Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Semi-wordless Wednesday

I saw a picture like that at university today, with the following written underneath:

Prey, come in!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

It's Tuesday, where are you?

This weekly event is hosted by raidergirl3, and the rules are simple:
Where is reading taking you today? Make a post, leave a comment, spread the word.

London or New York (unsure as of now), and still St. Mary Mead...

Monday, February 9, 2009

speechless and sad

I'm not sure when I'll post something this week (other than the scheduled post for tomorrow, which is already completed).
Last night my greatuncle passed away and I'm not sure I'll be in the right mood to post *or* complete any of the reviews I have sitting around here uncompleted. He was the best, funniest, most caring person you can imagine and it is sad that we won't be able to talk again or visit each other.
I'm still stunned, sad and speechless, so I'm not sure I'm making much sense. I guess I should better leave it at that! See you in a couple days at the latest!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Mailbox Monday, February 9

Marcia from The Printed Page is hosting the Mailbox Mondays, where participants reveal which books they had in their mailbox in the past week.

1) Edgar Allan Poe: Short Story Collection
2) Bernardo Carducci: Erfolgreich schüchtern (tranlated something like "successful shy")
3) Wolfgang Hirn: Angriff aus Asien - Wie uns die neuen Wirtschaftsmächte überholen (translated something like "attack from Asia - how the new economic powers overtake us")
4) Kristan Higgins: Just One Of The Guys

Books 1-3 were for free, thanks to a class I'm taking! Otherwise, they wouldn't be on the list, even though I'm interested in reading them.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Traveling around the world

My travels so far this year:

visited 4 states (1.77%)
Create your own visited map of The World or try another Douwe Osinga project

And in the United States:

visited 5 states (10%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or try another Douwe Osinga project

Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Fill-in # 110

Questions courtesy of YellowRose this week :-)
To join in check out this page.

1. Please don't tell anyone I'm still buying more books than I'm reading - that way Mt. TBR won't get smaller.

2. Can you actually think and talk in the morning?

3. The color red makes me want to run from Valentine's Day!

4. I have a craving for books, chocolate and movies.

5. If my life had a pause button, I'd pause it when things get out of control.

6. Eyes are the mirror to our soul.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to reading a bit for fun and watching some movies, tomorrow my plans include reading once again for my papers, reading for fun, blogging a bit and watching a movie and Sunday, I want to pack up my stuff and read for my papers and for fun!

Anti-Valentines Day

Over at Breezing Through I found this contest which I like. Basically, the point is that celebrating romance on just one day every year is stupid. We can celebrate it any day we want! So go ahead and check it out :-)

I mean, why should we limit celebrating romance to Valentine's Day? (Well, we'll ignore the fact that my 1.5 relationships didn't really flow over with romance and now I feel like getting punked or something whenever romance is "thrusted upon" me in real life...) Romance can be celebrated any day we want, in any place and situation. And we should do just that!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

It's Tuesday, where are you?

This weekly event is hosted by raidergirl3, and the rules are simple:
Where is reading taking you today? Make a post, leave a comment, spread the word.

Ahem, yes... So I admit I had this scheduled, but had forgotten to fill in the current places Im visiting. Sorry!

Right now I'm visiting a deserted MExican beach and sometimes I'm still at St. Mary Mead...

Teaser Tuesday

MizB at Should Be Reading is hosting the Teaser Tuesday, which is actually an awesome weekly event, so I think I'm going to participate...

Grab your current read

Let the book fall open to a random page

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

*** Do NOT post anything that could spoil the plot of the book!!! ***

If your sentences that fall between lines 7 and 12 on the page you turn to give too much away, choose a different page, or a different spot on the page… we don’t want to ruin any surprises for anyone!

