My Little Pocketbooks: February 2013   

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Winners!


Can you believe February is over!  Already we have completed 2 out 12 months in 2013.  
  For the month of February I had only 3 giveaways but 4 winners.  Thank you so much to each and everyone one of you who stopped by, entered and left comments.
All you guys ROCK!!!

Now on to the winners...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Casting Couch #2

As a part of my new blog resolutions, I decided to add a new monthly post called "The Casting Couch".  The Casting Couch is my monthly post were I will be "fun" casting a few of the books I have reviewed this month.  This is only my dream cast and or possible cast and has nothing to do with the actual actors that were cast in the movie versions.  I just wanted to let you know who I was seeing in my head as I was reading a few of these books. Click on the actors name to read their resumes. 

So have a seat on the couch and let the actors show you their stuff...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Sugar

Genre: Contemporary
Publisher:  Plume
Release Date: January 2, 2001
Paperback: 240 pages

Source: Purchased at EsoWon Bookstore
Buy the Book: Amazon

Monday, February 25, 2013

Black History Month: New To Me Authors

I wanted to do my last Black History Month post about the books I have read by Black Authors.  This year I have completed one book by a Black Author and I currently reading two others.  All three of these books are by authors that are new to me.  Reviews coming soon!  Since it is just February this list is short so I included a list of books from Black Authors that were new to me from 2012.  (Listed by genre.)

Black History Month: Best of Black Books 
Black History Month: Best Inspirational Books
Black History Month Giveaway Hop 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

5pm Book Blogger Love-A-Thon Challenge: The Casting Couch

love-a-thon
Welcome Book Blogger Lovers to the 5pm Challenge!
This awesome day full of blogger love is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Kate's Tales of Books and Bands
Have you visited a ton of blogs today?  Did you make time for dinner?  
This challenge is based off of a monthly post I am doing here at My Little Pocketbooks called "The Casting Couch".

Did you just finish reading a book?  Did you have an image of the main character in your head the whole time?  
With so many books being made into films you just might get to see that book on the big screen soon.  

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon 2013: Mini-Challenges

 
Over at Alexa Loves Books and Kate's Tales of Books and Bands...It's Mini-Challenge time for Book Blogger Love-A-Thon! 
I love doing these challenges cause it makes me think in a creative way of figuring things out.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon 2013: Interview

 
Love is in the air
Love is on the net
Love is everywhere!

Today, join a bunch of book bloggers as we spend the day celebrating book blogging, book bloggers and book blogs all over the world.  Just to keep you posted on the fun stuff that is planned for today, I am going to the schedule (in EST)! See below to find out what awesome activities are in store. 

Fitness Friday #4: Progress Report

Hosted by Jill @ jillconyers.com
Welcome to the second week of Fitness Friday.  Where I (and you) put down our books and talk about our fitness goals.  As well as other fitness stuff!
 What is Fitness Friday?
If you blog and/or have a Facebook Page about health/fitness, want to learn more about diet, exercise, nutrition, setting goals or if you just want to meet new people and find new health and fitness focused blogs, then join me for Fitness Friday!
FF has been great way to meet new friends and find new health and fitness blogs. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Black History Month Giveaway Hop!


Welcome everyone to Black History Month Giveaway Hop is here!

What is the big deal about this hop?  Well since we are all bloggers and we read everything from YA, Erotica, Fiction, Romance and everything under the sun most of the authors, characters and subject matters do not reflect the diversity in the communities we live in.  
Take a look over your left shoulder.  
How many books on your bookshelf are by Black authors?  How many of those books on your shelf have a black main character in them. 
So this hop is to help fix that. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Rescue

Rescue
Author: Anita Shreve
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: June 27, 2011
Audiobook: 6 CDs
Narrator: Dennis Holland

Source: I won it from Teresa @Teresa's Reading Corner last year
Buy the Book: Amazon

Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day Books

Today on all the US calendars marks a day to celebrate the highest office in the United States.  Today is President's Day.  As you noticed it's a major holiday and all the banks and other business are closed today.  You might be enjoying this day off as well.  
There are so many new and great books out there about our past and present US Presidents.  

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Best #31

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
So what is Sunday Best?
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs and other blogs we visited from the past week and link them up. Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two. 
My Favorite Blog Post This Week 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Wicked Valentine's Read-A-Thon: Wrap Up

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon 
Feb. 7 - Feb. 14
And Done!!!...I completed my first Wicked Valentine's Read-A-Thon.  Whoot!  Whoot!  *throwing kisses*  I had a great time and I am going to be jumping in on this one again next year.  Orginally, I planned on accomplishing these goals:
1.  Complete 2 book.
I think I will finish Sway on my ipad and Absent on my nightstand.  They have been there awhile and I would like to finish them sooner than later.
2.  Complete 1 review
At least one.  
3.   Enter at least 3 Challenges
4.  Join the Twitter chat at #WWReadathon once.
5.  Visit 5 new blogs.
I think if I pick 5new to me blogs to visit every day then that seems more realistic.  Cause my boss might be curious as to why I am at my computer all day long.    
So here are my end of Read-A-Thon results:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What I Am Listening To...

