Saturday, April 30, 2011

National Poetry Month: Stop All the Clocks

April is National Potry Month in the United States, and I thought I would join in the celebrations and share with you some of my favourite poems this month.

This poem by W. H. Auden is heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time, and although I can't bear to read it too often, I think it is amazing for that very reason.

Stop All the Clocks

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Booking Through Thursday - Coming Soon to a Theatre...

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading.

This week's question is:

If you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story–what book would you choose?

Definitely The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This fantasy story has everything; charismatic main characters, fast-paced action, elaborate cons, treachery, breath-taking scenery, clever humour, thrilling suspense, and really nasty bad guys. I would love to see how (and if) all this translates to screen.

Lies is listed on IMDB as being under development, so maybe it will happen one day. If done right (preferally involving Lynch in the process) this movie could be epic – but it could also crash and burn. But I'm willing to take my chances just to see how the city of Camorr with the five elderglass towers would look in CGI.

BTW, check out my Top Ten Tuesday list of ten books I would like to see made into movies.

Which book would you choose?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review: Outside In

Outside In
By Maria V. Snyder

Published: 22 February 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Series: Inside Out #2

Read: 4 April – 19 April 2011

Challenges: 2nds Challenge #1

Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley

Publisher summary


Okay, I did prove that there’s more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we’re free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He’s the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there’s outside and then there is Outside. 

And something from Outside wants In.

My thoughts

I really liked Inside Out and was looking forward to reading more about Trella and her world, but sadly I ended up feeling somewhat indifferent about this book. I can't pinpoint exactly what didn't work for me, I just realised after a few chapters that I wasn't all that interested in it. It actually took me over two weeks to get through, because I kept putting it down in favour of watching tv or something like that. It's weird, because there is a lot going on in the book; there is lots of action and intrigue and a bit of romance, so all the right elements are there. Maybe it just wasn't the right book for me at the time.

That being said, I still liked it. There were things I thought could have been explored more, like the relationship between Trella and Dr Lamont, and I was left with a lot of questions about the Outsiders. But the story is fast-paced and suspenseful, and most of the characters are well developed. Trella struggles with her new position which involves a lot more responsibility than she is sure she wants to take on. She would be happy to go back to hiding in the pipes and leave the decision-making to someone else, and I don't blame her. The uppers and scrubs are still suspicious of each other, and you don't know who you can really trust Inside. I like Snyder's realistic portrayal of the aftermath of the revolution, where nothing runs smoothly and uniting the uppers and the scrubs proves to be very difficult.

Oh, and I finally figured out the time system. :)

I will be looking for more books by Maria V. Snyder, because I like her writing style and I am interested to see how she handles a different setting.

I would definitely recommend you read this sequel if you enjoyed Inside Out.

My rating:

Inside Out series

1. Inside Out (2010) - read my review
2. Outside In (2011)

Visit Maria's website or like her on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Mean Girls in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature / weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we make a top ten list from a given topic.

This week's topic is

Top Ten Mean Girls in Books

This week's topic was difficult. I don't think I read too many books where total bitches belong. But after some thinking I did manage to come up with a list. Unfortunately it is without further comments this time because I am pressed for time, but if you know any of these characters, you will know why they belong on this list!

1. Caroline Bingley (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
2. Anne Boleyn (The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory)
3. Joyce Barnhardt (Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich)
4. Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling)
5. Mrs. Coulter (His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman)
6. Karla Trava (Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder)
7. Sarah Reed (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë)
8. The evil stepmother (Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan)
9. The White Witch (Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis)

What female characters do you think belong on this list?

Monday, April 25, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.

Did you all have a good Easter? I did - I spent most of it at Mum's, doing absolutely nothing but relaxing and eating candy. ;) I didn't get as much reading done as I had planned, nor much blogging because of limited Internet access. Today is my last day off work. I wouldn't have minded another day or two off, but I have a lot to look forward to in May and June, so I think the time will go by really quickly.

