Thursday, December 10, 2009

2010 Reading From My Shelves Project

Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea is hosting the 2010 Reading from my Shelves Project and it is one of the challenges I plan on joining in on in the new year.  For the last six months or so I have mainly been reading library and review books, while my shelves are still full of books I have bought or traded for.  I would love to clear off my shelves some in 2010 and this is just the challenge for that.  The guidelines Diane has set up are:
  •  grab the button
  •  decide how many books you want to read from your shelves (minimum of 20 - no maximum)
  •  find a new home for the books once you read them
  •  post the titles and the authors of books you've read and passed on
  •  project runs from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010
  •  crossover challenge books are allowed 
So head over to Bibliophile By The Sea to read more about or join up on this challenge.

I plan on reading 30 books from my shelves and I hope to do more, but that is a great base goal for me.

I will list books here as I finish them or decide what I am reading.  I will list a few to get me started in the new year.

  1. Role of a Lifetime by James Brown
  2. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse-Anderson
  3. TSI: The Gabon Virus by Walt Larimore and Paul McCusker
What I've Read:
  1. Invitation Only by Kate Brian
  2. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Inner Circle by Kate Brian

    Pump Up Your Book Promotion Tour: Gringos in Paradise by Malana Ashlie

    Gringos in Paradise
    Join Malana Ashlie, author of the travel autobiography, Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey (BookSurge, Jan ‘07) , as she virtually tours the blogosphere in December on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

    **Thank you to the author, Malana Ashlie and Pump Up Your Book Promotions for my copy of the book to read and review.

    About Gringos in Paradise

    Gringos in ParadiseGringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey by Malana Ashlie is a delightfully amusing and lighthearted autobiography chronicling her move from Hawai’i to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. When she and her husband decide to relocate to a more secluded paradise the fun begins. She shares the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Central America, in what can best be described as a spiritual journey of faith.
    Of special appeal to the swelling ranks of expat retirees in Mexico and Central America (over one million strong, according to 2005 census estimates), Gringos in Paradise shares the adventures — and misadventures — two retirees face as they set off to the Caribbean coast of Honduras in search of financial freedom, personal fulfillment, and peace.
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    About Malana Ashlie

    Malana Ashlie, Ph.D., is the author of Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey and Pathways to Inner Peace. A certified naturopath and holistic healer, Dr. Ashlie is also an interfaith minister and ceremony leader.
    A scholar of ancient wisdom, she has been privileged to study with Mayan elders, sacred teachers of Native American traditions, and Hawaiian kupuna. She is also an adept of the Hermetic Principles. Exploring the mysteries of indigenous cultures has expanded her abilities as a Reiki Master and enhanced her awareness of other subtle energies. She travels extensively throughout the United States and Central America, lecturing, teaching, and leading retreats.
    After five years in Hawaii, Malana and her husband Ordin, along with Pueo, their shamelessly spoiled cat, relocated in 2006 to the tiny beach community of El Porvenir, on Honduras’s little-known Caribbean coast. There they participate in the life of the community while managing Wisdom Pathway, a business that offers the spiritual retreat /eco-tour portion of the personal discovery seminars and workshops Dr. Ashlie teaches.
    For more information about the author, visit or

    Read an Excerpt

    Parking is always a premium in town, especially this area of the busy downtown [La Ceiba] center, but if you take it slow and watch for a smile and a wave, someone will guide you to an available spot. There are always entrepreneurs willing to direct you in or out of an available space …for a tip. A couple of extra Lempiras will even get your car washed in its parking area while you shop or run errands.
    Hondurans don’t have laws that overprotect so an air of self-reliance develops. Since there is no public welfare the townspeople help support their own. Occasionally I will see a blind woman guided along the street median by one of her neighbors. This allows those who are wealthy enough to be driving an opportunity to share in her support. Intersections always seem to be the ideal place to open any business, whether it is newspaper sales, washing car windows or for children to sell bags of fresh fruit.

    Malana Ashlie’s GRINGOS IN PARADISE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘09 will officially begin on Nov. 25 and end on December 10. You can visit Malana’s blog stops at during the month of December to find out more about this great book and talented author!