26 November 2011

Chronicle Books Haulidays Contest!

What a fun contest!  Chronicle Books is running their holiday contest again.  This year, not only does the winner get 500 for them and $500 for a commenter but also $500 for a charity.  If I win I will be giving to Library Build, Inc.  Chronicle publishes plenty of children's books which will be great for the charity to receive.  And, if i win, i also pick a winner from the comments!  Fun for everyone!

so, to the list!
For me:
  • Girl in the Kitchen by Stephanie Izard
  • Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, an Illustrated Classic
  • Peter Pan, an Illustrated Classic
  • Scary Stories Illustrated by Barry Moser
  • Emily the Strange
  • Emily's Book of Strange
  • Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse
For B:
  • The Writer's Toolbox by Jamie Cat Callan
  • The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites
  • Ready, Set, Novel! By Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, and Tavia Stewart-Streit of National Novel Writing Month 
for my niece, 5 months:
  • Little Owl Finger Puppet Book
  • Snow Baby Finger Puppet Book
  • Mrs. Mustard's Stroller Cards
 or my nephew, 5 yrs:
  • Rules of the Wild: An Unruly Book of Manners
  • Giant Machines: SeeMore Readers Level 1
  • Killer Whales: SeeMore Readers Level 1
for my other niece and B's niece, both 7 yrs:
  • Art Activity Pack: Van Gogh
  • Art Activity Pack: Monet
  • Good Night, Fairies!
  • Woodkins: Kirsty's Big Adventure
  • Woodkins: Kelly's Great Day
for B's nephew, 11:  
  • The Alchemist's Cat by Robin Jarvis
  • Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis
  • The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Junior Edition Boxed set
for my friend D:
  • Inside Design Now
  • Eco-Design: The Sourcebook
for my friend C:
  • Playboy: 50 Years, The Photographs
so that gets me right up to $500.  Now off to comment! 

Also: any Paperbackswap users out there?  consider donating a credit or two to their Books for Schools program. So far this year they've completed donations to 11 schools with another dozen or so to go.  I donated 3 credits to this very good cause.

Another Also: just saw that Guys Lit Wire is running another book fair for a school in DC.   It is through 11/28/11 though I bet if you ordered a book on Tuesday they'd still like it! 

12 November 2011

More Flavia

I was so wonderfully excited when i found out we were getting TWO Flavia books in one year.  A Red Herring Without Mustard in the spring then I Am Half-Sick of Shadows in the fall. 

For readers of the series, this novel is a bit different as takes place entirely at Buckshaw. There's no Flavia zooming about on Gladys but there is plenty of chemistry and experiments in the lab.  Flavia manages to do a bit of sneaking out even.  Due to their dire financial situation, Flavia's father rents out Buckshaw to a film company over Christmas.  A famous actress arrives with the film crew and almost immediately makes friends with Flavia.  The local vicar gets the idea to have the actress and her costar enact a scene from Romeo and Juliet which they are famous for, all to help fund the church roof.  So half the village gathers at Buckshaw on Christmas Eve, then can't leave due to a blizzard.  Of course, that's the night someone gets murdered.

The snowed in situation gives the book a bit of a claustrophobic feel but it works well. Flavia is still wonderful.  We learn more of Dogger and how talented, and broken, he is.  We get hints regarding the mystery of Harriet but not enough to draw any firm conclusions though perhaps her disappearance was related Flavia's aunt's activities during WWII or whatever happened to Dogger.  I both can't wait and dread discovering the exact facts.

This book is very fun.  a 6!  Read this series!

10 November 2011

Order of the Phoenix

OK, this book is my least favorite of the series.  Umbridge is just so awful and Snape so mean.  There's the death which always makes me cry even though i know it's coming.  I'm glad i relistened though; the series isn't complete without it.