Impressive Booksale Today

Today I went to a very impressive booksale at a library here in Montreal, called The Atwater Library.

Every summer the Atwater Library hosts this booksale out on the lawn in front of the library. Along with great book finds you can grab some food from the BBQ set up. We didn’t grab any food but we did grab some great books.

Today was the perfect day for the sale because the weather was fantastic. As you can see the sun was out and it was a some what cool morning weather wise.

Originally I did not plan on attending the booksale because we are into the last week of swimming lessons but when we woke up it was 15 degrees out so we knew that the water would be cold so we skipped on going to the swimming lesson and decided at the last minute to attend the Atwater Booksale.

I quickly got a hold of to find out the details and in the end I decided that I would just drive to Tina’s and park in front of her building and we hopped on the metro and headed downtown.

We weren’t there long when we met up with Lucy already had an armfull of books when we saw her. She had already picked up some great books.

We all sorta of spread out and were looking around and picking up books. It was once I was near the table to pay when I over heard the lady asking the guy in front of me where did he get those children books and when I realized that there was another table I headed over there. Well this table was full of Young Adult books and many of them were brand new 2011 and 2010.

There was this really nice and super friendly guy manning the ya table and all the proceeds from the sale of those books were going to the Montreal Children’s Library.Well let me tell you that between Lucy and myself we made a huge dent into the table we grabbed all kinds of books from there. I think we made the guys day, we even had him laughing.

He also let us into a little secret that there was more books in the basement and with a little begging and pleading a nice lady who worked there let us into the inner layers of the library. This was literally book heaven for us. It smelled of books and despite the heat down there we walked away with some more books.

I want to thank the super nice lady (Anne or Anna sorry not sure of the name) who graciously got me a tote bag when she realized how many books I had bought. I came home with 25 books all under $20 Canadian. (The total retail value was well over $400)

After that we all headed over to the mall’s food court for drinks and thankfully Tina suggested pictures so here are mine:

Lucy, Michael and myself with all our book purchases.

I managed to convince Tina to join us in the picture and thanks to our little photographer Michael for  taking this picture.

I think we took the pictures after we had eaten and drank. I love getting to meet up with friends who share the same things  with me and not all our conversations are about books 🙂

It was a great morning spent at the booksale with some great bookbloggers and some great books.

Without further hesitation here is a little vlog I made with the books I bought. Please excuse any construction sounds you might hear in the back ground but the lovely city (not) is doing all kinds of construction behind my house and I was trying to wait for them to finish up for the day but it seems like they are extending the hours and working earlier (6.30am) and longer into the evening.

-The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
-The Hunt of the Unicorn by C.C Humphreys
-The Anti-prom by Abby McDonald
-Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund (book 2)
-Love, Inc by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout
-I so don’t do spooky by Barrie Summy (book 2)
-I so don’t do makeup by Barrie Summy (book 3)
-The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood with the Duchess of Northumberland (book 1)
-The beautiful between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
-Fall for Anything by courtney Summers
-Cinderella Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan
-The lighter side of life and death by C.K Kelly Martin
-Recipe for Disaster by Maureen Fergus
-My So-Called Death by Stacey Jay
-The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon by Sara Beitia
-Ice Rose by Alison Neuman
-Old Photographs by Sherie Posesorski
-Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
-Gimme a call by Sarah Mlynowski
-Department 19 by Will Hill
-Codemaster book 1 by Marvin Miller
-The book of Cards for Kids by Gail MacColl
-Card Games for Little Kids by Gail MacColl
-Ali Bongo’s Book of Magic
-Top Secret Personal Beeswax A journal by Junie B. and myself
-Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers by Louise Rennison

Tina gave Michael The Complete Book of Chess Strategy by IM Jeremey Silman

Lucy gave me two books (RAK) and they were Hexbound and Firespell by Chloe Neill along with a beautiful little card and inside the books were two bookmarks. Thanks Lucy. Can’t wait to read them now.

Thanks ING Direct for the pen.

To find out more about the sale be sure to check and to see what they had to say about it.

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Local Blogger Meet Up & Books Bought

Today (Saturday) I met up with Tina who blogs over at Bookshipper. We went out for breakfast at a little spot that is super close to Tina’s apartment.

We talked about BEA, books, blogs and so much more that was and wasn’t related to books and our blogs.

After we had breakfast we did a quick exchange of books (a book and magazines in Tina’s case) in my car. I managed to come home with:

From Tina:
-Viral by Alex Van Tol
-The 9th Judgement by James Patterson
-Leap by Jodi Lundgren
-The Break Up Diaries #1 by Ni-Ni Simone & Kelli London
-Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Tina returned my copy of RSVP by Helen Warner. I had lent this to Tina in April hoping she would enjoy the book.

