Archive for May, 2008

Well, I was tagged by B&b ex libris and so here are the questions and answers to the Author meme:

1. Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?

This is such a difficult question!! I admit that it does change from time to time.  Currently it is Charlaine Harris.  I’ve really enjoyed the books in each series she’s written.  Look for my review of her book, “From Dead To Worse” to be posted soon.

2. Who was your first favorite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favorites?

My favorite author was Carolyn B. Keene, the author(s) of the Nancy Drew books.  I remember being so upset when I found out that it was a pseudonym and that there was more than one author.  Keene isn’t still one of my favorites, but I still treasure the Nancy Drew books even though it’s been awhile since I read them.

3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?

Probably Patricia Briggs.  I love her urban fantasyish series about Mercedes the Volkswagon mechanic! (“Moon Called“, “Blood Bound“–my review is located here, and “Iron Kissed” are the main stories, with a short story in “On the Prowl“, and a novel spinoff from that short story coming out very soon–“Cry Wolf“)  I’d never heard of her before I picked up these books, but apparently she’s written quite a few and they are all highly praised.  She mixes the supernatural elements together very well, and hasn’t yet made the mistake of either too much sex and no plot, or too many love interests for the main character.

4. If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?

Well like I said, Harris and Briggs would probably pop out first. However, then I’d add Jane Austen, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Mary Renault.  Not much will ever top “Pride and Prejudice“, and Burnett’s “The Secret Garden“, “A Little Princess“, and “Little Lord Fauntleroy” (read my review here will always be favorites.  Renault’s Alexander the Great series is also right up there.

5. Tagged:

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I’m ashamed to admit that I was tagged way back in April by Bloody Hell, It’s a Book Barrage! and never got around to doing it. So without further ado, Six Random Things About Myself.

1. I can do a weird voice that makes it sound like I’ve been sucking on helium.  It’s kinda a cross between an alien and a cartoon.  On the other hand, it easily amuses children, and I can perfectly mimic Alvin, Simon, and Theodore 🙂

2. I’ve only really cut my hair three times in my life.  Once in second grade to my chin, Omgneveragain!, once in tenth grade to just below my shoulders, and once last summer (which I donated to Locks of Love) when my friend’s grandfather died and I wanted to cheer her up— my friends apparently find joy in my suffering/getting my hair cut.

3. I’ve pretty much memorized every line of the Lord of the Rings movies.  I also can do a pretty mean impression of Gollum.

4. One day in tenth grade, we were in math class playing the state game.  (You know, the Friends Thanksgiving episode where they all try to write as many states as they can in six minutes, and Ross thinks he can do it but can’t and vows to do it or not eat?)  When my friend was checking my list, she said, “Wait, you weren’t serious about putting down Washington D.C. as a state, were you?”  Yes my friends, yes I was.   Why did I think that? I don’t know, but my friends and family will never let me live it down.

5. I read fanfiction.  What is fanfiction, you ask?  Well, have you ever watched a movie/tv show, or read a book, and wished that something had turned out differently?  Ex, the hero married somebody else, or the bad guys won, etc?  That’s what fanfiction is.  It’s taking that movie/show/book and writing a story using some of those character, or tweaking the plot, etc.  Fanfiction.net, for example, has 42,107 stories listed in the Lord of the Rings category.  Like, what if Boromir didn’t die?  Or what was Legolas’ life like as he grew up?  It’s pretty much an alternate universe look at a story. 

6. I hate scary movies.  I can’t stand them.  Even ‘scary’ movies that people think aren’t scary at all, I think are. Ex, “White Noise” scared the shit out of me.  I couldn’t stand tv or radio static for quite some time.  “Identity” totally freaked me out.  When I saw “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, I slept with the light on for several weeks.  I’m a wimp!

Rules: Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, write the six random things, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.

Tagging: Since I’m posting two memes, I’m tagging twelve people. (I decided to go with R,S,T blog names)  You can either do one, or both, or lol none.  I don’t want to force you into anything 🙂

1. Traci’s Book Bag

2. The Tome Traveller’s Weblog

3. The Printed Page

4. Ticket To Anywhere

5. The Golden Road

6. The Boston Bibliophile

7. The Bibliophiles

8. She is too Fond of Books

9. Silverheron’s Nest

10. She Reads Books

11. Shhh I’m Reading

12. Random Wonder


Missed my last post?  It was TUESDAY THINGERS- BOOK BLOGGING.


