Saturday, December 31

HBRC: Top 11 of 2011

 11. Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck

10. Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney

9. The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

 8. Tempestuous by Leslie Livingston

7. Dragonfly by Julia Golding

6. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Review still to come

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

4. Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany

3. Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Review still to come

2. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

1. ?????? by ??????

What will it be? Come back tomorrow and see.

Friday, December 30

Bloggiversary: One Year

(Making the best of what could be a bad moment)

Officially, yesterday was my one year mark in the book blogging world.  I am nowhere near where I thought I would be.  I had grand visions of grandeur.  It was a spectacular sight to see.  So I guess I wasn't taking into account the reality of myself.  Yep, not the most social on my best day.  Why do you think I am so addicted to books?  These fictional characters make such low maintenance friends.  I have had in mind a sweet way to celebrate that I have managed to survive this long.  I have heard it said that most bloggers give up in their first year.  Yea!  I am above average, especially since I have posts planned out for almost the next month.  But looking back it hasn't been an easy road.  

1. Pregnancy comes along with motion sickness sparked by simply running your eyes across the lines of a page repeatedly.  It made reading impossible unless I wanted the books covered in bile.

2. Pregnancy makes you so very tired not even the best of books could keep you awake.  Not to mention the less than best have no chance at all.

3. Pregnancy makes you uninterested in just about everything.  Therefore, I had a lack of books read and subsequently next to no blog posts.

4. Pregnancy affects memory.  Now where did I put that book again?  I could swear I just had it in my hand.

5. No blog posts means no one comes to your blog anymore and good old friends disappear off to greener pastures.

6. Pregnancy hormones make you want to weep that all your months of hard work and hopes putting a blog together have been destroyed in a trimester of nausea.  Is it even worth trying?  Especially, when no one is there anymore?

7. Labor and Delivery can be a nightmare.  Sometimes you get to be the rare complication that really messes up your life and those around you.  Yep, I was one of those rare once in a decade major complications that really set me back.  And not in a way that gave me reading time.

8.  A Toddler and a newborn make reading a nigh impossibility.  I think I read the same sentence four or five times before I get enough time to finish a whole paragraph.  My readathon goals have shrunk to something along the lines of "finish one page in the next ten minutes."  I am so happy to get one book finished in a week.  Well, not really happy since I know I could do better if I could only find better focus.

9. Did I mention Pregnancy and Motherhood seemed to have sapped my brain cells?  I wish that were the only thing killing of my brain.

Anyway, as I was saying before I got sidetracked.  I have been thinking about doing a contest giveaway thingy.  There are even books or possibly a larger prize I have my eye on.  But as hinted at above, I am rather space cased and have been slow getting around to it.  So hopefully, I will get my act in gear and get it set up soon.  It sure doesn't help that I am participating in two time consuming challenges right now.  But at least one of them is helping me get through an insane pile of books.  So don't go away until you can celebrate with me belatedly.  And thanks for checking up on me(well my blog really).  It means a lot when I get comments and I know that someone can hear my ramblings about books.  I promise the great giveaway fun is coming.

My next year of blogging goals.

1. Keep reading

2. Keep posting

3. Review some books that take me out of my comfort zone

4. Help other bloggers

5. Try not to fall too far behind in the blogging universe of technology

6. Try to get a few ARCs

Yep, I am basically going to "TRY."  What else can a girl do?

Thursday, December 29

HBRC: Day 14 Collage of Books I've Read in 2011

So I just threw 134 books together in a miss mash and here you go.  Some of the books have completely disappeared under the monster pile of pictures.  It looks like chaos.  I wonder if that is what my brain looks like as well after having read all of these books.  I know I don't remember the details of all of these books anymore.  But I vaguely remember the covers.  It is a good thing that I have goodreads to keep track of all of this.

2012 Kick Off: Challenges

So I have looked over a lot of challenges and in past have joined a good many that I haven't followed up with. Sounds far too much like news years resolutions. Well, the pressure has been mounting to join at least one of the many challenges flooding the blogging sphere. The problem is that I know I can't follow up well. I tried the DAC last year and couldn't remember who was a debut and who wasn't. For some reason I just couldn't figure it out easily enough to work out for me. Not to mention if I did bother to get a qualifying book read I would forget to link my review. Yeah, too much trouble for this absentminded girl. I mean I would rather read for the love of it then to worry if I qualifies for something or other. Keeping up with my reading pile is already a challenge. So, when I came across this challenge I thought now this is one I can understand and get behind. I always know what books are still waiting in the wings to get read. So it should be easy enough to keep track of.  So onto my hopes for this challenge.

