Reading and thrifting and hallucinating, oh my!

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Congrats to Ann-Marie, who won a spiffy mp3 player through a contest link I posted last week!

If you’re a fan of chick lit books and movies, you might enjoy this new blog from author Marta Costa. I also recommend her Vampire Wire blog if you’re into urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Hmm – I could do this with the remains of the lurid baby blanket

Whoa. Check out the LEGO Inauguration.

Happy National Thrift Week!

You don’t need fancy machines or gym memberships to get in shape. (I’m a big believer in this – when I rediscover my exercise mojo, that is. Have you seen it?)

I can’t be the only one who thinks this is an intriguing idea, but fears a splattering buttery catastrophe in the microwave, right?

Three cups of coffee make you three times more likely to hallucinate? Dude! No wonder it’s the favored drink of office workers…

For the first time in 25 years, reading is on the rise!

These results will surprise no one. 🙂 (Assuming the darn thing posts properly…)

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Book Snob
Literate Good Citizen
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?

Reading Update
Dark Desires After Dusk and Kiss of a Demon King (The Immortals After Dark, Books 5-6) by Kresley Cole. Sadly, I thought the sixth book was probably the weakest one. *sigh* But weak in this series is still a really good read. I wonder when book 7 will come out?!
New Tricks by John Levitt. The sequel to Dog Days – another solid urban fantasy.
I Only Have Fangs for You (The Young Brothers, Book 3) by Kathy Love. I can already tell I’m going to have to reread the last book in the series (My Sister Is a Werewolf, which I read a year or so ago) now that I’ve read the rest of the series.
One Bite With a Stranger (The Others, Book 6… although the cover says “The first novel of the Others”), The Demon You Know, Howl at the Moon, and Walk on the Wild Side (The Others, Books 3-5) by Christine Warren. Mediocre to ok paranormal romance. Walk on the Wild Side (Book 5) is about a totally different group of Others than Books 1-4 and 6.
Tall, Dark, and Kilted by Allie MacKay. Paranormal romance set in a Scottish castle (Dunroamin) with a resident ghost, Sir Hardwin de Studley of Seagrave (aka Hardwick). Um, yeah, the puns are a little out of control here. Couldn’t tell you why I actually read the entire book.
Evil Ways (Quincey Morris, Book 2) by Justin Gustainis. Excellent urban fantasy, with a special treat for fans of a certain Chicago-based wizard… Highly recommended, but definitely read the the first book (Black Magic Woman) before you read Evil Ways.
I Shall Not Want: A Claire Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming. The latest installment in this series is as intense as the others. Highly recommended – but read them in order!

*groom groom groom* -Mayhem

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