explanation, it is something that needs to be seen in the whole. Her story was absolutely addicting in a sad, scary, painful way, and it gave me a whole new respect for recovered alcoholics, ex-smokers, and those who have been through other awful situations like Jen has, such as rape, strip dancers, the homeless, and those shuffling from one job to another.


I rate it high for writing and prose (it’s always nice to read a novel by someone who knows how to write!), Jen told her story clearly and well. Obviously as it is a memoir I'm not going to say anything about the plot ;) however the pacing of the book was very good—i didn’t feel any dragging at all, at the same time it wasn’t too fast either. I would have given it five stars but it was a bit depressing at times, and sometimes I had to stop and take a break and read something sappy and lighthearted. (but that’s probably just me.)

The end of the story, where Jen’s life is turned around and she starts really living, is beautiful. I felt proud of her. I grew very connected to the people in her story, to the point that it almost felt that I knew them personally.

this book is not for people who want a light quick read—it’s the opposite. Musical Chairs is not a book to read if you’re trying to lift your spirits, but it’s not extremely depressing either. It makes you think, it makes you grateful, and it gives you hope.

Recommendation: Ages 16+ (for language and some sexual content.)

**Thank you to Jen for providing my review copy**

 

~Haleyknitz
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Happy Reformation day!!!

Reformation day is October 31—Martin Luther nailed the 95 thesis to the wall of the catholic church. the 95 Thesis were things that the Catholic church said were true but that the Bible said wasn’t, and Luther put  them on the door (!!!) sparking the protestant reformation. it is the reason we can go to whatever church we want to today. Thank you Luther!

(btw in case you’re wondering, i have nothing against Halloween. i think it’s fun. but i’m not allowed to celebrate it … still a minor. sigh.)



~Haleyknitz
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minor update…

I’m extending the book giveaways until November 10th, because I just got my review copies in the mail today ;) and it’s hard to tell you what you’re getting if i don’t even know… anyway.

Over the Holidays, Can God be trusted, A Climate for Change, and Girl On Top are the giveaways. see the sidebar or updates above this for links. good luck! and don’t forget that if you enter those you get extra points in the Winter contest, where two people will win handknit scarves (made by yours truly)!

~Haleyknitz
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Review: can God be Trusted?

Can God be trusted—Finding faith in troubled times. by Thomas D. Williams, Lc, ThD.God be trusted 

Blurb: If trust is essential to our relationship with other people, it is even more so with God. Without trust, we cannot take a single step forward in the spiritual life. Where habitual doubt and distrust make our spiritual loves  stagnate, trust is the rich soil in which our spiritual lives flourish.

My Review:
Can God be trusted is an uplifting book that dives into the trust that we can have in Christ Jesus. Williams explains the virtue of trust and how it is something lost in our culture, how people are wary to trust because they don’t want to be let down. He talks about different reasons to trust God, and backs them up with Bible verses. He talks about how trust in God is a gift to us, and about how to handle the betrayed feeling when God “lets you down.” the whole way through the book Williams tells us quotes from many people on their opinions and beliefs about trust.

Recommendation: Anyone interested in the topic. I won’t put an age on this, because it was very easy to understand. the writing was clear and concise (unlike, say, John Bunyan. ever read his work? Geez.) and a child ages 6+ could understand it reasonably well. Not all of it, but some (though it does not feel like an elementary read).

~Haleyknitz

Review: Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: no numbers for this one. you’ll have to decide for yourself

hush hush
I read this book saturday/sunday, and i’ve waited a while to write the review. i wasn’t sure what to say.

obviously, everyone has heard about the Hush, Hush phenomenon. it’s everyone’s new favorite book, it’s everywhere, it’s popular. well people, there’s a reason for that.

this review is going to be different than my others in that I’m breaking my usual format. short and sweet—this will either be your new favorite book, or the dumbest book you’ve ever read in your life. I’m on the favorite side.

I mention the other side because of the twilight phenomenon. people either love it or hate it. same with Harry Potter.

