Saturday, December 12, 2009

Call To All Book Bloggers!!

Calling all Book Bloggers!

Hey there loyal marauders and book bloggers alike. Both Padfoot and Prongs here with a special proposition for all of you out there with a book blog who are looking for ways to make your blog even more amazing than it already is. As you may or may not we here at GBI just recently launched the opening of our Literary Craft Store on Etsy. There you can find literary paraphernalia that is sure to warm even the the heart of the coldest book lovers. Since the opening Padfoot and Prongs have been discussing ways to bring our love for our store back to where it all began...the blog!
So for all of you out there looking to host a giveaway or to ramp up visitors to your blog we have a wonderful proposition for you. Padfoot and Prongs would be HAPPY to help provide items FOR FREE for give aways, contests, etc. to any serious book bloggers out there who are looking to add some uniqueness to their events.
New to the book blogging world? Looking to bring visitors onto your page? If you are interested in having a literary item provided for your contest or give away simple contact us through comments or e-mail to get something set up. We look forward to helping out every ones blogs in any way that we can! And as always comments, criticism and feedback of any kind of what you would personally love to have printed on a mug, t-shirt, or book mark is more than encouraged!

-mischief managed-

Call To All Book Bloggers!!

Calling all Book Bloggers!

Hey there loyal marauders and book bloggers alike. Both Padfoot and Prongs here with a special proposition for all of you out there with a book blog who are looking for ways to make your blog even more amazing than it already is. As you may or may not we here at GBI just recently launched the opening of our Literary Craft Store on Etsy. There you can find literary paraphernalia that is sure to warm even the the heart of the coldest book lovers. Since the opening Padfoot and Prongs have been discussing ways to bring our love for our store back to where it all began...the blog!
So for all of you out there looking to host a giveaway or to ramp up visitors to your blog we have a wonderful proposition for you. Padfoot and Prongs would be HAPPY to help provide items FOR FREE for give aways, contests, etc. to any serious book bloggers out there who are looking to add some uniqueness to their events.
New to the book blogging world? Looking to bring visitors onto your page? If you are interested in having a literary item provided for your contest or give away simple contact us through comments or e-mail to get something set up. We look forward to helping out every ones blogs in any way that we can! And as always comments, criticism and feedback of any kind of what you would personally love to have printed on a mug, t-shirt, or book mark is more than encouraged!

-mischief managed-

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Birthday John Milton!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN MILTON!
Hey there marauders. We wanted to do a post today honoring one of our very favorite authors of all time John Milton. We love him so much that we even took a quote by him to use for our header (look up at the top of the page) ^. For those of you who are living under a literary rock John Milton is the author of the epic story Paradise Lost (one of Padfoot and Prongs most cherished books). Paradise Lost tells the story of Satan's fall from paradise from his point of view, making him quite possible one of the coolest characters ever written. If you have not read it we STRONGLY suggest picking yourself up a copy and devoting yourself to reading it over the next month.

Here is a bit about John Milton for those of you who might be looking to follow in this masters footsteps.

"John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet author, polemicist and civil servant for the Common Wealth of England . He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost and for his treatise condemning censorship, Areopagitica.

He was both an accomplished, scholarly man of letters and polemical writer, and an official serving under Oliver Cromwell. His views may be described as broadly, Protestant, if not always easy to locate in a more precise religious category. Milton was writing at a time of religious and political flux in England, and his poetry and prose reflect deep convictions, often reacting to contemporary circumstances. He wrote also in Latin and Italian, and had an international reputation during his lifetime." (Wikipedia)

Also for those of you who have not read Paradise Lost (or for those of you who miss it as much as we do) here are some of our all time favorite quotes.

  • "So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear/ farewell remorse; all good to me is lost;/ evil, be thou my good." IV 108-10
  • "Eased the putting off/ these troublesome disguises which we wear." IV 750-51
  • "Freely we serve/ because we freely love, as in our will/ to love or not; in this we stand or fall." V 538-540
  • "Grace was in all her steps, heav'n in her eye/ in every gesture dignity and love." VII 488-89
  • "Her virtue and conscience of her worth/ that would be wooed and not unsought, be won." VII 502-3
  • "Among the faithless, faithful only he." V 897
"So dear I love him that with him all deaths/ I could endure, without him live no life." IX 832-33.

Hope you enjoyed those folks! To honor this literary master make sure to stop by our new Etsy shop and check out our bookmarks inspired by illustrations from parts of Paradise Lost. Do you have some of your own favorite John Milton Quotes? Love Paradise Lost? Tell us about it!

Happy John Milton's Birthday to eveyone!

-mischief managed-

Happy Birthday John Milton!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN MILTON!
Hey there marauders. We wanted to do a post today honoring one of our very favorite authors of all time John Milton. We love him so much that we even took a quote by him to use for our header (look up at the top of the page) ^. For those of you who are living under a literary rock John Milton is the author of the epic story Paradise Lost (one of Padfoot and Prongs most cherished books). Paradise Lost tells the story of Satan's fall from paradise from his point of view, making him quite possible one of the coolest characters ever written. If you have not read it we STRONGLY suggest picking yourself up a copy and devoting yourself to reading it over the next month.

Here is a bit about John Milton for those of you who might be looking to follow in this masters footsteps.

"John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet author, polemicist and civil servant for the Common Wealth of England . He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost and for his treatise condemning censorship, Areopagitica.

He was both an accomplished, scholarly man of letters and polemical writer, and an official serving under Oliver Cromwell. His views may be described as broadly, Protestant, if not always easy to locate in a more precise religious category. Milton was writing at a time of religious and political flux in England, and his poetry and prose reflect deep convictions, often reacting to contemporary circumstances. He wrote also in Latin and Italian, and had an international reputation during his lifetime." (Wikipedia)

Also for those of you who have not read Paradise Lost (or for those of you who miss it as much as we do) here are some of our all time favorite quotes.

