Saturday, March 31, 2012

HOW to BE a MILLIONAIRE by Rosey Dow [Book Review]

Author: Rosey Dow
Hardcover: 171 pages
Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large-print edition
Language: English

From the Cover:
Christy Award - winning author Rosey Dow creates a rich Christmas romance in this story from nineteenth-century Colorado. Penny Joshua decides to train a bellboy to act like a millionaire to refer her brother for loan approval. Will a case of mistaken identity lead to a hot spring of shame, or heat up to romance over the Christmas season?

Twitter-Sized Summary

A ruse to garner financing gets more complicated when a case of mistaken identity and a touch of romance are added.

short, sweet, clean #3Words2DescribeU

My Thoughts

How to Be a Millionaire is an okay weekend read. The waiter-millionaire scenario is a bit of a stretch (just go with it). It is also a little too predictable for my tastes, most likely due to its length. [I must admit that I am not a big fan of short-stories and novellas. So of course, I wished that it was longer.] The story was pleasant enough though: easy to read, wholesome, and sweet. For such a short story, the publishers seemed to make some distracting errors in their print editions.

How to Be a Millionaire is a Christian-based read (i.e. clean - no foul language or sex, references to faith). Therefore, I think that it is accessible to a wide range of readers - from younger teens to adults. Through the romance, the story also delivers a gentle message about the fine line between lies and purposeful misdirection.

Recommended for:
  • Romance readers
  • Historical romance readers
  • Christian fiction readers

How do you rate the book?

NOTE: The story seems more like a novella than a novel (making the single story asking price seem a bit steep). I would recommend getting the collection book, Colorado Christmas. It includes all of the individual stories in the series:  How to Be a Millionaire, A Wife in Name Only, and Love by Accident.

Related Posts:

What did I miss? Is it me? Or bad editing?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Top Ten Best Selling Novels for the Year 1960

This is a list of bestselling novels in the United States in 1960, as determined by Publishers Weekly.*

Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
  • The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960.
  • ‘Advise and Consent’ at 50 by Thomas Mallon | The New York Times, June 25, 2009
  •  Advise and Consent: Film adaptation directed by Otto Preminger and starring Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Burgess Meredith, Gene Tierney, and Peter Lawford.

Hawaii by James A. Michener

The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

The Chapman Report by Irving Wallace

Ourselves to Know by John O'Hara

The Constant Image by Marcia Davenport

The Lovely Ambition by Mary Ellen Chase

The Listener by Taylor Caldwell

Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute

Sermons and Soda-Water by John O'Hara

* Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States in the 1960s on Wikipedia

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bookin' It with Mad Men: Season One Books

Below is the season one list for the Bookin' It with Mad Men reading group on Shelfari. The list below is compiled from my observations and comparisons to The Definitive ‘Mad Men’ Reading List by Judy Berman (Flavorwire) and the Mad Men Reading List by Billy Parrott (Mid-Manhattan Library).

If I've I missed a book, please let me know.

Season one opens in March 1960 with advertising executive Don Draper meeting his new secretary, Peggy Olson. What other books were Americans reading in 1960?

Episode 1 -  Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

The Crisis of the Old Order, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The View from Chivo, H. Allen Smith

The Peking Man Is Missing, Claire Taschdjian

La Presidenta, Lois Gould

LA Presidenta

Masterpieces of World Literature in Digest Form, Frank N. Magill

Masterpieces of World Literature in Digest Form

Episode 3 - Marriage of Figaro

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Episode 4 — New Amsterdam

Nursery Friends from France translated by Olive Beaupre Miller; illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham

Nursery Friends from France

Italy by Herbert Kubly and the editors of Life


Episode 6 - Babylon

The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe

Exodus by Leon Uris

Episode 8 - The Hobo Code

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Best I've Seen Today: Jill Shalvis on Teenagers

This made me laugh out loud in the library. [Evil stares from the librarian.] New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis' next book, Lucky in Love (A Lucky Harbor Novel), will be released on June 1, 2012. Check out her other books in the  Lucky Harbor novel series below. Have you read any of them?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Best I've Seen Today: B*tches in Bookshops

"Read so hard librarians tryin’ ta FINE me­"

I must confess that I don't care for the Jay- Z / Kanye West song, N*ggas in Paris - more so for the weak lyrics than the questionable title. I hate for good music to be wasted on bad lyrics. 

