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Dirty Books For The Ladies – What To Read After Fifty Shades

2nd May 2012

So I read Fifty Shades and blogged about it, but then at this point, who hasn’t.

More importantly, look how handsome Christian is:


Anyway, after much thought, I decided to read other dirty books for research purposes. Ahem.

Someone has to do it.

I’ve also been reading Angie’s blog (she’s an addict, yo) and her posts about her “smut” recommendations gave me some great suggestions on where to start.

Here’s what I’ve read so far:

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice 

This is a trilogy but I’ve only read the first to date. I refer to this book as “medieval crazy, sexy time naked slavery”.  It’s actually a good read, and very well written – definitely plan to read the other two books in the trilogy. These are considered the high quality erotica for you erotica snobs out there.

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Bared to You is actually kind of similar to Fifty Shades except that it’s much better written. The main characters are Ava (she’s one thousand times less annoying than Anastasia) and Gideon Cross (yes, another rich hot dude – see photo above) and who doesn’t want to sleep with a rich dude named Gideon, seriously. READ IT.

Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph

This one is DIRTY with a capital D. You’ll need to take breaks where you rub your eyeballs with kittens and rainbows to even out the nasty. It is going to make you squirmy and not in a good way. It’s good but really, really bad. Yes, I am a professional book reviewer – why do you ask?

Caressa’s Knees by Annabel Joseph

This is another book (meant to be read second) that features some of the characters from Comfort Object, however the similarities end there. It’s actually pretty good but not as depraved as Comfort Object. And it features classical music and a cello so it will make you cultured – in a dirty way.

Odalisque by Annabel Joseph

Another book (meant to be read third) featuring some of the characters of the other two books by Annabel Joseph. It’s VERY different from the other two again and it’s crazy time in terms of how far fetched it is in parts but I’m pretty sure that’s a prerequisite in these books. I did enjoy it however.

Mercy by Annabel Joeph

Hated it – it involves a ballerina, and I’m sorry but ballerinas have no place in lady smut. BECAUSE THEY’RE BALLERINAS!!!

Captive by Leda Swann

This should be called BORED TO TEARS because that’s how I felt reading it.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Seriously, I couldn’t even get through this one. I might try again but if I have to work hard (no pun intended) to get through it, I’m out.

Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn

I actually really liked this one because it’s more story than dirty and it involves tattoo parlours and good girls and who doesn’t love that combination.


Honestly, books considered lady porn (and please stop calling it mommy porn – mommies can’t claim EVERYTHING) are a quick read, ironically. They take me a day to read and by day, I mean maybe three hours or so. Books tend to be a quick read when there isn’t that much to process – dirty things are happening, turn the page.

Also, something I’ve learned about Erotica books in general:

  • Every single one ends with a happy ending. Every single one.
  • “I’m yours” is in every book and something you should never say to your husband or he’ll expect you to do what he wants.
  • A lot of rich dudes are really sick when it comes to what rocks their socks.
  • If you read too many of these books in a row, you might dream of Thor and how cute your Thor babies will be.


So while I continue my research, I would love to know if you’ve read any of these? Any suggestions on what I should read next?

MailaTale – A Review

23rd April 2012

I first heard about Mailataile (Mail a Tale – love the cute name) on Twitter, and immediately thought it was a genius idea.

There are so many monthly subscription programs out there – from makeup to food and wine – so I thought one that focuses on books and kids was really fantastic.

For a monthly fee of $28.95 CDN (Yes, it’s a Canadian company!), each month, your child will receive 2-3 books (of full retail value) that have been hand picked for your child. When you subscribe, you fill in a detailed form about your child, their age, their likes and what types of books you’re looking for. This form is then used to make sure each of the monthly packages you receive is tailored to your child.

The packages focus on children aged up to 10 years of age, and may include paperback and/or hardback books .

I was lucky enough to receive a package to review, for my five year old daughter.

It was a surprise for her, so she was thrilled when I told her she had received very special mail.

<——— This is the face of a happy, smiling child who loves to read!