My opinion: I’ll never regret spending $12.00 on this book (I bought it discounted). I’ll read it again and again and i loved it. (but remember that Patch is already taken *coughhesminecough*)

I will say this, though. I’m so excited for the sequel Crescendo. there is no cliff-hanger in this though, rest assured. I just want more of Patch ;)

~Haleyknitz
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Review: Japan took the J.A.P. out of me

Japan took the JAP out of me by Lisa Cook


Rating: 4/5

 


japan

Summary: Lisa and her husband Peter are newlyweds—like, they were married four days ago—and they are moving to Japan. Lisa tells the first year of her life in Japan, and how she goes from a Jewish American Princess (JAP) with fancy cars and money and really good food to a housewife and a teacher who cooks and cleans. Lisa tells a heartwarming story of the first year of a beautiful marriage and hilarious adventures in Japan.

Thoughts: This book was really cute. I really liked it a lot. she used the f-bomb quite a lot, but i was able to overlook that and enjoy the story. Lisa is the kind of girl who at first seems to be the epitome of a princess—perfect body, favorite past time is shopping, cries when she breaks a nail. she seemed a bit shallow at first. but as the story went on and i got to know her, and see how see saw things and come to love the people she loved, i realized what kind of sweet girl she was.

One of my favorite parts of the story was when Lisa was so overwhelmed with teaching English, and her husband was being a typical guy and gave her a really pathetic gift for her 30th birthday. she got really upset and went to a bar with one of her Japanese friends, and they stayed there until about 3:00 am. she got home and Peter freaked out about her, and she just told him that she didn’t want to hear it right now. they didn’t talk for three days. she describes the tension between them, and the forgiveness after it, and you can see their marriage healed and continue to get stronger.

Characters: my favorite character was Peter. he was such a sweet guy willing to do anything for his wife whom he truly loved. It was a very good picture of marriage, too. both Lisa and Peter made sacrifices for each other, ranted about work and stupid things, sat on the balcony and had a beer, and once in a while complained to each other.

Plot: As this book was a memoir, I can’t really critique the plot, but i will say that I liked the way the book was organized—instead of chapters, there were six sections that divided up the book: Laundry, Cooking, Shopping, Cleaning, Transportation, and Intermission.

Recommendation: I sat down and read the whole second half of this book in one sitting. it was a light easy fun read, and a laugh to the last page. (my sister will testify. she was trying to write her book and I'd laugh and she’d yell “Haley be quiet!”) I recommend this book to ages 16+ (only because of the use of language and occasional sex.) and to anyone who needs a good laugh.

~Haleyknitz


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(late night) Teaser Tuesday

here’s a teaser from the books I’m reading right now:

”My first day on the job: six classes, forty-five girls in each class, all wearing identical uniforms (blue pleated skirt, sailor-style white blouse with light blue piping, navy cardigan sweater, white socks, loafers), all with variations of what seem like the same name: Yumi, Yumiko, Yuki, Yukiko, Yuriko, Junko, Reiko, Tomoki, Makiko, Mari, Eri, Ericko. I make everyone fold a piece of paper into a name card and place it at the front of thier desk. In one class I have four Yumis and four Yukis. Another class has two Maris, Two Yumis, and three Yurikos.”


japan
from Japan took the JAP out of me.

”Being dead sucks, but it beats the hell out of dying. even death is better than bottomless agony.”
from Afterlife afterlife

”Even at four stories up I could hear the waves as they greeted the rocky shoreline; the hum of the rotor that turned the lamp couldn’t drown it out.”
From The Light, The Dark, and the Ember between
light dark ember 

 

 


















~Haleyknitz
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Blog Tour—Japan took the JAP out of me

 

Japan took the JAP out of me by Lisa Fineberg Cook

japan

Blurb from Pocketbooks:  a funny and insightful memoir from debut author Lisa Fineberg Cook that takes readers along on a journey to a new home and a new soul. Just a week after her wedding, Lisa is thrilled about her husband’s job relocation to from Beverly Hills to Nagoya Japan. Lisa, a self proclaimed J.A.P. (Jewish American Princess), cannot wait to start her new and exciting life, filled with glamour, intrigue and, of course, shopping. But Nagoya is a far cry from the big city Lisa imagines. Faced with loneliness and boredom upon moving to Japan, Lisa struggles to find a place for herself. To deal with the culture shock and the turbulence of her new marriage, she decides to get out of the house and gets a job teaching in a girl’s school. What Lisa gains there will change her attitude and help her to understand and appreciate her new home.