A Sweet Kiss (21-30)

This is very reasonable.  I am sure I have at least 30 books on my TBR that qualify for this challenge.  And since I have been working on cutting my TBR list down with various readathons I should already be in a great habit.  Maybe I will even get more than 30 read, who knows?

Is your interest piqued?  Well, here are a bit more details.(right from their post)

Welcome to 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge!!!

We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us.. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up..

Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you've been telling yourself you'll read next time you'll get a chance.. This is your chance! And we've got PRIZES!!! :D 
So for more information head over to their blog and maybe even sign up.

P.S.  Here is a link list of other Challenges I have come across.  Help yourself, but don't get too carried away.  If you want me to add a challenge I missed just let me know.

Zombie Challenge 2012

The Dig: Book Review

by Audrey Hart

Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece.

As Zoe quickly learns, the Olympian Gods are real, living people—humans with mysterious powers… Powers that Zoe quickly realizes she has come to possess, as well. However, when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian, the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world… No matter what.

Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her—all except for Zeus, the beautiful, winged young god who risks everything to save her.

Out of time and out of her element, teenager Zoe Calder finds herself in ancient Greece, battling against the power of the Olympians and the vengeance of a scorned goddess—all for the strange and mysterious boy she has come to love.

This book just didn't work for me.  I really wanted it to work but, alas, it was not to be.  I got interested in reading this book after reading the prologue.  Greek mythology has always been a favorite of mine and I once wanted to memorize a see all the constellations.  This interest was only fed by the recent Percy Jackson series.  So with this in mind I set out to read this book.  I think the biggest factor that ruined it for me was my near hatred of the main character, Zoe.  Which is sad since Zoe is one of my favorite names.  Well, the problem was that she was just plain annoying.  Here is the thing, everyone has an inner dialogue that would drive anyone nuts.  The key is we don't broadcast every thought to those around us.  Otherwise no one would like us.  Filtering is a good thing.  So this is a crucial idea to keep in mind as an author.  How much is too much and how much would be just right.  This is something you see frequently in movies, especially if you watch the deleted scenes.  They don't show every inane detail but give you just enough that you understand and or identify with the character.  Your imagination will fill in the gaps.  So the problem is that her insecurity was just shoved down my throat far too often. 
I really feel Audrey was trying to be the Stephenie Meyer of Greek Mythology.  She was trying to reinvent Zeus and all his cronies.  I am not saying it wouldn't work but it just didn't the way the book played out.  I think she had the right ideas but somehow it all got jumbled and didn't quite make it.

Spoiler Section:
A hair monster, really?

Wednesday, December 28

Waiting on Wednesday: Dragonswood

Hosted by Breaking the Spine.

by Janet Lee Carey

Publication Date: January 5th

From Goodreads

Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.

Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.

In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.
I like dragons and the cover is just sweet.  What else is there?

Mid-Week Meet N' Greet: 12/28

How it will go down:  You bring along a fictional character and a food they would eat.  We all share in the feast while we read your answer to the completely random question.  Yep, that is pretty much it.  Feel free to comment your stuff below or link up your post.  No pressure.  Never mind, I mean tons of pressure.  We are all counting on you don't let us starve intellectually or in our bellies.

This week I brought Pietr Russacova from Bargains and Betrayals.  Pietr has brought along a freshly killed elk.  Lucky us!

So onto the intellectual stimulation.

If you were asked to make a "Top Ten" list of the people you regard as the all-time greatest Americans, whom would you rank in the third, second, and first spots?

Pietr says he doesn't care about most Americans.  He only can think of one really important person and that is Jessie. 

In some ways Pietr and I think alike.  I am not familiar with a load of popular Americans.  So I would have to go with my own little family of three.  I have two absolutely great daughters and a stellar husband.  They are the greatest in my world.  A bit cheesy, perhaps, but still true.

For those of you not taking this seriously, Pietr is a werewolf.  Need I say more?

