Weekend Question: Why Do You Read and Owl of the Week

I’ve been looking for something simple to do on the weekends, and after reading a post that really hit home about showing your followers who you are and letting YOU shine through on your blog, I thought this would be a great addition to my week.  What is this?  It’s the Weekend Question hosted by Cleverly Inked.  
Each weekend she poses a question, and we share the answer with our readers.  It’s a great way to for us bloggers to get to know a bit more about each other.  
Hope you like it, and if you want to play along, visit Cleverly Inked.
This weekend’s Question:

With so many hobbies and tons of activities the can easily fill more then one life time, why do you read?


You know I’ve thought about that question a lot, and sometimes that answer is “Why do I breathe?”.  For me reading has always been as important, as part of my life, as natural as breathing.  I’ve spent time reading, large amounts of time, for as long as I can remember.  I was THAT girl in high school that always had a book with me.  That was excited about having reading days in English.  It’s just a part of me. 

But I guess there is more of an answer than that.  I read because I love getting caught up in the story and lives of the characters. I read because it can take me places I’ll never go.  I read because it teaches me.  I read because sometimes it makes me feel less alone in what I’m going through.  It just has always been a comfort to me in some way – in a way I can’t fully put into words.  But you know how sometimes when you’re feeling out-of-sorts or sad or lonely, so you curl up in a blanket to feel safe, or eat that food that makes you feel like you’re home again – that’s what reading feels like to me.  Always has.

Ok hope that wasn’t too touchy-feelly 🙂  So what about you?

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And, um, I thought I’d sneak in another old favorite of mine – the Owl of the Week!  Don’t you all miss it???? Ok here he is:



This adorable Owl Slippers!!!! Check out the Etsy store that sells them,The Little Pea Shoppe.    

Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!
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Monday Cover Merriment

I love book covers, and I love sharing them. 
My cover of the week is:
The Chestnut King (100 Cupboards #3)
For some reason I’m completely drawn this cover.  I think it’s the golden hues.  I don’t think very many books have this coloring. 
The way the room is destroyed also interests me because I’m wondering what happened.

Owl of the Week

Hey all I’ve been missing my Owl of the Week, so I thought I’d try to go back to it 🙂  Here is a fun one, and a chance for you to make your Nook more fun (if you have one like I do). 
I love my Nook – look for a special review of it on Saturday – but I hate the screensavers that come with it BOR-ING! I was in Barnes and Noble and they had this great skull and crossbones on a display one.  The guy behind the counter shared Nook-Look. 
I’m so excited because now I can have fun screensavers!!!
Well of course I had to  look for an owl one and, yup, they had one :D. 
 Here it is:

I highly suggest that if you own a Nook you check out Nook-Look!

Monday Reading Madness

Hey everyone just a quick Monday update, reminder and sharing.

Update:  I’m almost finished with The Owl Keeper (really liking it!), and I just recently finished The Replacement (liked it but also found it odd).  I’ll be writing reviews for those as well as several other books.  Next book up?  HMMMMMMMM, I don’t know.  Maybe Soulstice, The Dead Tossed Waves, or Heist Society???? Thoughts????

Reminder:  Share your middle grade reviews if you are part of the In the Middle Reading Challenge.  Ever review you link enters you in the giveaway.  I’ve extended the end date to August 23.  Check out the update post here!

Don’t forget to enter for the Dork Diaries giveaway! Enter HERE!!

Sharing:  My dear daughter started her own book review blog called The Turtle.  If you want some cute reviews from a tween about tween books, you should check it out 🙂  Just click The Turtle to see it. 

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And last – I haven’t had an Owl of the Week in a while, so here’s this week’s:
Super cool! You might have seen it on the news.  A female and male barn owl with hatching babies.  You gotta check it out! Just click above.  Be sure to have your volume on too.

Owl of the Week and a Winner!

 I just bought a Nook and On Etsy at the shop Hob-op I found the cutest OWL!!! Nook cover.  I’ll be ordering it I do believe 🙂 Make sure you click on the link above and check out the super cute Nook, Sony and Kindle covers she has made.
Now for the winner of the breast cancer awareness goodie bag.  Remember to keep clicking at The Breast Cancer Site, so more women have the chance at getting a mammogram. 

The random number generator spoke and picked:
Raelena of Through The Haze!
Congrats and I’ll be emailing you for your details.  If you see this first, feel free to email me at foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

Owl of the Week and Contest Reminder

This week’s owl come from my 8 year old son.  Even he knows mom likes owls, so he drew me this fantastic picture of one.

Isn’t it cute!!?!!

Don’t forget the Race for the Cure goodie bag giveaway I’m having.  Enter it HERE.

And as far as contests go – I’ll be having several once summer starts.  I’m weeding through my bookshelves to give away some YA I know I can’t put on my classroom shelves.  They are ones I’ve read and liked but don’t feel the need to keep.  Stay tuned for those!

Owl of the Week

This week’s owl is super sweet because if was made just for me! I won a guest post giveaway at The Book Rat, and she made me this super cute owl necklace (i couldn’t get a picture that did it justice tho!)! I love it, and I’m in awe of her creativity especially since I have none 🙂 Thanks Misty!!!!!