Monday, September 27, 2010

Marvellous Monday: What I like in a book

Now that I'm getting somewhat settled into the school year with the kids (I know, they've been at it for a whole month...I'm a little slow, haha), I'd like for the routine to spill over into my blogging. This is the first installment in my new regular feature (okay, so it's the only regular one I've come up with so far...but baby steps, right?). Since a lot of you are writing (or at very least, you like to read) I thought it appropriate to start off with something writing-related.

I will say that I'm not terribly picky when it comes to books. I rarely stop reading a book once I've started it*, unless there's tons of bad language or the writing is distractingly awful. As long as I'm sufficiently entertained, I'm usually good to go. In the past, I've been known to read the dictionary and encyclopedias for fun. It's nerdy, I know, but I love to learn, and have acquired a vast knowledge of many useless things. :o)

Non-fiction aside, I'll read (and enjoy) anything from picture books to complex literature, but only if it has some of the following criteria:

- a sense of humour (from the dry wit of Pride and Prejudice to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Mercer Meyer books - I LOVE I Was So Mad and Just Go To Bed! - and on to some of Meg Cabot's books which are seriously LOL funny)
- alternate universe/time travel (Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters series, Chronicles of Narnia)
- dystopian themes (Uglies/Pretties/Specials, The Chrysalids and Ender's Game are faves)
- wizards (Harry Potter, Septimus Heap, Lord of the Rings)
- historical/literary twists (Anne of Green Gables, Ophelia by Lisa Klein, Sorcery and Cecelia)
- WWII (Anne Frank, The Book Thief, Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)
- Fairies/genies/mythology (Artemis Fowl, The Children of the Lamp, Percy Jackson)
- Fantasy (A Wrinkle in Time, Books of Bayern, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, Shannara series by Terry Brooks, Fionvar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay)

This isn't a comprehensive list, by any means, but it's a start! How about you? What are you most likely to pick up?

Besos!

*I wish I had put down Gone With The Wind and War & Peace, but dangitall, I'm THAT stubborn.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

We have a weiner...er, a whiner...no - it's a WINNER!!!

Sorry I didn't post this sooner, but this is the first time I've been able to steal a few minutes on the computer today. I have pictures of the exciting draw from my Mexican bowl, but it'll have to wait until later (I'm heading out in 2 minutes to sign away my freedom for the kids' soccer registration).

Without further ado, the winner of the Hunger Games Trilogy is....

SHANNON O'DONNELL!!!

Congratulations, Shannon! I'll send you an email to get your info. Thank you everyone, for spreading the word and for making this an awesomely exciting giveaway. I wish I had a set of books to give you all!

Besos!

P.S. Oh, and also, before I forget, Jen Daiker is giving away a signed copy of Princess For Hire here, so go leave a comment (and don't forget to follow her wonderful blog too!) for a chance to win!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

One week left, and driving isn't all it's cracked up to be

The final countdown to the winner of the Hunger Games Trilogy is on! The contest closes at midnight of the 22nd, and on the 23rd I'll blog the winner. I'm already preparing my lovely Mexican bowl for the prize drawing (you can see the bowl and read about the fancy way I draw for a winner here).

In the meantime, I hope y'all* are doing well. I'm finally starting to adjust to our new, school/activity schedule, although the driving - OH MAN ALIVE THE DRIVING! - is going to do me in, and I, er I mean the kids haven't even started indoor soccer yet which will be every Monday-Thursday evening and goes until April. I'm tired just thinking about it.

You're probably thinking "Well, don't put your kids in so much stuff", which would be perfectly reasonable, but with 5 kids, there seems to be something going on ALL. THE. TIME. Trust me, I'm not one of those super high-energy moms with their kids involved in every extra-curricular activity out there. For starters, who can afford** it? For seconders (seconders?? Somebody*** needs a nap) I believe in a kid needing down time. Lots of down time. Because I like lots of down time. With reading. And sleeping. Did I mention that I'm tired?

Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah, not overscheduling kids. Or moms. Fortunately for my kids, they aren't overscheduled. Unfortunately for me, someone has to drive them to their activities. Since my husband is out of town working and/or coaching men's volleyball (until December - yay!) or playing volleyball (until March - boo!), I'm the one who gets to do the driving. I try not to complain too much, but I do get tired!

Besides, I'm just really grateful to have a vehicle to drive. When we first moved here, my husband had our only vehicle, so a lovely friend would take one of my girls to dance class with her daughter. She was (and still is) a darling, busy woman, and I never hear her complain about all of the running around she does for everyone else, so I have no business whining about my schedule. :o)

Speaking of schedule, I've got to get the rugrats a snack and then ready for bed. (Hubby is out of town for meetings.) Everyone is tired and a little cranky, so a good night's sleep is the only thing on the agenda for the evening. We're going to enjoy our last 3 weeks before the soccer madness sets in! And tomorrow? Well, thank goodness it's Friday, because weekends are free. Except for the out of town trip 2 kids are taking on Saturday with that amazing woman I just told you about in the last paragraph (I really hope she knows how much I love her).

Besos!

*Sorry, it's a throwback to when I used to live in Texas and just slips out every once in a while, y'all. See? There it goes again!
**Uh, not us, that's who.
***That somebody would be ME.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Egg Salad 1, Vampires 0

So, I was going about my business getting chased by vampires, when I was given the opportunity to become immortal. I declined, stating that it would be too difficult to live on blood. The reason? Because I love egg salad too much.

Yep, that's right - in my dreams, egg salad is enough to keep this gal from becoming a vampire. Who knew? And the vamps? They were so disgusted that they just left without further argument. I guess egg salad is the new garlic.

Do you think I could turn this dream into a multi-billion dollar series? The vampires didn't sparkle, so that's, like, a new twist on the genre, right?

Besos!
P.S. Guess what I'm having for lunch today?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Wow!

First off, I want to welcome all my new followers! *waves hello with much gusto and enthusiasm* You guys have done a great job of spreading the word by tweeting and blogging - thank you! Things are a little hectic right now, but I'm hoping to get around to all of your blogs by the end of the month. It's so nice to meet some of the wonderful bloggers out there. :o)

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm getting excited to draw for a winner, and there are still many days left before the contest ends. Fortunately (for me), my next couple of weeks are filled with settling into a routine with my kids' new school and after-school related activities, so I won't have much time to think about it. ;) Besides, it's looking like I'll have to spend any free time writing everybody's entries out to put into the draw. (For a look at my highly scientific process for drawing a winner, go here.)

I hope everyone is having a great long weekend!

Besos!

Once again, if you haven't done so yet, go here to enter to win the Hunger Games Trilogy.