Wednesday, April 15, 2015

12 Things About Melissa of Chick Lit Central & A Giveaway

“12 Things about Melissa A (from Chick Lit Central)”
a.k.a. The Book Fairy


Marlene invited me to visit Book Mama today, and she is over at Chick Lit Central. Her latest idea for her blog posts is "12 Things." It seems like coming up with these items is easier for her than me, so just humor me a bit! There's something in it for you, as I have some fun items to give away to a lucky US winner. (Marlene is doing an international giveaway though, so stop on by my blog and enter that giveaway if you live outside of the US.)

I'm thrilled that CLC and Book Mama are blog sisters. We're a great match and we have fun planning posts together. Marlene is a wonderful woman and I'm thankful to have her as a friend!



1. The first time I started a book group online was a V.C. Andrews fan club in 1996. I still talk with some of the people who originally joined.
2. My favorite sport is bowling and I met my husband because of it.
3. My twitter handle (@eema2emma) is because eema means mom in Hebrew and "EMMA" is my three kids' first initials and our last initial.
4. I've lived in the Chicago suburbs for most of my life and have only been in the DC area for the past five and a half years. I feel like I was meant to live here though.
5. I have a personal blog where I like to talk about fun memories, pop culture, religious stuff, etc. I have a blog post for just about any topic that someone brings up.
6. When I'm not taking care of my kids, blogging, or reading, I work at a non-profit. I've been there for over five years and love it.
7. I love Broadway musicals. I usually find myself singing songs from those the most.
8. I could spend hours in my favorite thrift store if someone let me. I have found some cool "treasures" that way. (Mostly CDs and DVDs I really wanted, but still....)
9. My first job, aside from babysitting, was working the takeout section of my favorite Chinese restaurant.
10. Unlike Marlene, I am not a coffee drinker at all. I love tea and hot cocoa though! And I do have some favorite mugs too.
11. The first book I ever received for review at CLC was The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen.
12. At my office, I'm most famous for having a huge basket of chocolate by my desk. No one can resist! 

Connect with Melissa at:
*Chick Lit Central:

*Merrylandgirl (my personal blog):

*My personal Twitter account

Also, be sure to head over to Chick Lit Central and check out my “12 Things About Marlene” interview.  I also have a fun prize pack full of some of my favorite things.  Be sure to enter!  xoxo

Here's what I'm giving away:
Some of my favorite snacks, along with my favorite tea
Two Sarah Pekkanen novels since she was the first author to take a chance on Chick Lit Central.
One of my favorite movies (have some tissues handy!!!)
One of my favorite products that will make your life easier.
A few other fun things.
US ONLY



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48 comments:

  1. The last book I read is an ARC for Kaira Rouda's The Billionaire's Bid. Yes, I would recommend it.

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    1. I really enjoyed the posts today on your blog and Chick Lit Central. This is an excellent idea.

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  2. The book I am currently reading is Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. I love it. I am nearly done. The book I read just before that was Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting and it is one of the best books I've ever read. Can't begin to tell you how much I loved all of the characters, even though all of them were not sweethearts. I will read anything she writes in the future for sure!

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    1. i have "walking.." on my shelf. thanks for letting me know how good it is!

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  3. The last book I read was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I loved it and would highly recommend it

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  4. I just read Those Girls by Chevy Stevens on about a day and a half...and that's with working those days too! I won an ARC from Goodreads...so glad I did. I just couldn't put it down. It's definitely not chick lit, but I loved it anyway. It was very suspenseful and dark...my heart was pounding while I was reading sometimes!

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  5. The last book I read was "Sweet Forgiveness" by Lori Nelson Spieldman. I had an Arc (digital form). It is being released June 2nd. I loved it! It kept me engaged all throughout the book and I she'd a few tears.

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    1. I so love that tote bag of yours...so my style!

