Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Versatile Blogger

Sometime in July, Ms. Ulat at had awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much!

Once you receive this blog award you must share five (5) things about yourself and pass this award on to five (5) other blogs that you have recently goes:
  • I love to read in bed
  • Magazines are an obsession, I can never see to throw them out.
  • I love facebook and spend more time there than I blog.
  • It takes me years (or at least it feels like years) to write one post for my blog thus the reason why my updates are inconsistent.
  • My all-time favourite scene from a movie is when Sandra Bullock does Lil’ Jon’s ‘Get Low’ in The Proposal – it gets me every time and I’ll bawl out laughing with tears in my eyes.  
... and here are the five other blogger’s I’d like to share this award with:

  1. Lina at Fingers-in-the pie
  2. Miss Shy, The Bibliophile’s Journal
  3. Gaby, Oh-My-Books
  4. N.E. Avery, When Pen and Paper Meet
  5. Rashmi at
5    So, with this award let’s hope we’ll get to know five more facts about each of you and that you pass it on to five other people. Thanks again are my inspiration.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Blog Title - Island Girl Reads.......

Hi friends, just a quick note to let you know I have changed my blog from Evys Books to Island Girl Reads.  I feel the latter personifies who I am as a native Jamaican.  I hope I find time to post more often but rest assured, the reading continues.  Smooches.

A Big, Fat 49-Author Contest for My Debut, Take 2

On of the coolest promotions I have ever seen from Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leah which is newly released.  Take a look:

"I know you already know that The Last Will of Moira Leahy releases TODAY in trade paperback, with a lovely new cover and an even lovelier recession-friendly price tag. You’ll be able to find the book at TARGET mid-month, but before then, you’ll hopefully find it at your local bookstore or online. And if you don’t, ask them to order it for you! As with the hardcover release, the first two weeks are the most critical to the success of the run. Early demand means another printing, which creates a positive cycle of more orders and increased visibility in the stores. You know I appreciate your support, and if you don’t, let me tell you again: I really appreciate your help. I appreciate you spreading the word on your own blogs. I appreciate you spreading the word on Facebook. I appreciate you spreading the word on Twitter. And I really appreciate you buying my book and recommending it to your book club. Thank you, thank you! To celebrate the release, *fourty-nine* of my fellow authors have agreed to donate TWO copies of one of their books for a “My Sister and Me” contest on my Facebook Author page. The idea being that if you’re one of the winners, you’ll have a copy of one of these books to keep and another copy to share–with a sister or a friend. Scan down to see the books and read their descriptions; and find links to each of the contributing authors’ websites and, if available, their blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter pages. Please support these authors who are so generously supporting me now.

And then, once you’ve drooled through the list, added these authors to your Twitter feeds and friended them all on Facebook, please go to my Facebook author page, click LIKE it, then follow the simple instructions for entering the contest for a chance to win two copies of one of these books. Want to spread the word? Visit my Facebook page to learn how doing so can earn you extra entries in the contest.

Visit this link to sign up and view the list of books for the give-a-way:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Help, something has changed

I cannot remember how to add a picture to my blog! What's going on??

Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Wells


Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls's no nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town -- riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car ("I loved cars even more than I loved horses. They didn't need to be fed if they weren't working, and they didn't leave big piles of manure all over the place") and fly a plane. And, with her husband Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette's memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds -- against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn't fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa or Beryl Markham's West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix audiences everywhere.

My thoughts:
Loved this book ........ a good read to empower women. The story is told from Lilly's point of view. She is a strong, vibrant who is really "ahead of her time". She was born into a poor family who made their home in a "dug out" on the plains of Arizona. At 15 years, she rode her horse Patches for 28 days to work as a school teacher in a remote village all on her own. From breaking horses at a very young age to flying a twin engine plane in adulthood -- Lilly reminds us that with grit and determination, we can suceed at whatever adversity comes our way as women. What a marvelous book from a Super hats off to Jeaneatte Wells who told the story of her Grandmother so we can all be inspired.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A little something to share with you courtesy of FSB Media.

Hannah's Take: Believe You Can Make a Difference
by Kevin and Hannah Salwen,
Authors of The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

About 111 women die of breast cancer every day in the United States. A million teenagers get pregnant each year. Someone dies every thirty-one minutes because of drunken drivers. I'm not writing this to bum you out. But you might be thinking, There are so many problems, there's no way that I or any one person could solve anything.

When civil-rights activist Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a public bus in 1955, she never dreamed of the impact she would have on millions of lives. "I didn't have any idea just what my actions would bring about," she said years later. "At the time I was arrested I didn't know how the community would react." The reason Ms. Parks didn't get up is that she knew the racist laws were wrong.

Rosa Parks is just one of the thousands of influential people whose actions changed the views of many people today. Think about Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Greg Mortenson, John Woolman, Madame Curie (if you don't know them, check them out; they're all remarkable). Sometimes small acts significantly affect a large group of people. But even when they don't, they can have a big influence, maybe on just one individual.