  • "So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear/ farewell remorse; all good to me is lost;/ evil, be thou my good." IV 108-10
  • "Eased the putting off/ these troublesome disguises which we wear." IV 750-51
  • "Freely we serve/ because we freely love, as in our will/ to love or not; in this we stand or fall." V 538-540
  • "Grace was in all her steps, heav'n in her eye/ in every gesture dignity and love." VII 488-89
  • "Her virtue and conscience of her worth/ that would be wooed and not unsought, be won." VII 502-3
  • "Among the faithless, faithful only he." V 897
"So dear I love him that with him all deaths/ I could endure, without him live no life." IX 832-33.

Hope you enjoyed those folks! To honor this literary master make sure to stop by our new Etsy shop and check out our bookmarks inspired by illustrations from parts of Paradise Lost. Do you have some of your own favorite John Milton Quotes? Love Paradise Lost? Tell us about it!

Happy John Milton's Birthday to eveyone!

-mischief managed-

Monday, December 7, 2009

Take ANOTHER Chance challenge

-Hey there marauders-

Not that I am sure any of you need another challenge in your life, but we here at GBI suggest that you drop all others and pick up this amazing one by our dear friend Jenners! Way back in the day Padfoot and Prongs hosted our own literary scavenger hunt which we are so very proud to say helped inspire Jenners to start her own challenge which was a raving sucess! And it just so happens that since the first one was such a great time she is doing it all over again. Below is the information and be sure to check out her page to sign up and participate in the Take Another Chance Challenge!

Basic Information

The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010.

  • Here are the participation levels. Feel free to do whatever level you want. You can also switch up or down midway through the challenge.
A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges described below.
A Moderate Gamble: Complete any 6 of the 12 challenges described below.
Gambling It All: Complete all 12 of the challenges described below.
  • Each challenge you complete and link up in the correct Mr. Linky spots (which will be posted on January 1, 2010) will earn you entries into a prize drawing at the end of the challenge. Some of the challenges are harder and will earn you more entries. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will earn 5 extra entries into the drawing.
  • The prize is a book of the winner's choice from Amazon (worth $25 or less).
  • Crossover books from other challenges is fine.
You can find the list of challenges on her blog as well as the sign up at her blog so get signed up and be sure to check back with us as we update over the course of 2010!

Also if you are a member of the Good Books Club and are not a member of Google Wave PLEASE leave me a comment so that I can send you an invite. We are setting up and trying out a few new things for January's book discussion and we could use some input.

Oh and finally make sure to check out the GBI Etsy store! Perfect for literary lovers of all ages! Tell all your friends and maybe you will get lucky and they will purchase you one of our literary items for the holidays!! We have a sale going on as well as new items going up every week so keep checking back! If you purchase something you will get this adorable note in your package, which we think is reason enough to buy!

Alright more to come this week. We promised you updates and by god we will give you updates! Until next time marauders...

-mischief managed-

Take ANOTHER Chance challenge

-Hey there marauders-

Not that I am sure any of you need another challenge in your life, but we here at GBI suggest that you drop all others and pick up this amazing one by our dear friend Jenners! Way back in the day Padfoot and Prongs hosted our own literary scavenger hunt which we are so very proud to say helped inspire Jenners to start her own challenge which was a raving sucess! And it just so happens that since the first one was such a great time she is doing it all over again. Below is the information and be sure to check out her page to sign up and participate in the Take Another Chance Challenge!

Basic Information

The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010.

  • Here are the participation levels. Feel free to do whatever level you want. You can also switch up or down midway through the challenge.
A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges described below.
A Moderate Gamble: Complete any 6 of the 12 challenges described below.
Gambling It All: Complete all 12 of the challenges described below.
  • Each challenge you complete and link up in the correct Mr. Linky spots (which will be posted on January 1, 2010) will earn you entries into a prize drawing at the end of the challenge. Some of the challenges are harder and will earn you more entries. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will earn 5 extra entries into the drawing.
  • The prize is a book of the winner's choice from Amazon (worth $25 or less).
  • Crossover books from other challenges is fine.
You can find the list of challenges on her blog as well as the sign up at her blog so get signed up and be sure to check back with us as we update over the course of 2010!

Also if you are a member of the Good Books Club and are not a member of Google Wave PLEASE leave me a comment so that I can send you an invite. We are setting up and trying out a few new things for January's book discussion and we could use some input.

Oh and finally make sure to check out the GBI Etsy store! Perfect for literary lovers of all ages! Tell all your friends and maybe you will get lucky and they will purchase you one of our literary items for the holidays!! We have a sale going on as well as new items going up every week so keep checking back! If you purchase something you will get this adorable note in your package, which we think is reason enough to buy!

Alright more to come this week. We promised you updates and by god we will give you updates! Until next time marauders...

-mischief managed-

Monday, November 30, 2009

Presenting!! The Official Good Books Inc. Store!!






ATTENTION ATTENTION ATTENTION!!!
Hey there marauders! It has been quite awhile since we have been up to any mischief hasn't it? We know there are no excuses for leaving our loyal followers in the dark so the only reasons we can give you are that we just absolutely suck with time management these days. With finals, food comas, and starting our own business, life has been hectic beyond comprehension and some of our treasured loves (the blogosphere) have somehow fallen by the wayside.
Hopefully you will all be happy to hear that Padfoot and Prongs are back and ready to review, post, comment, and continue on with all the fabulous book chat there is out there to be had!!!

