Saturday, January 21, 2012

In My Mailbox and Sunday Salon!

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The Eternal Sea (Everlasting, #2)

This week The Eternal Sea arrived - literally in my Mailbox - and I can't remember where or how I won it.  Has that ever happened to you?  It's like the most delightful surprise!!  I know I looked at this book - I remember wanting it....... but..... uh.... where was I?  Has that ever happened to you?!?!

I kinda went crazy on NetGalley:

The Naked Foods Cookbook: Easy, Unprocessed, Gluten-Free, Full-Fat Recipes for Losing Weight and Feeling Great
Um... I thought I'd test out this cookbook because I can't use prepackaged mixes or boxed dinners on our Gung-Ho Diet. Discovering a secret love for fresh tomatoes in the blender inspired me to see what other "naked" food I don't know about, yet. I think it'll take a while to review properly, but I'm having fun already (and I am not a gardener, believe me.)

I requested three picture books for very specific reasons, and it will be DELIGHTFUL to review them:
Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation  Peru in Images (Peru en Imagenes) Getting Started in Pinewood Derby: Step-by-Step Workbook to Building Your First Car

I jumped on the YA bandwagon because "everyone else is doing it" is sometimes a good reason!!

Lies Beneath  Starters (Starters, #1)  Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)

And my library requests arrived, which are PRIORITY for the Theme Park Book Club.

(I'm deep into How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and I keep snorting late at night in bed. It's totally quiet...  the only kid still awake has a flashlight under the covers... and I SNORT!  Cool, Man  eyes me like I'm crazy and I shake my head and laugh, "it's funny!"  One nutty phrase after another and I'm choking holding back my laughter again. I'm dragging this book out a bit. Laughter is good.)

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe    Redemption in Indigo

But WAIT! That's not all!! I also bought a book for myself for only $4.99 on my Nook because that Goddess book looks super interesting and I want to read the first one first:

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

Welcome Sunday Salon!!!

This is my first week after joining the group on Facebook that I'm paying attention to what I'm doing. Maybe.  Theoretically.  So, welcome!!  :-)

*  This past week, I took part in the internet stand against government control of the internet. I posted the video that explained what was going on in my sidebar b/c I'm skeptical of everything political, either side. I am sure, though, that less government and big companies controlling things, the better.

*  I also discovered the big Hullaballoo that leapt from Goodreads to Twitter that threatened a wedge between Readers and Authors with the question of "Who is Right?"  Is the ranting reader free to spill nasty comments? Do authors get to spill nastiness back?!  In light of standing up for Free Speech this week, I guess everyone gets to say whatever they want, but I'm not going to encourage or follow it all. I have a right to get on with reading and laughing (and tolerance, I guess.)
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*  I reviewed Glitches by Marissa Meyer, which is free to read online and Divergent. I hosted my first ever Author Tour and reviewed The Priest and the Peaches, too.

*  I discussed why I like my e-reader on Monday, I discovered Glamour in Glass on Wednesday, I confessed to skimming books for (only) very good reasons on Thursday, and shared my diet progress with a recipe for Steak Fajitas on Saturday.

* One of my Giveaways ended, so I announced the winner and highlighted creative Followers, too.

What about you?  

What did you do this week?  
What books did you get? 


  1. Sounds like a great week! I'm all for stepping back from the fray...and tolerating things. There are a few causes I'll go to the mat for...but I don't engage in the author/reviewer issue.

    Thanks for visiting my Sunday Salon, and enjoy your week.

  2. I hope you don't regret jumping on the YA bandwagon, I certainly don't think that it's a bad idea! ;) Lies Beneath sounds fantastic!

    Enjoy all of your reads and have a lovely Sunday!
    Here's my IMM!

  3. I wanted to request Goddess Interrupted off NG too but hadn't read the first one yet :/
    The Eternal Sea looks interesting! I vaguely remember seeing it in passing somewhere before and thought it looked good!

    Michele | IMM | 2-Book Giveaway

  4. I've been trying to eat healthier too, so The Naked Cookbook looks right up my alley.

  5. Welcome to the Sunday Salon! Or at least, paying attention to the Sunday Salon :-)

    The Naked Cookbook sounds excellent! I am into cooking as well, and eating healthy, so it would be right up my alley. Though starting fresh eating in the middle of winter sounds a bit daunting...

    1. It is a little spendy, actually. If the kids only have fresh food, they eat it (oddly enough) and then I gotta buy more every few days, seems like. I think the local store will have to order extra oranges at our current pace!!

  6. Great Mailbox! Hope you enjoy your new books! The Goddess Test was really great.
    Happy Reading!
    My IMM post
    A Beautiful Madness

  7. Great set! The Naked Cookbook sounds interesting. I'm very into healthy cooking. Loved Goddess Test.
    My IMM

  8. Quite a week of firsts and quite a pile of books. Fun!

  9. I LOVED The Eternal Sea. That and the first book are fantastic reads! Lies Beneath looks really interesting!

  10. Yes, that has happened to me and I try to find it in my emails and still nothing... I would love to read the Eternal Sea it sounds like a good book.

    Happy Reading!

  11. The Eternal Sea sounds really good, and so does The Goddess Test! Lies Beneath is on my high anticipation list, can't wait to see what you think of it!

  12. Amazing! The Goddess Test looks great. I'm been meaning to pick it up for awhile now. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  13. The read-a-thon is getting ready to start. Please be sure to sign in at the starting line when you start reading. I'm working on the post right now. Should be up a little after midnight tonight. (Monday, 1/23 at 12:00am CST U.S. time) Have fun reading this week!

  14. So many goodies!! I'm very anxious about starting Lies Beneath. :)

  15. I am a clean eater myself I will have to check out that cookbook. Great IMM, etc...

    Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Lies beneath was really nice I hope you'll like it.

    My MM


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