So don't get discouraged because you can't solve a whole problem alone. As the British philosopher Edmund Burke said, "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little." I know exactly what he was talking about. Before our family project I kept telling myself that no matter how hard I tried or how much money I gave, I would never be able to fully solve any of the world's big problems. When I worked at Café 458, the Atlanta restaurant for homeless men and women, I saw dozens of people come in looking depressed and lonely. But still I didn't see them as individuals, but instead as a group, "the homeless."

Then one day at Café 458 I heard two homeless men talking about a college basketball game that I had watched with my dad the night before. I snapped to the realization that these people are people. How stupid and rude I had been to see them as different from me. I realize now that having that epiphany was a big step for me. In that split second of comprehension, I switched from seeing them as a group of people to viewing them as individuals. When I started seeing people in need as individuals, the problem of homelessness and hunger seemed smaller and I felt like I could make more of a difference. I also started believing that I could help because the problem was on a personal level.


Think of a person from your community who inspires you. Look beyond his or her specific actions to the kind of qualities that person brings to work or volunteer activities. For example, some people are better at creating new programs than at actually putting them into action; other people are doers, ready to take someone else's ideas and run with them. Is that aunt in your family a problem-solver? A good listener? An inspirer?

Now think about your strengths in the same light. If you took your best characteristics out into the world, how could you use them to make a difference? Are you patient? Maybe you would be a good tutor. Are you musical? Maybe you could be playing the guitar at a nursing home (and bringing your family along to sing -- no talent required). We all have gifts the world can use.

The above is an excerpt from the book The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back by Kevin and Hannah Salwen. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2010 Kevin and Hannah Salwen, authors of The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

Author Bios
Kevin Salwen, coauthor of The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back, was reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal for over 18 years. After his tenure at The Wall Street Journal, he started a magazine, Motto. He serves on the board for Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, and works with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Hannah Salwen, coauthor of The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back, will be a junior at the Atlanta Girls' School, where she plays for the varsity volleyball team, and is her grade's representative to the student council. She has been volunteering consistently since the 5th grade at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Cafe 458, among others.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge....2010

The Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge is based on a simple idea--read a book, see a movie based on the book, include both in your review. Whether yours is a book blog or a movie blog, this could be a way to add some spice to your posts, expand your outlook, have some fun. Mostly, have some fun.

You don't have to write full reviews both the movie and the book. You can write a review of one then add a brief paragraph or just a sentence or two about the other at the end.

Here's how to join:

1. Select a challenge level:

Matinee: one book/movie
Double Feature: two books/movies
Saturday Movie Marathon: four books/movies
Film Festival: eight books/movies
Festival Jury Member: ten books/movies

2. Copy and paste the Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge button to your blog. (Optional. If you don't have a blog, you can still sign-up and play along. You can
post reviews here.)

3. Sign up using Mr. Linky at Please list your challenge level in a comment.

4. Get together a list of books/movies that you plan on reviewing. (Optional. You can just see what comes along during the year if you'd rather.)

The challenge will begin on New Year's Day 2010 and will last all year. There will be prizes. You can double count this challenge with any other challenges you're doing in 2010.

Saturday Movie Marathon for me so I will read 4 books, then watch the movies. Here is my selection:

*Their Eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
*Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
*The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
*To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

451 Book Challenge......2010

451 Fridays is based on an idea from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In his novel, a group of people (Bradbury calls them Book People) are trying to keep the ideas found in books alive. Instead of actually saving the books, the Book People each “become” a book – memorizing it, word for word, and passing it down to the next generation.

451 Fridays asks what books you feel passionate about. What book do you think is so important that you would be willing to take on the challenge of “becoming”?

We have compiled an amazing list of books this year in our weekly 451 Fridays posts, and it’s time to start reading them! So, the 451 Challenge was born.

Here is how it will work: between January 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010, participants are challenged to read books on the 451 master list. There will be several levels of participation:

Spark – read 1-2 books from the master list
Ember – read 3-4 books from the master list
Flame - read 5-6 books from the master list
Blaze – read 7 or more books from the master list

Re-reading is acceptable, as are crossovers with other challenges. Audio, print, and e-books are all acceptable. Each month, participants will be encouraged to post their reviews on the challenge blog, and each review posted will be an entry into a grand prize drawing for a $25 gift card to the online bookseller of the winner’s choice.

I am participating in this challenge at the Ember Level so I will read at least 3 of the books listed below. I’m considering these:

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen

Friday, January 1, 2010

The 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

The Library challenge is hosted by J.Kaye over at

1) There are four levels:

*The Mini – Check out and read 25 library books.

*Just My Size – Check out and read 50 library books.

*Stepping It Up – Check out and read 75 library books.

*Super Size Me – Check out and read 100 library books.

(Aim high. As long as you read 25 by the end of 2010, you are a winner.)

2) Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Young Reader – any book as long as it is checked out
from the library count. Checked out like with a library card, not purchased at a
library sale.

3) No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if
you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4) Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5) Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.