Friday, January 30, 2009

Big Box of *History Rocks* - Drawing

Drawing time!!!

I know. You've been waiting for this one for so long you turned purple. But, remember I warned you not to hold your breath? I'm just saying.

This week's drawing is all about history. Only one book is nonfiction and I didn't finish it because I found it a bit disjointed, but that doesn't mean other readers will have trouble with it, of course. Two are advanced readers and the rest, apart from the Philippa Gregory book (which was purchased used), I would classify as "pristine" or very close to it. I handle books very gently.

The Big Box of History Rocks contains the following books:

1. A Civil General by Stinebeck & Gill (ARC)

2. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (ARC)

3. The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander

4. The Yokota Officer's Club by Sarah Bird (unread -- accidentally bought 2, oops)

5. Two Brothers: One North, One South by David H. Jones (autographed)

6. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (used, with a lined spine but in good condition)

7. Hurricane of Independence by Tony Williams (non-fiction - this was my DNF)

8. To Catch the Lightning by Alan Cheuse

I had to stop to make certain they all fit in the box and the answer is "yes". Actually, there's a tiny bit of air space, so I'll see if I can find anything else to throw in. Don't bank on it, but you never know. I'm really in the mood to get rid of things.

Here the rules to enter:

1. Leave me an email, so I can contact you if you win. This one's crucial.

2. Tell me what, if anything, you'd like to see me change on my blog. If you can't think of anything, just tell me a nice, clean joke.

3. Eat your veggies. I'm kidding, you can skip this one but I care about your health.

Once again, this drawing is open to anyone in the world because it's a thank-you for visiting me. I don't require twitters or posts about the blog, but you can share the love if you'd like. I've been kind of lonely in here, this week.

I'm not making this a sticky post, but I'll try to remember to post reminder links. The drawing will be held Friday, February 6 so that I can pop this big old box in the mail on Monday (or try to -- I have a big problem with Mondays, actually). Good luck!!


  1. O Please I'd LOVE to win this one. I'm a history major and haven't read any of these. Ok. I read your blog all the time so I would know if I won but you can also contact me at:

  2. oooh drawings. :) Love it.

    Hmm, changes... well there is a poppet in your header, but I haven't seen them on post photos for ages. MORE POPPETS PLEASE! ;-)

    And I ate an apple and some salad today.

    geekgirlunveiled at gmail dot com

    I'm more lurky than posty, but I do enjoy your reviews and have gotten some very enjoyable book suggestions from them, so thanks!

  3. OH please! Oh please! I'm a history buff and these look wonderful!!!

    you could change the posting heading to say "Books Won By Marta!" LOL

    are dorito's a veggie????

  4. What a fun box of books!!! One thing I would change about your blog would be for you to post 5 times as much as you do :p I can never get enough bookfool!!

  5. What a fabulous looking box of books! I'm not big on history but there's several there I'd like to read, and maybe reading the others would help out, too. As for blog improvments, I can't really think of any but I've always wondered what is that statue featured at the top of your sidebar, the woman with the book?

    Oh, and I do eat my veggies! Getting my hubby and kid to do the same is a trial, though.

  6. I don't want you to feel lonely over here! As for changes, I decided to tell you to allow one or more of the poppets to visit this blog occasionally -- and then Stacey beat me to it. Really, you know I love your poppets, so think about it, okay?

    I'm a veggie eater, so no problem there, especially since I also love salads and eat several each week.

    Now the email address, which you have, but I'll post it here anyway:
    emerging dot paradigm at yahoo dot com.

    I know I don't have to tell you a joke, but I found three old Reader's Digest magazines as I unloaded boxes during my recent move across town. RDs are always good for jokes, and I happen to remember a good one I read the other evening. This is my paraphrase, as I don't have the RD in hand.

    Walter Cronkite told a story in the 1970s to make a point about history (see? I like history, too). Imagine this scene taking place a hundred years hence.

    Son: "Who is Leonid Brezhnev?"
    Father: "I don't know, son, but I think he may have been a Russian politician during the Solzhenitsyn era."