I didn't actually finish anything, despite having a week off. I had to be social. ;)

Still reading Tripwire by Lee Child. It is an excellent thriller and I'm going to go back tor eading as soon as I've written this post. I will probably finish it today or tomorrow.

Next up is definitely The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell. I would have (should have) read it sooner, but I didn't bring my Kindle with me to Mum's. But it's only about 25,000 words, so it shouldn't take too long. Once I have finished that one I have millions of other books screaming at me from my shelf (well, a hundred at least). I'm only 3 books ahead in my challenge, so I need to get cracking! 

What did you read during the holidays?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

National Poetry Month: Dust of Snow

April is National Potry Month in the United States, and I thought I would join in the celebrations and share with you some of my favourite poems this month.

Dust of Snow
by Robert Frost

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Image: dan /

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind - Bookish Pet Peeves

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature / weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we make a top ten list from a given topic.

This week we can go back and do (or re-do) an old topic. See the full list here. I chose a recent topic I though was very interesting, but didn't have the time to do that week.

This week's topic is

Bookish Pet Peeves

1. Stickers on books
From small price tags to big ugly "2 for 1 offer" stickers; I don't like them. If they are new and possible to peel off I can live with it, but too often they leave glue residue or don't come off at all. Stop ruining my covers!

2. Over-use of the same word or phrase
I once read a book where one of the characters was scowling so much I was afraid it would be a permanent expression on his face. In another book the detective was constantly "gloving up with latex". When the same thing is repeated too many times you start to notice and it disturbs the reading flow.

3. Characters who suddenly change names
I guess this is an editing mistake, but it always amazes me when a character suddenly is referred to by a different name. You would think the author knows the characters well enough to at least remember their names.

4. Book snobs
People who look down on you for reading genre books or think you must be less intelligent if you don't read the books they consider literature. While I can certainly appreciate classics or highly acclaimed literary fiction, I also like reading fantasy and fluffy chick lit. Don't judge me on the book I'm reading.

5. Gender labelling of fiction
I don't understand why some novels should be labelled as being for boys or girls, or men or women. Granted, some books are geared more towards men or women, but that doesn't mean the other gender won't enjoy it just as much.

6. Different e-book formats
I understand the reasoning behind this, but I can't help thinking one format that works on all e-readers would be beneficial for everyone in the end.

7. Blurbs that give away too much
Especially blurbs on books in a series that give away what happened in a previous book. Gee thanks, now I don't have to read it.

8. Dog earing
Use a bookmark, or a scrap of paper, or write down the page number, or anything really; just please don't dog-ear a book that isn't yours.

9. Too much detail
Detailed descriptions can be great, but when you spend three pages descibing how the main character takes her tea, you lose me.

10. Bad editing
There really is no excuse for grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, factual errors or continuation errors in published books.

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.

Just when I thought spring had arrived, I woke up this morning to white roads and cold temperatures. Good thing I haven't changed the tyres on my car yet! As of today I have started my Easter holiday, and I intend to do nothing but read, sleep and eat chocolate this week, plus hang out with friends and play Wii. :)

I finally finished Outside In by Maria V. Snyder. Unfortunately it didn't grab me as much as Inside Out, which is why it took me over two weeks to finish. I will have a review up on Wednesday. 

I have been craving a good action thriller for a while, so I think I will start Tripwire by Lee Child as soon as I have finished this post. It's the third book in the Jack Reacher series and has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while now.

Coming up is The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell. How awesome is that title? It's a time-travel novella and I'm really looking forward to it. In Norway we have a tradition for reading mysteries during Easter, so I will also be reading a debut mystery by Norwegian author Jørgen Brekke.

What are your reading plans for Easter?

Friday, April 15, 2011

National Poetry Month: Carol Rumens

April is National Potry Month in the United States, and I thought I would join in the celebrations and share with you some of my favourite poems this month.

