And The Winner Is…

Thanks to everyone who entered for a chance to win my personal copy of Cutting For Stone.

The winner, chosen by, is#2….Amused by Books!

Congrats and Enjoy!

I will be doing more giveaways soon!!!



Giveaway Reminder and My Avatar!

Just a quick reminder to everyone that the giveaway for Cutting for Stone ends March 21st, so don’t forget to enter HERE.

And, just for fun, I thought I would share a photo of my Na’vi form, done in Photoshop. Pretty cool, yet a little bit creepy, right?

Julie as a Na'vi

Have a great week everyone!

Giveaway: Cutting For Stone!

In order to kick off March, I thought I would do a giveaway! I have so many books on my shelves and thought I would give one away so that I can share a great book with others (and clear up some room for new ones!) Cutting for Stone was an excellent book, filled with wonderful characters and incredible storytelling. It is long, but worth the read. Check out my recent review of Cutting for Stone here!

To Enter: Please leave a comment with your email address. In your comment, leave the title of another considerably long book and why it was worth reading.  You can get an extra entry if you follow me on Facebook or  Twitter! I will pick a winner using on March 21st. Good Luck!

*Open to US and Canadian residents only

February in Review

Wow, February really flew by this year, but it was an exciting month for me in terms of my blog! I read 4 books and listened to 3, making my total February book count 7. Here are the books read/listened to in February:

There were many great books in this list, but The Art of Racing in the Rain was my favorite. Review coming soon…

This month I also saw a bunch of great movies, two of which have been reviewed on this blog. I am excited to announce William Guth as a guest contributor who posted a wonderful review of one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time, An Education. He also co-authored the review for A Single Man. Expect more movie and book reviews from him in the future.

Another thing that happened this month was my switch from blogspot to wordpress. So far I’ve been very happy with the change and am excited about all the possibilities there are on wordpress.

In March I will finally be reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, which has been on my radar for quite some time now. I’m also starting a new audio book by Anita Shreve called A Change in Altitude, as well as reading a nonfiction choice, Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin. There is a movie based on this book currently playing on HBO called Temple Grandin.

I also hope to do my first giveaway in March. Look for that coming up soon! Stay tuned…

Cutting For Stone

Book: Cutting For Stone

Author: Abraham Verghese

Short Summary:
Marion Stone and his twin brother, Shiva, are born literally joined together at a hospital in Ethiopia. Although their Indian mother, who was a nun, died in childbirth and their English father quickly fled after the boys were born, the twins were raised by two loving parental figures, both of whom were doctors. The boys grow up being surrounded by medicine and surgery. While spanning several decades, this book describes the experiences of Marion as he relates to his twin, family, faith, the girl he loves, surgery and medicine, the father he never met, and the differences of living in Africa and America.

My Thoughts:
Overall, this book was a winner. I found it hard to put down. One of the aspects of the book I liked so much was the magnitude of themes it covered.   Continue reading

January in Review

January In Review

January has been a great month to start off my book blog. I technically started in December just to get the hang of it, but it really took off during this month. The books I read this month included:

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I’ve never been a particularly fast reader and like to take my time with my books, so five in one month is actually quite Continue reading