Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery


Teaser Tuesday

Pulling the thought from my mind, I remember Bouguet, the wolf-man, sinking his venomous teeth into Wolf Arden before discarding him like a rag doll.  I transformed in a moment between fear and some sense of daring.

“Think wolf; be wolf.”


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Book Swap Blog Hop

I have books, you want books.  You have books, I want books.  So, let’s swap!!  Sounds like a plan, right?  Thanks to The Maniacal Bookworm we can see what others have and make some trades.

Here is my SWAP LIST:

All Things New by Lynn Austin – Paperback, ARC

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds – Paperback, ARC

A Darcy Christmas: A holiday Tribute to Jane Austen by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan and Carolyn Eberhart – Paperback, ARC

It’s Not Easy Being Mean, A Clique Novel (Book 7) by Lisi Harrison – Paperback, TWO copies in excellent condition

O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell – Paperback, ARC

Hawk of May by Gillian Bradshaw – Paperback, ARC

Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maquire – Paperback, good condition

Secrets of the Tudor Court: The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson – Paperback, very good condition

Too Great a Lady by Amanda Elyot – Paperback, ex-library book in good condition

BOOKS I WANT TO SWAP FOR: (paperback wanted unless otherwise noted)

A Light to My Path by Lynn Austin

Eve by Elissa Elliot

The Queen’s Rival by Diane Haeger

Notorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll

Royal Affairs by Leslie Carroll

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Hard cover)

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Hard cover)

Chosen by Ginger Garrett

Desired by Ginger Garrett

I’m always open to other books, so if you have something you think I might like, just ask!

If you’d like to do a swap, you can email me at martinack_75 AT hotmail DOT com .  I will swap to Canada and the US.


Armchair BEA

I’ve never participated in Armchair BEA before and thought it might be fun!  Here is my introductory post 🙂

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?  Hi.  I’m Martina.  I am currently a SAHM and yes, I’m a book drunkard.  I recently celebrated my 3rd bloggiversary.
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012? The Queen’s Vow by C.W. Gortner, Spartacus the Gladiator by Ben Kane and Her Highness, the Traitor by Susan Higginbotham. Best book so far this year?  Idle Hands by Cynthia Hill
  3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.  I ADORE hockey.
  4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?  I really enjoy all aspects of my blog and blogging in general.  I love connecting with people who enjoy reading.
  5. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?  Gosh, I dunno.  I did an interview with Michael Landon jr. once when I reviewed a book he co-authored.  Very cool experience.  
  6. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?  Well, not a real place, but Panem (The Hunger Games).  I want to dress up like the rest of the citizens and frankly, all the food looked/sounded amazing!
  7. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Best part – getting to know the other bloggers.  I’ve met some seriously cool people.  And, authors, too!

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A Winter’s Respite Read-a-Thon

To beat the winter blues, I decided to sign up for a week long read-a-thon!  What better way to go from blah to bliss, right??

So, I’m doing the The True Book Addict’s “A Winter’s Respite Read-a-Thon” from today until next Monday.  The books I plan on reading are ones I’m a bit behind on – review wise.  I’m only choosing two books to start.  I don’t want to get overwhelmed.  If I finish these two, I’ll pick another one.

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh


Secret Santa

For the first time, I participated in a Secret Santa exchange.  It was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and I sort of signed up at the last minute on a whim.  I got to send to Catherine in Arizona and received from Vindella/Island Girl Reads who lives in Marietta, Georgia.

I love my Secret Santa!  Did I ever score.  I got two books I’ve been wanting to read, and I don’t own them yet, so that was perfect.  Also I got the really cool bookmark, which I collect!  And chocolate, well that’s always a bonus!  All with a lovely card.

Thank you so much, Vindella.  You’re the best!


Virtual Advent Tour – 2011

Welcome to the Book Drunkard leg of the 2011 Virtual Advent Tour.  Today, I’m going to share with you what MY perfect holiday reading day is like.

Of course, I need to start out with a book.  Now, I must admit that I’m not huge into Christmas books.  However, a couple years ago, I received a book and I absolutely fell in love with it!  THE UNFINISHED GIFT by Dan Walsh is a beautifully told story about a young boy who is living with his Grandfather during WW2. I highly recommend the book AND its sequel, THE HOMECOMING.    The book is perfect for all ages so I even suggest reading it aloud to your family during the holidays.  I’m currently reading his new book, Remembering Christmas and it’s putting me in the holiday mood 🙂

Now, I don’t know about you, but I like it to smell extra nice in my house during Christmas.  Sometimes, it gets too cold out to open the windows and air out the house so potpourri is a nice choice.  I especially like this stove top one I found on the Make it Do blog.  I don’t always use the cranberries – the cloves and cinnamon sticks totally do it for me.  Nothing else smells more like Christmas for me.

If the book isn’t enough to warm your soul, how about a nice hot drink?  My favourite Christmastime drink is apple cider.  If you want to kick it up a notch, try heating the cider in a pan (don’t boil)  with cloves, cinnamon sticks and an orange – so buy extra when you get the ingredients for the potpourri!  It will warm you right down to your toes.

If you are like me and don’t mind music playing in the background while you read, this is one of the songs that will be on the playlist.  The Little Drummer boy, originally entitled Carol of the Drums, was written in 1941.  For me, the story is the true meaning of Christmas – a poor, little boy with nothing, giving what he can, not for show, but out of love.


Read-a-thon Mini Challenge #1

1)Where are you reading from today?  Kelowna BC, Canada

2)Three random facts about me…  I adore all things French, I’m the hugest hockey fan ever, I’m a history nerd

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? Just 2 for now.  We’ll see how the day goes…

4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?  Just to read for as long as I can.  And to get my kids reading too – when they wake up

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?  Drink lots of water, stretch and just have fun.  Don’t take the time too seriously 🙂


Reading for Charity

Tomorrow, at 5am, is the start of my third Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon.  I’ve never actually read an entire 24 hours (Church, kids and hockey usually pop up…) but I still enjoy it a lot and get a lot read and shopping for snacks and then eating them is a lot of fun!!

So this year, I’m doing something a bit different.  I’m reading in honour of my favourite charity, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

“Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides specialized pediatric palliative care for children living with a life-threatening illness and support for their families throughout British Columbia.”

If anyone has the desire to sponsor me during my participation in read-a-thon activities and my reading adventure for a great charity, you can do so by clicking HERE.


Mailbox Monday

WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!!

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but is currently on tour and can be found at Library of Clean Reads who is hosting February.

I received three books this past week.  I recently reviewed The Damascus Way by Davis Bunn and Janette

Oke and when I told Julie at Graf-Martin how much I enjoyed reading it, she (secretly) sent me the first two

books in the trilogy!  The Centurion’s Wife is the first in the series and it’s gotten really great reviews on Amazon.  That goes for The Hidden Flame, too – the second book in the trilogy.  I guess I’m a bit disappointed that I’ve already read the final book in the series but I still look forward to reading the first two.

The third book I received arrived on Friday.  What a way to end the week!  Margaret George sent me an ARC of her upcoming book, Elizabeth I and included a lovely note with it.  The book comes out on April 5th of this year, but you’ll be able to read my review on May 2nd when I’m taking part in the Pump Up Your Book blog tour.  I absolutely adore Margaret George’s books.  Mary Called Magdalene is one of the best books I’ve ever read.