Friday, August 6, 2010

Free For All Friday, August 6

Let's start with a little eye candy for the ladies.  No, he's not reading a book or doing anything remotely close to it, but it's Free For All Friday and I felt like sharing.  I'd come up with a picture for the men on the blog, but there are only a handful and they never speak up so they lose out this time around.

So remember when I was bragging the other week about the plethora of good books that had come my way? Oh, I was basking in the glow of well written lit.  I told the library to just hold my requested books for a minute because my cup (or in this case my stack) was running over with an abundance of greatness.  Yeah, well I spoke too soon. In the last four days I have started no less than five books, got to page 30 or so and put them down.  Absolutely nothing has moved me!  The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow just arrived in the mail, so I'm going to give it a try this weekend.  I've heard great things about it. Have you read it yet? If so, thoughts?

You may have noticed that I've done Teaser Tuesday and Throwback Thursday sporadically, or not at all, these past few weeks.  I've been working on another blog with my teenage daughter, also known as the Princess of Snark, or PoS for short. What happens when a practical mom and her snarky teen try to find the perfect college?  Join us over at Whose Kid Is This? where we're blogging about the year long journey from high school senior to college freshman.

Casting for The Help: I can't think of a more controversial book in recent times. You either loved it or hated it, there doesn't seem to be a middle ground.  If you've been following the blog for awhile, you know that I'm one that loved it.  I'm excited to see Viola Davis cast in the role of Aibileen.  Joining her are Cicely Tyson and Aunjanue Ellis, whose talent is under utilized.  To see who else is joining them, click here.

Audio books: I finally gave up and dropped Under the Dome back off at the library.  There was no way I could carry that heavy book back and forth to work with me every day just so I could read during my lunch hour.  When I saw an ad in Entertainment Weekly for a free book on tape from Audible.com, I took advantage of it.  I've never listened to a book on tape before, never. But PoS and I will be road tripping this fall on the great college hunt and I thought it would be a perfect time to listen.  WHY IS THIS BOOK 34 HOURS LONG??? I could drive from here to Alaska and still have some left over to listen to.  The snarky one has already said she'll be putting on headphones as soon as I turn it on.  I don't know if I'll make it through, but carrying it on my iPhone is a lot easier than carrying it in my bag.  Any audio book fans out there? How do you manage to stay focused on the book while driving? Am I out of my mind for trying to listen to Under the Dome?
 


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