Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Link Ups:Book Blog News,Crazy-for-Books,The Literary hop, and Chrissie's Radiant Reviews

Book Blogger Hop

Literary Blog Hop



Good morning fellow book lovers!Don't forget to post links to your Book blog, giveaways,memes, etc....in the
post below this one.(Book Blog News)

The Question over at Crazy-for-Books.com is "What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere
did you not enjoy and how did  you feel about posting your  review?
I couldn't think of any books at first then "Alibi" by Terri Woods I was sorely disappointed that the author
was relying on violence and sex to sell the book.   The main character is a stripper who helps give an alibi to
a thug who murdered someone, which was a great premise but we spent more  time on her antics as a stripper than the actual storyline.  I felt a little  hesitant at first to post my review because this author has sold
alot of these types of books and I was still in that"I -dont-want-to-offend anyone-stage"  Then I thought  about how I would hate it if someone actual bought that book and I was not completely honest so I went ahead with the review.(Don't even bother checking this book out from the library it's horrible).

The Question over at the Literary Hop was:"What is your favorite poem and why?" One of my favorites is
"Phenomenal Woman"  by Maya Angelou probably because it was the first time I saw a literary work that actually celebrated being a woman (Im sure at the time I needed to hear that) and being confident in that fact.  

My book review:"Running the Books"by Avi Steinberg.  A few weeks ago we were discussing Literary Non-fiction for me this book definitely fit the category. It's a memoir that reads like a novel, with characters who are well devoloped.(I know these are real people , but  I can't tell yu how many memoirs I have read that didn't give me much background info about the other people in their lives) and I found the imagery to be a cruical part of the storytelling.  Does every memoir have to have that ? No ,but that is one of the factors that determine if it's a literary nonfiction  versus everyone else.  I think when your an everyday person writing about your life you have to do something to make people read about your life because not everyone can rely on their celebrity status to sell the book.  Why else would I care about some Boston Globe writer who decided to take a job as a Prison Library  because they had benefits?  He wrote it in such a way that I felt like I had no choice but to care about what happened to him and inmates and isn't that what a good writer is supposed todo?  I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.FTC Disclosure: I would like to take the time to thank Doubleday publishing  for allowing me an opportunity to review this book.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good afternoon fellow addicts I apologize for being late I am  running errands and this. So welcome and I would
like to thank everybody that took time out of their busy week to link up here I do appreciate it.
I only ask for a few things:

1.Grab my button in the sidebar.

2.  A worded link in your post is ok (I know how crowded things get )

3.I have a lot of space for you guys to tell us what's going on at your blog so please feel free to put
genres you review, your latest book review, book challenge you may do next year anything book related as
long as it's family friendly I am open(just don't post more than once because I will be forced to delete it)
Have fun

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And the winner is Sapphire Reads and Debbie(running the Books) and New Contest

Congradulations Debbie and Sapphire please email me your address to clsherrard.bookaddict@gmail.comMy Reading Life I am giving away 2 copies of this book the following rules apply:

1 .You must be a follower of the  blog to win a copy.

2. U.S residents only.

3.  Leave a good email address in  the comment section of this post so I can reach you faster.
Don't forget you only have 48 hours to respond( or I pick someone else from this comment section)
Thanks for playing!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How sweet Thanks Carolina(Writin block)

Thanks Carolina fromWrite with me was so kind to give me this award make sure you check her blog out.
Even thought I've won this before it still feels good to get it .  I believe I am suppose to mention 7 things about 
myself and give this to 15 people.   I will try to give this award to 15 people I haven't given this ,too.   Since I want time to think about who that should be I will come back and add their links to this post .(So don't be surprised if the list has grown).  I am a pretty transparent  person (On my other blog ) so it shouldn't be hard to think of   7 things you don't know about me.  For example:

1.  I use to love watching Speed Racer as a kid.

2.I have learned to cook Asian food because I think the Chinese buffets by my house are terrible!

3.One of my favorite books as a kid was Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass it's the only book I've read more than once.

4.I am happily  addicted to coffee.

5.  A Good day for me involves reading, and art journaling ( or scrapbooking)

6.I have lived in San Diego for a total of 8 years.

7.My favorite books are "House on Mango Street","The Bell Jar", and "The Bluest Eye"

The Versatile Award  goes to:




Don't forget to check out my guest post below this one!