La Shea Delaney (Twitter: @lashea_delaney) & Annabelle Quezada (Twitter: @annabelleqv) to the rescue on this one. They go hard on this parody for book lovers. Definitely mad hoydenish.

Check out the video below and the lyrics on Annabelle Quezada's Hecho/Visto blog post, B*tches in Bookshops.

A couple of things in the lyrics made me SMH at myself.

On bookmarks:
"I am now marking my place
Don't wanna crease on my page
Don't let me forget this page
I got bookmarks at home
But I forgot one for the road
AQ: I got a bookmark I can loan
La Shea: Know how many bookmarks I own?"
I don't dog-ear or crease pages in books - not even my own. I have freebie bookmarks from the library stashed all over the place - like loose change. I found two under the seat of my car today (and a "missing" sleeve of CDs from a Reading Lolita in Tehran audiobook - don't ask).

I don't know how many bookmarks I own. I mostly use regular bookmarks and receipts (see Kasia's Goodreads Poll: What do you use for bookmarks?) to mark my place in books with spines. How 'bout you?

On highlighting:

OMG! I cringed when she highlighted in the book. I don't even write or highlight in textbooks. Oddly, I do find it interesting to see what others have highlighted in books (#dontjudgeme). No wonder the Kindle's highlight and share function appeals to me. Voyeurism without the damage.

I think that Annabelle and La Shea should host a reading challenge with all of the books mentioned in the song. Don't you?

B*tches in Bookshops Reading Challenge ... Read So Hard, You Get Paper Cuts. I could see it.

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide [Book Review]

  • Author: Emily Seife

  • Paperback: 128 pages   

  • Publisher: Scholastic Press

  • It's been a while ... I got a copy of The Hunger Games Tribute Guide to refresh my memory on what happened in the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy before watching the movie. I think calling it the "ultimate" guide is a bit of a stretch. It kind of reminded me of the play bills that you get at a theater. You get a high-level "Capitol" overview of the game (from how the tributes are chosen and groomed, up to just before the game starts) and pictures of the movie characters.  It's spoiler-free.

    Pictures: If you have been following the progress of the movie on the Web (even a little bit), you've probably already seen most of the pictures in the book (in stills or in the trailer). There is not much new to see. There are pictures of each tribute with a caption listing their name, district, gender, height and weapon of choice in the arena. Unfortunately, most of the tributes have no name listed. Even though many of the tributes were only referenced by district number in the book, it was still somewhat of a letdown to see "Tribute Girl" or "Tribute Boy" listed on most of the profile pictures.

    Having already read the book and seen most of the pictures, The Hunger Games Tribute Guide didn't really add much to my fan experience. I liked the The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion better.

    Recommended for:
    • People who have not read The Hunger Games
    • People who want The Hunger Games collector items  
    Everyone else:
    • Flip through it at the library or bookstore

    POLL: Why did you read THE HUNGER GAMES TRIBUTE GUIDE book?

    POLL: Why did you read THE HUNGER GAMES TRIBUTE GUIDE book?

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

    Happy Birthday Queen Latifah!

    Dana Owens (b. March 18, 1970), better known as Queen Latifah, is a singer, rapper, author, spokesperson, and actress. Her work in music, film and television has earned her a number of awards, including:

    What is your favorite Queen Latifah book?
    I have added Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom to my reading list for the year.

    What is your favorite Queen Latifah film or TV role?
    My favorite movies are Set It Off and Chicago.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Re-Reading "The Hunger Games" & Got My Hunger Name

    Picked up a copy of The Hunger Games to re-read in preparation for the movie release.

    Stopped by and got my Hunger Name.

    It's Portia Thistlewood.

    I was killed in the 9th Hunger Games by ingesting poison.

    Damn. Was not expecting that.

    Have you read the book yet? What's your Hunger Name?

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Weather Girls - It's Raining Men

    I am dancing in my chair to the Weather Girls' song, It's Raining Men while searching for my first man in uniform book from the Goodreads' I Love A Man In Uniform list recommended by Brianna, The Book Vixen. I am participating in her Men in Uniform Reading Challenge. I think Dear John by . What do you recommend?