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This week’s question, courtesy of Marie at the Boston Biliophile: So the question this week is- how many books do you have cataloged in your LibraryThing account? How do you decide what to include- everything you have, everything you’ve read- and are there things you leave off?

Haha.  I have 1049 books cataloged in my LibraryThing account.  To me it was a no-brainer what to include.  I own all 1049.  I don’t really understand adding books that you’ve only read… although I know that some people do.  But to me the purpose is to have all of the books in your library listed, thus the name LibraryThing.  If I get rid of a book, I’ll delete the entry on LibraryThing.  Although, for EarlyReviewer books I’ll keep them listed on my account even though I may give them away.  (This is because your review will disappear if you delete a book from your library.)  I suppose I’ll just tag those books accordingly.  But that’s the only case of a book being in my library that I don’t own. 


Missed my last post?  It was NEW CONTEST POST.

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New Contest post

Bookshipper is hosting a Pay It Forward contest!  The prize?  “The Flirt” by Kathleen Tessaro.  (Buy it here, and read Bookshipper’s review here.)  All you have to do is leave a comment here, and link to this contest from your blog.  The winner will be picked Friday May 30th.  Go check it out 😉



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1. Head over to carp(e)libris reviews for a chance to win “Skunk (A Love Story)” by Justin Courter.  (Can be bought here) Just comment here with ‘something you’re really hooked on’ lol.  You can get another chance to win by subscribing to all of her posts, and a third by blogging about the giveaway with a link back to the post.  Hurry though! You only have until midnight EST on May 21, 2008 (today!!).


2. Then jump over to Jen at Devourer of Books.  She’s celebrating what will be her 100th post with a contest 🙂 Browse through her book reviews, (and there are quite a few) then go here and leave a comment saying which book you’d like to win, and why. (I’m hoping to snag “Queen of Shadows” by Edith Felbar— which can be bought here, although it was very hard to choose!  Check here for Devourer’s review.)  The winners will be notified by either June 18th, or her 100th post (whichever comes first).  Want more chances?  Comment on posts around the site, and each comment will count as an additional entry.  Plus if you post about the contest on your own blog, you double your entries! 


3. Edit: Finally head over to Booking Mama for a chance to win “The Blood of Flowers” by Anita Amirrezvani (Which can be bought here).  Comment on this post by May 23rd at 11:59 EST for a chance to win, and double your chances by posting about this contest on your own blog.


4. And I also must share my discovery of This Book For Free, which right now has about 12 different contests going on.  See if any of the books interest you!


5. How do I keep finding out about all these new contests??? Here’s another one hosted by Lori at Lori’s Reading CornerThe Pay it Forward Book Exchange is offering 5 books:

Back on Blossom Street (The Knitting Books #3) by Debbie Macomber, Belong to Me: A Novel by Marisa De los Santos, What Looks Like Crazy by Charlotte Hughes, Dying Breath by Wendy Corsi Staub, The Third Victim by Lisa Gardner;

(Buy them here.) You have until May 30th to sign up, by posting the Pay it Forward button on your blog (although I was kindly allowed to skip this step because I cannot get the picture to show up), signing the Mr. Linky at this post, and agreeing to give the book away after your’ve read it by hosting your own contest.  Sounds like a great deal!

6. Another great Pay it forward contest is being held over at Bookroomreviews.  Pretty much same details as Lori’s contest.  Comment here, for a chance to win “Mrs. Perfect” or “Broken Angel”.  (Buy them both here.) Go on and enter 🙂
Missed my last post?  It was TUESDAY THINGERS- BOOK BLOGGING.

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Okay, so technically I’d like to be part of “Tuesday Thingers” over at LibraryThing, but I didn’t do it the first week. Anyways it’s week two and here’s my post regarding the theme.  Anyone who is interesting in participating should head over to see Marie’s post at The Boston Bibliophile.