I’m going to have to post the review later on in the week because I just got this book a few days ago, and didn’t get a chance to finish it ;) but it’ll be soon.

check out the rest of the tour:

The Life (And Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object:
http://haleymathiot.blogspot.com/

The Neverending Shelf: http://neverendingshelf.blogspot.com

Drey’s Library: http://dreyslibrary.blogspot.com/

A Sea of Books: http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/

Libby’s Library News: http://www.libslibrary.blogspot.com/

Bookin’ With Bingo: http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/

Readaholic: http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/

That’s A Novel Idea: http://thatsanovelidea.blogspot.com

Starting Fresh: http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/

Just Another New Blog: http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/

Blog Business World: http://www.blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com

My Friend Amy: http://www.myfriendamysblog.com

Chick With Books: http://www.chickwithbooks.blogspot.com/

Book N Around: http://booknaround.blogspot.com/

My Book Views: http://my-book-views.blogspot.com/

So Many Books, So Little Time:
http://purplg8r-somanybooks.blogspot.com/

Keep on Booking: http://keeponbooking.blogspot.com

Reading at the Beach: http://ilratb.blogspot.com/

Found Not Lost: http://jmomfinds.amoores.com/


Brizmus Blogs Books: http://brizmusblogsbooks.blogspot.com/

I Read: http://sumanam.wordpress.com/

~Haleyknitz


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Check this out…

Ramblings of a teenage bookworm is always fantastic, but she’s having a massive contest that ends on November 15th! winner chooses four from this list:

The Mark by Jen Nadol(ARC)
The Den of Shadows Quartet by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes(PB)
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger (PB)
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis(HB)
Shiver By Maggie Stiefvater(HB)
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater(PB)
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick(HB)
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe(HB)
The Hollow by Jessica Verday(HB)
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters(PB)
Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E Van Lowe (PB)
You are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay(ARC)
Intertwined By Gena Showalter(HB)
Devoured by Amanda Marrone(PB)
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink(HB)
Reign or Shine (Demon Princess, #1) by Michelle Rowen(PB)

 



nice, hu? yesss. check it out.
~H

I never have enough time to read…

It seems like I never have enough time to read. for me, anyway. My mom seems to think I spend too much time reading. (what?) it feels like, because I have so much schoolwork i can’t seem to read everything I’d like to.

so I’ve decided that over Christmas Break (which is short for me, because I’m homeschooled :/) I’m going to read a book a day. (and hopefully write a review on it.) So I figured, why not host a challenge?


book a day 



that’s 15 books. I think I can do that…
so here’s my list. I’ll probably add/change it as I go.

  1. 12/14 A Christmas Carol (Special Edition)
  2. 12/15 A Blue and Gray Christmas, The Ghosts, The Eggheads, and the Babe Ruth’s Piano

**due to funky college stuff, it might be impossible for me to do this because my Christmas break was canceled. Yeah, Canceled… oh well. I can still try ;)**

You are more than welcome to join in this challenge! post it on your blog and leave a link in the comments, and I’ll start a list of who is participating with me right down here.

Rebecca

The True Book Addict

Grilsgood

Valissy

Emily

Lindsay

Good luck guys!!

 

 

And it’s not too late to join in!! if you join in late, just try to read a book a day, however many days that ends up being ;) 

~Haleyknitz
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edit:

sigh. FAIL. major. I ended up not taking a Christmas break last year… *tear* next time!!

