Susan Boyle’s Dream


For those of you who have ever judged a book by it’s cover.. for those who’ve ever been surprised by a person who far exceeded your expectations based on nothing but what you saw on the outside.. I invite you to spend a couple of minutes watching this.  I wish I could embed it here, but embedding has been disabled.  Please go watch it.  It brought tears to my eyes and made me vow to be far less judgmental in the future.

Bravo, Susan.  

Now tell the truth.. were you expecting THAT?

Hachette Book Group Giveaway: Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

godsSummary: Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. And they’ve had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees–a favorite pastime of Apollo’s–is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world? — Back Bay Books

What a unique premise for a book.  I can honestly say I’ve never read anything even remotely like THAT before.  It sounds a little bizarro to me- definitely different!  Thanks to Valerie Russo from Hachette Book Group USA, I have up to five copies of GODS BEHAVING BADLY by Marie Phillips to give away here at Books on the Brain.  Not sure if you’re interested?  I was sold on it by watching the author talking about her book on this youtube video.. check it out:

I’ve been authorized by Hachette to give one copy away for every 15 entries I receive (up to five copies.)  All you have to do is leave a comment telling me why you want to win a copy of this book.  Have you always been interested in Greek Gods, do you enjoy wacky, funny books, or do you just find that cover oddly stimulating??  Tell me!

Gods Behaving Badly will be released by Back Bay Books on December 9th.  At 320 pages, it sounds like a quick read and a fun romantic comedy of sorts.  Click HERE for discussion questions and more info on the book and author. 

For a chance to win, leave a comment by November 29th.  Winners announced November 30th.  So sorry, this contest is open to U.S. mailing addresses only — no P.O. boxes.  Good Luck!

Herding Cats and Girl Scouts

I’m taking my Girl Scout troop on an overnight adventure to the beach today.  Keeping track of them all will only be slightly easier than herding cats!

“Anyone can herd cattle.  Holding together ten thousand half-wild shorthairs, that’s another thing altogether..”

Tuesday Thingers and a Singer

From our host The Boston Bibliophile:  So the question this week is- how many books do you have cataloged in your LibraryThing account? How do you decide what to include- everything you have, everything you’ve read- and are there things you leave off?

I only have 116 books in my LT account right now, but I’ve only started adding them in the last couple months. They are books I either own or I’ve read very recently, and I have many more to add.  I pass on many books I’ve read to friends and I donate a lot of books to my local library.  My kids give a lot of their books away too, but for some reason we get far more than we give.  The kids have received bags of books from neighbors with older kids and friends with older siblings. Some people are just book magnets, I suppose, and my girls and I have powerful magnetic fields!  Or maybe it’s just good book karma- what goes around comes around.  Oooo, that reminds me of that Justin Timberlake song I just added to my iPod.  Here’s JT doing his thing- enjoy!  I know I will!


The Office Returns: It’s Getting Hot in Here

The Office is Back!!  Thursday nights are fun again!