Monday, November 29, 2010

First Ever Guest Post:Richard Sanders Author of "The Seventh Compass of Death"

How I kicked Drugs by writing by Ricard Sanders

    People who know me know my consumption of chemicals was pretty robust at one time.
Shooting crystal meth(1 1/2 years),dropping acid(200+times),smoking pot(daily,for years),
drinking alcohol(daily, for many ,many years)I had a nice mind-mess going ,and despite a little time in jail for the
sale of some of the above named substances,I had no intention of stopping.

    At one point during these early  years I decided I wanted to direct movies and videos, so I went to NYU
Film School. One of the mandatory courses  was Screenwriting 101.  I begged to get out of it-I had no talent
for telling stories-but mandatory is mandatory.  If you write, especially if you write fiction, you probably know
what happened the first time I tried to create something.  Even if you just read fiction, you know what I experienced
a kind of mesmerizing dream state, a kind of alchemical, mind-melting trance.  The blogger Laurel Marchfield
has a good post on writing as entrancement.   and I think entrancement is a good word for describing what
happens .  Even if you write non-fiction,when you're deeply into a text, you feel as if your head is turning butter,like it did when a story was read to you as a child.  In other words, I was getting high on writing.   Just like I'd get high on drugs.  In terms of finding  that entranced , lightly hypnotic,taken-away feeling,the writing high and the drug high have alot in common.

   Right away this presented a problem. I liked the writing high,I liked the drug high.  Trouble was , I couldn't do both at the same time.  The writing high is a controlled state.  The drug high is an uncontrolled state.  Whenever I tried to write when I was stoned I'd get a serious case of entrancement clash.
  So I had to decide between the two.  The choice might sound ridiculous now, but it was soul-searchingly serious at the time.  Eventually I went with writing it was free, it was legal, and you didn't have to carry a gun to cop it.  I think I reached the right decision.  Once I made up my mind,I never did drugs again.  I loved writing too much to let any bizarre drug static interfere.  alot of times in recovery they tell you to get addicted to something that won't kill you.  For me it was writing.  Not only did the word-high get me clean, in time it gave me the tools I needed to make a living as a magazine writer and editor.

   The alcohol?  That took a lot longer to kick.  The entrancement level of booze is nowhere near as powerful as the drugs, so there was no competition with the writing.  I had to use rehab and 12 steps to find my freedom.  But that's adifferent story, a different drug.  Still, I think my battle with the bottle was helped by my fight with the needle.  I'd chosen writing , and I'd  saved my life.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Link Ups:Book Blog News,Crazy-for-Books,The Literary hop, and Chrissie's Radiant Reviews

Book Blogger Hop

Literary Blog Hop



Good morning fellow book lovers!Don't forget to post links to your Book blog, giveaways,memes, etc....in the
post below this one.(Book Blog News)

The Question over at Crazy-for-Books.com is "What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere
did you not enjoy and how did  you feel about posting your  review?
I couldn't think of any books at first then "Alibi" by Terri Woods I was sorely disappointed that the author
was relying on violence and sex to sell the book.   The main character is a stripper who helps give an alibi to
a thug who murdered someone, which was a great premise but we spent more  time on her antics as a stripper than the actual storyline.  I felt a little  hesitant at first to post my review because this author has sold
alot of these types of books and I was still in that"I -dont-want-to-offend anyone-stage"  Then I thought  about how I would hate it if someone actual bought that book and I was not completely honest so I went ahead with the review.(Don't even bother checking this book out from the library it's horrible).

The Question over at the Literary Hop was:"What is your favorite poem and why?" One of my favorites is
"Phenomenal Woman"  by Maya Angelou probably because it was the first time I saw a literary work that actually celebrated being a woman (Im sure at the time I needed to hear that) and being confident in that fact.  

My book review:"Running the Books"by Avi Steinberg.  A few weeks ago we were discussing Literary Non-fiction for me this book definitely fit the category. It's a memoir that reads like a novel, with characters who are well devoloped.(I know these are real people , but  I can't tell yu how many memoirs I have read that didn't give me much background info about the other people in their lives) and I found the imagery to be a cruical part of the storytelling.  Does every memoir have to have that ? No ,but that is one of the factors that determine if it's a literary nonfiction  versus everyone else.  I think when your an everyday person writing about your life you have to do something to make people read about your life because not everyone can rely on their celebrity status to sell the book.  Why else would I care about some Boston Globe writer who decided to take a job as a Prison Library  because they had benefits?  He wrote it in such a way that I felt like I had no choice but to care about what happened to him and inmates and isn't that what a good writer is supposed todo?  I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.FTC Disclosure: I would like to take the time to thank Doubleday publishing  for allowing me an opportunity to review this book.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good afternoon fellow addicts I apologize for being late I am  running errands and this. So welcome and I would
like to thank everybody that took time out of their busy week to link up here I do appreciate it.
I only ask for a few things:

1.Grab my button in the sidebar.