New Novel Monday

here’s what I got Oct 19-Oct 25:

 



For Review:
Chocolate—A Love Story by Max Brenner (cookbook!)
chocolate

The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox (blog tour, keep your eyes open on November 27th!)
magic warble


How to roast a lamb 
 roast a lamb 

     


sanctuary 

Russell falls in love with Lea and ultimately persuades the wary young girl to marry

him. They begin a new life in America and attempt to build a relationship on the

foundation of their original bargain. As Lea learns to love and trust Russell they must try

to form a marriage in the face of strains caused by the demands of his career and both of

their emotional scars.





jack 

Jack’s dreams come to life: a kids book about a dog named Jack.



japan 
Japan took the J.A.P. out of me: a funny and insightful memoir from debut author Lisa Fineberg Cook that takes readers along on a journey to a new home and a new soul. Just a week after her wedding, Lisa is thrilled about her husband’s job relocation to from Beverly Hills to Nagoya Japan. Lisa, a self proclaimed J.A.P. (Jewish American Princess), cannot wait to start her new and exciting life, filled with glamour, intrigue and, of course, shopping. But Nagoya is a far cry from the big city Lisa imagines. Faced with loneliness and boredom upon moving to Japan, Lisa struggles to find a place for herself. To deal with the culture shock and the turbulence of her new marriage, she decides to get out of the house and gets a job teaching in a girl’s school. What Lisa gains there will change her attitude and help her to understand and appreciate her new home. The tour will be Tuesday, October 27th.


Afterlife (signed :D)
afterlife 



triangle of deception 

Triangle of Deception, a story about the joining of CIA and Mossad forces on the one

hand, and the confrontation of rival terrorist groups on the other, will fascinate and entice

both those familiar with Dan Gordon's acute intelligence and cunning and those new to

his complex missions and riveting escapades.





The Hunt for Atlantis
hunt for atlantis

from Paperbackswap.com:
Touch the Dark
touch the dark

A Great and Terrible Beauty

great terrible

Bought (it was on sale at books-a-million ;D)
Impossible
 impossible

Hush Hush (I found it discounted for $12 at sam’s club—I couldn’t resist ;)
hush hush


What did you get?

~Haleyknitz
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OMFA… (oh my fallen angel)

Holy cow. Just read chapter one of Hush Hush.



Edward Cullen can go jump in a lake. Patch is MINE.

~H

College…

So I went on a college trip today. that’s why I didn’t do the 24-hour read-a-thon. (I would rather have done the read-a-thon, personally ;) anyway, my mom and sister and I went to UNCW for the open house event. we looked at departments and programs and majors… it’s all so overwhelming.

I danced for four years and quit last December (for reasons too complicated and convoluted to explain) so dance is no longer my future field. so now I don’t know what to do. I’m considering Computer Web Design, Criminal Justice, Interior Design, Education, Art, or just about anything else. I’m not sure what I want to do. I have no path, no answers…

whatever. College is weird.

Anyway, now I’m home (and wet and feeling musty because we got caught in the rain *tear*) and I’m gonna make some tea and take a shower and read for a while. (I bought Hush Hush discounted at Sam’s Club while we were out :D excited!!!!!!!!!!!!)

~Haleyknitz

Review: How to roast a lamb

*How to Roast a Lamb—new Greek classic cooking


by Michael Psilakis

roast a lamb  

Description from Hachette:

A rising star in the food world, Michael Psilakis is co-owner of a growing empire of modern Mediterranean restaurants, and one of the most exciting young chefs in America today. In How to Roast a Lamb, the self-taught chef offers recipes from his restaurants and his home in this, his much-anticipated first cookbook.

Ten chapters provide colorful and heartfelt personal essays that lead into thematically related recipes. Gorgeous color photography accompanies many of the recipes throughout.

Psilakis's cooking utilizes the fresh, naturally healthful ingredients of the Mediterranean augmented by techniques that define New American cuisine. Home cooks who have gravitated toward Italian cookbooks for the simple, user-friendly dishes, satisfying flavors, and comfortable, family-oriented meals, will welcome Psilakis's approach to Greek food, which is similarly healthful, affordable, and satisfying to share any night of the week. 