After we exchange books we headed to the church (the one I was married in which is pictured in this post) to check out the church sale and sadly after looking around I didn’t find anything to buy. This is where Tina and I parted and I headed home.

Then after having supper with my mother we stopped in at chapters on the way home and I managed to get a few books for Mother’s Day. Thankfully I had the 25% off coupon with me and money from my mother so here is what I bought. Well actually what I was given:

-Royally Crushed by Niki Burnham (This is a bind up with three stories in it)
-Shift by Jerri Smith Ready
-From This Moment On by Shania Twain

It was a great day. I enjoyed meeting up with Tina this morning and hoping to do this again perhaps next month.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone.

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Author(s) Meet Up and Books Bought/Give Away

Today I got the chance to see Catherine McKenzie author of Spin and Arranged. She was at my local Chapters signing Arranged (her newest novel) and Spin.

Its always nice to meet up with a local author and one I have worked with. I enjoy Catherine’s books and I love being able to show case her and her books.

It was great talking to Catherine. She informed me about the Harper Collins Canada March Madness contest. Every year they run this event and you are asked to vote on books in each category. I believe I am able to vote but I can’t enter the contest because you guessed it, its void here in Quebec and valid only in Canada.

Catherine told me that Spin (38%) is up against Water for Elephants (62%). Also included in that is The Day The Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan, Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen, Alice I think by Susan Juby, Wonderous Strange by Lesley Livingston, Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill, The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Some pretty great Canadians in that first round. If you get the chance why not head over and vote and show your support to some great authors. I know I just did.

The overall previous winners were: 2008 Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, 2009 The judas Strain by James Rollins and 2010 Getting the Girl by Susan Juby.

Catherine also mentioned how some US bloggers are inquiring about getting both her books and you can order them through and To save on shipping you could order both books.

Spin Amazon
Spin Chapters

Arranged Amazon
Arranged Chapters

Giveaway Time!!

Of course Catherine graciously signed my ARC of Arranged and I bought a copy of Arranged (the above pic) and its signed by Catherine and I am giving it away to one lucky winner.

All you have to do is fill in the form:

-Open to Canadian and US mailing addresses only (Sorry about that but shipping can get expensive to mail elsewhere)
-Valid mailing address no PO Boxes.
-Contest is open until March 2nd Wednesday.
-One entry per person.

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An Awesome Author Event (+ Books Bought)

If you remember a little while ago I mentioned I was going to see Mo Willems with Michael. Well today was the day. Michael was super excited and constantly kept asking if it was time to go yet and not to forget his book to get signed.

Which I did remember to put in my purse and he did get it signed.

We were shocked when we walked in to the book store because the place was packed and they were handing out numbers for what group you would be in when he signed the books. I was in group number two. Not exactly sure how many were in each group and we were only allowed to have one non bought book signed (meaning if it wasn’t bought at Babar you were allowed only one)

Going to author events like this I like to support the store (especially this great indie bookstore near me) and the author so I bought:

Some how Michael also managed to convince us to get him:

If you have read his Knuffle Bunny books you will recognize this as the Knuffle Bunny. This is his new best friend.

Sadly while I was stuck in line paying for the books and the Knuffle Bunny, Mo began his readings, which Michael was down stairs to listen (and he got a great spot in front thanks to the staff who made sure all the kids could see Mo) and I forgot to give my camera to him so I don’t have any recordings from this event. Which is really to bad because I did get to hear him and he is awesome. He is very animated and into his books.

He read:

This isn’t my video I found it on YouTube but I thought I would share this so you can see exactly what he is like when he is doing a reading.

He was amazing with the kids and after he each story he would allow a mini Q&A and he always had a funny story and/or comment. One question that was asked was something about writting and his books and he said “One word–Mortgage!” The adults laughed at this one.

This is only my second children’s author book event and it was hands down the very best. Mo was amazing with his readings and after wards with the signings. He took the time to speak with each person and allowed photographs to be taken (minus the flash photography which was his request) and Michael was great with him answering all his questions. Plus we got to see who the real Trixie was.

If you are looking for some great children books I have to suggest Mo Willems books. We love then and since meeting Mo we have decided that we will slowly build our collection up.

Here are some pics from the signing:

This is in line and Mo trying to guess what Michael’s name was.

Mo signing Michael’s books. With the signature was a little drawing he did.

Mo graciously posed with us for this picture.

