[...]since this year also marks the complete end of the Harry Potter series with the 8th and final movie coming out on July 15, we thought this was the perfect time to relive the entire series one more time to get ready for the final chapter.
Participants will read books 1-7 (one book a month) and are encouraged to join in discussion over at Daemon's Books.
How To Participate: Each month: Step 1: Read the assigned book for that month (see schedule on the post about the challenge) Step 2: Write a review or opinion piece about the book on either your blog or any of the accepted places listed on the post about the challenge: Step 3: Starting February 1, 2011 and at the beginning of each subsequent month there will a post up for you to share links to your reviews, opinion pieces or to write comments (designated comment section) on Daemon's Books. This will count as proof of your participation. Note: Each proof of participation will give you one entry into the final big giveaway. There will be only one entry per book (no multiple entries even if you put multiple links). That means that if you complete the challenge from beginning to end and provide proof of your participation for each book you will have 7 entries. Deadline to join: The deadline to join is August 1st, 2011.
I love podcasts. I love the information that I get to learn and how specific they can be. They are my connection to something that can be explainable in a world that is somewhat not explainable.
And ever since Books on the Nightstand announced that it was saying goodbye at the beginning of June, I have thought about my favourites. While I enjoy my bookish podcasts and they are generally the first to go if I don't enjoy the first couple of episodes, the vast majority of the podcasts that I listen to are history related (big shocker here), with a smattering of sports-related podcasts.
I have included links to the main pages of the various podcasts, so that if you aren't an iPhone user, you can check them out. And yes, all that I mention here over the next 3 days are all available in iTunes.
Title: Dreaming Sophia: Because dreaming is an art
Author: Melissa Muldoon
Source: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest revew
Description: Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia. Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the s…
Title: The Munich Girl
Author: Phyllis Edgerly Ring
Genre: Historical fiction
Source: I received this book in exchange for fair and honest review
Description: Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s. Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions. Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party,…