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The Perfect Score: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Steir

The Perfect Score: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT Debbie Steir 238 pages Published in February 2014 by Harmony Books, an imprint of Harper Source: Publisher So here I was, five months in and back to square one: confused, confronting … Continue reading

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2014 World Book Night Picks!!

In case you missed it, last night the organizers of the U.S. World Book Night announced the titles picked for next year’s event on April 23, 2014. If you don’t know, World Book Night has been going on for the … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Bookish Panic, Read-a-thons, and Read-Ins

Good morning! It’s a rainy day here in Southern California, a perfect excuse to stay in the house and curl up with a book or two. On Friday, I realized that I only have ten days before the next semester … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: What’s on my nightstand

Good morning! Today is the last day of the kids’ holiday break and then it’s back to school tomorrow. It’s been fun having them at home all day but I know they’re looking forward to seeing their friends. Our break … Continue reading

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Banned Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver Lois Lowry 180 pages Republished in 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Company Source: Public Library It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something … Continue reading

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Review: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh 335 pages Published in 2012 by Ballantine Books, a Random House imprint Source: Publisher For eight years I dreamed of fire. Trees ignited as I passed them; oceans burned. The sugary smoke settled in … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: A Year of Reading Deliberately

Last week I took an unofficial break from from blogging to focus on finals. With school basically over for the next four weeks, I can finally come back to reading and blogging. Two weeks ago, Michelle from Galleymith, Jennifer from … Continue reading

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Do you make reading lists?

Two weeks ago I was on Twitter discussing book lists with a fellow blogger. She told me how at the beginning of October she had made a list of books she needed to read for the whole month. At the … Continue reading

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Library Loot

Twenty Years at Hull House by Jane Adams Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint   Distracted: the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age by Maggie … Continue reading

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It’s Monday, What Are you Reading?

Thanks to last weekend’s read-a-thon and the Cybils, last week was my best reading week in months! I read: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts B.P.R.D. #2: The Soul of Venice and Other Stories The Year of the Sparrows Came … Continue reading

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Readathon: First update

Hour: 7 Books finished: 0 (I spent most of that time cheerleading. I just switched with Trish so now I’m reading for the next six hours.) Reading: Angels in America by Tony Kushner Pages read: 126 Food: Two cups of … Continue reading

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What My Children Are Reading, October 22, 2009

For the past couple of days my oldest son has been home sick because of multiple asthma attacks and a fever that won’t completely go away. Thankfully his attacks have been mild. One of the ways I’ve been entertaining him … Continue reading

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Monday Memes

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about the read-a-thon… Are you planning on participating in the upcoming 24 Hour Read-a-thon (either as a reader or cheerleader)? Have you made any preparations for the event? And, veterans out there, any tips you’d … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Thoughts

Right now it’s early morning here in Southern California and the sun is not up yet. Sitting on my desk is a hot cup of coffee and today’s read, August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. I received it through PaperbackSwap … Continue reading

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Booking Through Thursday: Weeding

We’re moving in a couple weeks (the first time since I was 9 years old), and I’ve been going through my library of 3000+ books, choosing the books that I could bear to part with and NOT have to pack … 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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Book Review: Crazy Beautiful

Crazy Beautiful (2009) Lauren Baratz-Logsted 193 pages Young Adult Rating: Re-read Instead of just giving you the regular book review format, I’m giving you five reasons why Crazy Beautiful is a great book and why I think you should give … Continue reading

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Jellaby by Kean Soo

Jellaby (2008) by Kean Soo 145 pages Rating: Reread Why I picked this up: I’ve read great reviews about Kean Soo’s Jellaby on many blogs and when I happened to see it at my local library, I grabbed it to … Continue reading

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It’s Monday, What are you reading?

Children’s books in blue So far this month I’ve read: Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story by Isabel Gillies Jellaby by Kean Soon The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted Snow White by Paul … Continue reading

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I’m Back!

It’s amazing how much reading you can get done when you’re not online. My internet connection stopped working almost a month ago and I’ve only been online periodically ever since. To be honest, I suspected my connection was going to … 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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What My Children Are Reading – July 16th

This is a meme started by Jill over at Well-Read Child. For some reason this week has been really laid back. I don’t think any of us over here has read as much as we wanted to except for my … 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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Sunday Salon – Book Coveting Women Writers

Good morning. Right now the sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky. With very little homework left to do, I plan on spending my day reading and writing posts. With so many books checked out from … Continue reading

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Weekly Geeks: Where in the world have you been?

This week’s Weekly Geeks asks you to tell us about your globe trotting via books. Are you a global reader? How many countries have you “visited” in your reading? What are your favorite places or cultures to read about? Can … 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

Good morning! Right now the sun is up, the birds are making a lot of noise, and I’m sitting at my desk drinking coffee. I decided to come up for air from my reading to write this post. I’m currently … Continue reading

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Weekly Geeks 2009-23: Reading Challenges Or Why I’m Quitting Them

Reading Challenges: a help or a hurt? Do you find that the reading challenges keep you organized and goal-oriented? Or, do you find that as you near the end of a challenge that you’ve failed because you fell short of … Continue reading

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It’s the Sunday Salon! What are you reading?

I know. I know. My title is wrong. It’s really supposed to say “It’s Monday” but because I have so many things I have to blog about this week,  I thought it was best if I blogged about what I … Continue reading

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Library Loot June 12th Edition

I am two weeks behind in posting reviews and memes. Being a part of the Summer Reading Blitz has really helped me to read as many books as I want but doesn’t really help when it comes to writing reviews … Continue reading

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