Pocketbooks to Show Your Love

 
I love Valentine's Day!  I love the colors of the holiday and the meaning behind it all.  I even try and get a new red or pink outfit together for the day.  Nothing over the top like a red heart shaped sweater.  Nothing like that all.  I try to keep it simple and just a little something to show my love.  LOL!  But I this year I might switch it up and just get a pocketbooks to show my love.  I was window (online) shopping and ran across a few cute Valentine's Day inspired purses.  Maybe just a new purse!  I love having an excuse to buy a new bag.  Look what I ran across.  Click on the image to go the shop and see for yourself.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Black History Month: Best Inspirational Books

I love getting a boost every once in awhile.  Sometimes we all need them!  There are some amazing inspirational books out there that are just what the doctor ordered.  The books below are by Black Authors but are not just for Black folks.  They are meant to uplift your spirit, get you on the right track, and help you break a few of those "bad" habits.  Here are just a few inspirational books by Black Authors that I think are wonderful and you should check them out.  Trust me you'll see why.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: Absent

Absent
Author: Katie Williams
Genre: YA
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Paperback: 288 pages

Source: Free ARC from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon

Saturday, February 9, 2013

What I Am Listening To...

Rescue
 

Wicked Valentine's Read-A-Thon: Progress Report

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon 
Feb. 7 - Feb. 14
Here is my progress on this week long Read-A-Thon.  I love them because I get so motivated to read above and beyond my usual reading stats.  Usually, I read a book a week or less.  I am going to aim to finish three books that I have started.  
Sway by Amber McRee Turner 
Absent by Katie Williams
Rescue by Anita Shere
If there is a complete Red Sea Miracle and I complete these books before the Read-A-Thon then I will pick one of the following:
Silver Sparrow 
Sugar 
The Shoemaker's Wife

Friday, February 8, 2013

What I Am Reading...

Fitness Friday #3: My First 5k

Hosted by Jill @ jillconyers.com
Welcome to the second week of Fitness Friday.  Where I (and you) put down our books and talk about our fitness goals.  As well as other fitness stuff!
 What is Fitness Friday?
If you blog and/or have a Facebook Page about health/fitness, want to learn more about diet, exercise, nutrition, setting goals or if you just want to meet new people and find new health and fitness focused blogs, then join me for Fitness Friday!
FF has been great way to meet new friends and find new health and fitness blogs.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Black History Month: Best Black Books

February as you know is Black History Month.  Today, I thought I would highlight a few books by Black Authors that I think everyone should read.  Everyone!  Not just Black people. 
There are so many great books out there and it was so hard trying to limit the list to just a few.  These are just a small drop in the bucket of outstanding books by Black Authors.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What I Am Reading...

This Blog is Cleaning House Again!

I love doing this giveaway so much because I get to see some great books go to great homes.  And that leaves some room for more great books to come live with me.  If you are new to my Clean House Giveaway here is the purpose.... I don't want to be a hoarder and have books overrun my one bedroom apartment (which can happen very easily). So every month or so I will be giving away a small box of books to a lucky winner.  This month is February aka Black History Month.  So all the books I am giving away this month are Black Books from my bookshelf.  These 6 books are slightly used and well loved. 
By Black Books I mean they are by Black authors or have a Black main character.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
Author:  Seth Grahame-Smith
Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Hatchette Audio
Release Date:   March 2, 2010
Audiobook:  10 hours and 14 minutes
Narrator: 

Source:  I won it from Jayla at Ladyjay
Buy the Book:  Amazon

Monday, February 4, 2013

Wicked Valentine's Read-A-Thon

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon
Feb. 7 - Feb. 14

The Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of February 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday Best #30

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
So what is Sunday Best?
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs and other blogs we visited from the past week and link them up. Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two. 
My Favorite Blog Post This Week 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

January 2013 Wrap Up

This year I am going to add (and remove) a few changes to this blog. 
 One of them will be adding a monthly wrap up post to re-cap and highlight my blog, books and purses and whatever is on my mind.  As well, I will also add a few memes here and there too!  I like to mix things up.  Give my blog a shake up.  You know what I mean.  LOL!

 This month I bought
0 books all the other books were not physical books or were not purchased by me.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sign Ups: Black History Month Blog Giveaway Hop

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When does the giveaway start?
February 20th - 27th

What is the Purpose of this giveaway hop?
To give black authors, books and those who support them time in the spotlight.

Who can join in this?
This hop is open to any blogger who wants to participate in the giveaway hop. If the site is adult rated, please indicate it in your linky name. (ex. blog name *adult*)

Why join this hop? 
One to raise awareness of black authors and black topics in books. Two, to promote diversity in mainstream literature. Three, because we are giving a prize to one lucky blogger.

Say what!  Blogger Prize?!
$10 Amazon gift card or a $10 book from The Book Depository will go to one lucky blogger.  When you link your blog that will be your number for the giveaway.  Blogger Winner will be picked by Random.org