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49 / 104 books. 47% done!

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39 / 52 books. 75% done!

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

We'll Have Fun, Fun, Fun 'Til Daddy Takes the Computer Away

I've been trying to update this blog, but my computer keeps crapping out on me. It waits until I'm right in the middle of doing something super important (like checking my Facebook), then announces that "The monitor is going to sleep" and shuts itself down. My resident computer expert says he gives up - anybody know what's wrong with it? I shouldn't complain - after all, we have 4 (yes, 4) computers in this house - but my computer is perfect. Boo hoo. If I can't bribe my friend into fixing it, I might have to convince Santa to buy me a new computer for Christmas.
In the meantime, I'm forging on with my attempts to update this blog. No, I don't have a review to share (I will next week - never fear), but I do have some fun stuff to chat about ...
(1) First off, I thought you might like a peek at the little someone who has been comandeering my life (and my heart) lately. This isn't a fabulous picture of her (her eyes are closed) or of me (I had been on a plane all day), but I still love it. If my computer ever boots up again, I will try to post more pictures of her :)

(2) Even though I've never read Elle Magazine in my life, I picked up a copy today. Guess whose name appears - not once, but twice - on Page 75? Oh yeah, that would be mine. Even though Elle is a fashion/beauty magazine, it has a pretty decent book section - at least in the January 2009 issue. Check it out. I'll be signing autographs all weekend. Ha, ha.
(3) I've gotten some fun emails lately about Christmas goings-on in the online book community:
- If you're searching for the perfect book to give/get this holiday, check out Not only are they counting down the reasons to gift books this year, but they also have a nifty What to Give/What to Get guide. While you're there, enter to win a basket of books.
- Speaking of Bookreporter, I just got an email from Joshua Henkin, author of Matrimony, talking about the new gig he has going on - every month, he will be posting about his discussions with book groups. I just got Josh's book in the mail, and I am so excited to read it. I tried so many times to win it from other bloggers, so I was thrilled when he offered me my own copy. If you would like your very own copy, stay tuned - I will be holding a Matrimony giveaway in February.
- Also stay tuned for my review of Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison. Angela is the sister of a friend of mine, so I was hoping and praying that her book didn't suck. It's hard to write scathing reviews when you sorta know the author. Luckily, the book was really good. The story involves an LDS teenager who's trying hard to live the way her church dictates - no drinking, no smoking, no pre-marital sex, etc. When she and the hunky new kid hit it off, she suddenly finds herself wanting to give into temptation. This is not your mother's LDS fiction (I'm not even sure it's considered LDS fiction since it's being published by a national publisher) - it's realistic, edgy, and engrossing. This one will appeal to all those kids - Mormon and non - who are trying to be "good" despite all the pressure they face on a daily basis. Taken By Storm won't be available until March, but you can check out Angela's website now. Angela's really interesting, so keep your eyes open for my interview with her as well as my review of her novel.
- I just got my first catalog from Bas Bleu. They have lots of fun bookish gifts - I'm especially coveting this. I also noticed that they pay $25 for book reviews. Interesting.
(4) To those who won books in my last giveaway: I will do my best to get your books in the mail before Christmas, but considering the huge lines at the post office and my attempts to keep the baby away from crowds and germs, that may not be possible. So, thank you in advance for your patience!
(5) Okay, I can't remember anything else. I hope you are all enjoying the pre-Christmas frenzy. I escaped Mommy duties last night and headed to the mall for some shopping. The place was packed, but guess which store had the longest lines? Borders. Great news - looks like lots of readers will be getting just what they want for Christmas!
I've got a baby who's rooting around for her bottle - I better get Her Highness some refreshment. Happy reading, everyone!


  1. I've been out of book blogging for awhile, but congrats on such a beautiful daughter Susan. :D

  2. WOO HOO!!! Congratulations on the new edition to your family! She looks absolutely precious. :)

    Also, congrats on getting into Elle. Unfortunately, I don't read Elle either, but if I see a Jan 2009 issue, I'll be sure to pick it up and look on page 75!

  3. Congrats! Her Highness is quite the adorable wee-un!

  4. Congrats on your new addition - what a cutie!

    And for your appearance(s) in Elle. You sound just like me when it comes to Elle. I'm not much into the whole fashion magazine thing but you do have to give them props for their unexpectedly decent book section. I'll have to take a look the next time I see a copy. :)

  5. Congratulations on your gorgeous baby!

  6. Congrats on the new baby! How exciting, and even though the picture isn't perfect, it is so cool!

  7. You were in elle? I don't read it either but I will get one now! What month is it in? That is way too cool. See now I can say I knew you when. You used to take me out to lunch and try to kill me on the roads! :)And now everyone knows your name!

  8. What a gorgeous sweet babe. Congratulations. It is hard to have them in the winter when you can't take them out.

  9. Just look at that baby! Congratulations!
    I'll totally look at Elle next time I see a copy. Congratulations on that too.

  10. I saw you in Elle today! How did that come about? Do tell!


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