Carol Rumens

Photo: The Guardian

Carol Rumens is the author of 14 collections of poems, as well as occasional fiction, drama and translation. She has received the Cholmondeley Award and the Prudence Farmer Prize, and was joint recipient of an Alice Hunt Bartlett Award. Her most recent publication is the prose book, Self into Song, based on three poetry lectures delivered in the Bloodaxe-Newcastle University Lecture Series. She is currently professor in creative writing at the University of Wales, Bangor, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her latest collection is De Chirico's Threads, published by Seren Books. (Source: The Guardian)

Carol also writes a weekly column in The Guardian. For more information about Carol, visit her website.

My favourite poem by Carol Rumens remains the first one of hers that I read. I was visiting London in 2004, and they were running a campaign on the tube called "Poems on the Underground". The selection of poems made boring tube rides more enjoyable, and this one struck a chord with me.

Once After Pushkin

I loved you once. D’you hear a small ‘I love you
Each time we’re forced to meet? Don’t groan, don’t hide!
A damaged tree can live without a bud:
No one need break the branches and uncover
The green that should have danced, dying inside.
I loved you, knowing I’d never be your lover.
And now? I wish you summers of leaf-shine
And leaf-shade, and a face in dreams above you,
As tender and as innocent as mine.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Want to See Made Into Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature / weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we make a top ten list from a given topic.

This week's topic is

Books I Want To See Made Into Movies

I love this topic! While there are a great many movies based on books I would like to see remade, I have tried to include only those that someone haven't already attempted to bring to the big screen. I may not have succeeded completely in doing this.

1) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
This is one of my favourite books, and it could be a fantastic movie or a complete disaster, depending on who, what and how. I'd still like to see someone try.

2) Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan
I loved this fairy tale retelling, and while I was reading I kept thinking "this scene would look great on screen!"

3) Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler
Yes, I know they have tried a couple of times, but they still haven't gotten it right. I haven't seen Raise the Titanic but I hear it's terrible. Sahara wasn't too bad, but the casting was completely wrong (with the exception of William H. Macy). I would love to see a series of movies based on the books with no Matthew Mc-I-can't-spell-his-last-name in sight.

4) The Subtle Knife & The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Filming only the first book in a trilogy is just wrong, even if it includes Nicole Kidman.

5) Inkspell & Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
See above (substitute Nicole Kidman for Brendan Fraser).

6) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I haven't actually read this book yet, but the premise sounds like it would make a great movie.

7) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I think all of Gaiman's work would translate well onto the big screen. I can't decide whether I would prefer this one to be animated or "real" (no 3D please!).

8) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books! Plus, a brilliant storyline and historical Barcelona. Why isn't this a movie already?

9) Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbø
I hear this might be made into a TV series in Britain, but I'm suprised the books haven't been filmed in Norway a long time ago.

10) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
It's finally being made! I can't wait!

What books would you like to see on the big screen?

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.

I didn't get too much reading done last week, because it was all about the World Men's Curling Championships (and those curling games are long!). Unfortunately Norway lost to Sweden in the bronze final yesterday, so it didn't end quite the way I was hoping for. Oh well, there's always next year. Back to reading now!

I finished and reviewed Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan; a fun and interesting twist on the old fairy tale. I really enjoyed it!

I'm about half-way through Outside In by Maria V. Snyder, but I can't seem to get into it the way I did with Inside Out. I'm feeling a little confused as there is a lot going on and a host of characters to remember. Hopefully it will all come together in the last half.

Every time I look at my bulging bookshelf I feel guilty for leaving so many fantastic books unread. I wish I was a faster reader! And thanks to the Book Soulmates' RAK feature I have been given some great e-books too (and I tend to forget about them because I don't see them on my shelf on a regular basis). So what's next? I have no idea. All I know is that there will be a next. And a next. And a next...

What are you reading this week?