    You and your readers may be so young you'll have to look up Leonid Brezhnev and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn before you'll understand the joke. Maybe this Washington Post article will help:

  7. The books look great. I'm new to blogs and yours looks great to me.

    "Fraid I don't know any clean jokes unless you want humor from my kindergarten class and some of that isn't clean!!!!

  8. I have very much been looking forward to your history box drawing! My e-mail address is As for changes, I'm mad because several people have already suggested what I was thinking about. Poppets! I learned about Poppets from your blog! I would love to see more pictures with the little poppets hiding in them. Sorry it isn't an original suggestion.

  9. Ooooo, history books! I'm drooling just a little...

    My e-mail address is toadacious1 at yahoo dot com. I think your blog is just fantastic the way it is, so I guess I'm going to be telling a good clean joke. I couldn't think of any off the top of my head, so I took myself away to where I found nearly nothing that made me laugh, but there was this one which did actually crack me up.

    3 friends die in a car accident and they go to an orientation in heaven. They are all asked, "When you are in your casket and friends and family are talking about you, what would you like them to say?

    The first guy says,"I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man."

    The second guy says, "I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow."

    The last guy replies, "I would like to hear them say ... Look, He's Moving!

  10. Amanda,

    I love knowing there are lurkers out there!! Thanks. Sounds like you could really use these books!


    That's an easy request! I just need to take my little Poppets on a jaunt, I suppose. I haven't done so in quite a while. I'm sure they're getting tired of being closed up in a bag.

    You ate better than I did. Good for you!

    Aw, thanks. That makes me feel good all under. I hope you've enjoyed any books you acquired on my account!


    You're disqualified. Kidding! I just thought I'd have a little fun. I don't think I will change my blog name and Doritos are most definitely not veggies but if you ask my cat she will tell you that Nacho Cheese Doritos make excellent snacks. She is insane, though, so you might not want to listen.


    It's a good thing I know where to find you or I'd shake a finger at you for not leaving your email.

    That statue is really part of a frieze that adorns the Illinois Monument in the Vicksburg National Military Park. I walk past it all the time. It's my favorite monument. I can post a photo of the entire monument so you can see it in context, sometime, if you'd like. The woman with the book is actually writing, but fortunately the portion of her hand with the pen is overexposed enough to make it look like she's just reading, which suits my purposes.

  11. Chris,

    Are you signing up? I can't tell!

    5 times as much! Did you just hear the scream? LOL I can't imagine posting that much, but thank you. You're a sweetie-pie for saying that. :)


    I had no idea Poppet photos would end up being the hot request! What a surprise! Thank you; I really have been feeling lonely. I probably need to get out in the real world a bit more. I'll do my best when it comes to taking more Poppet pics.

    I read the article and I still don't get it but I'm kind of worn out and not willing to exercise my brain, at the moment.


    If you're entering, I need your email address! Thank you for the compliment. :)

    Oh, kindergarteners are such fun. That's my favorite age. They say all sorts of ridiculously witty, funny things.


    That's so funny! I really had no idea so many people would suggest more Poppet photos! It's kind of nice to know that it's been on the minds of several, so don't worry about the repetition. :)


    Just don't drool on the keyboard. That would be gross.

    I've heard that joke and I love it! My son has told it to me several times. I ought to have it memorized by now, but I can't seem to retain jokes. Disappointing.

  12. Oooh, that is a big ol' box of books!

    Have you ever thought of going to 3 columns? I like it on mine since I can put two important things at the top of the sidebars.


    jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

  13. Yes, I would indeed like to sign up! And you don't have to post 5 times as about just 1 1/2 times as much...that's just a few more posts, right :p

  14. Hi Nancy
    It is her new one. It is called Word Gets Around. It is set in the same town but I have not read either book yet so I do not know if any of the characters make another appearance. I hope I like the first one. I am reading both this weekend hopefully. :)

  15. Janel,

    Yep, my objective is actually to cram in as many books as possible! I'm trying to lighten the load, here and I figure one great way to do that is share some book joy with other bloggers.

    Yes, I've thought about going to three columns. The reason I haven't is that I have no idea how to do so and I'm actually ridiculously lazy when it comes to blogging. I just haven't wanted to bother taking the time to figure it out. I should probably do that, though.


