Category Archives: books

Bloggers Recommend – August 2013

Hey guys! I just wanted to let you all know that the latest edition of the Bloggers Recommend newsletter is out. If you don’t know, the monthly newsletter features recommendations of some of the best books being published in a … Continue reading

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Is it really that time of the year?

Late this morning, Publishers Weekly (PW) released their list of the Best Books of 2012. It came at a perfect time since I’ve been thinking about my own reading this year. I’ve read some good books but most aren’t ones … Continue reading

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Chunky Book Club and Indie Lit Awards Shortlist

The poll results are in! Four books stood out above the rest as this year’s picks for the Chunky Book Club. Here’s this year’s selection and reading schedule: 11/23/63 by Stephen King starts our first discussion in March. The Memory … Continue reading

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Summer reading and looking ahead

Summer is almost here by Leland Yesterday was the last day of the semester and I can’t tell you how relieved I am. I love the excitement of a new semester with teachers that I usually haven’t had before on … Continue reading

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Review: Book Lust To Go by Nancy Pearl

Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers Nancy Pearl 301 pages Pub Year: 2010 Publisher: Sasquatch Books Source: Library I am not an enthusiastic traveler. Let me lay my cards on the table, clear the air, … Continue reading

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Thankfully Reading Weekend

It’s that time of the year again! Time for  Thankfully Reading Weekend which is hosted by Jen from Devourer of Books, Candace from Beth Fish Reads, and Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves. The event officially starts this Friday but since the … Continue reading

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Save the Date: That’s How I Blog Show

On August 18th, I’ll be a guest on That’s How I Blog, a Blog Talk radio show hosted by Nicole from Linus’s Blanket. The show will start at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST. If you miss the show you can … Continue reading

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One Question for Author Lauren Baratz-Logsted

I first found the books of Lauren Baratz-Logsted last year when a fellow blogger sent me a copy of Crazy Beautiful, a book I read and loved. Yesterday was the publication date of Lauren’s newest book, The Education of Bet. … Continue reading

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The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

The Creative Habit: Learn it and use it for life (2003) Twyla Tharp 245 pages I read The Creative Habit a few weeks ago and have been meaning to write something about this wonderful book. I usually don’t read books … Continue reading

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Read-a-thon Pile

Okay so we all know that I have a tendency to go overboard when it comes to books. Whether it’s my library loot, buying binges, or signing up for reading challenges, it always seems to be all or nothing. My … Continue reading

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Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Sea Change (2009) Aimee Friedman 320 pages Young Adult Rating: Re-read Summary Miranda Merchant is ready to spend her summer interning at a museum in New York. But when her maternal grandmother Isadora dies, Miranda has to push her plans … Continue reading

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Last week I was recovering from the flu, so my reading has been going pretty slow. I’m feeling much better now so I’m hoping to read a lot this week. Last week I read: Death of a Salesman by Arthur … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Short Works Sunday

This week my reading has been all over the place. Since last Sunday I’ve read essays, short stories, graphic novels, and children’s books but no novels. For the last couple of years I’ve been primarily a novel reader, forgoing short … Continue reading

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Essay Review: What Good Is a Story?

“What Good is a Story?” from the essay collection, Small Wonder (2002) written by Barbara Kingsolver I have always wondered why short stories aren’t popular in modern America. We are such busy folks, you’d think we’d jump at the chance … Continue reading

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Currently reading: Three Bags Full

Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story (2005) Leonie Swann Translated from the German by Anthea Bell 344 pages Flying Dolphin Press This is what I’m reading right now and it’s one of the funniest books of 2009 so far. … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Breaking All the Rules

This month has been very bookish despite the fact that fall semester has started for me out here in California. So even though I have almost no spare time to read that hasn’t stopped me from acquiring books in any … Continue reading

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Happy Book Day!

No, it’s not really book day but yesterday was the best day ever for books. I received through the mail eight books. About two weeks ago my comment about a book was picked for Powell’s books ‘Daily Dose’. I won … Continue reading

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The Book Thief

Right now I am reading The Book Thief by Markus Zukas. I have heard nothing but great reviews about this book. But I’m scared all the reviews might hype the book up too much. Has anyone ever had that problem? … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Challenge Change

I’m a moody reader. What I read has to fit my mood or I won’t be able to get into the book. So I went to the library tonight and picked up a few that caught my eye. So now … Continue reading

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I need help!

I’m upset. I just cannot keep interest in a book right now. I have no idea what’s going on. But I am addicted to signing up for challenges. I’ve joined many. Maybe I need to read a short story or … Continue reading

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