Showing posts from February, 2013

New Reviews!

I have new reviews up at Alabama Letters and I Love YA Books! (Yes, I decided to continue with WordPress. Heaven help me.)

So true...

Thanks, Jan, for sending this one to me!

Some teenager in this town is going to hate me.

I went to the library on my lunch hour, mainly because I needed to get out of the office, and...WOW. I checked out the mother load! Monday mornings must be the best time to go there for new books (at least in the YA section), because I found several of the recent hardback releases I have really been wanting to read!

Here is my hardback haul for the day:

Each of these is a sequel to a book I have read recently, so I am super excited to have them without buying them! Also, teen readers in my town should take heart: I will have them back in the library before spring break.
I also managed to snatch up three other less recent titles (though they are still really hard to find at my library), so it is a VERY good library day! 

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Title: Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: 1/1/12 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
My Rating: 3.5/4 stars

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him m…

New Year's Resolutions are crap.

So, yeah. I broke my New Year's Resolution to not buy a book. :)

Oh, well. I made it longer than I ever thought that I would! Ha!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Characters in the Classics Genre

As always, the "Top Ten Tuesday" writing prompt is brought to us by
The Broke and the Bookish! Check them out!

Top Ten Favorite Characters in the Classics Genre!
1. John Thornton from North and South. I love him more than life itself. :)
2. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.
3. Little Jo from Bleak House.
4. Allan Woodcourt from Bleak House.
5. Dickon Sowerby from The Secret Garden.
6. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.
7. Estella from Great Expectations.
8. Jo from Little Women.
9. Cleopatra from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.
10. Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Billy's Sports Grill in Northport

Just got back from a great lunch with some of the crew here at the magazine. We went to the newly opened Billy's Sports Grill, which is located in historic downtown Northport. The food was fantastic, and I love what they have done with the restaurant. The restaurant has been under construction for quite some time, so we have all been curious to see what it would look like. The owner took the old location of The Globe and  Opus, and he completely redid it, remaining faithful to the original nineteenth-century construction and architectural details.

The bar is constructed out of heart pine found behind walls as they uncovered older parts of the building. The main centerpiece of the bar is an antique from France.

The walls are plaster -- not sheet rock-- and it is just gorgeous!

Anyway, the food was fantastic. I had fish tacos and grilled veggies (very light and good); my boss and her husband had chicken and steak wraps; and my coworker, Rebecca, had a delicious looking burger (and t…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Romances

As usual, the "Top Ten Tuesday" prompt is brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish!

There are just too many to name here! UGH!!! I have read so many great ones, and I know I will hate myself for leaving off so many of the great ones! Anyway....

1. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Oh, yes. It is so old school and a total bodice ripper. But I had to include it because it is the first romance I ever read. I picked it up during spring break when I was sixteen. I had no idea that it was the book that started what we consider the romance genre, but I had a great time reading it.

2. A Knight in Shining Armorby Jude Deveraux. I think I read this one right after Woodiwiss's book! I bought this one along with....

3. Castles by Julie Garwood....and...

4. Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught. Again, I had no idea that I was buying the heavy hitters (and three of the authors I still refer to as members of the five "J"s:  Jude …

Roll Tide!...the early years

Me at two. I assume the "A" is for "Alabama." We will say it is and leave it at that. :)

Also in "Susie" news today...

It has been one whole year since I adopted Madison!!! Such a sweet girl! It doesn't feel like it has been that long, but I am so grateful to have her in my life. What a blessing. XO, Madison!

Get your Charles Dickens on.

Oh, yeah. Rock it, sexy man. 201 never looked so good.
Happy 201st Birthday, Charles Dickens!!!

Brother Sid, by May Lamar

A new review is up at Alabama Letters! Check out my review of Brother Sid: A Novel of Sidney Lanier by May Lamar (2012).

More old photos...


Some of my favorites..

I have been scanning in a lot of photos recently, and these are two of my favorites!

This is a photo of my great grandmother, Irene Neville (who married Charles Reynolds). Irene is the young girl on the left. (I have no idea who the child on the right could be!) I imagine that this was taken at a tourist attraction type of spot. Irene was born in Nebraska in 1891, but she and her parents moved to Douglas, Arizona, when she was a child (some time after her older brother died...he drowned when he was only eight  or nine years old). I know that sometime before age 14, when her mother (Irene Rector Neville) died, she was enrolled at Loretto Academy in Las Cruces, New Mexico Territory. I don't know how long she stayed there, but her friendship with one of the nuns at the convent school remained solid throughout her life. At some point, there is a record of Irene Neville going to school in Washington, DC, but she returned to Nebraska at some point (probably around the time her father di…