Sunday, August 26, 2012

What I've Been Up To

You guys remember that bookstore I profiled that is new in town?  Well, as it happens I work there now!  They just thought I was so cute and pathetic when I said hey you guys need anything? I need something to do!  I work there Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for a few hours each and my job for lack of a Websters word is de-stickerator.  They have worked in some and owned a bookstore before so when they moved to their newest location they packed up a ton of inventory which for the most part resides in a storage unit. It is my job as they bring a few boxes in at a time to unpack is to clean the dust off and remove stickers and random stickiness.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

REVIEW: (Abandon #2) Underworld by Meg Cabot

By Meg Cabot
Point Publishing
May 2012
ISBN-11: 0545284112
ISBN-13: 978-0545284110

In Underworld the second novel in the Abandon series by Meg Cabot we find our protagonist Pierce Olivera settling into her….new surroundings.  If you’ll remember in the previous novel John (the ruler of the underworld that is under Isla Huesos) brought Piece back down after her grandmother (possessed by a fury) tried to kill her. 

So, now she is taking in her new surroundings, still trying to get a handle on all that has happened.  While she is exploring she hears a ring and tracks the sound to her backpack in which is her cell phone.  She opens her phone to see a video of her cousin running out of oxygen trapped in a coffin. Very fearful that he cousin is in danger she goes to track down John who is off at his job at the boat dock. 

In search of him she meets some colleagues of his that keep the underworld running smoothly with him.  They call John Captain and do various jobs, some more bodyguard like, while others like my favorite, little Henry, hand out blankets to those waiting to be sorted.

Once she finds John he tells her that the video that she saw is not necessarily something that has happened yet.  It could be something from the future, or even a trick played on her by Furies to bring her out of hiding.  After some negotiations john agrees to bring her above ground so she can do some investigating

I enjoyed this book it definitely is a great follow up to the first and ends with an awesome cliffhanger in my opinion!  Pick it up an let me know what you think!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Scrabble Cheater!

So, I sit here watching documentaries online.  I happen upon Scrabble Wars a documentary about four competitive scrabble players nationally ranked and working their way towards the Scrabble national tournament in August of 2002.   Out of sheer interest I Google “Scrabble tournaments” and find a gem.

Being that it’s August the current national contest took place last week and there has been some drama! A competitor was pocketing blank tiles to use in future games (his name was not released due to him being a minor) of which other players caught on.  He confessed to the officials and was removed for the tourney as you would expect. 

Surprisingly, this is the first case of cheating ever to take place during the national championship.  Many players are up in arms because of the fact that this was not a simple friend playing a friend in the park, but an actual competition where their was money on the line.  First prize is 25,000.

Personally a story like this makes me glad I play scrabble on the game site Pogo.  There is no way to cheat that I am aware of via the computer and the tiles you get in this case are truly random.  All I can say is I feel bad for this kids parents, but rest assured he is probably grounded for this!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Bookstore In Town!

Today I decided I am going to fill you in on some great news.  My little hamlet of a town has its first (non college textbook/school supply) bookstore!

It opened for the first time this week and I am so happy!  The only bookstores as I pointed out above in this town sell textbooks and school supplies so unless your in college their of no use to you.  It's one of the reasons I bought a kindle.  Since I am unable to drive myself anywhere outside of town, but wanted to keep up with the most current fiction.  Now I can go more half and half some kindle and some tangible.  Since they just opened this week there is still a lot of unpacking of books they need to do.   It does, however, work in poor people like myself favor as they are in strong need of used titles so if you have a particular  genre that you read and live near the town chances are if you bring books in that their needed.

I brought a bunch of older chick lit books in from before I had my kindle and luckily it was a genre that needed representation and she took all but two out of a dozen or so. There are some rules for trade-ins though so be mindful.

 *No overly obnoxiously smelling books  (tobacco/mildew)
 *No very damaged books (water damage, food, rips etc)
 *Hardbacks need to have their dust jackets
 *No magazines or readers digest type periodicals

And of coarse trade in also depends on need which ranges from 20% to 60 percent. (more if their in dire need of the title)  So, if you live near my little town go on over its owned by two great people who I've just met, but since there book people like myself I like to think their was some bonding. Also, if you would like please visit their Facebook page and like it to keep up with the latest news, promotions and local authors doing readings that are planned for the future!


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