    Okay, thank you! You're signed up, then. Poof. Just like magic.

    One and a half times. Okay, hmm. I'll do my best. I've been walking away from the computer a lot, this year, thanks to the marathon training thing but I kind of miss my goofier posts. It feels as if something is missing, here.


    Thank you! I'll have to see if I can extract a copy from Jim at Bethany House, if he's still there. I loved Talk of the Town. It was one of my favorites in 2008.

  16. me me me me me me! I want to win! There must be something I can do to bribe you into picking my number!

    You know how to reach me, but I'll play by the rules, 'cuz that's the kinda person I am. escapingjourney at gmail dot com change about your blog. I love your posts. I love your pictures. I wouldn't change a darn thing!

    Ok, a clean joke. Heard this one on our latest trip.

    A grasshopper walks into a bar. He goes up to the bar to order a drink and the bartender goes "hey! We have a drink named after you." The grasshopper goes "You have a drink named Steve?"
    Ok, ok, I know..lame...but you asked for a clean joke. haha!

  17. There are a couple in the list that I'd love to read, but my goodness, I don't the whole box! I've too many "waiting to be read" books in the stacks already. Great Give Away, though!

  18. Kris,

    I don't accept bribes unless they're really, really large and in that case you could just go buy the books. ;)

    Yep, I know where to find you! Thanks, though. I love people who follow the rules.

    Will and I love the grasshopper joke!!


    Maybe sometime I'll have another little baby drawing that'll work better for you. I need to get rid of books!!!

  19. Ohhh history books. We love history books here in my household. Thing to change - maybe more pictures. I love your pictures. Where do you find the time to read and blog so much? Jealous!

  20. Bree,

    My entire family loves history, too. More pictures, eh? I've done a bit less of that, this year. Okay, I'll work on snapping some more and posting them. As to the time to read and blog . . . I have a very messy house. I'm not proud of it, but there you go. LOL

  21. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Hi Nancy, always looking for books to add to the library and I have heard of the Yokota Officers Club from memebers of my high school alumni group some of whom lived on the base. Bob Carels.

  22. Anonymous2:40 PM

    Cool giveaway - I would love to win! I have to say, I love your blog the way it is, so please don't change anything! So here's a joke (I heard it on the Bonnie Hunt show). There was a three year old sitting on the potty, patting his head. When his Mom asked what he was doing, he said "it works for ketchup bottles!" Too cute!

  23. Anonymous6:53 PM

    I think your history box looks great - I tried to find Hurricane of Independence and Two Brothers at my library after reading your reviews but no luck. On a side note, I was able to find The Terror (Dan Simmons) which I really liked.

    I'm still fairly new to your blog, so I'm not sure I have any good suggestions for a change, other than to ask if you keep a complete (or yearly, perhaps is more manageable) list of books you've read? Heck, while I'm asking, how about arranged by genre? LOL.

    Can't wait to hear what you thought of the graphic novels, particularly Fables. I've read that one and liked it. (I also read the ongoing trades of that series. Trades 1 and 2 were a little slow for my taste, but after that it picked up and is really interesting).

    Oh. before I forget: mehgrl29 at hotmail dot com

  24. I would love to win this one! Wow, your going all out!

    I loved your blog and seriously can't think of anything. Yike clean jokes? I'm awful at telling joke! Seriously!

    I eat my veggies everyday, seeing as I am a vegan.

    I blogged about your giveaway here:

  25. Bob!!!

    I never thought I'd "see" you in here! I was thinking about you when I decided to throw The Yokota Officers Club in the box. We must have talked about it, at some point. I would love it if you win. You'd really use those books well! :)


    Why, thank you. What a sweetheart you are! I love that joke!!! Thanks for the laugh!


    You must have a library like mine. I can seldom find the books I really, really want to read at my library, so I swap quite a bit.

    I haven't ever posted a list of my entire year's reads, but I usually try to do a post of what I've read each month -- primarily because a list of 128 books (that's how many I read last year) seems like a bit much. And, I do a "reads in review" at the end of the year. I have categories like "Biggest Smile Inducers, Tear Jerkers, Favorite Fiction and Non-Fiction". I'll try to do a January wrap-up, soon.

