Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Blog Contests Shout Out

There are so many good blog contests out there, it is hard to keep track!
Here are a few that I think are worth mentioning:

The Ohana Mama is giving away a Medela Swing Pump & Bamboo Nursing Camisole! Visit to learn more about breast feeding and other great information!


Confessions of a Housewife is giving away a copy of the Being Dad: Inspiration and Information for Dads-To-Be DVD! Interesting and informational look at how dads feel!

Babes and Kids is giving away and Aden and Anais 2 pack of swaddling blankets! And she has a discount for her blog readers as well!

Go Graham Go!
is giving away Mama Jewels and an All About Me Diary from Fresh Baby! Check out her review (and the giveaway) here!

Berrie Sweet Picks is giving away a "She Colors My Day" photobook from Snapfish by HP! It is a great giveaway promoting an amazing cause!

Mom Start is giving away an awesome bag from Tessuta Woven Products! They have tons of team colors that you can choose from!



Friday, March 13, 2009

Book Review: Brisingr (Inheritance: Book 3)

Brisingr (Inheritance:  Book 3)
Brisingr (Inheritance: Book 3)

by Christopher Paolini

Finished this book with a sigh (almost a scream) of frustration. Silly me, I had no idea that the last book of the trilogy (now a cycle) had been split into two books. I was so excited to finish the series and see how it ended. Get to the last page and realize that this isn't the end. The book just wasn't as good as the first two. The story is so good, but Paolini's writing can sometimes seem superfluous and whole sections of the book seemed unnecessary. I see the importance of the sword being forged, but did I honestly need to sit through about 30 pages of minute-by-minute details of how exactly it was made?

All of that aside, it really does engage the imagination and lives up to what a fantasy novel should be. There is the right amount of suspense and danger that keeps you reading (even when it is way past your bedtime). I hope the fourth novel finishes what has been a great series in a way that satisfies.

Oh, and if it turns into five books, I swear to god....

Book Challenge 2009

Two years ago I made a New Year's resolution to read 50 books in a year. I completed it and it was a unbelievably satisfying feeling and experience. I decided this year I would like to try it again.

Here is a list of the books that I have read so far (I have been on a fantasy series kick lately it seems). I am in need of a good nonfiction book to read next.

Even if you can't find the time to read 50 books, take a little time out to read a good book. It is amazing how it can make you feel when you find a book that you love.

I linked all the books to their sites on goodreads. That site is perfect for keeping track of books that you have read and that you would like to read. Plus, you can check out how other readers rated books and what they thought of it.




Nuclear Winter Wonderland: A Wild Tale of Nuclear Terror, Kidnapping, Gangsters and Family Values (Paperback) Nuclear Winter Wonderland: A Wild Tale of Nuclear Terror, Kidnapping, Gangsters and Family Values Corin, Joshua


I Am Legend (Paperback) I Am Legend Matheson, Richard


Little Bee (Hardcover) Little Bee Cleave, Chris


The Host: A Novel (Hardcover) The Host: A Novel Meyer, Stephenie


How to Be Good (Paperback) How to Be Good Hornby, Nick


Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) Meyer, Stephenie


Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) Meyer, Stephenie


New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) Meyer, Stephenie


Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) Meyer, Stephenie

Brisingr (Inheritance:  Book 3) Brisingr (Inheritance: Book 3) Paolini, Christopher


Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) Paolini, Christopher


Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) Paolini, Christopher