!HOWEVER!
But most importantly we are so proud to announce to you the official opening of the Good Books Inc. Store!! This dream of ours has been in talk for many long months and we have worked tierlessly to bring you the best designs and products that we could produce. We are so excited to finally be sharing with all of our loyal bloggers what we have been up to and we hope you will love everything just as much as we do! Without all of you we never would have been inspired to begin this journey!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pnpprinting
Our products are all built around our lover for literature and featrue some of the most popular works out there along with original literary designs of our own. Perfect for the literature lover in your life, Good Books Inc. provides literary parephanelia that you can't find anywhere else!

Check out all that we have available now and be sure to check back in the future for more designs, products, sales and of course literary love! We can't wait to continue to add to the collection we have started so far. There will be constant updates of new products so be sure to bookmark us and check back reguarly!
So check out the shop and make sure to tell any of your literary friends.
As always we welcome and hope for your feedback, comments, criticism and compliments. Any opinions you have for us will help in our future designs so don't hesitate to leave a comment.

Thanks so much again to every one who has stuck around listening to our constant promises and announcments. We hope the wait has paid off. Make sure to check back later this week for more reviews, book club information and of course more of your favorite marauders!!

-mischief FINALLY managed-


Presenting!! The Official Good Books Inc. Store!!






ATTENTION ATTENTION ATTENTION!!!
Hey there marauders! It has been quite awhile since we have been up to any mischief hasn't it? We know there are no excuses for leaving our loyal followers in the dark so the only reasons we can give you are that we just absolutely suck with time management these days. With finals, food comas, and starting our own business, life has been hectic beyond comprehension and some of our treasured loves (the blogosphere) have somehow fallen by the wayside.
Hopefully you will all be happy to hear that Padfoot and Prongs are back and ready to review, post, comment, and continue on with all the fabulous book chat there is out there to be had!!!

!HOWEVER!
But most importantly we are so proud to announce to you the official opening of the Good Books Inc. Store!! This dream of ours has been in talk for many long months and we have worked tierlessly to bring you the best designs and products that we could produce. We are so excited to finally be sharing with all of our loyal bloggers what we have been up to and we hope you will love everything just as much as we do! Without all of you we never would have been inspired to begin this journey!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pnpprinting
Our products are all built around our lover for literature and featrue some of the most popular works out there along with original literary designs of our own. Perfect for the literature lover in your life, Good Books Inc. provides literary parephanelia that you can't find anywhere else!

Check out all that we have available now and be sure to check back in the future for more designs, products, sales and of course literary love! We can't wait to continue to add to the collection we have started so far. There will be constant updates of new products so be sure to bookmark us and check back reguarly!
So check out the shop and make sure to tell any of your literary friends.
As always we welcome and hope for your feedback, comments, criticism and compliments. Any opinions you have for us will help in our future designs so don't hesitate to leave a comment.

Thanks so much again to every one who has stuck around listening to our constant promises and announcments. We hope the wait has paid off. Make sure to check back later this week for more reviews, book club information and of course more of your favorite marauders!!

-mischief FINALLY managed-


Monday, November 2, 2009

NaNoWriMo - Because I'm Crazy.


Hey there fellow writers and marauders!! Prongs here bringing you a very special blog update dedicated to that wonderful time of the year known as
National Novel Writing Month!!

For those of you who are sane enough to not to be participating, or are just unaware of what this event entails, here is the run down:
National Novel Writing Month takes place from November 1st-30th. In this time any one who is participating (yours truly) is committing themselves to writing 50,000 words of a novel.

I'm sorry....did I say 50,000.
Jesus yes I did. So like I said, for those of you who are not crazy and enjoy having any amount of a life, you can live vicariously through me and some fellow NaNoWriMo authors as we plunge our way through a month of literary hysteria!
I thought it would be a fun new weekly if I kept those of you who read our humble blog updated on my status and my story, as well as share information about other writers who are participating in the event. The road promises to be long and hard but hopefully at the end we will all have something that we can at least be remotely proud of.

Ok so with this first post I figured I would feature myself, since who knows how long I will be able to keep my own story going. For those of you who read the blog you know me as Prongs, the serious reviewer and witty partner of Padfoot. I have been interested in writing for quite some time but have never really had the dicipline to sit down and put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). However this past fall I partook in a writing workshop which seemed to be the intial bump I needed to get the creative juices flowing.
You can follow my NaNoWriMo status here as well as through the blog and on twitter. Any comments, ideas, enouragments, or down right judgments are more than welcomed. This is a community event so the more people that meet and grow together because of NaNoWriMo the better.

For those of you who are interested here is a bit about the story I have started:

(WORKING) Title: Trigger

Current Word Count:
252
Synopsis: A world exists where by simply uttering a single phrase could 'Trigger' something in your mind, causing you to drop dead. Some people can sense what their is, and some people have no ide
a.

Excerpt:
Jeffery L. Swiney calmly and evenly said to his wife, ‘Matilda dear, please pass the pork chops’ and then unsurprisingly dropped dead.

There was a quiet, controlled response from the dinner party as every one let out a regrettable sigh, pushing their chairs in to help Matilda roll over her husband’s tubby corpse. I watched as Mr. Hilden from down the road made his way from the dining room to the kitchen, and with no sense of urgency pick up the receiver to place a muffled call for an ambulance that arrived 15 minutes later. Chairs scuffed the hard-wood floor and Mozart continued gently in the background as more neighbors offered their condolences for Mrs. Swiney’s loss by absentmindly shaking her hand, while looking for their belongings.
The dinner party had seemingly come to an unfortunate stop, so one by one the neighbors began to retire back to their own homes just up the road, a long enough walk to remember Mr. Swiney, then possibly salvage the night with a stop for ice cream. Since Mrs. Swiney turned down my offer to help her clean up the wine her recently departed husband’s hand had spilt, and since all the other neighbors seemed preoccupied with the task of shallow valedictions, I picked up my fork and began to slowly pick at the last few potatoes left on my plate. After all, there was no reason to let the death of Jeffery Swiney spoil what other wise had been a perfectly pleasant evening.
There you go folks. A short clip of what is sure to be a ridiculous, unorganized, mess of a novel but at least it will be 50,000 words by the end!!

