Reading Plans for 2011 (Weekly Geeks/Sunday Salon on Monday)

Reading Plans for 2011 (Weekly Geeks/Sunday Salon on Monday)

It’s that time of year…and I had planned to talk about it in this week’s Sunday Salon, but I didn’t get a chance to write one. However, when Weekly Geeks posted it as this week’s topic, I decided I’d make my response a special belated Salon post as well. Becky asked: Do you plan on participating in any reading challenges in 2011? Are you planning on hosting any reading challenges? Are there any challenges you are looking forward to that haven’t been announced yet? Regardless of your challenge plans, are you starting to plan ahead for next year? Do you […]

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BOOKKEEPING Special Edition: The reading (half-)year in review

BOOKKEEPING Special Edition: The reading (half-)year in review

Inspired by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness (and others), I’m taking a look back at my half-year in reading. (Since I’m still typing one-handed, it will be a relatively brief look.) I’m pretty satisfied with my 2010 reading so far, both in quality and numbers. Currently, my LibraryThing reviews are more up-to-date than my reviews on the blog; I’ve changed my routine to post them there as soon as they’re written, while the reviews here post as scheduled and are mixed with other content. In any case, I’ve pulled some of my stats from LT. Basic stats: Total books read and […]

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Book Talk: *Notes From the Underwire*, by Quinn Cummings

Book Talk: *Notes From the Underwire*, by Quinn Cummings

Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life Quinn Cummings (Twitter) Hyperion (2009), Paperback (ISBN 1401322867 / 9781401322861) Memoir/Humor, 272 pages Source: Personal/purchased Reason for reading: Blogging Authors Reading Project Opening Lines: “This wasn’t in my plans for the day. “Alice and I attended a parent-and-child art class. While Alice mused over a composition that would be entitled in future catalogs of her work as Meditations on Pink Tissue, Elmer’s Glue, and Glitter, #186, I had taken a moment to run to the bathroom. Racing back so I could be the restraining force between Alice and a […]

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Book Talk: *Dangerous Neighbors,* by Beth Kephart

Book Talk: *Dangerous Neighbors,* by Beth Kephart

Dangerous Neighbors Beth Kephart EgmontUSA (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 1606840800 / 9781606840801) Fiction (YA, historical), 192 pages Source: ARC from publisher, via Winsome Media Communications – pub date August 2010 Reason for reading: review, a favorite author Opening Lines: “From up here, everything seems to spill from itself. Everything is shadowed. The cool at the base of the trees. The swollen lip of river. The dark beneath the cliff stones at Rockland, where Katherine had gone last week – taken the steamer, hiked to the summit, and stayed until almost too late.” Book Description: It is 1876, the year of the […]

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Book Talk: *The Heart is Not a Size*, by Beth Kephart

Book Talk: *The Heart is Not a Size*, by Beth Kephart

Disclosure: I bought this book for my personal library. *Purchasing links in this review are connected to my Amazon Associates account, and will generate a small referral fee to me if clicked. The Heart is Not a Size Beth Kephart HarperTeen (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 0061470481 / 9780061470486) Fiction (YA), 256 pages Opening Lines: “What I remember now is the bunch of them running: from the tins, which were their houses. Up the white streets, which were the color of bone. All the way to the top of Anapra, where we were standing in our secondhand scrubs and where Riley said, […]

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Book Talk: *Get Lucky*, by Katherine Center (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *Get Lucky*, by Katherine Center (TLC Book Tour)

Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher, via TLC Book Tours, for the purposes of this review. The book is now available for purchase. *Purchasing links in this review are through my Amazon Affiliate account and will generate a small referral fee for me, if used. Get Lucky Katherine Center Ballantine Books (2010), Paperback original (ISBN 0345507916 / 9780345507914) Fiction, 288 pages Opening Lines: “First:  I got fired.  For emailing a website with hundreds of pictures of breasts to every single person in our company.  Even the CEO and chairman of the board. […]

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Book Talk: *Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo?*, by Jancee Dunn

Book Talk: *Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo?*, by Jancee Dunn

Disclosure: I purchased this book for my personal library. Purchasing links included in this post generate referrals through my Amazon Affiliates account. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask Jancee Dunn Villard (2009), Paperback original (ISBN 0345501926 / 9780345501929) Essay/memoir, 224 pages Opening Lines: “Last Thanksgiving, right about the time that our family had finished scraping up the last of our triple fleet of pies (pecan, chocolate, and pumpkin) my mother pushed away from the table, dabbed her lips with a napkin and calmly made an announcement.   “‘I’m gettin’ a […]

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Book Talk, times two: *Undercover* and *Nothing But Ghosts* by Beth Kephart

Book Talk, times two: *Undercover* and *Nothing But Ghosts* by Beth Kephart

Disclosure: I purchased both of these books for my own personal reading. *Purchasing links in this review are connected to my Amazon Affiliates account and will generate a small referral fee for me if they’re used. Undercover Beth Kephart HarperCollins, 2009, paperback (ISBN 9780061238956 / 0061238953) Fiction (young adult), 304 pages Opening lines: “One day I saw a vixen and a dog fox dancing. It was on the other side of the cul-de-sac, past the Gunns’ place, through the trees, where the stream draws a wet line in spring.” Book description: Like a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac, Elisa ghostwrites love […]

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Sunday Salon, Birthday Weekend Edition: Book-buying begins again!

Sunday Salon, Birthday Weekend Edition: Book-buying begins again!

Reading Progress and Plans I’m trying to finish reading Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart this weekend, and I think I’ll accomplish that. I’ll be reviewing it in tandem with Beth’s earlier YA novel, Undercover – I may not post it till next week, though, so as not to divert attention from my review of The Sparrow (see the Read-Along note below). Both of those books count for my Blogging Authors Reading Project, as does my next blog-tour read, Get Lucky by Katherine Center. Double-booking is usually problematic for me, but I think I’ll try it again anyway, accompanying my […]

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Commenting Commentary (Weekly Geeks 2010-7)

Commenting Commentary (Weekly Geeks 2010-7)

The current Weekly Geeks topic is one dear to the hearts of most bloggers, and one that I obsess over to a ridiculous degree – COMMENTS! Well, to be fair, I obsess a lot more about getting them than giving them – I don’t think I do so badly in the latter department, if I say so myself. It’s also rather timely, since as you may have seen, I recently installed a new commenting system (which I’ll talk more about in a minute). In Weekly Geeks 2010-7: Commenting, Chris asks several questions about our commenting habits, which I’ll address one […]

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