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Wishlist Wednesday: 07.25.2012

Wish List Wednesday

07.25.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

The wonderful thing about books is that new ones are always coming off press and onto the shelves of your local bookstore. As many as I have already read or own, there’s always a new book to discover.

Here are some new book releases expected to come soon that I look forward to reading and reviewing:

1. Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad, published by McClelland & Stewart, May 29, 2012.

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2. Alif, the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, published by McClelland & Stewart, July 10, 2012.

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3. Vital Signs by Tessa McWatt, published by Vintage Canada, July 24, 2012.

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4. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, published by Doubleday Canada, July 24, 2012.

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5. 13 by Kelley Armstrong, published by Random House of Canada, July 24, 2012.

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6. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, published by Scribner, July 31, 2012.

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7. Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain, published by St. Martin’s Press, August 7, 2012.

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8. The Blondes by Emily Schultz, published by Doubleday Canada, August 14, 2012.

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9. The Emperor of Paris by C.S. Richardson, published by Doubleday Canada, August 14, 2012.

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10. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory, published by Touchstone, August 14, 2012.

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11. Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton, published by Simon & Schuster, August 14, 2012.

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12. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny, published by St. Martin’s Press, August 28, 2012.

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What’s on your new book release wish list?

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Wish List Wednesday: Must-Have Items for the Blogger in You! 06.06.2012

Wish List Wednesday:

Must-Have Items for the Blogger in You!

06.06.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

My Wish List for this Wednesday consists of must-haves for fellow book lovers and book bloggers:

The Big B Book

Every blogger should have one of these because as we bloggers all know, the best ideas usually come when not a scrap of paper or napkin is at our disposal.

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SPECTACLE SEVEN-YEAR PEN

As a companion to your Brilliant Blog Brainstorms Notebook, reward yourself with the Spectacle Seven-Year Pen, too. The ink is guaranteed to last you for seven years. If your blog is still active online by the time the ink runs out, you know you’ve been truly inducted into the Blogosphere and have passed an important milestone—online existence.

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Blog Button

This takes blog “button” to a whole new level…your lapel! When enraptured in an emerging story with no time to converse with your pet or your fellow human because you’re hypnotized by the computer screen and your fluctuating follower numbers, all you need to do is point to the pin when asked a question that you’re obviously too busy to answer.

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Chrome Tally Counter

To help the blogger deal with LBFA – Low-Blog-Follower-Anxiety. Give yourself an ego boost by “counting up” to reflect your Blog-Follower goals.

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 St. John Medallion

It’s okay, atheists. We all need a little help now and then. Especially when it comes to writer’s block and our blogs. Did you know that St. John is the patron saint for writers? Neither did I, which explains why I’m not as famous as Michael Ondaatje or Margaret Atwood—yet! (Why, oh why did I not invest in a St. John medallion sooner?)

If you’re a blogger, keep this medallion close by. Even if you’re not a Catholic, St. John might do his duty as patron saint and help you out with your blog.

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A coffee IV

This is not your regular, hospital-grade IV. Oh, no. This IV will support you 24-hours a day with a continuous flow of kick-butt coffee. That’s right! My idea. For the nocturnal blogger like myself, this piece of equipment is crucial to our blogging survival. Comes with various flavours and strengths. Decaf not available.

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Days of the Week Locket

This fun item on etsy contains the days of the week in a locket! Perfect for the busy blogger who must keep track of which day is what, for his or her particular weekly meme. I mean, we can’t possibly write a post on “In My Mailbox Monday” on Wednesday! This would disrupt the very nature of weekly memes and our ingrained, blogging sensibility. Bloggers might even unite and protest! The Blogosphere could very well explode!

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Mailbox Piggy Bank

This lovely item has a duplicate function. No, wait. Strike that. Triplicate.

  1. It will inspire the blogger to collect his or her loose change to eventually save up for his or her personal book-buying budget.
  2. It will also act as a super-saving fund for monthly book giveaways.
  3. If it doesn’t fill up quickly enough, it can at least pose as a visual reminder to the book blogger that the mailbox needs to be checked for courier deliveries! Yay!

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Mandatory Book Blogging Manual

On the subject of the all-important courier delivery, it is important for the book blogger to have studied this mandatory blogging manual: Flirting 101. This will prove to be a helpful tool in learning to master the art of flirting with the blogger’s most important and beloved individual—the local mail person—who carries precious book cargo. Etiquette, eloquence, and a little eyelash batting won’t hurt a bit in ensuring faster and more dependable delivery of our long-awaited packages.

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Your Blog Business Card

Blogging is serious business. And networking is ever powerful in the world of the blogging community. It literally isn’t what you know, but who you know.

Do you go to blog fests? Book events? The book aisle in a store? Wherever and whenever you might meet someone like yourself, it’s best to carry a few blog business cards with you. This can make a difference in expanding your readership.

Instead of fumbling around in your bag for a scrap piece of paper and pen, you can pull your professional blog business card out and—ta-da! Your new friend could potentially become your new blog follower, too!

You can never have too many—friends, followers, or business cards!

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Point and Shoot Camera

If people want to read text and only text—they’d look at the texts on their phone and not your blog. Take advantage of what your blog can do by posting pictures to companion your content. What better way to do this than to always have your camera with you?