Remember to keep checking in on my status as well as information on other NaNoWriMo authors!!

-mischief managed-

NaNoWriMo - Because I'm Crazy.


Hey there fellow writers and marauders!! Prongs here bringing you a very special blog update dedicated to that wonderful time of the year known as
National Novel Writing Month!!

For those of you who are sane enough to not to be participating, or are just unaware of what this event entails, here is the run down:
National Novel Writing Month takes place from November 1st-30th. In this time any one who is participating (yours truly) is committing themselves to writing 50,000 words of a novel.

I'm sorry....did I say 50,000.
Jesus yes I did. So like I said, for those of you who are not crazy and enjoy having any amount of a life, you can live vicariously through me and some fellow NaNoWriMo authors as we plunge our way through a month of literary hysteria!
I thought it would be a fun new weekly if I kept those of you who read our humble blog updated on my status and my story, as well as share information about other writers who are participating in the event. The road promises to be long and hard but hopefully at the end we will all have something that we can at least be remotely proud of.

Ok so with this first post I figured I would feature myself, since who knows how long I will be able to keep my own story going. For those of you who read the blog you know me as Prongs, the serious reviewer and witty partner of Padfoot. I have been interested in writing for quite some time but have never really had the dicipline to sit down and put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). However this past fall I partook in a writing workshop which seemed to be the intial bump I needed to get the creative juices flowing.
You can follow my NaNoWriMo status here as well as through the blog and on twitter. Any comments, ideas, enouragments, or down right judgments are more than welcomed. This is a community event so the more people that meet and grow together because of NaNoWriMo the better.

For those of you who are interested here is a bit about the story I have started:

(WORKING) Title: Trigger

Current Word Count:
252
Synopsis: A world exists where by simply uttering a single phrase could 'Trigger' something in your mind, causing you to drop dead. Some people can sense what their is, and some people have no ide
a.

Excerpt:
Jeffery L. Swiney calmly and evenly said to his wife, ‘Matilda dear, please pass the pork chops’ and then unsurprisingly dropped dead.

There was a quiet, controlled response from the dinner party as every one let out a regrettable sigh, pushing their chairs in to help Matilda roll over her husband’s tubby corpse. I watched as Mr. Hilden from down the road made his way from the dining room to the kitchen, and with no sense of urgency pick up the receiver to place a muffled call for an ambulance that arrived 15 minutes later. Chairs scuffed the hard-wood floor and Mozart continued gently in the background as more neighbors offered their condolences for Mrs. Swiney’s loss by absentmindly shaking her hand, while looking for their belongings.
The dinner party had seemingly come to an unfortunate stop, so one by one the neighbors began to retire back to their own homes just up the road, a long enough walk to remember Mr. Swiney, then possibly salvage the night with a stop for ice cream. Since Mrs. Swiney turned down my offer to help her clean up the wine her recently departed husband’s hand had spilt, and since all the other neighbors seemed preoccupied with the task of shallow valedictions, I picked up my fork and began to slowly pick at the last few potatoes left on my plate. After all, there was no reason to let the death of Jeffery Swiney spoil what other wise had been a perfectly pleasant evening.
There you go folks. A short clip of what is sure to be a ridiculous, unorganized, mess of a novel but at least it will be 50,000 words by the end!!

Remember to keep checking in on my status as well as information on other NaNoWriMo authors!!

-mischief managed-

Monday, October 26, 2009

Better Late Than Never - Read-A-Thon Reprise


Well folks, we hope every one has had a nice weekend mentally recooperating from the marathon that was this weekend! We have had such a fun time going through every ones posts and hearing about the books they read, the mini-challeneges, and of course seeing all the support. This event is such a great community builder for the book blog world and we were glad to take part.
Sadly we couldn't be on our A-game this weekend partly to the internet crapping out twice and partly because we live in a college town where there is no shortage of interruptions. With a solid 10 hrs of reading, we had to resort to cheer leading at the end of the night. Next year we plan on locking ourselves away in a quiet, internet having room where we can read in peace!!


That being said congrats again to every one that participated, read, cheerlead, and commented during this weekend. We hope every one had a blast because we know we did.
And extra special thanks and congrats goes out to every one that left us comments! We appreciate all of the time and effort that went into making sure every one felt supported during the wee hours. That being said it is time to announce our winner of the read-a-thon mug!!
And the winners are....
Trisha!!
and
Lenore!!
Woohooo congrats ladies! Thanks for the comment and support this weekend. We hope you can relieve all of the fun every morning when you have some coffee!!

Alright folks we are sad this weekend is come and past, we wish there was so much more we had gotten around to doing. Padfoot and Prongs have been a little over worked these days between the blog, school, running a store/business/and trying to sleep. However we do promise we are still up to no good and will have lots of fun bloggy things for you here in the next few days.
-mischief managed-

Better Late Than Never - Read-A-Thon Reprise


Well folks, we hope every one has had a nice weekend mentally recooperating from the marathon that was this weekend! We have had such a fun time going through every ones posts and hearing about the books they read, the mini-challeneges, and of course seeing all the support. This event is such a great community builder for the book blog world and we were glad to take part.
Sadly we couldn't be on our A-game this weekend partly to the internet crapping out twice and partly because we live in a college town where there is no shortage of interruptions. With a solid 10 hrs of reading, we had to resort to cheer leading at the end of the night. Next year we plan on locking ourselves away in a quiet, internet having room where we can read in peace!!