    I'll just do a single post on the three novels. My son and I both enjoyed Fables, but my personal favorite was American Born Chinese. You'll see! :)

  26. I am really excited about this giveaway! Now I really like your blog and I am really bad at telling other people how to improve and NONE of my jokes are good or clean...but I did eat my veggies tonight. Broccoli, cauliflower and potatoes. Does that count?

  27. I'm new to your blog so I can't really say what I would change yet.

    Here's a clean joke:
    Why did the cookie go to the doctor?

    … Because he felt crummy.

  28. These books aren't really my cuppa tea, but my dad would just love to settle in and read them all from cover to cover.

    He's recently had a heart attack and mom has alzheimers; they still live on their own but dad's world is very limited; so books are his escape!

    ok, I'm going to try with a joke.ahhhh, I barely remember it but it was my grandfather's favourite!!

    A man went to a restaurant and ordered some oysters on half shell. The waiter delivered them to him and for the life of him he couldn't figure out how to eat them.

    So, the man called the waiter over, handed him an oyster and asked him if he could show him how to eat it properly.

    Waiter did the obligatory oyster suckage and swallow.

    The man looked at the waiter in amazement and said..

    "Huh, I tried to swallow that one 3 times, and every time it came back up"

    Oh I hope I did my grandpa justice in the way I remember that joke lol


  29. How fun...I just found your site and love it. Sign me up, the books look fantastic!

    As for a joke, I'm not so good at them...just ask my kiddo's.


  30. Teddy Rose,

    I desperately need to go all out. Yesterday, I got 6 books in the mail. Fortunately, I've also got 4 going to swappers, so I should be back to more books out than in, soon. Whew!

    You guys are too nice to me. Thank you!

    I need to become a vegan. The kind who still eats eggs and cheese. What is that? Ovo-lacto vegan? I can't do without my cheese, but I really hate eating animals.

    Erika Lynn,

    Of course it counts. I'm a really nice chick. :)


    Hahaha! I love it! I'll have to share that one with my teenager.

    Well, just keep hanging around and tell me if anything at my blog bugs you. :)


    Ohmygosh! That's so gross, but I love it. :)

    You've just mentioned one of the reasons I hate having to only pick one winner. There are so many people who really have good reasons to sign up. I wish your father well and you and your mother strength. Alzheimer's is a long, tough road.

  31. Annell,

    Thank you!

    I can't retain jokes, either. I've got one knock-knock joke that I consider hilarious and one blonde joke . . . and that's it.

  32. I eat my veggies everyday! :D

    I don't have anything that I'd like to see changed, but I do have a nice clean joke.

    What's invisible and smells like carrots?

    Rabbit farts! :P

    bacarleton at gmail dot com

  33. Anonymous1:41 AM

    History books? Count me in! History is my LIFE.


  34. Anonymous1:42 AM

    A joke... how about a joke that only a student of history could enjoy?

    Why do they call it the Baroque period?

    Everyone spent so much money on luxury that they were baroque.

    ... It made us all laugh at the time.


  35. Wow would love to win this one, and that's it's open internationally :D Great!

    But change about your blog, can't say anything really. All blogs are different and that's why i love 'em.

    So I guess I go for the joke, yikes, maybe I will try a translation of a lame joke I heard:
    2 muffins are sitting in an oven, then one of them says " It's sure hot in here".
    Then the other one says." A talking muffin!"
    Yes haha yes I am the queen of bad jokes.

  36. This box of books looks great!

    The one thing I would change about your blog? Well, I notice that you don't have my blog on your blogroll...;) Other than that, I love your blog!