Click Here to read an excerpt of this book.

Review: this is a beautiful (huge! like, 2 inches thick.) book bursting with incredible pictures that make me crave salad like i never have before and make octopus actually look edible (and appealing), information that I never would have known or thought about about the ingredients, and fantastic (and some… interesting…)recipes. A typical recipe will include a beautiful full page photograph, description of the food, very easy to read and easy to follow instructions, extra ideas and variations, and little notes and tips and pieces of advice.

There are eleven categories: My Father’s Garden, Open Water, Dinner family style, My First Recipes, The hunting trip, a Lamb and a Goat, Psilakis Birthday Dinners, Kefi—A time to dance, Big party cooking, Anthos—the new world, and The Aegean Pantry. the back of the book includes recipes by type of dish and even metric conversions.

Each section is headed off with a two or three page story about Michael’s life and lots of photographs. some of the stories are sweet, like him remembering cooking for his parents for the first time. some are things i can relate to, like the thrill and pride of learning to dance. (though I never learned to dance on an empty glass beer bottle.) and some stories are sad and sweet, like him telling the time he watched his father kill the lamb that was his friend for Easter dinner.

a quick sampling of the recipes, some that sound fantastic:
*Warm Feta with Tomato, Olive and pepper salad
*Whole Spit roasted lamb
*Grilled watermelon and grilled manouri (which sounds discussing but the photograph looks incredible)
*roasted scallops with cauliflower, tart dried cherries, and capers in brown butter sauce
*Steak with bone marrow htippiti
*Dumplings with sausage, dandelion greens, sundried tomato and pine nuts

Now I’m hungry.

Recommendation: anyone who enjoys cooking really good food, gourmet, beautiful photographs of really good food, or just loves cooking in general.

*************************************************************************************

About the Author:
Chef Michael Psilaki
Michael Psilakis, the son of first-generation Greek immigrants, grew up on Long Island, where his first foray into the restaurant world was waiting tables at a T.G.I. Fridays. He now co-owns, with Donatella Arpaia, four restaurants in Manhattan—Anthos, a showcase for his modern take on haute Greek cuisine; Kefi which serves the classic home cooking her grew up on; Mia Dona, an Italian restaurant with Ga Greek accent; and Gus & Gabriel—as well as a new Greek restaurant, Eos, and the Viceroy hotel in Miami. In March 2009, in honor of Greek National Day, Psilakis was the first outside chef invited by the Obamas to cook at the White House. He lives in Long Island with his wife, Anna, and son, Gabriel.

~Haleyknitz
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*Thank You to Anna Balasi from Hachette for providing me with a review copy of this book.

Review and Tour—Over the Holidays

Over the Holidays by Sandra Harper
Rating: 2/5

over the holidays 
Summary: Vanessa is experiencing craziness from the holidays like she never has before: her husband’s relatives (who are extremely annoying) are visiting and taking over her holiday while he is out of town until Christmas eve, which means she has to entertain them, her sister is acting like she’s unrelated because she’s so wrapped up in her art (which she’s struggling with) and she’s trying desperately not to have an affair with the hansom playwright she’s working with…

My thoughts: It was really hard for me to see what the point of this book was, but i think it centered around holiday traditions, gifts, really weird relatives, and baking your pies instead of buying them from a store. there was no focus on the meaning of Christmas (Christ. hence, Christmas.) and i felt like the character’s decisions were not made based on what was right and the reason behind why it was right, but only to keep their dignity. the book seemed shallow in that sense. I really have a hard time understanding what these people were celebrating during Christmas—if you’re not celebrating the baby Jesus, what are you eating turkey for anyway?