That being said congrats again to every one that participated, read, cheerlead, and commented during this weekend. We hope every one had a blast because we know we did.
And extra special thanks and congrats goes out to every one that left us comments! We appreciate all of the time and effort that went into making sure every one felt supported during the wee hours. That being said it is time to announce our winner of the read-a-thon mug!!
And the winners are....
Trisha!!
and
Lenore!!
Woohooo congrats ladies! Thanks for the comment and support this weekend. We hope you can relieve all of the fun every morning when you have some coffee!!

Alright folks we are sad this weekend is come and past, we wish there was so much more we had gotten around to doing. Padfoot and Prongs have been a little over worked these days between the blog, school, running a store/business/and trying to sleep. However we do promise we are still up to no good and will have lots of fun bloggy things for you here in the next few days.
-mischief managed-

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Read-a-thon and a Giveaway!?

Update #1

Okay wow folks what a morning. Our internet has been down in the apt. for a few hours so we have been reading/making desperate phone calls to figure out what is going on. Fortunately now it is back and we are ready to update you!!
Padfoot and Prongs have been plowing through our list of
'Back in the Day Books'
This read a thon we are focusing on some childhood classics! Currently Padfoot is 64 pages into Peter Pan, and Prongs is tearing through the 1st Harry Potter. We will be updating within the next 2 hours once we finish both of them to let you know our thoughts. (We are sure every one already knows how we feel)

Update Number 2:
A
lright so we are going into our 4th hour of reading. Prongs has DEMOLISH HP 1 and has moved on to The Phantom Tollbooth clocking in at 20 pages. Padfoot is finishing up Peter Pan and has her sites set on Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit. She will be reviewing Peter Pan this week after we have regained our mental strength! We have been moving strategically around the apartment and have been snacking on wheat thins and cheese sticks to keep the energy up.

Here is a nice tip for read-a-thoners: TURN OFF YOU CELL PHONES. It is a huge distaraction when right when you get into a good pace, your phone goes off and you have to check it. At the very least turn the on silent. Can't tell you how much better things are going since we did that. Mk we will be back in another hour to update again! At the end of the night we have a special treat for you all so make sure to keep checking back!

For first timers to the blog...WELCOME! To our loyal followrs, we hope you are having a great read a thon day. Keep focused and we can't wait to go through all of the posts tomorrow.

Lastly, we wanted to make sure every one knew about our GIVEAWAY!!Yes thats right a GIVEAWAYY.
This lovley mug can be yours for the low low price of FREE!!
We are giving away 2 mugs for the read-a-thon to some lucky readers.
You can enter one of 2 ways.
1. Leave a comment on any read-a-thon post that we update today and you will automatically be entered.
2. Sign up or check out The Good Books Club! If you sign up today you will automaically be entered twice into the drawing for a mug. If you sign up though make sure you are ready and willing to participate!

Thats all from us now folks...back to the books.

Read-a-thon and a Giveaway!?

Update #1

Okay wow folks what a morning. Our internet has been down in the apt. for a few hours so we have been reading/making desperate phone calls to figure out what is going on. Fortunately now it is back and we are ready to update you!!
Padfoot and Prongs have been plowing through our list of
'Back in the Day Books'
This read a thon we are focusing on some childhood classics! Currently Padfoot is 64 pages into Peter Pan, and Prongs is tearing through the 1st Harry Potter. We will be updating within the next 2 hours once we finish both of them to let you know our thoughts. (We are sure every one already knows how we feel)

Update Number 2:
A
lright so we are going into our 4th hour of reading. Prongs has DEMOLISH HP 1 and has moved on to The Phantom Tollbooth clocking in at 20 pages. Padfoot is finishing up Peter Pan and has her sites set on Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit. She will be reviewing Peter Pan this week after we have regained our mental strength! We have been moving strategically around the apartment and have been snacking on wheat thins and cheese sticks to keep the energy up.

Here is a nice tip for read-a-thoners: TURN OFF YOU CELL PHONES. It is a huge distaraction when right when you get into a good pace, your phone goes off and you have to check it. At the very least turn the on silent. Can't tell you how much better things are going since we did that. Mk we will be back in another hour to update again! At the end of the night we have a special treat for you all so make sure to keep checking back!

For first timers to the blog...WELCOME! To our loyal followrs, we hope you are having a great read a thon day. Keep focused and we can't wait to go through all of the posts tomorrow.

Lastly, we wanted to make sure every one knew about our GIVEAWAY!!Yes thats right a GIVEAWAYY.
This lovley mug can be yours for the low low price of FREE!!
We are giving away 2 mugs for the read-a-thon to some lucky readers.
You can enter one of 2 ways.
1. Leave a comment on any read-a-thon post that we update today and you will automatically be entered.
2. Sign up or check out The Good Books Club! If you sign up today you will automaically be entered twice into the drawing for a mug. If you sign up though make sure you are ready and willing to participate!

Thats all from us now folks...back to the books.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Good Books Club - Month #2

Hey there all of you literary lovers!
We here at Good Books Inc. are flat our tired of reading amazing books and then not having wonderful, thought provoking discussions after we finish. Hopefully, there are those out there who share our sadness, so as a solution to the problem we now happily present you with Good Books Club!

This will be an online book club, which shall meet once every 3 weeks ish, and will be dedicated to reading contemporary lit, and having intelligent and meaningful discussions about the chosen works. The link for the live-chat is located on the left tool bar, and on the night of your discussion you will simply log in and join the fun.