Friday, April 8, 2011

National Poetry Month: Robert Frost

April is National Potry Month in the United States, and even though I'm from Norway, I thought I would join in the celebrations. Throughout the month I will share with you some of my favourite poems and hope you will enjoy them. :)

Robert Frost
Source: Wikipedia
I usually don't read much poetry, but I got acquainted with quite a few British and American poets when I took literature classes at uni. My very favourite poet is Robert Frost (1874-1963). I love his poems because of their simplicity, their imagery and because they never fail to tug at my heartstrings. It was hard to choose just one to share with you, so don't be surprised if I post a couple more later on.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Despite that many of his poems have a melancholy feeling, Frost was apparently a great humourist. Just take a look at these quotes:

"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office."

"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work."

"Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it."

"There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't, and that's a wife who can't cook and will."

"Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense."

If you are not familiar with Robert Frost's poetry, I reccommend you look up some of his poems online. His style is very easy to read and understand, but his poems are far from superficial. This page contains a quite comprehensive selection of the poems.

Do you read poetry? Who is your favourite poet? What about favourite poem?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Review: Cinderella: Ninja Warrior

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior
By Maureen McGowan

Published: 1 April 2011 by Silver Dolphin Books

Series: Twisted Tales #1

Read:  28 March – 4 April 2011

Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley

From the publisher
In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince--she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next--but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!

Choose Your Own Magical Adventure

When I think of Cinderella, I think of an old Czech film called Three Nuts For Cinderella. It is shown every Christmas Eve in Norway, and has become part of the Christmas traditions for a lot of Norwegians. In the film Cinderella is an independent girl who is as skilled at hunting and horseback riding as she is at dancing. Maureen McGowan's Cinderella is much more like the Czech version than the traditional Cinderella.

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior is a delightful story. The character of Cinderella is not a timid girl who needs a prince to save her; she is a feisty, level-headed young woman who takes her fate into her own hands and succeeds because she believes in herself. She has been kept a prisoner by her evil stepmother for 13 years (I loved the idea of entrapment spells preventing her from running away) and treated like a servant, but she has never lost her positive outlook on the world or given up hope of a better life. She is determined to one day escape and make a life for herself, and the prince – or any man, for that matter – is not part of that plan. Unlike the passive Disney princess, this Cinderella actively tries to change her situation and I loved her for it. (I kept picturing Kristen Bell when I was reading – she is petite, blond and spunky, and would make a great Cinderella in the movie (which someone definitely should make).

I have to mention the evil stepmother, who is a truly evil and horrible female wizard. The way she treats Cinderella is appaling and I wanted to punch her in the nose more than once. The stepsisters, Gwendolyn and Agatha, are no better than their mother, but they are both too dumb to be evil – they are just mean. Still, they both have layers; especially Agatha has hidden depths. The only character that felt a bit bland was the prince, but then I have never liked princes very much (give me a pirate or a warrior any day).

The book is built up as a "choose your own adventure story". Three times you are presented with two choices and the story is different depending on what choice you make. I haven't read through all the different choices yet (there are eight different versions of the story altogether), but I will – and I am sure all the versions will be equally enchanting. I hope this will be the Cinderella story children are told in the future.

Best: The evil stepmother is deliciously evil, and Cinderella is great. And I love the mix of magic and martial arts.

Worst: There really wasn't anything I disliked.

Bottom line: Cinderella: Ninja Warrior is a fresh take on a familiar fairy tale, complete with an engaging heroine, an evil stepmother, a pair of mean stepsisters, a wise animal, a fairy godfather and true love. Oh, and all sorts of magic in between.

My rating:

Another Twisted Tale, Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer, was released at the same time as Cinderella.