Thanks to Mo (who I hope might read this) for coming to our little corner of the world (and it didn’t rain this time) and to Babar Books for organizing this fantastic event.

BTW MO told me he was going to be at BEA again so if you get the chance stop and say hi.

Here is an article (interview) about Mo that our local newspaper The Montreal Gazette did on Saturday with him.

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Hapy Valentine’s Day

I hope all my readers had a good Valentine’s Day today. It was a quiet day and evening here. We went out last night for supper and I have to say I am glad we did because the roads aren’t very nice out there now. We had some rain and snow today making for slippery roads.

I thought I would share the books we got this Valentine’s Day.

I got The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore.

From Michael I got The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa.

For Michael he got:
Geronimo Stilton: Watch Your Whiskers, Stilton #17. I had bought a duplicate of one of Geronimo’s other books so we exchanged it for this one.

Geronimo Stilton: Surf’s Up, Geronimo #20 was a gift from his grandmother.

Geronimo Stilton: The Secret of Cacklefur Castle #22

Geronimo Stilton: The Mummy With No Name #26

Geronimo Stilton: Dinosaurs in Action # 7. This is a graphic novel.

Funny enough Michael has read the graphic novel and is looking forward to an eigth one. He enjoys reading them. Thankfully the book store had the Geronimo Stilton books we needed and Michael is set for a little while now. His collection is now up to # 27.

What did you get this Valentine’s Day? Chocolate? Flowers?

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Local Book Blogger Meet Up (December) and My Birthday


It feels so long ago since I did a monthly meet up. Actually its been since October I believe because we didn’t do a meet up in November.

In attendance this month was Tina from BookShipper, Avis from She Reads and Reads, Linda from Better With Books and myself. Unfortunately Donna from BooksBound, Amanda from Tales and Treats and Laura from Library of Clean Reads weren’t able to attend and they were missed.

We were a little more subdue this time around but none the less we all had fun. We talked about Christmas and what our plans were, books, blogs and a whole lot more. We talked between sips of great drinks ( I had a pot of spicy hot apple and two pots of hot chocolate) and I ended up having the three cheese plate and carrot cake (that was my birthday cake).


The above picture is the new tea pot with two cups I bought as a birthday gift for myself along with a bag of hot chocolate. The cups and tea pot are black and white and inside the pot is a strainer that fits the pot. I have already broke them in with a nice pot of hot chocolate.


I managed to come home with an ARC of Girl Parts by John M. Cusick from Avis (thank You), a copy of the magazine Book News & Crescendo (I ended up lending this to a teenager that we know who wanted to read it but couldn’t afford to buy it, hoping I get it back) from Tina and the Chapters gift card was a gift from Linda.

Looking forward to seeing the group again in January and hopefully I will have some more books to offer up.

Also today is my birthday. I turned the big 4-0.  I am happy I got to spend the day that way I wanted to and what better way then with friends and books.

When I came home I was taken out for supper and I got some great presents which are all books as you can see from this picture:


  • Wolf Fever by Terry Spear (I am loving this series!)
  • The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
  • Eternal and Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith (I just had to have these ones because we both share the same name, not the middle name of course)
  • The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin (not pictured)
  • Happy Birthday Bad Kitty & Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel (some how Michael managed to convince my husband that he needed to get two books as well)(not pictured either)

    Thankfully we had some discount coupons to apply to this purchase that we thought we should redeem before we forgot about them otherwise I don’t think I would have gotten that many books.

Happy Holidays everyone.

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Scholastic Book Fair 2010


scholastic book fair 1

This is Michael’s third and last year at his present school. The building he is in is called the junior building and it holds kindergartens to grade two (roughly 250+ students) and then he moves to the senior building which holds the grade threes to grade sixes.

This is the first year that the Scholastic Book Fair was held at the junior building (last year it was at the senior school and it was a bust, poorly organized and quite a few upset kids and parents) and I have to say I think the one this year was a huge success.

I volunteered to work this one and of course I couldn’t help but pick up a few goodies while I was there helping out.  I am lucky enough to put three of the books away for Christmas as Michael didn’t really see them all.


Here is what I picked up:

  • The Adventures of Daniel Boom aka Loud Boy (book three) by D.J Steinberg and Illustrated by Brian Smith
  • Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front door by Nick Bruel
  • Thea Stilton and the Secret City (Michael actually saw this and wanted it)
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Zany at the Zoo (this was because Michael did a fantastic job on his report card)
  • No Room at the Inn: The Nativity Story by Jean M.Malone and Illustrated by Bryan Lango
  • Spongebob Squarepants Comic Crazy (which isn’t pictured)
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