The Plot: this book was a path through Christmas and New Year celebrations, so it took the four most important characters (Vanessa, her sister Thea, mother in-law Patience, and Patience’s daughter Libby) and told their Christmas stories from each of their perspectives. there were parts of the story that were really surprising—for instance, i didn’t expect what happened with Neil or Cal, and was very anxious to find out what happened.

The Characters: there were so many new characters all thrown at you at once in the beginning of the book, it’s a little tough to keep up with. Vanessa seemed to have her head on reasonably straight, which i liked. Thea though, out of all the characters, was the one who had the best grip on reality (maybe that’s just because she and I are both crazy temperamental artists, though). Patience (who was not patient) seemed trivial and silly and a little ditzy, which was perfect for her. I don’t think i was supposed to particularly like her. at least, i hope that’s the case. (because i didn’t.) Libby seemed melodramatic and had an overrated view of sex. but her love for her cousins made her endearing.

The Writing: there was a lot of swearing in this book. a lot. which really doesn’t bother me that much, because when i’m reading i skip over it and don’t really register it, but it might bother other people. the writing style in general seemed very casual, and some things were over described—i really don’t care if the toilet that she peed into was stainless steel or porcelain, and i don’t really want to know every detail of a woman’s Christmas shopping.

Recommendation and rating: I gave this book a 2 out of five, if you look on my side bar you see that I wrote “you might enjoy it, but you're really not missing anything if you skip it.” I rated it that way because I personally didn’t connect with this book (probably because of my view of Christmas being centered around Christ, not pie.) and would have lived to see tomorrow if I hadn’t read it. however, if you look below, there is a list of other blogs on this tour, and other people may tell you that it was fantastic. I guess this one just wasn’t for me. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light quick fun read, ages 16+

check out the rest of the blog tour:

*Rundpinne: http://www.rundpinne.blogspot.com
*Frugal Plus: http://frugalplus.com/
*The Life (And Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object:
http://haleymathiot.blogspot.com/

*Drey’s Library: http://dreyslibrary.blogspot.com/
*Wendi’s Book Corner: http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com/
*Opinionated? Me? : http://readingwatchingliving.blogspot.com/
*Me, My Book and the Couch:
http://memybookandthecouch.blogspot.com/

*Libby’s Library News: http://www.libslibrary.blogspot.com/
*Bookin’ With Bingo: http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/
*Books, Movies, and Chinese Food:
http://books-movies-chinesefood.blogspot.com/
*Psychotic State: http://www.psychoticstate.blogspot.com/
*Readaholic: http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/
*That’s A Novel Idea: http://thatsanovelidea.blogspot.com
*All About {N}: http://www.bookwormygirl.blogspot.com/
*Starting Fresh: http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/
*A Sea of Books: http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/
*Just Another New Blog: http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/
*Blog Business World: http://www.blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com
*My Friend Amy: http://www.myfriendamysblog.com
*Cheryl’s Book Nook: http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/
*One Person’s Journey Through A World of Books:
http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/

*I Read: http://sumanam.wordpress.com/
*So Many Books, So Little Time:
http://purplg8r-somanybooks.blogspot.com/


*Keep on Booking: http://keeponbooking.blogspot.com
*Reading at the Beach: http://ilratb.blogspot.com/
*Found Not Lost: http://jmomfinds.amoores.com/
*Brizmus Blogs Books: http://brizmusblogsbooks.blogspot.com/
*Book Reviews by Buuklvr81: http://www.buuklvr81.blogspot.com/

Thank you to Sarah Reidy  from Pocket Books for providing me with my review copy.

~Haleyknitz
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Giveaway: Over the Holidays

Win Over the Holidays by Sandra Harper!

over the holidays 

I have one (1) copy of Over the Holidays to give away. Contest runs October 22-November 1 . no P.O. boxes, USA only.

To Win:


1. Leave a comment: what was your worst Christmas ever? did you have a disastrous Christmas one year? insane relatives, really bad gifts, moldy eggnog, what was it?
2. leave your e-mail address. no e-mail, no entry— no exceptions.