Twisted Tales
  1. Cinderella: Ninja Warrior (2011)
  2. Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer (2011)
Visit the author's website.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My Month in Books: March

March was an average month reading-wise; I finished 4 books and I am actually ahead of schedule for my personal reading challenge (yay!). I had a lot to do at work, which explains why I didn't get any more reading done. One of the books was from NetGalley and I had to read it on my laptop. I'm not fan of reading on my computer because it hurts my eyes (plus, I spend enough time staring at a screen at work), but aside from the fact that I couldn't put the book in my purse when I went anywhere, the experience was much better than I had feared. I discovered that reducing the screen brightness to 60% really helped my eyes. But I have to say I'm extatic that the Kindle button is back on NetGalley, because I much prefer reading on my Kindle. For some strange reason I seem to read faster on my Kindle than paper books. Anyway, spring is in the air and this is what happened at The Turn of the Page in March:

Read in March

Links go to my reviews

12) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (re-read)
13) The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
14) Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
15) Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Other reviews posted
The Survivor by Seas Slater

Incoming Books

I can't believe how many books I actually got this month! I blame Amazon's Buy with 1-click button...

For review
Outside In by Maria V. Snyder (NetGalley) – Can't wait to read this sequel to Inside Out!
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell (NetGalley) – Isn't that a fantastic title?
Lake Charles by Ed Lynskey (from the author)

Nyphron Rising by Michael Sullivan (Kindle)
The Fiddler's Gun by A.S. Peterson (Kindle)
Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday (Kindle)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke (Kindle)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Signs and Wonders by Philip Gulley
Serenity: Better Days by Whedon/Matthews/Conrad (graphic novel)

I was lucky enough to win an e-book copy of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory from the lovely Stella at Ex Libris. Thank you Stella and H.P.!

Challenge Progress

First in a Series Challenge – 5/6 (I will most likely update this to the next level soon)
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
2. Burglars Can't Be Choosers by Lawrence Block
3. Heat Wave by Richard Castle
4. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
5. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

2nds Challenge – 0/3 

Mystery & Suspense Challenge – 4/12
1. Burglars Can't Be Choosers by Lawrence Block
2. Heat Wave by Richard Castle
3. The Survivor by Sean Slater
4. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Other Posts of Interest

Top Ten Tuesday
Books I Just HAD To Buy ... That Are Still Sitting On My Shelf
Dynamic Duos

Booking Through Thursday
Series or Stand-alone?

Are You a Hardcover or Paperback Book?
Instructions by Neil Gaiman (video)

I also participated in Random Acts of Kindness over at Book Soulmates. Check out the sign-up post for April and spread some love!

Monday, April 4, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.

It looks like spring is finally arriving in Northern Norway. We had a lot of rain this weekend, and most of the snow is gone. Hopefully it will stay gone until November. I could really do with some sunshine now.

Nothing, actually. I need to get back into reading if I don't want to fall behind on my personal challenge of 45 books this year. But the World Curling Championships has started, so I'll be watching a lot of television the next two weeks (or not, depending on how the Norwegian team does. So far they have played uncharacteristically bad).

I did however post my review of Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder, so feel free to check it out.

Still reading Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan. It's an enjoyable story, and I love the choose your own adventure feature. I'm hoping to finish it today.

The plan is to read Outside In by Maria V. Snyder as soon as possible and then start something for the Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge (perhaps a Jack Reacher novel?).

What are you reading this week?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness - April

Last month I came across this awesome feature at Book Soulmates:

The Rules:

• Sign up each month you'd like to participate in.
• Show off your participation! Grab one of the buttons available :)
• Create a wishlist and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
{Post on your blog, Amazon, where ever as long as there's a link to it.}
• If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wishlist and contact that blogger for their address.
• At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K!
Make a post saying 'Thank You' to whoever granted one of your wishes and share it with us :)

Lets's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

I think this such a fantastic idea! I didn't get any RAKs myself last month, but it was my first time participating so I wasn't really expecting anything. But I did have lots of fun granting a few wishes and look forward to granting even more this month.

My wishlists are pretty full because I add anything that sounds interesting, but these are the main two: Kindle wishlist and general wishlist.
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