Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop

The Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop

September 20th to 25th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
 & Valerie from Stuck in Books

Here is my chance to share a book that I just couldn't put down. 

A book that sucked me in and kept me glued to its pages 
despite having to fight two other people to read it.

So tell me "What book have you read that really sucked you in and made you totally tune out the world?"

Contest will be open only to the US 
as I'm shipping the book.
I will be giving away a paperback copy of 
The Time Travelers Wife.
I also just read that as of Oct 10 it will also be available as an e-book.

The Time Traveler's Wife was the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships. The tale's central relationship came to her suddenly and subsequently supplied the novel's title. The novel, which has been classified as both science fiction and romance, examines issues of love, loss, and free will. In particular, it uses time travel to explore miscommunication and distance in relationships, while also investigating deeper existential questions.
As a first-time novelist, Niffenegger had trouble finding a literary agent. She eventually sent the novel to MacAdam/Cage unsolicited and, after an auction took place for the rights, Niffenegger selected them as her publishers. The book became a bestseller after an endorsement from author and family friend Scott Turow on The Today Show, and as of March 2009 had sold nearly 2.5 million copies in the United States and the United Kingdom. Many reviewers were impressed with Niffenegger's unique perspectives on time travel. Some praised her characterization of the couple, applauding their emotional depth; others criticized her writing style as melodramatic and the plot as emotionally trite. The novel won the Exclusive Books Boeke Prize and a British Book AwardA film version was released in August 2009.
Using alternating first-person perspectives, the novel tells the stories of Henry DeTamble (born 1963), a librarian at the Newberry Library inChicago, and his wife, Clare Anne Abshire (born 1971), an artist who makes paper sculptures. Henry has a rare genetic disorder, which comes to be known as Chrono-Displacement, that causes him to involuntarily travel through time. When 20-year-old Clare meets 28-year-old Henry at the Newberry Library in 1991 at the opening of the novel, he has never seen her before, although she has known him most of her life.
Henry begins time traveling at the age of five, jumping forward and backward relative to his own timeline. When he leaves, where he goes, or how long his trips will last are all beyond his control. His destinations are tied to his subconscious—he most often travels to places and times related to his own history. Certain stimuli such as stress can trigger Henry's time traveling; he often goes jogging to keep calm and remain in the present. He also searches out pharmaceuticals in the future that may be able to help control his time traveling. He also seeks the advice of a geneticist, Dr. Kendrick. Henry cannot take anything with him into the future or the past; he always arrives naked and then struggles to find clothing, shelter, and food. He amasses a number of survival skills including lock-picking, self-defense, and pickpocketing. Much of this he learns from older versions of himself.
"It's hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he's okay. It's hard to be the one who stays."
Once their timelines converge "naturally" at the library—their first meeting in his chronology—Henry starts to travel to Clare's childhood and adolescence in South Haven, Michigan, beginning in 1977 when she is six years old. On one of his early visits (from her perspective), Henry gives her a list of the dates he will appear and she writes them in a diary so she will remember to provide him with clothes and food when he arrives. During another visit, he inadvertently reveals that they will be married in the future. Over time they develop a close relationship. At one point, Henry helps Clare frighten and humiliate a boy who abused her. Clare is last visited in her youth by Henry in 1989, on her eighteenth birthday, during which they kiss for the first time. They are then separated for two years until their meeting at the library.
Clare and Henry marry, but Clare has trouble bringing a pregnancy to term because of the genetic anomaly Henry may presumably be passing on to the fetus. After six miscarriages, Henry wishes to save Clare further pain and has a vasectomy. However a version of Henry from the past visits Clare one night and they make love; she subsequently gives birth to a daughter, Alba. Alba is diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement as well but, unlike Henry, she has some control over her destinations when she time travels. Before she is born, Henry travels to the future and meets his ten-year-old daughter on a school field trip and learns that he died when she is five years old.
When he is 43, during what is to be his last year of life, Henry time travels to a Chicago parking garage on a frigid winter night where he is unable to find shelter. As a result of the hypothermia and frostbite he suffers, his feet are amputated when he returns to the present. Henry and Clare both know that without the ability to escape when he time travels, Henry will certainly die within his next few jumps. On New Year's Eve 2006 Henry time travels into the middle of the Michigan woods in 1984 and is accidentally shot by Clare's brother, a scene foreshadowed earlier in the novel. Henry returns to the present and dies in Clare's arms.
Clare is devastated by Henry's death. She later finds a letter from Henry asking her to "stop waiting" for him, but which describes a moment in her future when she will see him again. The last scene in the book takes place when Clare is 82 years old and Henry is 43. She is waiting for Henry, as she has done most of her life, and when he arrives they clasp each other for what may or may not be the last time. (from Wiki)