    "Cause tonight for the first time
    Just about half past ten 
    For the first time in history
    It's gonna start raining men"
    Check me out at Goodreads: Tallulah Scribbles, MAD Hoydenish

    Check out Weather Girls' video It's Raining Men on

    It's Raining Men! Join the Men in Uniform Reading Challenge

    I am excited to join the 2012 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge hosted by Brianna, at The Book Vixen. What's not to love about a man in uniform? I am signing up for the Sergeant level (read 1 – 5 men in uniform novels). Do you have any qualifying recommendations? Click the banner to join me and for complete challenge details.

    2012 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge

    As soon as I saw this challenge, I started hearing the Weather Girls singing It's Raining Men. I knew it was meant to be.

    0 out of 5 books read - % Done 


    Sunday, March 11, 2012

    Chance to win a copy of "Being Lara" from Lola Jaye by posting a poem!*

    Lola Jaye's latest book, Being Lara: A Novel, will be released this week (on Amazon March 13, 2012). To celebrate, she is offering participants the chance win to a copy of Being Lara by creating and posting a poem on her website.* As an extra challenge, she has supplied a list of words that must be included in your submission. I am in it to win it! Check out my entry below.

    *see her website for complete details

    I Need A Sweet
    by Tallulah Scribbles

    After I put on my socks and laced up my smock
    I headed to the kitchen - straight to the icebox
    I opened the door to major heartbreak
    There wasn't enough stuff for a sweet to bake
    Oh what mistake!
    Oh how could this be?
    No fruitcake, no cheesecake, no cupcakes for me
    Just potatoes, milk and brown lettuce
    The ingredients list drove me to cuss
    So I decided to buy a sweet at Bakers-R-Us
    And I ran down the street to catch a red bus

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Preppin' for THINK LIKE A MAN In Theaters 4/20/12

    The movie adaptation of Steve Harvey's book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment, is opening in theaters on April 20, 2012. The movie, Think Like a Man, stars Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara , Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco,Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, and Chris Brown. That's quite an ensemble cast.

    I just picked up a copy of the book today.

    Have you read the book? What did you think?

    Keep up with the movie:

    Best I've Seen Today: Charlie Sheen DIRECTV TV Commercial 2012

    #BestIveSeen2day: Charlie Sheen DIRECTV TV Commercial 2012

    "Don't reenact scenes from Platoon with @CharlieSheen!" Unless you are using the Platoon Pvt. Chris Taylor Action Figure. Gotta get me one so I can be #winning.

    Sunday, March 4, 2012

    Best I've Seen Today: Real Housewives of Disney

    I have never watched any of the Real Housewives television shows. SMH. I would totally watch the Real Housewives of Disney though. It was the best Saturday Night Live skit of the night. Lindsay Lohan could make a comeback playing Rapunzel.

    Watch the latest Saturday Night Live episodes on Hulu.

    Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Nobody's Gonna Break My Stride - That includes you, CHIME

    Okay. I realize that I have decided to join the 150+ Reading Challenge for 2012 with 2 months already gone. I have some serious ground to cover.

    I decided to listen to some audiobooks to help speed things up. Or so I thought. I downloaded a bunch of books from OverDrive - including Chime by Franny Billingsley. I don't really read fantasy books so I was hoping that Chime would be a good introduction. Not so much ...

    I cannot remember the last time that I was unable to finish a fiction book. I must confess that Briony, the main character, has me SO CONFUSED. The chanting. The repetition. I keep rewinding the audio, thinking that I must have missed something [nope].  I empathize with the novel's first line:
    "I've confessed to everything and I'd liked to be hanged. Now, if you please" - Briony, in Chime by Franny Billingsley     

    Me too, Briony. Hang me too. I feel like I am going through some faux acid trip with you.

    Yesterday, I really considered giving up on the book. But then ...


    I could hear Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder playing in my head. Perhaps reading a hard copy would be easier. "Nobody's gonna break my stride," that includes you, Chime.

    No book left behind ...

    Check out Matthew Wilder performing Break My Stride on