    And thank you for caring about my health. I did eat my veggies today. :)

  37. Anonymous7:47 AM

    Nancy, I'd love to throw my name in the hat for this giveaway. Historical fiction is one of my favorites. As far as your blog, I don't see improvements needed. I love the opening quote about lighting others' paths. My email is


  38. Anonymous8:58 AM

    Hi, I am impressed that you answer so many of the comments.. I have sent questions through comments and people don't answer.
    Anyway, is murder and robbery clean?
    "A bankrobber stands at the counter after getting the money. He asks the guy behind him if he saw the robbery, the guy says yes, the robber shoots him in the head. The robber asks the next guy the same. The next guy says:
    "I didn't see it but my wife did"...
    Love all books. Hope I win.
    Barbro Vigeant

  39. Anonymous11:51 AM

    Hi, I don't have any recommendations - keep up the terrific fun you have here! I thought I commented on No Experts post? oh well. I don't know any good, clean jokes. I had a banana with breakfast and a salad for lunch. Hub is making soups for the souper bowl and they will be full of veggies. Go CARDS!

  40. Brooke Reviews,

    LOL! Ugh, though. ;)


    Hahaha! I love it! And, I actually get it, which thrills my little heart.


    That one actually made me laugh out loud, so thanks for the belly laugh. I love lame jokes.


    My blog roll is horribly outdated because I switched to using a reader and then just left the blog roll in place. I need to do something about that. I can add you, though!

    I'm glad you ate your veggies.

  41. Sandie,

    I was hoping you'd show up. :) Thank you! Isn't that a great quote?


    Well, thank you! I work hard at trying to keep up with all the comments, mostly because I just love chatting with other bibliophiles so much.

    Your joke is clean enough. You pass. LOL I have a big old page full of wife/husband jokes that was forwarded by a friend, somewhere. They're a hoot. That's a new one to me, though, thanks!


    I'll check to see if I have any more comments to moderate, but when I approved all of these there were no new ones in No Experts Needed, so maybe your comment was sucked into the ether. Oh, noes!

    Wowee, you eat well! No wonder you're so thin!!

  42. Oh, I have been looking to read two brothers for a while now. I have heard good things about it. Thanks for the giveaway! What a beautiful picture of your cat below. I wish I could have some kitties...

  43. I like the "scathingly brilliant" remarks comment tag. It reminds me of "The Trouble With Angels" movie - is that where it came from?

    I love your blog - it's perfect as is. So here's one of my son's favorite jokes: How do you know if there's a triceratops sleeping under the bed? Listen for the dino-snore!

    Wonderful giveaway!
    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  44. Jessica,

    Why can't you have kitties?

    I feel obligated to just stick with one because our Spooky was none too fond of her adopted sister and I figure in her old age she deserves to be an Only Cat, for a while. I'd rather have 2 or 3, though.


    Yes, indeedy. One of my all-time favorite movies and lines, Hayley Mills saying, "I've got the most scathingly brilliant idea!" I kept putting off buying it because Disney wanted too much for the movie and then it disappeared from the stores. I should look to see if it's available, now.

    Hahaha! The dino-snore -- I love it! Thanks for the smile. :)

  45. No Trish--don't do it.

    But I want to! Those books look really interesting.

    But you don't need them.

    I know I don't NEED them, but I WANT them.

    *sigh* Fine. Bookfool--please sign us--er, me up. (tstineman at hotmail dot com)


    I don't have a joke other than the one about pirates being cool (because the Arrrrrr), so I'll just say that I wish little kitty looking at the sky in your footer got a little more love up higher on the blog. :)

    Oh, and I had spinach artichoke dip tonight--does that count as veggies?? No? Hmmm...will do better tomorrow.

  46. No suggestions, but I'll share the first joke I ever heard (I was five or six). A man opens his refrigerator only to see Bugs Bunny lying against the butter dish eating a carrot. "What in tarnation are you doing in my refrigerator?" asks the irate man.
    Bugs pauses and then asks "Say, doc, what brand id this old thing anyhow?"
    The man's mind goes bland and he shuts the door to check the logo on the front. He quickly opens it again and says "It's a Westinghouse, now what are you doing in it?"
    "Well, Doc, I'm Westing."

  47. Trish,

    You're so funny! I dicker with myself about whether or not to sign up for drawings all the time. Fortunately, I've been really great at not clicking through on drawing links, lately. If you win or Laura wins, will you guys share? Just curious. :)

    If I moved that kitty up, what would he look at? He's looking up at my blog, you see! LOL In case you're interested, that's Slim the Vampire Kitty -- the one who went overboard with enthusiasm when he nipped me, drawing blood. He's a sweetie. At the time I snapped that shot, he was watching a mockingbird.


