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WRITER MAMA Giveaways!

The WRITER MAMA is giving away FREE STUFF during the month of September! Be sure to stop by her blog and read all the rules and everything. If you comment, please mention that Pattie/Fresh Brewed Writer sent you!

So, be sure to stop by there each day during the month of September.


I finished my 100th book of the year last night (or rather, early this morning...stayed up past midnight!).

The book with the honor of #100 on my list is Wild Rose by Ruth Axtell Morren. I'll be writing a review later, assuming I can get the vacuuming done quickly today!

Breakfast at Tiffany's

This review fulfills two book challenges: Book to Movie and Something About Me.

For a nice analysis of the novel, click here.

Breakfast at Tiffany's is a wistful book. I read it a few years ago, and I've enjoyed reading it again. It's a novella, actually, so it doesn't take long to read. And I'm not even sure why the word wistful seems to fit, but it's a word I can't disassociate from this book.

You can find a synopsis anywhere, so I won't really point out the obvious plot points. I still think Holly is likeable in spite of her many flaws. The narrator sometimes judges her, sometimes he chooses to be her friend, but mostly he chooses to tell what he sees.

One thing I noticed as I read Breakfast this week: the language is both old and new. Some of the expressions used by Holly and the nameless, faceless narrator are obviously dated (the book was written over 50 years ago, so that's a given), but a few are expressions still in use today (and all of thos…


A New Challenge from Dana! Today's challenge book was... The Trouble with Lacy Brownby Debra Clopton. It was book 1 in a series, of which I'd already read books 2 and 3 and 4! Not on a list, just for fun!

A woman of few words

I read this today and wanted to give Nelle Harper Lee a standing ovation, myself.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is a woman of few words and generally avoids media interviews and public appearances.

But the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" broke her silence briefly Monday at a ceremony inducting four new members, including former home-run king Hank Aaron, into the Alabama Academy of Honor. Lee, who lives in Monroeville, is a member of the academy, which honors living Alabamians, and was in the audience for Monday's ceremony.

At the end of the ceremony, Academy of Honor chairman Tom Carruthers joked with Lee, saying he knew she had something she wanted to say to the crowd.

"Well it's better to be silent than to be a fool," Lee said.

The audience burst into laughter and gave Lee a standing ovation.

Something About Me Book 1

I've completed my first book in the "Something About Me" challenge, hosted by Lisa of Breaking Fourth.

Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy by Geralyn Lucas, from Think Pink Dana's original list. She actually chose another book after this was a choice, but this is the one I found first. I'll try to catch the other one, The Five Gifts of Illness, another time.

I've known Dana online for several years now, and for the longest time all I really knew about her was that she was younger and cuter than I am, that she mothered little girls as do I, that she was a minister's wife as I was---and that she was a breast cancer survivor. Her email signature line has always said something like, "Young women can and do get breast cancer...and survive! Surviving and thriving since 1996." I've read her blog with her cancer story, and it is nothing short of amazing. Through the years I've learned more about her: her strength, her hunger for God's word,…

Book To Movie #1: Legally Blonde

First in this challenge (I had to read it early so I could send the book to my sister, so she could read it before her school year starts):
Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown I watched the movie before I knew it was a book, and then I couldn't find the book until this summer, when I discovered it at a Half Price Books in Minnesota. It didn't take me long to read it, and I have to say I enjoyed it...but this is one of those rare cases where I believe I liked the movie better. Most of the characters are the same, basically, but instead of trekking all the way to Harvard, Elle only follows her ex-boyfriend Warner from LA to Stanford, which puts her not as far away from her friends as she was in the movie. She's still a "fish out of water," though.Elle still gets the internship to help with Brooke's trial, and she still nails Chutney. But no Luke Wilson character, and that makes me sad. It does, however, show that Elle can do it all on her own. I think the book is a g…

Book to Movie Reading Challenge

Callista, thanks for a fun and unique challenge! Details HERE.
As I scrolled through Midcontinent's list (and let me just say I LOVE that library system! I still have my card, in fact...), I realized that I do this already! I have quite often gone back to read the book after finding a movie is based upon it, or read the book first, before watching the film.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin (film is entitled Grand Isle) Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (review to follow)
Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown (review complete) Shopgirl by Steve Martin
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (review complete)

Bonus: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (review to follow)

Well, folks, I went back to work so my blogging about books is just not happening anymore!

I did not reread "The Awakening" or "Girl with a Pearl Earring," But I HAVE read them and seen the movies...and I did substitute in "Harry Po…

So who is this Mary chick?

Mary DeMuth, that's who! (Ain't she purty?)

I first became aware of Mary De Muth through the American Christian Fiction Writers organization, and I was immediately impressed because she was a writer AND a missionary serving in France. I loved that. In the past year, however, she and her family have relocated to Texas (almost its own country! Just kidding!), and she continues to pursue the writing life while spreading the word about postmodernism awareness in the context of Christianity. Let's face it, folks, we can no longer bury our heads in the sand about the world around us.
I am proud and excited and honored to be a part of helping Mary promote her new book, Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture. This afternoon I purchased the only copy to be had in my city (sorry!), and I could barely put the book down long enough to write this blog! Never fear, however; you can purchase your very own AUTOGRAPHED copy directly from the author herself! Just follow this link to find…

Christian Genre Challenge

Christian Genre Challenge at Miz Books' blog
Book Choices:

Christian Fiction, women's fiction:

Something Beyond the Sky by Siri Mitchell
(Air Force characters; from Mt. TBR)
This book ROCKED. I highly recommend it!

Christian Fiction, historical:

Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser
(from Mt. TBR)
This was an excellent read. I highly recommend it as well!

Christian Nonfiction - Essays:

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
(also a bonus Non-Fiction Five book)

Christian Nonfiction - Personal Growth:

Big Girls Don't Whine: Getting On With the Great Life God Intends by Jan Silvious
(from Mt. TBR)

Christian Nonfiction - Artistry:

Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle (begun but never finished)

Summer Reading Challenge

I think what I am going to do with this one is continue the Spring Reading Thing that I don't think I'll finish because of the nonfiction choices, and be more flexible. It seems to be a very fun and relaxed challenge--share what you are reading. I'll post this on the blog when I have access. Week 1 reading: PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern, My Heart's in the Lowlands by Liz Curtis Higgs, and A Seahorse in the Thames by Susan Meissner. Others on the Summer TBR List, not currently on other lists:
Wishing on Dandelions by Mary De Muth The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang Wild Rose by Ruth Axell Morren The Plight of Mattie Gordon by Jeanne Marie Leach The Secret of Us by Roxanne Henke What She Left for Me by Tracie Peterson Gone With the Groom by Janice A. Thompson Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini **I didn't finish this challenge, but I do plan to continue reading from this list!**

Something About Me Reading Challenge

I've joined another challenge. To find out more, you can click here. The idea is that each of us chooses five books that represent ourselves, and then we get to choose books to read between August 1 and the end of the year. This challenge has closed, but I have to tell you, if you are looking for some awesome reading suggestions, look no further than this blog!

These are the books I chose about myself:

1. Fresh-Brewed Life by Nicole Johnson (Coffee and Journaling Lover)
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Hopeless Romantic)
3. SAHM I Am by Meredith Efken (SAHM)
4. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (lifetime journaler)
5. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (gorgeous prose)

My Choices for the Reading Challenge (and in parentheses, the person whose list it is from):

Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy by Geralyn Lucas (Dana) (She actually chose another book after this was a choice, but this is the one I chose first and found on sale. I'll try to catch the other one anothe…