This week’s topic: Discussion groups. Do you belong to any (besides Early Reviewers)? Approximately how many? Are there any in particular that you participate in more avidly? How often do you check?

I belong to about 20 groups on LibraryThing (besides EarlyReviewers).  And since you’re all dying to know which ones: Aboard the Jolly Roger, Alexander the Great, Ancient History, Anne Rice fans, Barnes & Noble First Look Readers, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Blog the Book, Bloggers, Book Sales, Council of Elrond, English History- Tudor through Edwardian, Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries, I Love Jane Austen, Made into a Movie, Modern Library Collectors, Name that Book, Rare-Old or Offbeat, Urban Fantasy, Used Books, Vampire Fiction

I don’t really check them induvidually.  Maybe once in awhile.  Historical Fiction and Vampire Fiction the most I suppose.  I’d like to see more posts in the Alexander the Great group since it’s one of my favorites, but there really isn’t too much interest.  I just keep an eye on my talk page- set to my groups.   That way I don’t really miss any new conversations.  Haha that page I constantly refresh when I’m online.  I feel like such a geek 🙂

How about you? 


Edit: I also belong to about 110 Yahoo groups (prob half which I follow the discussions on through digest emails) which I will spare my fingers the pain of listing here. 

Plus I follow probably around 30 or so customer discussions on amazon.com although the one I pay attention to most is ‘historical fiction in rome and ancient greece’. 

And finally I belong to the following groups on facebook: Helium: Where Knowledge Rules, The ONE Campaign, Paul Gilligan Jr. Memorial Road Race, When I was your age Pluto was a planet, If you remember this you grew up in the 90s, 400000 Faces, A Mission From Gandalf- Sir Ian McKellen for ‘The Hobbit’, For Every 1000 that joins this group I will donate $1 for Darfur, Subaru at Drexel University, Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, Support Stem Cell Research, Anyone Who Thinks Dane Cook is Fucking Awesome, Haddon Heights Alumni, Yea I listen to Christmas Music For a Month Straight, Kathleen Sebelius for Governor Again!, LibraryThing.com Users.



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Title:  “Victor Kugler: The Man Who Hid Anne Frank”

Author: Eda Shapiro & Rick Kardonne

Format: Hardcover

Number of pages: 136

ISBN: 13 978-965-229-410-4

Publisher: Gefen

Date of publication: January 2008

5 stars: One everybody should read


                                                         The Man Who Hid Anne Frank


“I first saw Anne Frank when she was only four years old, in March 1934…. Even in those early minutes of our acquaintance I was struck by her large, dark brown eyes; those probing, searching, questioning eyes.”(pg 34) So said Victor Kugler of his first meeting of Anne Frank.


I had doubts about this book.  I knew that “The Diary of Anne Frank”was published by her father in order to get her story out there.  However, not knowing anything about Victor Kugler, I was afraid that this was yet another person trying to make money by telling their story.  I was relieved that this was not the case.  My fears about this book were set to rest after reading the preface.  Victor Kugler told his story to Eda Shapiro from 1969-1973, and later died in 1980.  After Shapiro passed away, her husband Iriving Naftolin had Kugler’s memoirs published with the help of Rick Kardonne.


To many, the name Victor Kugler may be unfamiliar.  Those who have read “The Diary of Anne Frank”will recall Mr. Kraler being the man who hid the Frank family and their companions.  Kraler and Kugler are one and the same.  It was hard to read this book knowing that Kugler’s hiding place would eventually be discovered, and what would happen to the Franks. 


“Again and again they tried to movie it but they failed.  Finally, they found the hook that kept it in its place.  The hook was unfastened and they moved the bookcase.  The door leading to the staircase and rooms above was now exposed.

My heart sank.

The moment I had been dreading for two years had now arrived.

I realized the object of this search.  I knew we had been betrayed.  The secret had been revealed and our plans had failed.  The eight people in the Secret Annex were now doomed.  A terrible fate awaited them all.” (pg 52)


7006.  That was the number that was sewn onto Kugler’s jacket in the concentration camp he was sent to after the Franks were discovered.  From there he traveled to two other concentration camps before amazingly escaping on a bicycle while his group was attacked by British Spitfires.  He credits his survival to many who helped him on his travels, and he remembered them all.  Among them were farmers who sheltered him and gave him clothing, a woman who warned him about a dangerous road, and a boy who directed him.