As this is a new idea, we will be working out the kinks for the first few months, but we are really looking forward to providing any one who is interested, with a wonderful fun experience that centers around all our similar love: books!! Good Book Club

Month 2:
Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ray Bradbury

Summary: Jim Nightshade and William Halloway are two 13 year old boys who were born only minutes apart. Armed with the values of friendship and an undying curiosity, the boys are thrown into a magical nightmare full of danger, decisions, and the thing which all young boys crave: adventure. The smell of an approaching storm lingers in the air as a sinister carnival blows into town bringing with it carnival characters that are enough to haunt any ones nightmares. With magic carousels, deadly witches, and a dad who dreams of childhood, the ending will leave you pining for more.

Why we chose this work: Ray Bradbury's underrated novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, is a story that will bring out the childhood in any one. 'The novel combines elements of fantasy and horror, analyzing the conflicting natures of good and evil, and on how they come into play between the characters and the carnival,' making it perfect for a discussion. The setting will put you in the perfect 'fall' mood and will be a great way to send off our favorite season. On top of that Bradbury's style is full of so much poetry and passion that your highlighters will be dry by the end.

So now what:
So now that you all have the information about the book, it is time to go out and find yourself a copy! We recommended checking around used book stores (we found used copies at half-price books in Ohio for just a dollar). Once you have your copy it is time to start reading! We encourage you to mark, write, take notes, or any thing that will help you keep track of ideas or opinions you have while reading. We ask that every one participating find at least 3 of their favorite quotes and have them for the discussion date, so that we can all share our favorite parts! It would also be helpful if any one participating left comments here and there letting us know your progress, so we can adjust in the future. If a work is too hard or long it is crucial adjust lists of future books. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave a comment on this post or e-mail us.

Things to Remember: This book discussion is open to any one and every one of all ages, places, races, and species. (If you can get your dog to join in then you get a prize!) That being said, please remember during discussions to be cautious about remarks that might be offensive to any one. Just be respectful and think before you type. No flaming or spammers, because then we will have to shut the whole thing down and no one wants that!

GBI Group Recipe: Since we all know part of the fun of having a book club is the wonderful food that every one gets to share, we though our online club should be no more the worse for not meting in person. Therefore, we will be posting a recipe each month that you can choose to make or not, but make sure to eat it on the night of discussion! That way it will kind of be like we are all sharing in the fun. If any one has any recipe ideas or submissions please e-mail us and we will have the information up for you 1 week before discussion groups.

When to meet:
All discussions will be held the 3rd Sunday every month @ 7pm EST. (So for the first month this means Nov. 15th). The limit is 15 people per book. So hurry and sign up while you can!
Just use the MisterLinky and fill out your information to be signed up for this months book! We will give you more specific details about how to log into the chat room when we get closer to the discussion date.We are so excited for this event and hope that every one of you will contribute as much as your literary love as you can, so that we can all get a wonderful unique experience with each book! Happy reading!!

Sign up for Sunday the 15th @7

How to sign up: You MUST do this so that we know you are going to be participating. Just click the Mister Linky banner below and add your name (and if you have a blog the link back to it). If for some reason it isn't working, just leave a comment with your name so that we can add it for you!


Good Books Club - Month #2

Hey there all of you literary lovers!
We here at Good Books Inc. are flat our tired of reading amazing books and then not having wonderful, thought provoking discussions after we finish. Hopefully, there are those out there who share our sadness, so as a solution to the problem we now happily present you with Good Books Club!

This will be an online book club, which shall meet once every 3 weeks ish, and will be dedicated to reading contemporary lit, and having intelligent and meaningful discussions about the chosen works. The link for the live-chat is located on the left tool bar, and on the night of your discussion you will simply log in and join the fun.

As this is a new idea, we will be working out the kinks for the first few months, but we are really looking forward to providing any one who is interested, with a wonderful fun experience that centers around all our similar love: books!! Good Book Club

Month 2:
Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ray Bradbury

Summary: Jim Nightshade and William Halloway are two 13 year old boys who were born only minutes apart. Armed with the values of friendship and an undying curiosity, the boys are thrown into a magical nightmare full of danger, decisions, and the thing which all young boys crave: adventure. The smell of an approaching storm lingers in the air as a sinister carnival blows into town bringing with it carnival characters that are enough to haunt any ones nightmares. With magic carousels, deadly witches, and a dad who dreams of childhood, the ending will leave you pining for more.

Why we chose this work: Ray Bradbury's underrated novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, is a story that will bring out the childhood in any one. 'The novel combines elements of fantasy and horror, analyzing the conflicting natures of good and evil, and on how they come into play between the characters and the carnival,' making it perfect for a discussion. The setting will put you in the perfect 'fall' mood and will be a great way to send off our favorite season. On top of that Bradbury's style is full of so much poetry and passion that your highlighters will be dry by the end.

So now what:
So now that you all have the information about the book, it is time to go out and find yourself a copy! We recommended checking around used book stores (we found used copies at half-price books in Ohio for just a dollar). Once you have your copy it is time to start reading! We encourage you to mark, write, take notes, or any thing that will help you keep track of ideas or opinions you have while reading. We ask that every one participating find at least 3 of their favorite quotes and have them for the discussion date, so that we can all share our favorite parts! It would also be helpful if any one participating left comments here and there letting us know your progress, so we can adjust in the future. If a work is too hard or long it is crucial adjust lists of future books. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave a comment on this post or e-mail us.

Things to Remember: This book discussion is open to any one and every one of all ages, places, races, and species. (If you can get your dog to join in then you get a prize!) That being said, please remember during discussions to be cautious about remarks that might be offensive to any one. Just be respectful and think before you type. No flaming or spammers, because then we will have to shut the whole thing down and no one wants that!