    That was great! I loved that wascally wabbit. Cartoons used to be so much better (if you ask me . . . I'm kind of opinionated). If you're signing up I need your email address!!! I may have to post a reminder about that. I don't want anyone to be left out.

  48. Anonymous12:09 AM

    Please enter me too.
    email- elizascott2005[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in

    sugesstion huh? not exactly a suggestion but more like a request. I would love to see a books reviewed in 2008 or 2009 somewhere. I looked around but i couldn't find any. Sorry if i missed it :)

  49. Oh, history books. How could I not sign up for that? My email addy is marny(dot)s(at)gmail(dot)com

    As for changes on your blog, I'll second whoever suggested you should post more :-)

  50. Wow, a box of books! Please, let me try my luck too. :)


    I don't think there's anything you need to change on your blog but here's a joke that I got through e-mail.

    The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note and posted it on the apple tray: "Take only ONE. God is watching."

    Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

    A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples.

    And I eat veggies every day! I've posted about your giveaway on my blog too. Thanks!

  51. Despite that whole "you shouldn't mess with perfection" adage, I sure wouldn't complain if you posted more of your incredible photos. :) Me so very much loves looking at them!!!

    I noticed Alyce asked about "scathingly brilliant"...I've often wondered that myself. (So why did I not just ask? Don't know.) I absolutely adore that movie!!!! And they filmed some of the outdoor scenes in my husband's hometown, so every time we go visit his mom we get to see that cool building (St. Mary's).

  52. Oops. I'm an idiot.

    rdagmstevens at frontiernet dot net

    Sorry, I just got so excited about The Trouble With Angels thing!

  53. Violetcrush,

    You're actually the second person to ask about that. I'm not particularly skilled, so I don't know how to add tabs. At one point, I had a separate blog with a list of books reviewed, but I didn't keep up with it and eventually pulled it down. Hmm, let me think about it. I'm not sure the best way to post them. Suggestions are welcome!


    I'll try to post more, thanks. I'm a little overwhelmed, lately, since I've added a few extra strands to my life (marathon training, photography blog) but I'll do my best!


    That joke sounds vaguely familiar. Thanks for sharing! I love a good, clean joke. :)


    I haven't taken many pictures, lately, but I'll work on that! I need to get out more, anyway. :)

    Isn't The Trouble with Angels wonderful? I still haven't checked to see if it's available because we had some huge expenses, this month and we're a little broke but I need to get a copy. Very cool about the building. I never gave it much thought where the movie might have been filmed! What is your husband's hometown?

  54. Wow what a great give away Nancy! You know me and historicals.. enough said. I don't want you to change a thing on your blog! It's the greatest. I miss the pics and the poppets but am happy with the way you have it. Sorry I don't know any good clean jokes and I haven't had a vegetable yet today but will get right on it! ;)

  55. Paula,

    Yeah, I knew you'd like this one. ;) Thank you. I'll try to take more photos soon, but the balance thing is harder than I expected it to be. Now, I feel even more like there aren't enough hours in my day. Okay, go eat your veggies!!

  56. Not an entry to win, just a great big You Are So Awesome, Bookfool. Always full of exciting ideas. By the way, there's been no response from Persephone, so send me the coupon and I'll submit it myself. One way or another, we'll get you that book for Christmas! ;)

  57. Nothing really witty to say and I love your blog (except for more, more, more historical fiction) and I cannot even think of a joke But please enter me for the contest. I am a historical fiction junkie.

  58. I love the history you read! As a Civil War buff myself I appreciate the titles I hadn't seen before.

    Old man goes to the Dr. Says doc I can't pee...Dr says how old are you? Old man says 82. Doctor says you've peed enough!

    I ate lettuce and tomato salad tonight!

  59. I love history books. I dont really know any good jokes lol.. I love your blog layout..... Thanks for the giveaway :)

  60. Ambler, PA. I'm not sure why, but I've never thought to look to see if this is out on DVD. I taped it off TV one time, but this is definitely a movie worth the upgrade!