There were a few things I was disappointed in after reading this book, but there weren’t many.  One was the length.  I found it entirely too short. Added to that, there are sections that aren’t really Victor Kugler’s story.  I wanted to read about Kugler, and how he helped the Frank family.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d care to read any more after the Secret Annex was discovered, but I stuck with it and found I couldn’t turn away from Kugler’s experiences in the concentration camp.  I found them both sickening and alarming, but how could anyone feel differently?  I do admit that I found the later sections, after Kugler’s move to Canda, a bit boring since Kugler was no longer in the thick of things.  Overall, this was a very moving book.  Like Anne Frank, Kugler’s story should never be forgotten. 


(Thanks to LibraryThing’s EarlyReviewers Program, and Gefen Publishing House)


Missed my last post?  It was UPCOMING READS, REVIEWS, AND FREE BOOKS.

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So it’s that time of year, also known as the dreaded finals…. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally had my last class and now I can get back to reading and reviewing!  To all you fellow LibraryThingers out there, I’ll eventually get a list of your blogs on the side of mine.  That said, here are a couple of books that I’ll be reading and reviewing sometime in the future.

“Victor Kugler: The Man Who Hid Anne Frank” by Eda Shapiro & Rick Kardonne

This book is one that I received through the Early Reviewer’s program in March over at LibraryThing.  It was the first book I got through the program so I was very excited to get it.  It arrived not too long ago.  I’m almost done reading it, and I’ll post my review here, over at LibraryThing, and on Amazon.com.  The subject of the book is pretty much explained by the title 🙂

“Songs for the Missing” by Stewart O’Nan

This book came in the mail today!  I signed up for the First Look Program over at Barnes&Noble back in April, and this is the book I got.  It’s fiction about a girl who goes missing, and how her family deals with it.  I’ve never read anything by this author, but it looks great.

“The Bridge of San Luis Rey” by Thorton Wilder

This is the book I was assigned through the Penguin Classics Blog.  I was one of the first, I think, 1400 people to sign up (sorry but they are no longer offering books!) and this book was randomly chosen for me.  I’d never heard of it.  Amazon’s summary says: In this Pulitzer Prize winner, a bridge collapses in eighteenth-century Peru; five die. Who were they?  Sounds interesting, but makes me think of “Hiroshima” by John Hersey.

“The Aviary Gate: A Novel” by Katie Hickman

This one I snagged thanks to a heads up by Carey over at LibraryThing.  I’ve never read anything by Katie Hickman, but this is historical fiction so it’s right up my alley.  I hope it’s not too much romance and not enough plot, but we’ll see!  You may still be able to get a copy of this book to read and review.  Send an email to marketing@bloomsburyusa.com with the subject line- Shelf Awareness ad for Aviary Gate copy.   I’d also include your name and address, and a blog if you have one in the body of the email, with a line about how you’d like to read it.

“The Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex and Other True Short Stories” by Pagan Kennedy

Again, thanks to Carey over at LibraryThing.  I’ve never read anything by Kennedy either, and although this is a little outside my comfort zone, I decided to give it a shot.  This one, like “Victor Kugler” is nonfiction.  Like the above book, you may still be able to get a copy to read and review.  Send an email to info@sfwp.com with the suject line- Pagan Kennedy Advance Copy.  I’d also include your name and address, and a blog if you have one in the body of the email, with a line about how you’d like to read it.

“Farworld–Water” by J. Scott Savage

This is the very first book blog tour I’ll be involved in, and so I’m very excited to read this book.  I’ve heard that the books are going out sometime in May.  Plus I’ll be having J. Scott Savage on my blog in early August for an interview, and also I’ll be giving away a copy of his book then too.  Head over to his blog to see the cover art, and a sneak peek at the first two chapters.


Missed my last post?  It was BLOGGY GIVEAWAYS=FREE STUFF.

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