So, I have this scheduled for the next few Tuesdays, but I completely forgot to update it *blush* But there you go:
That Devlin rated private quarters meant he ranked fairly high in the organizational structure. Impressed despite herself, Liz rapped on the door and got a muffled shout in response.
(Page 58 of Merline Lovelace's Devlin and the Deep Blue Sea

Monday, February 2, 2009

Name change

So, I admit it, I once again changed my blog's name... With my reading tastes having changed a little bit (no longer mysteries almost exclusively, but among a few other genres), I figured Crazy cozy murders didn't fit 100% anymore, so I tried to find a new name. Unfortunately, all I came up with was It's all about books.... Now, I still wasn't really happy with the name, so I pondered the whole thing some more - a lot more, actually! So, tonight I was on my way home from my last class of the day at 9:30PM when it hit me:

Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic

So, maybe this is my final decision, maybe it isn't. Time will tell!
I think what made me like the name was my very first blog, titled book-a-holic alarm!!!. Not very creative, I know, but the term "bookaholic" fits me very well. I love books in all forms, shapes, genres - I don't discriminate books unless I don't like their content, and even then I won't throw a book away. I treat my books with respect, don't earmark them, I don't twist and turn them or do any of those cruel things to them that I see every day on the bus, on the train, everywhere in public and even in libraries! It makes my eyes pop out with shock, my stomach contents sometimes don't like their surroundings too much - it's horrible! So I figured bookaholic had to be part of the new name. And then, for some reason, the "Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic" came to my mind. I read this books years ago, but I still remember it fondly. I remember the laughs it gave to me, the hilarious moments - and I figured my life is at times really hilarious!
There you go... I hope you like the new name!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mailbox Monday, February 2

Marcia from The Printed Page is hosting the Mailbox Mondays, where participants reveal which books they had in their mailbox in the past week.

1) Rutu Modan: Exit Wounds (for the Graphic Novel Challenge)
The Jewish Museum here currently has anexhibition on graphic novels and comics by Jewish artists/authors. The comics range from Superman to Maus and it's simply awesome! Rutu Modan will be one of the people coming for a special event at the museum and will be talking about Exit Wounds, so I figured I'd read it and maybe even go to the event.

2) Jill Shalvis: Instant Attraction (for the 2009 Pub Challenge and the Countdown Challenge)
The girls at The Book Binge had an entire week, I think filled with posts about this novel and it sounded right up my alley, so I just had to get it! I read an excerpt already and enjoyed it so much, I doubt this book will be waiting on Mt TBR for too long! The story revolves around Katie, a young woman who leaves her home after a near-fatal accident, and Cameron, a former snowboarder whose career ended after an accident. Katie finds herself in a small Californian town where she begins working for Wilder Adventures and Expeditions - the company owned by Cameron and his brothers...

3) Rachel Gibson: Tangled Up In You (for Romance Challenge)
I've always enjoyed Rachel Gibson's novels a lot, and when I checked her website I realized that this one I don't know yet.

4) Cindy Gerard: Show No Mercy
I found this romantic suspense novel by chance only, and I think I'll be really glad to have found it! Two years after she was held captive in Buenos Aires, journalist Jenna McMillan returns for two reasons: She gets to interview a secretive billionaire and wants to search for the man who saved her. When a bomb explodes at the National Congress, Jenna and the man who saved her have to team up to escape from an enemy stalking them with deadly precision...

5) Merline Lovelace: Devlin And The Deep Blue Sea (for the Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge)
I have been searching for a book with some sort of water in its title for the challenge since I joined it without any real success, until I read the review for this one on the blog of another participant. It sounds wonderful and when I checked Amazon, they had one copy left - which ended up here with me!
And I have to say, I love the cover! ;-)

6) Marie Ferrarella: The Bride With No Name
I read my first book by Marie Ferrarella only a few days ago and I loved it - so I had to get another one!
This is part of a four (?) book series called "Kate's Boys". Restaurateur Trevor Marlowe rescues a woman from the sea and takes her in when he realizes she doesn't remember her name or her life before he pulled her from the sea.

7) Jill Shalvis & Jacquie D'Alessandro & Jamie Sobrato: Heating Up The Holidays - A Hunky Holiday Collection (for the Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge and the Erotica Challenge)
This is the probably oiliest cover I've seen in all my life! I don't know how much oil they splashed on the poor guy, and I sure don't want to know, but I have the feeling that, if you spilled the same amount of oil in the North Sea, you'd have a problem at hand... But luckily, it's not about the cover, but about the content, the three stories written by 3 authors I haven't read yet. Well, without realizing it I got two books by Jill Shalvis this week and I have a feeling I'll read both rather sooner than later!