This is a book that my daughter had taken to the beach with us nine years ago on a family trip. Now when I go to the beach, I take more books than clothes. I'm determined not to be without something to read when on vacation. At some point on this vacation, I was unable to get interested in any of my  books so picked up my daughter's book, The Time Travelers Wife. OMG, right away I was sucked into this story. I found myself clutching the book till my fingers were numb and constantly dabbing my eyes as I cried. Every time I put the book down, my daughter grabbed it to read and before I had finished it, my daughter-in-law had also started it. So at one point all three of us were reading the same book. This is also one of the few books to movies that I thought was done on an acceptable level. Though it helped that Rachel McAdams, from my favorite love story of all times, The Notebook, portrayed Clare. 

Here is a  full list of participating bloggers in the hop. At this time there is over 100 great blogs to visit and enter their giveaway! This is a great way to meet more bloggers, win books, gift cards and more!
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So tell me "What book have you read that really sucked you in and made you totally tune out the world?"

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PuttPutt1198Eve said...

For me, it's always good old fashioned books like Gone With the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Anita Yancey said...

The book for me was Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins.


Buffy Kennedy said...

I've heard really good things about the Time Traveler's Wife, and bawled at the movie. I would love a chance to read it :-)

A book that sucked me in would probably have to be Hunting JC by Dominique Eastwick. It's a sexy romance book, yes, but it's also such a heartwarming story about love and family. I read it in one sitting late into the night.

Buffy Kennedy

Unknown said...

I have so many series that hook me in but no more than the Hunger Games! It is still my favorite!

Unknown said...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

DeeDee Griffin said...

I really loved Easy by Tammara Webber. Couldn't put it down!

Jillyn said...

The Hunger Games. I went into it expecting to hate it, but I read it in one sitting. Thanks for the giveaway.

Think said...

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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

Right now, it's the grimm chronicles. Wonderful book!

Anonymous said...

Recently I read A.M. Hudson's Dark Secret series. And was sucked in from the get go, I am a sucker for AMAZING paranormal romances.

Cryscringle said...

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. :)

Unknown said...

The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline -- I read it in one sitting and the book stuck in my brain for months!! ANYTHING by Michelle Sagara, especially her Chronicles of Elantra series (Book 8, Cast in Peril, just released Sept 18th) -- each book is almost 600 pages, and when I finish one of the books, I ALWAYS wish there was another couple of hundred pages!

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Cassandra said...

Recently I read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and it was absolutely amazing :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Brianne said...

Most books do that to me ;) But one of my favorite series was The Hunger Games trilogy. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Honestly, I get sucked into almost every book that I read...some more so than others...but the most recent was Stephen King's Under the Dome... no Just Stephen at his best, writing about the human condition, and what it takes for some to overcome it...and those who choose not to.. ( I like him best when he's a bit

Mona said...

I have read a few compelling books so far this year but the one that sucked me in the most was Creep by Jennifer Hillier. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the sequel, Freak, which I chose as my prize in a recent giveaway.

The other 2 runner-up books were:
. The Sixes by Kate White -- the 1st book I read by her but won't be the last. I own several others.
. Shelter by Harlan Coben -- looking forward to the sequel, Seconds Away.

Linda Kish said...

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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tragedy6996 said...

Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite

Cyndee said...

I could not put down the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series recently. I love to read any genre..a good read. I somehow missed this book and movie?? so thanks for this chance to win. Everyone raves about it! As a new follower, I like your Blog!The design is easy to read and locate information.
Cyndee Thomas

Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

I love the Daughter os Jaguar series by Willow Rose

Caitlin said...

moon called by patricia briggs!

Renee G said...

That would be Shadow of Night for me.

Holly Letson said...

Most recently, it was the *Monster High* book series, and the *La Corda d'Oro* mangas, that have kept my attention.

Teresa Thompson said...

Blue by Lou Aronica.

Jolene and Family said...

The Forsaken by Lisa Stasse

Dominique said...

Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor. I had to read this book in high school. I usually had a hard time concentrating on books that we had to read together as a class. Which meant I rarely paid attention to class reading material. Everyone read at different speeds (I'm one of those speed readers). And when the other kids would start stumbling over the words, and need help from the teacher sounding them out, it would unfortunately ruin the experience for me. I found myself tuning out those around me and reading on ahead, and started taking the book home with me to read on my own, and finished it after a couple of days. The story was so good. Our English teacher even went to the home of the author of the book and took photographs of his family (whom the book was about) to bring back to share with the class.

Katy said...

I have read The Hobbit and it was quite a page-turner for me!

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