Click.

Say: “I’m a BLOGGER!”

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comfortable shoes

Book bloggers will often change their schedule to accommodate a book event. To ensure comfort during those long line-ups, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Specifically a pair that has extra padding for the “leaps of joy” you will most likely encounter at the sight of your favourite author and the cover of his or her new release.

I recommend the Nike LunarGlides running shoe to help you run even faster to that book event and into the arms of your favourite author for his or her personal inscription and autograph!

Here’s my beloved pair of LunarGlides for higher jumps and “squealing” absorbency:

My beloved running shoe, the elite Nike LunarGlide. My pair. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Book tote bag

Every blogger requires a fashionable tote bag for his or her new book purchases and accumulated SWAG! Make sure your bag of choice is sturdy. Lugging your precious books can be hard on the back and on the shoulders. Inner pockets are good, too, all the more to carry SWAG with.

My very own typewriter tote bag. For anyone who doubts my passion and profession of choice. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Ear plugs

No, these aren’t baby carrots. They’re ear plugs! A great accessory for the novice blogger. Best for use in blocking the noise of  “drama” that sometimes ensues in the blogging world. When faced with some controversial issues created by antagonist individuals who sometimes work against our blogging peace and harmony, plug your ears, smile, and blog on.

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 What would you put on your wish list as must-haves the “blogger” in you?

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Wish List Wednesday: For the Gamer in Me. 04.25.2012

Wish List Wednesday:

For the Gamer in Me

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

Okay, so I’m not really a gamer. I’m more like the prehistoric equivalent of one. “In my day,” (as the older generations seem to reminisce more and more about) I had the pleasure of witnessing the “dawn” of machines transform into home computer technology through such icons as Vic 20 and the Commodore 64. This was an exciting time for us who could now move our play of Pacman and Donkey Kong from the pinball arcade houses to the privacy of own homes.

Vic 20. The way it was.
Pacman from 1973.

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The kids, now, with their technological savvy may laugh with the huff and puff of GB superiority, but the creative power of their tech toys and games had to originate from somewhere even if its humble beginnings were first the DOS-style games such as The Juggler!

The Juggler game on the Vic 20, one of the first. Its medium was on a cassette.

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Needless, to say, I’m not a techie. My Dad, however, is a retired LAN Administrator, AKA computer specialist and tech-savvy troubleshooter, so the mainframe of computers were always a part of our jargon and our home.

If my Dad wasn’t tinkering with hardware, he was programming software. If he wasn’t solving network problems or saving the corporation he worked for from losing millions of dollars, he was showing us the love of computers and its games–whichever one it was, of course.

I’m not an expert, but I have a secret passion for the game—and don’t laugh please—Tetris. More specifically, Tetris Attack!

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And so, for this Wish List Wednesday feature, I must confess the following are high on my wish list:

Tetris Heat Changing Mug

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When cold, the Tetris Heat Changing Mug shows a game of Tetris in its early stages. But pour in some hot or boiling water and it’ll reveal a game in full swing – level number, current score and all. I’m an avid mug collector and this mug is a sure favourite that I hope Santa will be kind enough to remember come Christmas time (yes, that means you, husband dear!) Available from firebox.com.

Tetris Tote Bag

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Who can say no to a tote bag? Especially a Tetris one? All the more to store my books in for Tote Bag Tuesdays at the Bibliotaphe’s Closet.

Tetris Magnets

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Because your game should always be on (the fridge)! Or at the very least, your tips and tricks at leading the championship. Available on etsy via Argopiffs.

Tetris Pendant

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I’m into jewellery. Wearing this is surely to mark me as a hardcore Tetris Warrior! Available from etsy via marikesh.

Tetris Pillow

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Need to recuperate from dropping tiles? Best to “drop” your head on this Tetris pillow. You know…for a short nap before your next game! Available from etsy via Nancy from Paris, France.

Tetris Dress

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I’m an avid vintage buyer and this little Tetris-inspired baby doll dress in green is perfect for me! Available from etsy via Tortoises Treasure.

Tetris Soap

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For the sweet-smelling man in my life—and to make sure he stays that way! And so he can also forgive me for always beating him at Tetris, this form of bribery always works best!

Tetris Link

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Tetris Link is great for the days at the cottage or when there’s a power outage in your area. Because now you don’t have to depend on Tetris online to give you your fix.

iPad3

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iPad 3. Call me a sellout. It’s okay. I want one. All the better to blog with, My Love. And also to carry and read 1000’s of ebooks, which I can’t do right now because I don’t own an e-reader device—yet.

Steve Jobs: A Biography

STEVE JOBS: A BIOGRAPHY by Walter Isaacson.

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 I’m fascinated with anyone who’s highly intelligent, driven, and creative. All words synonymous with the late Steve Jobs, the apple of my eye. I still have yet to own and read his biography written by Walter Isaacson. But, I will. I will, so help me, Apple!

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 That’s it for my Wish List this week! It’s been such a busy time I actually haven’t had the chance to even play Tetris. When I take a break today, I’ll sneak in a few rounds! To you Tetris Warriors on Tetris Attack, all I need to say is:

Anywhere. Any time. Any place.

Let’s play!

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If you had to choose one game you could play ABOVE any others, what game would it be and why?

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