New app for the iPhone

indie bound

IndieBound is a new free app available for the iPhone that lists the latest indie booksellers recommendations and best sellers by category.  You can browse recommendation lists, search for books, search for bookstores in your area.  It’s a pretty great program.  I’m hoping the next release will include the ability to “favorite” or “wish list” a book.  There’s no way to make note of which books you want to purchase unless you *gasp* use pen & paper. 🙂

Here’s a couple of screenshots I took with on my iPhone.  (Also, the store finder, found all three indie bookstores in my area!)

indiebound 1   Indiebound 2 

Indiebound 3  indiebound4

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=310898838&mt=8

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Damn it, I’m a doctor not a physicist!

I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend

This has always been one of my favorite weekends.  Every once in a while my birthday falls on Memorial day, so I kind of consider this my birthday weekend ….. which is of course part of my birthday week ….. which is part of my birthday month.  Why limit yourself to just one day?

When I was a kid, we used to go camping this weekend.  I remember freezing in this little tiny camper with four people, five once my youngest brother came along.  I remember my dad’s friend saying “close your mouth and open your ears” ….. (he said that to me a lot!).  I remember blueberry hill at Wilderness (or was it Y-Camp?) ….. it’s probably just a little mound, not a hill, but to me it was huge.  I remember fishing with my dad and thinking “what’s the big fuss …. this is kinda boring”.  But it was time with my dad which was always treasured.  I remember the sand bar out in the lake (not sure which one) and getting in the row boat to go all the way out there, getting out of the boat and having the water be up to our knees.  I have lots of good memories about this weekend.

My plans for this weekend are a little different than childhood.  First, I have no need to go out and freeze this weekend.  I’m more than happy to take the kids camping when the overnight temperature stays above 40.  I have the afternoon off work today, so will head over to the local plant sale and see what I can find for the garden.  The kids are going to spend the day and night with the grandparents on the lake, and I’ll head out there tomorrow to do some moreling and have dinner.  Then Sunday & Monday are up in the air.  Catch a movie with the kids?  Plant my garden?  Mow the lawn (not optional). Read …. (optional, but not really with me).  All kinds of decisions!

Bookstore day

A couple of nights ago I had dinner with a good friend who was driving through town on her way home from a conference.  We spent awhile talking about a weekend trip we want to take this fall to the Epcot Food & Wine festival.  Somehow, and I’m still not sure how, I mentioned this place I’ve been obsessed with ever since This Fish blogged about her travels in Europe.  The Cinque Terre in Italy is one of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever seen.  The pictures taken above Vernazza are stunning, in fact pictures taken anywhere in the area are stunning.   Anyway, I showed her a couple of these pictures on my iPhone at dinner and she was captivated as well.  We’re now determined to plan a girls trip to Italy (you know …. sometime in the next 3-4 years when we can afford it?!? :))  We’re already making plans to get Italian audio cd’s (or in my case audible.com files) to start learning the language and I spent some time on Amazon looking at travel books. 

(by the way – if I had a boy to take with me, I would be going here …… sigh)

Here’s where my love of technology enters to fulfill my love of planning.  It occurred to me yesterday morning that my friend who manages a local bookstore is also on Twitter.  So I sent him a direct message asking what they have in stock for Italy travel books.  Within like two minutes, he responded listing out the books.  The one I wanted was there (yay), so I jumped in the car and drove down there on my lunch break (about 5 minutes after he sent the message).  Walked in to the store, he laughed, and showed me where the books were.  Now, I could have just picked up the phone and called, but it’s such a pain looking up a phone number in the phone book or online, then waiting while they go and look through their stock, then they get back on the phone and say – yes we have X Y Z books.  Instead, I shot off a quick tweet, continued working, got a response, and decided what to do for lunch.  (It didn’t hurt that the Grain Train down the street from the store was featuring Morel Pasta for lunch either!)

So – the good news – I got a great travel book for Italy!  The other good news – but kind of unexpected – I picked up three other books from his recommendations (we have similar taste in books – except for the whole romance book thing :)), and 4 more books that he’s letting me borrow from his MASSIVE to be read shelves …. more like wall …. the man has an entire WALL of to be read books!

Here’s to Italy!

Italy

And more books on my to-be-read shelf!

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Mortal Instruments series

I love love love this series!  I picked up City of Bones in paperback over spring break, and it’s been sitting on my to be read shelf for the last several weeks.  I picked it up on Friday and started reading.  I didn’t stop reading until Sunday night when I finished the third book, City of Glass.  I absolutely love the world that Cassandra Clare has built.  I am so impressed with the whole series.

I don’t have time to do a full review (seems like I never have time for that these days), but I wanted to put something up to acknowledge my marathon reading this weekend.

10 – Perfect! Highly recommend!  (and how much do I love the cover art!?!?!)

City of BonesCity of AshesCity of Glass

Joust – Mercedes Lackey

joustMercedes Lackey has long been one of my favorite authors.  I flew through all of the Valdemar books, and still continue to buy and devour any new books in the series.

I picked up Joust a few years ago while on spring break, and quickly read through both Joust and the second in the series Alta.  Then proceeded to buy the remaining two books in the series as soon as they came out in hardcover.  Joust is not related to Valdemar at all,  in fact it reminds me more of the Elvenbane series by Lackey, and Andre Norton (another all time favorite of mine).

When I first received my kindle a year and a half ago, Mercedes Lackey was one of the first authors I looked for in Kindle version.  Unfortunately, many of her books weren’t available.  Since I had loaned out Joust to a friend (not sure which one though), and never received it back, I’ve been missing the beginning of the series.  I finally broke down and bought it in paper version again this spring break, and have been reading it slowly the last few days. 

Re-reading it, I find myself getting caught up again in the world of Vetch and the Jousters.  I love the world building, I love the characters, I love the controversy that she creates with Vetch starting to like his “captors” in particular Ari.

Definitely will be in my re-read list again, and this time I’m not loaning it out.   But, I did just realize another advantage of the Kindle.  Yes, we can’t share books with it….. but we also don’t have the problem of not getting them back either!  🙂

Rating: 9 – Excellent!

Amazon: Paperback

I’m alive ….. really I am!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted.  It’s been crazy at work and home.  My travel schedule has been insane.  However, I have managed to sneak a couple dozen books into the last few months.  I’ve updated my Challenges page to show how many books I’ve read – up to 50 so far. 

I went through a fast stage of romance novels thanks to the free downloads from Harlequin for Kindle.  I powered through 2 almost 3 a day of them.  Some were good, some were not so good, but I do love free things!

I also spent some time in Florida for spring break, and probably too much time at Barnes & Noble.  I picked up a few books that I’ve been dying to read and am anxious to get started on them.  Hopefully once read, I’ll have some time to actually write a review of them. 

Anyway, this is just a quick post, mainly to get myself back into the habit of coming here and writing – all this is just off the top of my head, sorry.