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    2. I used my daughter's bag and put pictures of books on it. LOL! It was for a Purim costume.
      I have Sweet Forgiveness and am even more excited to read it now. :)

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  6. The last book I read was The Stranger by Harlan Coben and yes, I recommend it. :)

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  7. I read This quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof..."I highly recommend her books.

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  8. The Perfume Garden which was memorable and unforgettable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven! YES!

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  10. Murder by the Minutes by Jennifer Vido--I'd recommend it. It's a cozy mystery.
    Denise

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  11. I read Susan Mallery's Girls from Mischief Bay and yes, I'd recommend it.

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    1. I loved it too. Still thinking about it!

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  12. I just got done with AT The Water's Edge by Sara Gruen and I would recommend it. It was a great book.

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  13. Debbie Macombers cedar cove series,,love thos books

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  14. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was excellent

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  15. I just finished The Day We Met by Rowan Coleman and I would highly recommend it! It wasn't at all what I expected but that was a pleasant surprise. I ugly cried more than once!

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    1. I look forward to reading it too. I need to go back and read Runaway Wife, as well.

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  16. Last book - Torn Asunder by Alana Terry - yes, I would recommend it (not as good as her other two but still very good).

    The first time I started a book group online was a V.C. Andrews fan club in 1996.
    I used to read her! I think I have read at least 3 series.

    I love Broadway musicals.
    I love musicals too. I actually saw Cats on Broadway in NYC!

    I am not a coffee drinker at all.
    Oh sorry, coffee is my favorite food!

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    1. You definitely have a lot in common with Marlene, based on what you wrote on my blog. :) Coffee included!
      I've seen Wicked, In the Heights, Drowsy Chaperone, Lion King, and Company on Broadway.
      Which V.C. Andrews series did you read?

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  17. Currently reading Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne, Well written bout the life of Stonewall Jackson.. Not a quick ready has over 650 pages.

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  18. I just read the book 'Original Sin' by Tasmina Perry. It was amazing. It was like 680 pages long but it kept my interest the whole way through. I would definitely recommend it.

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  19. I just finished THE DAY WE MET by Rowan Coleman. It is heartbreaking, heartwarming, humorous, and the story of a woman who seems to finally have it all dealing with a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

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    1. Now I REALLY need to read this one. :) Two recos in one post!

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  20. New Uses For Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick and Senseless Acts of Beauty by Lisa Verge Higgins. I loved them both.

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  21. archers voice is still my fav to recommend

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  22. The Far End of Happy (ARC) was the last book I've read that I would recommend.

    bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

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  23. The last book I read was James Patterson's Toys. I really liked it - but then I like almost all of his books.

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  24. the shadows by JR Ward

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  25. I just read Jessie Humbphrie's Killing Ruby Rose #1 and Resisting Ruby Rose #2, the first two of a series. I got them at the library...not likely I would buy these for myself. I did enjoy them...they were different. The story line was not very believable but I did read on to see what would happen next in Ruby Rose's unlikely life.

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  26. I read a novella Cupid's Error. I really liked it. Yes, I would recommend it.

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  27. All the Difference by Kaira Rouda. I really enjoyed it!

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    1. i haven't read that one yet. thanks for the reco!

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  28. The last book I read was "the Fault in our Stars" by John Green. I would recommend this love story to anyone who needs a good heart felt love story.

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    1. i read it and saw the movie last year. great writing.

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  29. I just finished The Magician's Lie by Greer MacAllister and I definitely would recommend it! I honestly wish I could start it over for the 1st time, it was THAT good! Some thrills, love, a little magic, what more could a book nerd ask for? You won't be disappointed when you read and finish Greer's debut novel! :)

    fishiegirl22@yahoo.com

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    1. I have it but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

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  30. What a fun contest! I LOVE all of the favorite things! :)

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  31. I'm currently reading One Night Denied by Jodi Ellen Malpas! I would definitely recommend any of her books!!

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  32. Reading Chronicles of Narnia! Highly recommend!

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