Tuesday, December 27

Sweet Giveaway

Bloody Bookaholic is celebrating another great year in the book world.  She is giving away 40 books divided out between three winners.  Go throw your name in the pot with the rest of us.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorites

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read in 2011

By rating-

Crossed by Ally Condie, my review
The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson, my review
Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney, my review
Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany, my review
Divergent by Veronica Roth, my review
Damned by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, my review
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa, my review
Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa, my review
Chime by Franny Billingsley, my review
Vanish by Sophie Jordan, my review

Off the top of my head there are some anomalies- (The rating doesn't always guarantee if it is my favorite book)

All things Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck, my reviews (Tiger's Curse and Tiger's Quest)
Tempestous by Leslie Livingston, my review
All things Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, my reviews (Summer's Crossing, The Iron Knight, and The Iron Queen)
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly, my review
Die for Me by Amy Plum, my review
All things 13 to Life by Shannon Delany, my reviews (Bargains and Betrayals and Secrets and Shadows)
Divergent by Veronica Roth, my review
All things Firelight by Sophie Jordan, my reviews (Firelight and Vanish)
Damned by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, my review
Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney, my review

Other mentionables-

The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan, my review
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, my review

Bargains and Betrayals: Book Review

by Shannon Delany
Locked away at Pecan Place, Jessie finds her situation to be even more dangerous than she feared. While she struggles to maintain her sanity and discover answers about the group that seems less and less like any legitimate government agency, Pietr fights to keep their relationship alive. But very aware that his mother’s time is running out, Pietr makes a deal he doesn’t dare tell Jessie about. Because the deal Pietr’s made could mean the death of far more than his tenuous relationship with the girl he loves.
Moments Divine: "Oh, please, Jessie. Forget all the wacky crap going on around here for a minute or five. Pass me the comics."
"I don't think there are--"
"Of course there are comics. They're the only redeeming feature to the newspaper. without comics, newspapers would be crap, crap, and more crap."
"And sports," I said.
She rolled her eyes and said, "See above. Crap." --------------------------------------------------------------------
"Some company that may or may not be potentially affiliated with the CIA wants the werewolves to be their dog soldiers. The Russian Mafia wants them, too, for some scheme to eventually overthrow the government of Russia. I know, I know. It sounds like some crazy plot cooked up by a housewife-turned-author. But that saying Truth is stranger than fiction? Dead on. And, because we can stop the werewolves from being werewolves, both groups would like us dead."

I was supposed to be reading a different book but didn't have it on me so I picked up this one.  I didn't intend to read it for more than a few minutes.  But much like the other books in this series, I got hooked.  I would definitely label this series a surprising find.  I picked the first up because I was a bit desperate for reading material.
I think it helps that I am a sucker for werewolves.  What is not to love?  Pietr is just stellar and it sure doesn't hurt for him to sprinkle Russian words here and there.  I am just a sucker for fictional accents.  It really does work.  I feel Shannon Delany has created such a believable world and characters that they are nearly real.  I swear I can hear Pietr's voice.  The ending of this book was sweet!  The pages are full of drama and excitement.  Don't judge this by the cover, which I felt is average.  Go read this, you aren't likely to be disappointed.

Monday, December 26

HBRC: Day 11

Hosted by Edifying and Edgy
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

"I was six. Mom and I had gone to see my grandmother, . . ."

Saturday, December 24

Happy Holidays from HLHE

Have fun tomorrow, I'll catch you next week.

HBRC: Day 9

Hosted by Edifying and Edgy
Well, I can't think of any YA books I've read that involve Christmas.  There might have been a holiday dinner mixed in somewhere among them.  But it certainly wasn't the pivotal crux for the book.  So a good fall back is How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.  I rather hope that I can skip posting the blurb since this is such a classic.  Hopefully, everyone has read or watched this one.

Friday, December 23

HBRC: Day 8

Hosted by Edifying and Edgy

Sometimes books can surprise us in a good way and sometimes they can surprise us in a bad way.  A book you might have been waiting to come out for a year could be a total bomb once you finally get to read it and a book you drag your feet about reading can turn out to be the best book ever.

13 to Life by Shannon Delany
I picked this one up at a book store.  I just wanted to use my coupon but there was nothing I wanted to read.  This one seemed the lesser of two evils.  I was so pleasantly surprised I couldn't stop smiling for days. 