GBI Group Recipe: Since we all know part of the fun of having a book club is the wonderful food that every one gets to share, we though our online club should be no more the worse for not meting in person. Therefore, we will be posting a recipe each month that you can choose to make or not, but make sure to eat it on the night of discussion! That way it will kind of be like we are all sharing in the fun. If any one has any recipe ideas or submissions please e-mail us and we will have the information up for you 1 week before discussion groups.

When to meet:
All discussions will be held the 3rd Sunday every month @ 7pm EST. (So for the first month this means Nov. 15th). The limit is 15 people per book. So hurry and sign up while you can!
Just use the MisterLinky and fill out your information to be signed up for this months book! We will give you more specific details about how to log into the chat room when we get closer to the discussion date.We are so excited for this event and hope that every one of you will contribute as much as your literary love as you can, so that we can all get a wonderful unique experience with each book! Happy reading!!

Sign up for Sunday the 15th @7

How to sign up: You MUST do this so that we know you are going to be participating. Just click the Mister Linky banner below and add your name (and if you have a blog the link back to it). If for some reason it isn't working, just leave a comment with your name so that we can add it for you!


Good Books Club Round Up - Month #1


Hey there marauders and book clubbers alike. Last night was the FIRST EVERY GOOD BOOKS CLUB DISCUSSION!! In case you are new too our blog, or have been living under a rock, Padfoot and Prongs have started a book club for the modern classic literary lover. Our first month we read Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night and last night we logged into the chat room for some hard core book discussing. For those of you who are interested in the discussion or maybe couldn't make the talk we will give you a few highlights:

1. We had some nice introductions and blog exchanges.
2. We all shared some of our favorite quotes/parts of the story and
discussed why they stood out among the rest.
3. We tried to maintain the formal discussion qus. that were given out but like all good book clubs, we got a bit distracted but in a good way of course.
4. Lots more discussion including what the book will be fore next month (announced at 7 pm tonight)
5. Nazi Nuggets?

Here are links to reviews of last nights discussion by the ladies that were there. Make sure to check them out they really made the 1st discussion amazing!! (As well as some links to some real champs who still read the book but couldn't make the discussion!)
This Book and I could be Friends
Strictly Letters
25 Hour Books
Ooh...Books!
5-Squared
(If we are missing any one that has a review out there Pleaseee send us the link so we can add you too this list)
We had such a blast and it went over much more technically smooth that we had anticipated. While there were a small number of us, it really helped to focus the discussion and let every one's opinions be heard. As for t
he few that were there, they were the lucky firsts to hear about the gifts we will be giving out at that (and future) book clubs!!

Did someone say GIFTS?! We sure did. Padfoot and Prongs have decided that for each book we do, we will design and give away an accompanying MUG to one lucky participant!!
(Month 1's cup!)
Last night as a special treat we gave a mug away to any one that could make it to the discussion so congrats to the ladies who took part. For those of you who were unable to sign up this month or unable to make it last night but still read, you will still be able to get your own mug for sale on our ETSY site! We are giving a huge discount to any one who knows the 'secrete code' (GOOD BOOKS CLUB) so you won't feel as though we left you out. Like we said, each month we will have a new design and beware of the Pokemon effect.... you will want to catch them all. We hope it will be a nice way to remember the books you have read and all the great discussions you took place in!!

Before we go we just wanted to make one small note to all future participants of Good Books Inc. We really are sad that we have to keep the sign up limit to about 15 members each month, because we want EVERYONE to be able to join in. If we have to in the future we will discuss having more than one discussion time. That being said PLEASE do NOT sign up if you are not sure you are able to attend. We COMPLETLY understand that things do come up and plans change which we are more than willing to try and work around. However for the last one we had a few book clubbers who signed up then seemed to disappear. We want to give every one a chance but due to the limited amount of people, we just ask that before you sign up you are fairly-positive that you can make the chat, other wise someone who can make it might be missing out. Ok that sounds harsh and we don't mean to be!! Book love for everyone.

Alright folks that is about it for the wrap up. We had a few people request formal transcripts but unfortunatley we didn't get to save last nights. From now on in the future we will be attaching pdf files of the chats for any one that might have missed it. Make sure to stop back tonight at 7pm when we will be announcing the book for November!!! Thanks every one that read, googled, or was interested at all in the group! We are so happy to be off to a great start!

-Mischief Managed



Good Books Club Round Up - Month #1


Hey there marauders and book clubbers alike. Last night was the FIRST EVERY GOOD BOOKS CLUB DISCUSSION!! In case you are new too our blog, or have been living under a rock, Padfoot and Prongs have started a book club for the modern classic literary lover. Our first month we read Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night and last night we logged into the chat room for some hard core book discussing. For those of you who are interested in the discussion or maybe couldn't make the talk we will give you a few highlights:

1. We had some nice introductions and blog exchanges.
2. We all shared some of our favorite quotes/parts of the story and
discussed why they stood out among the rest.
3. We tried to maintain the formal discussion qus. that were given out but like all good book clubs, we got a bit distracted but in a good way of course.
4. Lots more discussion including what the book will be fore next month (announced at 7 pm tonight)
5. Nazi Nuggets?

Here are links to reviews of last nights discussion by the ladies that were there. Make sure to check them out they really made the 1st discussion amazing!! (As well as some links to some real champs who still read the book but couldn't make the discussion!)
This Book and I could be Friends
Strictly Letters
25 Hour Books
Ooh...Books!
5-Squared
(If we are missing any one that has a review out there Pleaseee send us the link so we can add you too this list)
We had such a blast and it went over much more technically smooth that we had anticipated. While there were a small number of us, it really helped to focus the discussion and let every one's opinions be heard. As for t
he few that were there, they were the lucky firsts to hear about the gifts we will be giving out at that (and future) book clubs!!