Extra entries:
+1 new follower
+1 post this on your sidebar or any other social networking site
+2 old follower
+2 comment on my review
+3 post this contest in a separate post on your blog
+5 grab my button for your sidebar
+5 if you participate in my winter contest. 

So comment away…

~Haleyknitz

Scarf :D

the first scarf for the winter contest is done. yay! it’s lovely. it’s chenille (super soft and warm) and it’s a caramel-gold color.

scarf

Don’t forget to enter the contest! you get points for commenting on anything i post from October 9th-November 30th. check it out for more details.



~Haleyknitz
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Craft Wednesday—bookmark

Hey, remember that fantastic Jacket we made a few weeks ago? got any left over denim? here’s an awesome project you can do with your scraps.

Denim Bookmark. 

bookmark bookmark2
(Close Up)

1. gather your scraps. you can use scrap fabric too, but it will shred. shredded denim looks awesome, though. to get a raw edge, make a small cut in the fabric and tear the rest. tear the denim to the length and width you want.

2. gather scraps of fabric, ribbon, or silk flowers.



3. Using needle/thread (or hot glue if you’re really anti-sewing) sew the things you gathered onto the bookmark in whatever way you want. fill it up, or make strips, or go crazy.

4. you can sew buttons or beads onto one end (or both ends, if it’s a long bookmark). you don’t want buttons or beads in the middle, because it will be too thick to be a good bookmark.

here’s another picture, but this one I didn’t make.
bookmark one

beautiful. again, not much sewing/craft experience necessary here. Post your picture and the instructions on your blog!

~Haleyknitz
knitter

You know what’s cool?

it’s cool to go to the library and see books that you donated on the shelves. books are friends. so seeing your friends on those shelves for other people to enjoy… that’s really cool.

support your local library! Donate books and borrow stuff, and pay your overdue fees. this week is Teen Read Week!

How many books (estimated) have you donated to your local library? I’ve donated five or six.

~Haleyknitz
knitter

Enter my Winter Contest! runs through November 30th.

Review: The Wise Old Boar

The Wise Old Boar by Margaret Merry
Genre: Children’s Literature/fiction

boar

Summary: Bruno is a boar and all the animals think he is very wise. (except the owls, of course. but they never talk to the other animals.) but in reality Bruno is very stupid. through the beginning of the book, animals come to Bruno for advice on how to fix their problems, and Bruno gives advice to them. but none of it seems to work. then when a huge storm comes and threatens their lives, they find a cave with a small opening to hide in. the cave would have filled up and drowned them all if it weren’t for Bruno getting stuck in the opening. after that, Bruno became known not as a wise boar, but as a hero instead.

Bruno learns what’s really important is to be who you are and help people the way you can, not to pretend that you know things you don’t. this book will show children how silly pretending to be wise is. at the end, when Bruno got stuck in the opening, you could say that he got what he deserved—he was soaking wet, had hail fall on his bottom, and then got sunburned before he was finally able to sneeze himself out of the cave. Bruno went through a lot, but it taught him a lesson.

here are two of my favorite illustrations. the squirrels reminded me of Squirrel Nutkin in the Tales of Beatrix Potter.
boar squirrels

boar storm

Again, my photographs don’t do them justice.

Recommendation: Children ages 4-10 will enjoy this book. I found it very funny, and it will entertain children and parents alike.

~Haleyknitz
knitter

Teaser Tuesday


From—Touch the Dark
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I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.


From Musical Chairs:
musical chairs 
“I won’t hit a girl first,” Damien kept saying that day, as he punched me in the arm on my way home from school, leaving bruises. His friends, boys i didn’t know laughed, thinking he wasn’t hitting me hard. I was good at holding in tears; I was tough.


From Over the Holidays:
over the holidays
  “You’re one of those east cost theatre people who come to LA and then complain how it’s not New York.”
  “I’m from LA.” he said.

fun mix this week! Over the holidays is having a blog tour coming up soon—keep your eyes peeled!

btw, I’m in the process of picking a winner for LOCKDOWN! yes…



~Haleyknitz
knitter

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