A Need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young
I had seen this book as an ARC giveaway and was absolutely hooked. It sounded so fabulous that the first chance I could get it I snatched it up. I couldn't wait to read it either. Then it all was a massive disappointment.  
My review.

Thursday, December 22

HBRC: Day 7

Hosted by Edifying and Edgy

My favorite character(or at least the first that comes to mind) is. . . Four.

He is so awesome he can walk around with the name Four and not get flack for it.  He is a softy as well as a hardcore survivalist.  I can't wait until I can hang out with him again.  Oh, and by the way, if you are unfamiliar with Four go and take some time to meet him.  Just pick up Divergent by Veronica Roth.  You can also find my review of Divergent here.

Wrapping Up 2011 Readathon: Kick Off (Updated)

Since I plan on reading here is something right up my alley.

Here are my terribly opptimistic goals:

Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
The Silver Sea by Julia Golding
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Legend by Marie Lu
Twisted by Gena Showalter
If I Die by Rachel Vincent
Runaway by Meg Cabot
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

Plus, there are books under the tree calling my name.  So lets see what I can get done.

Vanish: Book Review

by Sophie Jordan

Loved It!  I had a really hard time putting this one down.  If it weren't for my absolute inability to keep my eyes open at night now I would have stayed up and read straight through.  The cover itself is fantastic as well.  I am so glad the individual on the cover didn't turn out to be everything I thought she would.  There is hope yet.  I love the layers of trouble brewing for the character in this book.  It just seems to keep piling up.  Jacinda has really made some interesting choices in this book.  I can't say I agree with each of them but it sure made for some interesting reading.  There was no lack of amazing moments to keep you reading in this book.  Basically, I feel a bit tongue tied since it seems everything I want to praise would be a bit too revealing.  So frustrating.  I really wish that Dragons were the big deal in the book world right now.  They are so fresh and exciting.  Well, I guess I don't want them overdone so I will just be happy with this fabulous book.  I most definitely recommend this whole shebang for you to read.  If you haven't picked up Firelight yet don't postpone any longer.  Waiting to read this one?  I suggest you wait no longer.  Unless of course you are trying to wait until the final book or books are published.  Well in answer to that course of action I will tell you that the ending is satisfying but leading at the same time.  It is worth the read.

Wednesday, December 21

Mid-Week Meet n' Greet: 12/21

How it will go down:  You bring along a fictional character and a food they would eat.  We all share in the feast while we read your answer to the completely random question.  Yep, that is pretty much it.  Feel free to comment your stuff below or link up your post.  No pressure.  Never mind, I mean tons of pressure.  We are all counting on you don't let us starve intellectually or in our bellies.

This week I brought Rachel from Away.  Rachel has brought some Away camp rations.  Oh, my goodness you shouldn't have, Rachel, no really.

So onto the intellectual stimulation.
If you could add one month to the calendar year, inserting it between two existing months, where would you put that extra 30 days? (You can assume that the weather for this new month will be a mix of the weather typical of the month preceding it and following it.)

Rachel wants to add that she would like to add a month between April and May since she loves watching plants grow and sprout flowers.

First off, why does it have to be a 30 month?  Why not 31 or 28? Or dare I say 43, hey it is all speculation and imaginary anyway.  I think the answer to this question really depends on the time of year I am currently experiencing.  That and the area I live in.  I don't have snow where I live and I wouldn't mind having a bit of that.  Plus, the holiday season is full of a lot of fun.  So if I could have more of the holiday excitement I would add a month in between December and January.  I am just not ready for the year to end just yet.

For those of you not taking this seriously, I could just ship you off to Away.

Waiting on Wednesday: Under the Never Sky

Hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Under the Never Sky
by Veronica Rossi

Publication Date: January 3rd

From Goodreads

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY

The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.
So much cover love going around.  I just have to get my hands on this one.

Tuesday, December 20

Sweet Giveaway: End of Year Madness Giveaway

She has some pretty sweet books and swag up for grabs. Head on over and check it out before it is too late.

HBRC: Day 5

Hosted by Edifying and Edgy
by Milena Barese

Charles Lewis seems like an ordinary boy to most people, but some beings see something else completely.  The truth is, Charles Lewis is quite unremarkable.  He's not really the one they're after, it's his child.  The one that hasn't been born yet, the one that, if they have anything to say about it, will never exist.