Did someone say GIFTS?! We sure did. Padfoot and Prongs have decided that for each book we do, we will design and give away an accompanying MUG to one lucky participant!!
(Month 1's cup!)
Last night as a special treat we gave a mug away to any one that could make it to the discussion so congrats to the ladies who took part. For those of you who were unable to sign up this month or unable to make it last night but still read, you will still be able to get your own mug for sale on our ETSY site! We are giving a huge discount to any one who knows the 'secrete code' (GOOD BOOKS CLUB) so you won't feel as though we left you out. Like we said, each month we will have a new design and beware of the Pokemon effect.... you will want to catch them all. We hope it will be a nice way to remember the books you have read and all the great discussions you took place in!!

Before we go we just wanted to make one small note to all future participants of Good Books Inc. We really are sad that we have to keep the sign up limit to about 15 members each month, because we want EVERYONE to be able to join in. If we have to in the future we will discuss having more than one discussion time. That being said PLEASE do NOT sign up if you are not sure you are able to attend. We COMPLETLY understand that things do come up and plans change which we are more than willing to try and work around. However for the last one we had a few book clubbers who signed up then seemed to disappear. We want to give every one a chance but due to the limited amount of people, we just ask that before you sign up you are fairly-positive that you can make the chat, other wise someone who can make it might be missing out. Ok that sounds harsh and we don't mean to be!! Book love for everyone.

Alright folks that is about it for the wrap up. We had a few people request formal transcripts but unfortunatley we didn't get to save last nights. From now on in the future we will be attaching pdf files of the chats for any one that might have missed it. Make sure to stop back tonight at 7pm when we will be announcing the book for November!!! Thanks every one that read, googled, or was interested at all in the group! We are so happy to be off to a great start!

-Mischief Managed



Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Good Books Club - Discussion Questions

Hey there every one.
Hope you are all wrapping up Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night for the discussion tomorrow! We are so excited to be kicking off the very first discussion of what we hope will be a fun, successful, semi-focused discussion of one of the most under rated WWII novels of all time. For those of you who were not able to make the cut off for this meeting, do not fret. We will be announcing November's book on Monday after the discussion.
For those of you who read the book but are unable to make the discussion, we
deeply appreciate the efforts that we do know you made to participate, and look forward to having you for future discussions! We encourage any one who can't make the meeting to write reviews of the book that we will be sure to link to when we do a wrap up of the discussion. For any one who has read the book and participates in any way, be it the discussion, writing a review, promoting the book etc, we have an extra special surprise planned for you, so make sure to check back here on Monday after the discussion!


Discussion Questions!
Attn: Spoilers contained in the discussion qu's
Ok folks so now on to those of you who will be participating tomorrow. Here are a few things to keep in mind. The book club starts at 7p.m EST. If you live in another time zone be sure to do the math and figure out what ever time that might be for your city. I'd do it for you but the whole time I lived in Australia I always got it wrong and would call my house at 3 am... so I probably am not help.
Also, it is probably best to try and log into the chat room (located at the very top left hand scroll bar) at least 10 minuts prior to the discussion, just to make sure that we are not facing techinical problems. If for any reason you get kicked out be all you need to do is close the window and re open the chat room and log back in. You CANNOT at any time close the main Padfoot and Prongs window, as it will also kick you out of the chat room.
As well, we have learned it is best not to copy and paste long quotes or sentences into the chat room as tha makes it angry. I know that is annoying especially for those of you who have quotes typed and saved up, so either send them in small lines at a time or just type them out in the room. Annoying I know, we will work to find something better in the future.

Now here are some discussion questions to consider for the talk tomorrow. We will not be sticking strictly to these questions, but they will help to give us a guide in leading the conversation. In the future we plan to get questions up much earlier for the talk but we suck this month.

1. 'We are what we pretend to be. So we must be careful about what we pretend to be.' In the opening of the novel, Kurt Vonnegut openly states in a preface by 'Campbell' that this is the moral of the entire work. Would you agree that this is the most prominent message of the story? Why do you think Campbell/Vonnegut would go to such lengths to make sure the moral of the novel was apparent? Do you agree with the moral and what in this book either confirms or confronts your views?

2. Howard Campbell is a fan of many faces. He is a Nazi propagandist, an under-cover spy, a friend to few and a lover to one. Butcan you be a monster and a martyr at the same time? Who is Campbell to you? Which is these identities do you feel is the most 'true' to Campbell'. How is it possible for someone to be so many people at once, or is it impossible?

Despite acknowledging for a moment the evil behind the people that he served, Howard realized that he had never really seen a fault at all, because the Nazis had given him more than they had taken away. There are multiple times throughout the novel that many of the characters will overlook an obvious flaw to protect some desperate attachment they have to the actions that they are committing. How do you feel about this idea of overlooking obvious moral flaws to gain happiness?

3. How did you feel about the ending of the work? Did you feel that Howard Campbell got what he deserved, or will he gain it through suicide?

4. What were some of your favorite things about this book and the author? What were the Pro's of reading this book including quotes, style, narrative etc.?

5. What were some of your least favorite things about this book and the author? What were the con's of reading this book including quotes, style, narrative etc.?

6. Be sure to have some of your favorite quotes picked out from the story and be ready to share at least one of them, and why you enjoyed it!

That is all for now folks. Like we said, these are only jumping off points for the discussion I am sure we will be straying a bit from these general ideas. The discussion will be lead for 1 hour, 30 mins. If you need to leave before then feel free. If you would like to stay longer to discuss then you are more than welcome as well as encouraged, however we will only be regulating the disucssion for the given time. After that it is a free for all. Any one is welcome at 8:30 to come into the room to discuss the book, Vonnegut, any thing of the sort and we hope to see many of you there!!