Inside the package which had been wrapped carefully and finished off with a Mailatale sticker, was a card with the month’s theme. March’s theme was “Be Yourself” and it said, “This month we celebrate all the things that make you – you.”

All three books we received then held to that theme of being yourself – such a great touch I thought.

The card also had a handwritten hello to my daughter, which made her feel very special.

The March books we received were:

Splat the Cat Sings Flat by Rob Scotton (paperback) – $4.99

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts (paperback) – $8.00

Piggy Bunny by Rachel Vail (hardback) – $16.99

As you can see, the books received equal what you pay each month, and with free shipping, you get exactly what you pay for.

The five year old loved all the books and we’ve read all three several times since.

Of course, there is a chance that you may receive a book that you already have – personally, I think these “doubles” are a great way to add to your gift closet since there are so many kids’ birthdays throughout the year. Or you can always pass it along to a friend, or donate it to your school library.

I just think this is a wonderful way to share the love of reading with your children, in a special way, each and every month.

I’m happy to rave about it because it’s just a wonderful idea. I’m glad I discovered them!

You can find Mailatale on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

The Hunger Games Trilogy – A Lazy Review

2nd March 2012

Ok, so I, like every other person on the planet have read The Hunger Games trilogy.

Sort of.

Here’s my lazy, very short, not much of a review at all, review.

Book One: The Hunger Games

  • Super Fantastic, great premise, likeable characters and whatever else I need to tell you to convey that this thing is one enjoyable read. If you’re near a beach, that much better.
  • You won’t be able to put the thing down.
  • You’ll read it in a day if you ignore your children, housework and the telephone. (Not in that order)
  • I read it in a day.
Book Two: Catching Fire
  • Really good but not super fantastic.
  • A bit of a slow start but picks up and becomes a can’t put it down after about the third chapter.
  • Its slow start allows you to get some dishes done, possibly some laundry. The children might even get fed.
  • I read it in a few days.

Book Three: Mockingjay

  • Not remotely super fantastic.
  • I’ll be honest, I’m still trying to finish this one – it is kind of, really boring compared to the first two.
  • I almost prefer doing laundry than reading this book.
  • Thankfully, I borrowed this from my lovely and understanding girlyfriend, because I’ve had it FOREVER.
  • I plan on finishing Mockingjay at some point. Currently being used as a paperweight.

I will say that despite my sheer boredom re: book three, I am super excited about seeing the movie, which comes out this month, March 23rd!!

Here’s a clip!

What did you think of the books? Will you see the movie?….Can you pick me up? I need a movie date.

Beginners – A Great Movie

8th January 2012

Oh, Hi.

I’m back. I took a wee break, to recover from pneumonia and enjoy the holidays with my people.

I hope you missed me.

Anywho, during the holidays  I had a chance to do some reading:

The Hunger Games which was fantastic, despite being something I wouldn’t normally read. I’m almost done Catching Fire and really enjoying that as well. I really recommend them if you’re looking for something to read.

I also watched several flicks, including:

Jane Eyre – I’ve seen every version of this Jane Austen book and the latest is a great one. Mia Wasikowska (Jane) is fantastic, Judy Dench is divine (as always) and Michael Fassbender (Mr. Rochester) is perfection. I’ve never seen Michael Fassbender before, but it is damn near impossible not to fall in love with him in this movie. If you love a great period movie, this one is a must see.

Limitless – I started watching this one with the husband, but got distracted and missed half the movie. What I did see was great, and the husband really liked it. Also, Bradley Cooper is in it, so there’s that.

Beginner’s – If you’re fan of quirky, different movies, this one is a must see. It stars Ewan MacGregor and Christopher Plummer who are both SO good  and perfectly cast. This movie is funny and smart and really well done. GREAT rental!!

Oh, and if you love quirky movies, two others that come to mind are The Royal Tenenbaums (one of my all-time favs) and 500 Days of Summer.

And the husband bought me an iPad 2 for Christmas. Did I mention that I love the husband.

How were your holidays?? Did you read or see anything worth sharing??