Charles is a weakling and has virtually no defenses against the powers that begin to haunt him even in his early years.  It's all too easy to finish the boy, or at least so it seems.  There's only one thing that Charles has going for him, he can run.    
This was a lot of fun, surprisingly.  Thanks.  Go check it out for yourself.

Top Ten Tuesday: Santa Baby Bring Me Books

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings 
Santa baby, just slip Destiny and Deception under the tree, for me
Been an awful good girl
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby,  Once Every Never and Hallowed too, light blue
I'll wait up for you dear
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Think of all the fun I've missed
Think of all the books that I haven't read
Next year I could be just as good
If you'd check off my Christmas list

Santa baby, I want Darkness Falls and really that's
Not a lot
Been an angel all year
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa honey, one little thing I really need, Insurgent
To be all mine
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with Until I Die, and Incarnate
Have the authors sign their 'X' on the line
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Come and trim my Christmas tree
I really do believe in you
Let's see if you believe in me

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, Unleashed
I don't mean for the ereader
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry tonight

Well, since Santa is so magical I don't think it should be a problem for him to bring me books that aren't published yet.  And these are some of the books I would like the most.

Away: Book Review

by Teri Hall

This was a great quick read.  As seems to be the case in most dystopian novels Teri Hall has no problems letting the characters drop off like flies.  It also seemed like the deaths were rather sudden.  One minute everything seemed just fine and then bam, dead.  I don't feel the same draw at the end of this book as I did with the previous.  After The Line I really wanted to see what was going to happen.  There seemed to be several open questions and scenarios.  For instance, I wanted to see what was going to happen between Pathik and Rachel.  I thought that something might be budding there but wasn't sure.  With this book I can't really think of anything I am all that curious about.  It isn't that there aren't things left unfinished, just more I am uninterested in how they work out.  My favorite part of the book was the reunion.  I almost cried it was so touching.  I won't say more than that for fear of spoiling but it was definitely worth reading the book for that alone.
Spoiler Section:
Alright, I get rather confused with the relationship between Pathik and Rachel.  They are all off and then on with very little really happening.
Okay maybe I am a horrible person but I wasn't fond of how it ended with Indigo.  I mean here he decides it would be better to take his own life rather than those of his captors.  Doesn't anyone think it should have been the other way around?  I sure do!  I mean the the interrogator alone tortured two little boys to death.  I don't think that is right and the world would be a better place without him.  Now he will just go on and do it to someone else.  So really Indigo can add those innocent lives to his tally of murders.  Just not right.  I guess it might have been too easy leaving a character alive that could help them defend themselves.  We can't have it be so easy or people wouldn't want to read it.

Monday, December 19

HBRC: Day 4

Hosted by Edifying and Edgy

I love the commandment.  I haven't read until that happens yet.  But I have read until my eyes were pink and swollen and a bit dry.  It hurt so good.

HBRC: Day 3

Sylvester, If I die runaway across the universe
[The] Mastiff [has had] dark visions [the] devil's cub [has] fallen [by] sweet venom.
The demon's surrender [at] the silver sea.

This was a fun challenge.  Seems I have a lot of dark titled books on hand.

Friday, December 16

TGIF: 12/16

Hosted by GReads

This Friday's Question:

Most Popular: What blog post has gotten the most 
comments/activity on your blog this year?
My most popular post this year is a book giveaway hop. 

The second most popular post is a book review.

After that it goes as follows.

Obviously, people like giveaways so that attracts the most views.  But it doesn't necessarily mean I have lots of comments.

The posts I have had the most comments on were either giveaways or blog hops.

Follow Friday: 12/16

Q: When you’ve read a book, what do you do with it? (Keep it, give it away, donate it, sell it, swap it..?)

 I don't like keeping stuff around my house. Plus, I don't have a super sweet bookshelf for all my pretties. So, when I have finished with a book I like to give it away. If my local library doesn't have a copy I give it to them. Otherwise, I have been doing giveaways on my blog for those books. However, some books I read are just so stellar that I can't bear to part with them. These pile up on my shelf until I can't remember in such vivid detail why they were so stellar. Then I consider a giveaway as well.