Friday, April 2, 2010

NaBloPoMo: Shelf Share Friday

I just joined the Ning group NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month. The challenge is to post on your blog every day for a month. I thought this would be a good way for me to get more into personal blogging, something I've wanted to do but did't really know where to start. The badge for this network is below.

I got the idea for my first NaBloPoMo post from a book blog called Bippity Boppity Book which I found on another Ning network I am a member of, Book Blogs. The blog post theme is 'Shelf Share Thursday' (even though I'm doing it on Friday, thats ok!) The point is to share 3 books on your bookshelf according to the week's theme. The blogger at Bippity Boppity Book is using the letter 'E' for her theme, so I will too. I will share 3 books that start with the letter E! Here goes...

E is for...

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

From Amazon:

"The legions of readers who are hooked on the romantic struggles of Bella and the vampire Edward will ecstatically devour this third installment of the story begun in Twilight, but it's unlikely to win over any newcomers. Jake, the werewolf met in New Moon, pursues Bella with renewed vigilance. However, when repercussions from an episode in Twilight place Bella in the mortal danger that series fans have come to expect, Jake and Edward forge an uneasy alliance. The plot patterns have begun to show here, but Meyer's other strengths remain intact. The supernatural elements accentuate the ordinary human dramas of growing up. Jake and Edward's competition for Bella feels particularly authentic, especially in their apparent desire to best each other as much as to win Bella. Once again the author presents teenage love as an almost inhuman force: "[He] would have been my soul mate still," says Bella, "if his claim had not been overshadowed by something stronger, something so strong that it could not exist in a rational world." According to Meyer, the fourth book should tie up at least the Edward story, if not the whole shebang. Ages 12-up."

As a major Twilight fan, this book was a given! Eclipse is my favorite book in the Twilight series. I read all 4 books from last November through this January and loved them. As I read the books I really liked New Moon but after reading all the books and reflecting on them, Eclipse is my favorite. Many of the individual chapters are little gems of stories in their own right. So much happens in this book and there are so many memorable scenes. The tent scene with Bella, Edward and Jacob, the campfire scene where Bella hears the stories from the Quileute elders, the team up between the wolves and vampires and so much more. Now I want to read it again! I can't wait to see the movie this summer and see all my favorite scenes acted out. If you haven't read the Twilight series or don't think its for you, give it a second chance. Its easy reading but at the same time keeps you wanting more. Reading the Twilight series actually got me reading again, after not having read much since childhood.

E is for...

Eco Friendly Families by Helen Coronato

From Amazon:

"Going green is a family affair…

Parents and kids making the world a better place.

Eco-friendliness has grown into a way of life across the country. Eco-Friendly Families is the perfect guide to raising a family with “green” values, whether they’re celebrating their first Earth Day or are old hands at recycling, eating organic, and carrying a cloth bag to the supermarket. Parents and children can all live by eco-example by following the tips in this book, including:

• Start-up advice for going green as a family affair— motivating all family members to embrace change

• Family activities that can make every day Earth Day and living green fun

• A practical guide to growing up green—what everyone can do around the house, at school, at work, and on vacation

• Realistic ways to deepen family involvement through environmentalism, conservation, activism, and advocacy

• Effective suggestions for raising responsible, ecoconscious citizens"

I received Eco Friendly Families for book review on my former blog. I loved reading the book and it is chock full of great info on living a greener family lifestyle. Its a great informational book broken down into chapters that help you do everything from eco re-design every room in the house to how to 'eat by example'. This book will help you take the baby steps needed to living a greener lifestyle every day. 

E is for...

Elvis Presley: Unseen Archives

From Amazon:

"Charts the life and achievements of the boy from Tupelo, Mississippi, from his first taste of fame in the early 1950's to his untimely death in 1977. Over 400 fabulous photographs document the important events in his life and career; his early concerts, the movies, his time in the army, his marriage to Priscilla and the birth of his daughter Lisa Marie, the resurgence of his career in the 1970s with the Las Vegas shows, and the gradual decline in his health. The photographs also show how Elvis lives on today, in the hearts and minds of his legions of fans. The pictures are accompanied by informative captions, adding context and depth to his amazing story, and an appendix of facts and figures sets out his remarkable achievements in the music industry."

You may not know but we are actually big Elvis fans in this house! This book is my husbands. I wasn't a huge Elvis fan growing up but my husband has an affinity for all things Elvis... artwork, lamps, collectible Pez dispensers... So I caught the bug! This book is an archive of rare and unseen photographs throughout the life of Elvis. There aren't any articles really, just tons of interesting Elvis eye candy and lots of informational captions. A great addition to any Elvis fans collection!

Thanks again to Bippity Boppity Book for the inspiration! So what 'E' books are on your bookshelf? Or feel free to share any interesting books you've been reading.

Thanks for joining me for my first NaBloPoMo post, see you again tomorrow!

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