  61. Wow, great box of books! Count me in! And thanks for allowing international entries :-)

    I'm not very good with jokes, so I think it's in everybody's interest if I skip that part. I eat tons of veggies though! :-)

  62. Bookfool: I read the article and I still don't get it but I'm kind of worn out and not willing to exercise my brain, at the moment.

    Leonid Brezhnev, the hot-shot Russian leader, won't be remembered; but Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the award-winning author who (if I remember correctly) wasn't allowed out of the country (USSR) to accept his big award because he wrote about the Gulag that his leaders did not want known is the one who (much sooner than 100 years later) is remembered instead of that Russian leader, Whatzhisname. Sorry the joke fell flat. Shall I find a better one?

  63. Judging by all the comments, I hope you don't feel lonely now? ha ha! This is a very cool prize pack!

    I just noticed you are reading a Lesley Choyce book... I think I might have known that, but I can't remember! I hope you'll review it. I haven't read that one yet, and it might make me move it up the TBR pile. :)

    As to changes... I miss your poppet adventures!

  64. Anonymous1:25 PM

    I'm usually a lurker, but I thought I'd enter the contest. It sounds wonderful!

    estesmcc AT yahoo DOT com

  65. This is such a great giveaway! I would love to win.

    My husband is the king of the jokes in our house (for better or for worse). So, here are a couple courtesy of Hermie's Dad. (It takes 2 to equal one great one :-)

    What does a fish with no eyes sound like?

    What is a tree's favorite drink?

  66. Bellezza,

    Okie doke; I'll do that. Thanks! I just had this silly thought that we could have Awesome Wars, like a snowball fight. "You're so awesome." "No, YOU'RE awesome!" "Your awesomeness far exceeds --" "You shine with such awesome glow that the moon pales by--"

    Don't ask me where those thoughts come from because we might find they involve a visit to the funny farm.

    Alabama Book Worm,

    I do need to read more historical fiction. Yep, yep, yep.


    Poor old guy. Lettuce and tomato salad sounds great without the lettuce. I'd make a terrible bunny. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy my reviews!!


    You and I need to learn some jokes. ;)


    I don't own a copy and I kept putting off buying it because it was $20 or more. I thought that was excessive. Disney sometimes pisses me off and I end up not buying movies that I really would like to watch repeatedly.


    I need your email address!!!


    Okay, I get it now. :) No, you're fine!

  67. Kailana,

    I definitely do not feel lonely, anymore. We'll see how long that lasts. :)

    We did talk about the Lesley Choyce book. I've been reading it off and on for about a month. I need to focus on it, but tour books keep getting in the way. It's really good. I read a comment that "Choyce can write circles around most Canadian authors but the majority of his books are out of print". I wonder if that's true -- or just true in the U.S. He's definitely a terrific writer.

    Are you signing up for the drawing?


    Sometimes one needs to unlurk for the sake of winning a box full or loot. ;)

    Hermie's Mom,

    Hahaha! Cute! I need your email, please. :)

  68. oops! my email is joanna dot rydzkowska at gmail dot com

  69. I love history books! Please enter me, my email is missporkchop AT yahoo DOT com.


  70. Well, I just discovered your blog today and have read about 3-4 posts. After just that much experience I would have to say "change NOTHING!!!"

    I am so excited that I am linking your blog in my sidebar- anyone who reads my blog knows that I am a booklover and may also enjoy visiting here.

    Oh, the email: ladydoctw AT

  71. I wasn't going to enter this one but there are just too many good ones here that I've been wanting to read (and in the case of one, re-read).

    Can't think of anything that your blog needs or a joke really so how about a quote? "I'd stop eating chocolate, but Im NO quiter!"


  72. Tink,

    Oh, haha. Got ya. :) I'm trying to avoid drawings, too -- just because I need to get the ratio of books in/books out down a bit.

    Chocolate is serious business. ;)


Thank you for visiting my blog! I use comment moderation because apparently my blog is a spam magnet. Don't worry. If you're not a robot, your comment will eventually show up and I will respond, with a few exceptions. If a comment smacks of advertising, contains a dubious link or is offensive, it will be deleted. I love to hear from real people! I'm a really chatty gal and I love your comments!