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Weekly Meme: WWW Wednesdays (June 1)

June 1, 2011 18 comments

Haven’t done WWW Wednesdays since March, so I thought I’d play along again today with this weekly meme WWW Wednesdays (via the Should Be Reading blog) where I answer three (3) questions:

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 1) by Robert Liparulo. It was a free Kindle book offered by Amazon in late 2010, and I thought it was about time I read some of the free downloads I got off Amazon.

House of Dark Shadows is the first book in a series by Robert Liparulo. It’s a pretty creepy book geared to young adults, and judging from my reaction to the prologue/first chapter, to adults too! Fifteen-year-old LA’er Xander and his family move to the town of Pinedale (where his dad will be the new principal in the town’s school) and end up in a grand Victorian fixer-upper that may either be magical or nightmarish. Judging by the prologue where a young mother gets abducted in front of her family and disappears into an unknown portal in the house 30-years-ago – I’m expecting that the King family will be up for a nightmare soon enough….

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading Sun and Shadow: An Erik Winter Novel by Ake Edwardson (Author), Laurie Thompson (Translator).

I’m into Swedish crime fiction nowadays so I decided to check out another Scandinavian crime writer Ake Edwardson. Sun and Shadow is the first of a series of books that star chief inspector Erik Winter and his team. I was surprised by this one – even though it said ‘An Erik Winter Novel’ in the title – the book covers a whole lot of characters. It was kind of like the book version of a Hollywood ensemble movie. There’s a lot of moving parts and we shift from different points of view – from the victim(s), to the murderer, to the ‘witnesses’, to the investigators and even the investigator’s family. And there was A LOT of attention spent on the personal lives – so much so that I felt that the crime elements took a backseat in the narrative. Very weird for a crime novel.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to read Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn next. I’ve always been fascinated by Jacqueline Kennedy, but most of what I know about her is from her life as the first lady or even a bit from when she became Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis. I thought it would be interesting to read about her life afterwards when she was working in publishing in the latter part of her life. I don’t really know what to expect with this one 🙂

(p.s. If it’s your first time to visit my blog, please have a look around especially if you read digital books. I post a lot of (legal) freebies that I find here)

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New Kindle apps! Scripps Spelling Bee, Flash Cards & Choice of the Vampire

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s some new apps for the Kindle – two of them are educational apps for those who share their Kindles with the kids!

Scripps Spelling Bee: Word Games (A Word Game for Kindle)‘ by THQ is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $2.99. Just click here to download!

Game Description

Scripps Spelling Bee on Kindle offers three word games: Word Search, Honeycomb Hunt and Mystery Bee.

In Word Search, the game displays a word box with words hidden among a grid of letters. The round is completed once you’ve found all the words or 10 minutes have passed.

Honeycomb Hunt is a word scramble game. You are given a list of words and a grid of hexagon blocks containing letters. The object of the game is to rotate clusters of letters until all the words on the list are found. The trick is that you must move letters by rotating them without disturbing a word you had previously created.

Mystery Bee is a hangman-style game. For each wrong guess, a body part is filled in on a picture of a bee. If you need them, you can get clues such as the definition of the word, or word’s origin.

Scripps Spelling Bee can be used to learn new words in 4 different levels of difficulty, and Spelling Bee can also help you learn your own word lists. Just type your study words into a word list and you can use those words in the games.

Scripps Spelling Bee will help make it fun to learn new words or to study your personal word lists. Get it today so you can truly “Bee” a champion!


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And check out the other new Kindle apps after the jump!

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