2.  A worded link in your post is ok (I know how crowded things get )

3.I have a lot of space for you guys to tell us what's going on at your blog so please feel free to put
genres you review, your latest book review, book challenge you may do next year anything book related as
long as it's family friendly I am open(just don't post more than once because I will be forced to delete it)
Have fun

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And the winner is Sapphire Reads and Debbie(running the Books) and New Contest

Congradulations Debbie and Sapphire please email me your address to clsherrard.bookaddict@gmail.comMy Reading Life I am giving away 2 copies of this book the following rules apply:

1 .You must be a follower of the  blog to win a copy.

2. U.S residents only.

3.  Leave a good email address in  the comment section of this post so I can reach you faster.
Don't forget you only have 48 hours to respond( or I pick someone else from this comment section)
Thanks for playing!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How sweet Thanks Carolina(Writin block)

Thanks Carolina fromWrite with me was so kind to give me this award make sure you check her blog out.
Even thought I've won this before it still feels good to get it .  I believe I am suppose to mention 7 things about 
myself and give this to 15 people.   I will try to give this award to 15 people I haven't given this ,too.   Since I want time to think about who that should be I will come back and add their links to this post .(So don't be surprised if the list has grown).  I am a pretty transparent  person (On my other blog ) so it shouldn't be hard to think of   7 things you don't know about me.  For example:

1.  I use to love watching Speed Racer as a kid.

2.I have learned to cook Asian food because I think the Chinese buffets by my house are terrible!

3.One of my favorite books as a kid was Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass it's the only book I've read more than once.

4.I am happily  addicted to coffee.

5.  A Good day for me involves reading, and art journaling ( or scrapbooking)

6.I have lived in San Diego for a total of 8 years.

7.My favorite books are "House on Mango Street","The Bell Jar", and "The Bluest Eye"

The Versatile Award  goes to:




Don't forget to check out my guest post below this one!

Monday, November 29, 2010

First Ever Guest Post:Richard Sanders Author of "The Seventh Compass of Death"

How I kicked Drugs by writing by Ricard Sanders

    People who know me know my consumption of chemicals was pretty robust at one time.
Shooting crystal meth(1 1/2 years),dropping acid(200+times),smoking pot(daily,for years),
drinking alcohol(daily, for many ,many years)I had a nice mind-mess going ,and despite a little time in jail for the
sale of some of the above named substances,I had no intention of stopping.

    At one point during these early  years I decided I wanted to direct movies and videos, so I went to NYU
Film School. One of the mandatory courses  was Screenwriting 101.  I begged to get out of it-I had no talent
for telling stories-but mandatory is mandatory.  If you write, especially if you write fiction, you probably know
what happened the first time I tried to create something.  Even if you just read fiction, you know what I experienced
a kind of mesmerizing dream state, a kind of alchemical, mind-melting trance.  The blogger Laurel Marchfield
has a good post on writing as entrancement.   and I think entrancement is a good word for describing what
happens .  Even if you write non-fiction,when you're deeply into a text, you feel as if your head is turning butter,like it did when a story was read to you as a child.  In other words, I was getting high on writing.   Just like I'd get high on drugs.  In terms of finding  that entranced , lightly hypnotic,taken-away feeling,the writing high and the drug high have alot in common.

   Right away this presented a problem. I liked the writing high,I liked the drug high.  Trouble was , I couldn't do both at the same time.  The writing high is a controlled state.  The drug high is an uncontrolled state.  Whenever I tried to write when I was stoned I'd get a serious case of entrancement clash.
  So I had to decide between the two.  The choice might sound ridiculous now, but it was soul-searchingly serious at the time.  Eventually I went with writing it was free, it was legal, and you didn't have to carry a gun to cop it.  I think I reached the right decision.  Once I made up my mind,I never did drugs again.  I loved writing too much to let any bizarre drug static interfere.  alot of times in recovery they tell you to get addicted to something that won't kill you.  For me it was writing.  Not only did the word-high get me clean, in time it gave me the tools I needed to make a living as a magazine writer and editor.

   The alcohol?  That took a lot longer to kick.  The entrancement level of booze is nowhere near as powerful as the drugs, so there was no competition with the writing.  I had to use rehab and 12 steps to find my freedom.  But that's adifferent story, a different drug.  Still, I think my battle with the bottle was helped by my fight with the needle.  I'd chosen writing , and I'd  saved my life.

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