Category Archives: Books and Reading

So I sell Usborne Books now

Yep, I sell Usborne Books.* As in, I’m now an independent consultant. Which means I sell through home parties and stuff. I signed up because I love books (haha, understatement) and I want my kids (and other people’s kids) to love books too. Because reading! And learning! And other things!

So, yes, I like talking about books. I like buying books. I like books, full stop.

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Book thoughts: A Christmas to Remember

First off, I know Christmas is over. But Orthodox Christmas is January 7, 2014, so technically it’s still the Christmas season. (Hey, a technicality still counts.)

Anyway. Sometimes even I want to read something sappy and happy and romantic (shocking, right?), so I got my hands on a review copy of the Christmas romance anthology A Christmas to Remember. (So I have to review it now. You know how it goes.)

Aside: I’m a hopeless romantic at heart. Also, I love the holiday season (with the possible exception of the insanely crazy Christmas dinner season). So really, reading a Christmas romance book isn’t that far out of the realm of possibility.

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The books you can’t put down

Remember last year, when I wrote this review of a really, really good book? Well, I got my super excited hands on an advanced copy of the sequel, so you can imagine how much squeeing went on when I got it on my Kindle.

I started it last week. The first couple of nights, I had to force myself to put the book down, because it was really late and I had to get up early the next morning. (There were many longing glances toward my Kindle on Thursday.) On Friday night, I sat down with Crux again, because it was Friday and I didn’t have to get up early the next morning to get the kids to school.

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Look, a giveaway!

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I thought why not run one now?

This giveaway is for a print book (I know, right?) called We’re All Going To Die Tomorrow: A Guidebook for the End of the World & A Compendium of the Many Ways in which we are totally Doomed. Which is the best title ever.



A (mostly) satirical book on the current End Times craze. We examine everything from the 2012 Mayan Calendar end-date to the Rapture with snarky and occasionally inspirational commentary. Makes the perfect gift for paranoid End Times fanatics.

**Note: Some potty-language, not for kids.**

This book actually was pretty funny. If this is something that interests you, enter the giveaway!

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Once upon a time…

So I have, unfortunately, succumbed to a nasty virus that’s knocked me out and rendered me unable to do anything but lie on the couch (or my bed) and stare blankly at things. Sadly, this means that I don’t quite have the current concentration to write any book reviews, which is annoying me to no end.

So, unfortunately, no book review today. Instead, how about a book discussion? Or, well, a genre discussion.

Okay, let me explain. In the last twenty-four hours of blahness, I’ve caught up on my episodes of Once Upon a Time — you know, the fairy tale series that airs on ABC. I quite like the show, since it combines all sorts of fairy tale characters into one setting.

So let’s talk fairy tales. What makes them so popular? What about fairy tale retellings? Are they a good idea or bad idea? What’s  your favorite fairy tale and retelling?

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