27th November 2011

I LOVE DK Canada books. They have a great selection for the entire family – from beautiful coffee table books to unique educational books, they’ve got it all. My son especially loves all their Star Wars and Lego titles. I also really enjoy their titles that can teach the kids about new cultures and history, animals and science in a fun, colorful way.

I thought I would share some of my favorite titles. Make sure to check them out online if you’re doing some Holiday shopping – right now they have 30% off many titles for a limited time!!

(If you have a Star Wars fan at home, there are TONS of Star Wars books on the DK Canada site that would make great gifts!)

Lego fans will LOVE all the DK Canada Lego titles – my son ADORES these, and loves the latest title The Lego Ideas.


Again, MANY of these titles are currently on sale on the DK Canada site for 30% and there is free shipping right now for purchases over $50!! So make sure you check them out for the book lovers in your life!!

 Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this post – I just love books, and happily share the love.

An Advent Calendar For The Whole Family

23rd November 2011

In the past few years, we’ve been buying Playmobil advent calendars for the kids, and although we LOVE them, we needed something new this year. I did buy both kids the Kinder advent calendars, but they usually forget to eat the chocolates after about day four (this makes my husband VERY happy). Then I happened upon a tweet from @OhMommy, who saw this fab idea for a Book Advent Calendar on a blog called MADE (this is one gorgeous blog – you must check it out) and I knew I had my new family advent calendar.

Being  a huge book fan, I immediately fell in love with this idea. I just think this is such a wonderful idea that the entire family can enjoy together.

So how does the whole thing work? It’s lovely in its simplicity.

You need 25 Christmas/Holiday books, you wrap them individually, and each night (I plan to do it at night for our nightly bedtime story), you unwrap one to read together. It’s really that simple.

So, I started off by looking around the house to find all the holiday/Christmas books we currently owned. I was able to find about 12 books that I thought would appeal to both my five and seven year old.

In need of 13 more, I went out and looked at Homesense & Winners (the Canadian equivalent to TJ Maxx), Chapters and also online at TheBookDepository.com (my first time using them, but they ship to Canada for FREE!). I was able to find eight more great ones in stores and ordered the five last ones I needed online.

Next thing to do is wrap them all individually – it really doesn’t take that long (Chapters wrapped the five I purchased there for free as well – thank you Chapters!). I’m hoping the five I’ve ordered will be here by early next week, so we’ll be all set to go by December 1st. I also plan to number each wrapped book so that I can ensure that the much beloved ones (like Charlie Brown Christmas and The Grinch) can be the last two we read.

Here are the books that will be in our Book Advent Calendar this year:

Can’t wait until December1st!!
Do you use advent calendars to countdown to Christmas?? Would love to hear about them!!

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer – Giveaway!

9th June 2011

Last month I blogged about the new movie Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer movie (based on the Judy Moody books!) which had a really cute, exclusive clip attached to it – I’ve added it below so you can check it out if you like.

To celebrate the opening of the movie tomorrow, June 10, 2011, I have a great giveaway to announce!

One lucky winner will win A Kids Night Out: Dinner & A Movie package valued at $100 U.S. –  including $50 of Fandango Movie Bucks and a $50 Red Robin gift card.

Here’s How to Enter:


Please leave a comment below containing something Judy Moody might say (this will help)!!


  • This giveaway will run from today, June 9 until Thursday, June 16, 2011.
  • The winner will be chosen using random.org
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only – SORRY my lovely Canadian friends!

Check out the exclusive clip – this movie looks super cute:

Tina Fey’s Mother’s Prayer for its Daughter

31st May 2011

I adore Tina Fey – Greek girls REPRESENT!!

Her new book, BossyPants, is hilarious – and if you haven’t read this letter to her daughter yet, you are missing out.

The Mother’s Prayer for its Daughter

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered,

May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half

And stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her

When crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the nearby subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock N’ Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance.

Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes

And not have to wear high heels.

What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.

Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long,

For Childhood is short — a Tiger Flower blooming

Magenta for one day —

And Adulthood is long and Dry-Humping in Cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever,

That she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers

And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister,

Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends,

For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord,

That I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 a.m., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.

