What to expect when visitng my blog...

I would like to take a minute and share with you what to expect when looking over my blog. This page is an opportunity to share with others what I like to do in my spare time. These activities range from reading, which I need to do more of (have a mountain of books to conquer and I still buy more =)...) making my own greeting cards, ornaments and more.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It's all about books...: Vampire Challenge

Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic: Vampire Challenge -site to go to if you want to sign up.

I have joined in a challenge right up my alley. I love vampires so this challenge should not be too difficult for me. Have to thank my friend Irish for the info.
So, because I have already read two books on vampires I am increasing the number to 10 books. I will keep you posted on the how the challenge goes.

Here is info on the challenge:

For the Vampire Challenge you will read books with vampires - romance, YA, paranormal, mysteries - anything, as long as there's a or two (or more) vampire in it.

The challenge will start January 1, 2009 and end December 31, 2009.

The goal is to read 2+ books with vampires in 2009, that's it. It's fairly easy, I think. For some inspiration check out cosymurders post on vampires in books.

72 Hour Hold (book 3 in my 50 book challenge)

Book three in my 50 book challenge was 72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell and have to say I really enjoyed. As I work supporting individuals with varying disabilities some even having a mental illness I could relate to a lot of what was being said.

Often times a mental illness is looked at as Taboo people don't want to admit they have a mental illness never mind there child does.

I felt Bebe Moore Campbell did a great job of showing what it is truly like for a mother to fight the battle of helping her daughter get help for her mental illness, while dealing with others views of the illness and fighting her ex-husband who feels that their daughter is not sick while fighting her own battle of guilt.

Bebe Moore Campbell tells a story that pulls you and has you pulling for Keri, a mother with a mission she is going to help her daughter no matter what it takes. Keri goes as far as getting help from a group that takes any means necessary to help an individual with a mental illness even as going as far as kidnapping them.

From the beginning you root for Keri to get the help for her daughter Trinia. 72 Hour Hold definitely shows people that a mother will do anything to help her child even when her child curses her and calls her the devil and hits her. 72 Hour Hold absolutely demonstrates the saying that a mother will always love her child no matter what.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Zen and the Art of Vampires (book 2 in my 50 book challenge)

Here is book two in my challenge this year. Now normally I don't like to read a book in a series if I haven't read the first book but when I picked this one up I didn't realize it was book six of a series. Although this is book six you do not need to have read books 1-5 to enjoy this book.

Zen and the Art of Vampires is a well written book about a woman who everyone can relate to. From the beginning you like her and want her to succeed.

There are several mini plots that combine for the large plot of the book.
One plot you meet a 40 year old woman, Pia, on a tour of Iceland with her friends. You learn of how she despises a co-traveler and what she will do to avoid her.

Another plot you find Pia being confronted by ghosts. Ghosts that only she can see as she has purchased an item that attracts the ghosts to her. With this item she takes the role of a woman called a Zoroya in the Brotherhood of the light. A role which she does not want at first.

Then yet another plot Pia meets a tall dark stranger and takes him home with her. Later she finds that this man she has been with is a vampire and in the dark ones group the sworn enemies of the brotherhood. Here is where the main story begins. By having the item that attracts the ghosts she learns of the role she is deemed to play. One that will help those who have died crossover to Ostri but to cleanse those referred to as the Dark Ones.

The story continues as Pia tries to balance her role as a Zoroya and still fall for one of the Vampires she meets along the way.

The ending is an ending one may not expect, but I will leave that for you to find out.
I recommend this book for anyone who likes romance and vampires.

Stake that by: Mari Mancusi (first book of my 50 book challenge)

Hello Everyone,
So I came home yesterday and after a long non-stop day at work I decided I needed to read a book that was an easy read so I picked up the Stake that.
This book pulled me in from the very first page. It focuses on a high school girl whose one dream is to become a vampire.

The main topic of the book:
A young adult supernatural read about a common girl in high school whose one dream is to become a vampire.

A little bit about the book:
Rayne MacDonald is a high school girl who has joined a vampire conven and is completing the process to become the mate of Magnus the coven leader. However, nothing goes according to plan for Rayne.

Sunny her twin sister is initiated into the coven as the mate of Magnus instead of Rayne and the story goes from there. Rayne also keeps a blog and updates her fans on what happens in her day to day life since her sister became the mate of Magnus.

The one things Rayne wanted most was to be a vampire and one day she is told that she is the next vampire slayer. Not what she planned.

Stake that shares with the reader the life of Rayne and how she uses her new found job to help rid the world of the bad vampires and along the way find romance.