Monthly Archives: April 2011

Review: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

David Levithan The Lover’s Dictionary 211 pages Publication Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Source: Library Exacerbate, v I believe your exact words were: “You’re getting too emotional.” The Lover’s Dictionary is a book I’ve wanted to … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Please Look After Mom Kyung-Sook Shin Translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim 256 pages Publication Date: April 5, 2011 Publisher: Knopf Source: Bought it It’s been one week since Mom went missing. . . Park So-nyo is an elderly … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

It’s a cold and rainy morning here in Southern California: perfect spring weather. The kids have been up since about three o’clock waiting to open their Easter baskets and see which books and candy they received. Which means I’m a … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa

Three Shadows Cyril Pedrosa Translated from the French by Edward Gauvin 272 pages Pub year: 2008 Publisher: First Second Source: Personal Library Back then, life was simple and sweet. The taste of cherries, the cool shade, the fresh smell of … Continue reading

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Just announced

Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize today in fiction. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won for general non-fiction.  I haven’t read either book but I did just placed … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Blogiversaries and Drift

My fourth blogiversary is coming up later on this week and I have to tell you how strange it is that I’m still blogging. When I first started blogging back in April of 2007, I started because I needed a … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon Hangover

Usually it’s early morning when I write my Sunday Salon post but after being up all night with the event, I’m barely getting the strength now to even blog. I was on the prize committee, so it was my job … Continue reading

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Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? I’m still reading Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. It’s such a great book! I’ve been going on an emotional roller-coaster with it. Put it on your TBR lists now! 2. How many books have you … Continue reading

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Readathon Update #1 I’m still here!

  Sigh. It’s hour #8 and I’m barely on my second book, Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. It’s a fabulous book with a strong main character. Instead of enjoying my read, I’ve been working behind the scenes with the prizes, … Continue reading

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It’s Time for the Read-a-thon!

The read-a-thon has just started! My five-year-old is up too so this will be interesting. I have a pot of coffee going and my stack of books are close by. My first read will be:   Shaun Tan’s Lost and … Continue reading

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Read-a-thon stack and tips

  It’s almost here! It’s almost here! We’re just two days away from the beginning of Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon. I’ve participated in this event almost every time that it’s been hosted and I can’t wait to participate again.  I figure … Continue reading

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Guyku by Bob Raczka

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys Bob Raczka Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds 48 pages October 2010 Houghton Mifflin Books for Children   I picked up Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys because of all the positive reviews … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Good morning! Right now it’s so early in the morning that the sun isn’t up yet. That hasn’t stopped the birds in my neighborhood though. They’re chirping away, not letting any of the day go to waste. I feel the same way. … Continue reading

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April is. . . National Poetry Month

I love the month of April. Not because of spring, (a season that I don’t care for), but because April signals so many different changes: spring break, Easter, my blogiversary, and the start of National Poetry Month. I love poetry … Continue reading

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