“My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck.

“My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental note to call me. And she will forget.

But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.


Book Review – Adopted Ed

30th November 2010

In celebration of National Adoption Month, I recently received a copy of the children’s book Adopted Ed by Darren Maddern (illustrations by Erin Fusco) to review.

Adopted Ed is the story of a little boy named Eddie, who is adopted, and because he’s “different”, he experiences bullying at school. With the support of his parents, he’s able to get through it, and when he gets older and feels a void from not knowing his birth parents, his adoptive parents help him through that too.

I chose to review this book, because adoption is close to my heart as my husband was actually adopted as a baby. I thought this book would be a great story to share with my children, as a way to better understand adoption and what it means to a child, and their dad.

I thought this book was a really sweet story. From the illustrations (which were simple but perfectly coupled to the story), to the rhyming and overall message of the book, it is sure to be enjoyed by anyone who reads it.

My kids really enjoyed it, as did I, and there were some sections that really stood out for me. Personally, I loved when he confronted his bully, who was picking on him because he was adopted and “different”, by saying, “MY PARENTS CHOSE ME, YOURS  WERE STUCK WITH YOU.”

I also really loved the pages (to the left) that read, “So whether you’re Chinese, African or even from Spain, an adopted child is a gift just the same.”

At the end of the story, the author includes a section about famous people who are adopted, including everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Nelson Mandela. I thought it was a great way to end the book, and underline the message that being different can make the person that much more special. Being different is ok and wonderful, and not something to be embarassed or sad about. Being different is something to be celebrated, as Eddie says in the end, So puff out your chest, and say it out loud, “I’m Adopted, I’m Special!” and stand very proud.

I think this would be a perfect book to share with children and families that have experiences with adoption, while also a lovely story with adorable illustrations, entertaining and empowering for children of any age.

You can find Adopted Ed on Amazon – please check it out and support Darren Maddern, a first-time author!!

You can also find Adopted Ed at AdoptedEd.comTwitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book to review from One2One Network – my review in my own.

Little One Books – Review and Giveaway

13th November 2010

Little One Books is a new online book store based in Seattle, offering books, cds and dvds to children up to the age of five. The store was started by Barry Cohen and Joan McCoy, grandparents who wanted to provide a place where other grandparents, and parents could come, to find a selection that has been handpicked and rated personally by their staff – as their tagline says, “Chosen with care.” You can shop by product, and also by age, which makes it so much easier to find what is appropriate based on the developmental stage the child happens to be in.

Little One Books contacted me and offered me a children’s book to review, as an opportunity to promote their new site. I was happy to do it, because I am a book lover, and especially a children’s book lover, and this site really makes me feel like I’m hanging out in a neighbourhood bookshop.

I requested a copy of the much adored Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes to review for this giveaway. Both of my kids first heard this book read to them by their Kindergarten teacher on their first day of school. When they opened the package from Little One Books, they both yelled out how they knew the book and really enjoyed it. I have to agree with them – I adore this book. It is the sweetest story about a little mouse named Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum loves her name and feels so special because of it. However, the other little mice at school don’t agree – they tease her relentlessly. So she go homes every day, feeling defeated and hating her name. That is until she meets Mrs. Twinkle. If I tell you anymore, I will ruin it for you, so I won’t. I will say that I love everything about this book – it’s sweet, the illustrations are perfect and it has a lovely message.

Little One Books is offering one of my readers a $25 gift certificate to spend on their site!!

How to Enter:

Please go and check out Little One Books, and let me know what you would spend your $25 g.c. on in a comment below! That’s your entry! Make sure you also leave your email or Twitter handle, so that I can contact you if you win!


*Open to U.S. and Canadian residents*

*This giveaway ends FRIDAY, November 19th, 2010*

GOOD LUCK and enjoy checking out their site. You can also find Little One Books on Twitter and Facebook!


UPDATE: The Winner of the giveaway, as determined by RANDOM.ORG is #6 – Chris @Book_Dads – CONGRATS!

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