Book Talk: *The Day the Falls Stood Still*, by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Book Talk: *The Day the Falls Stood Still*, by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Disclosure: I purchased this as an e-book to read on my Amazon Kindle. *I am an Amazon Associate and an IndieBound Affiliate. Purchasing links are provided by Amazon.com and IndieBound.org, and will generate a small referral fee for me.* The Day the Falls Stood Still Cathy Marie Buchanan Voice (2009), Hardcover (ISBN 1401340970 / 9781401340971) (E-book 9781401394752) Fiction (historical), 320 pages Opening Lines: “The stone walls of Loretto Academy are so thick I can sit cured up on a windowsill, arms around the knees tucked under my chin. It stands on a bluff not far from the Horseshoe Falls, and […]

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Book Talk: *The Local News*, by Miriam Gershow

Book Talk: *The Local News*, by Miriam Gershow

Disclosure: I purchased this book for my personal reading. *Purchasing links in this review are through my Amazon Associates account, and I will net a small referral fee for their use. The Local News: A Novel Miriam Gershow Spiegel & Grau (2010), Paperback (ISBN 9780385527620 / 0385527624) Fiction, 378 pages Opening Lines: “After my brother went missing, my parents let me use their car whenever I wanted, even though I only had a learner’s permit. They didn’t enforce my curfew. I didn’t have to ask to be excused from the dinner table. The dinner table, in fact, had all but […]

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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: *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, 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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The Year in Review: Reading – 2009 Final Bookkeeping, and my Books of the Year

The Year in Review: Reading – 2009 Final Bookkeeping, and my Books of the Year

Before getting into the discussion of the quality of my reading this year, let’s run some numbers: BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Number of books read and reviewed in 2009: 47. This is an improvement over my 2007 reading, and a nice return to form from the dismal 35 I read in 2008. Given the pace at which I usually read, which isn’t aided by big chunks of reading time (other than my “Starbucks hour” most weekends), and the types of books I prefer, I really don’t see myself exceeding 50 books a year at this stage of my life, […]

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Sunday Salon, Post-Thanksgiving edition: Bookkeeping, Bookmarks, and more

Sunday Salon, Post-Thanksgiving edition: Bookkeeping, Bookmarks, and more

Does the holiday season take a big chunk out of your reading time? Between weekends spent shopping, decorating, and socializing and the normal daily routine, I find that I have fewer opportunities to settle down with a book, unless I can squeeze in a day off here and there (which I am doing a couple of times before Christmas, and possibly more once I know what my son’s travel plans for the holidays are). My immediate reading agenda is to get through the next couple of reviews I have scheduled, and then I really want to goof off a bit […]

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Sunday Salon 11-8: Bookkeeping, Challenging, etc.

Sunday Salon 11-8: Bookkeeping, Challenging, etc.

I just looked at the calendar, and there are not quite eight weeks left in 2009 (!). Soon I’ll be putting together my Books of the Year picks and my Year in Review posts. It may be a little more challenging this year. I’ve read more books than the 35 I managed last year (yay!), and I’m pretty sure I’ll knock out a few more before the end of December. But I’ve also read quite a few books that I rated at least a 4 out of 5 this year (also yay, for good books!), so choosing my very favorites […]

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Sunday Salon 10/11: Bookkeeping, Bookmarks, and other bookishness

Sunday Salon 10/11: Bookkeeping, Bookmarks, and other bookishness

If you’re visiting The 3 R’s for the first time via the Sunday Salon feed, welcome, and please take a look around! While you’re here, why not take a few minutes to enter one of my three 1000-Post Celebration Giveaways? They’re still open for a few more days – the last day to enter is Wednesday, October 14! Here’s what you could win (you may enter only one giveaway): #1: ARC Fiction Package These Advance Reader editions have only been read once, and are in good condition. The links are to my reviews. Restriction: The winner takes them all – […]

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Reading Plans and Goals (Weekly Geeks 2009-35, BBAW Day 5)

Reading Plans and Goals (Weekly Geeks 2009-35, BBAW Day 5)

This week on Weekly Geeks, Terri asks about reading plans for the rest of the year: It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the last quarter of 2009. Soon those of us in the northern hemisphere will be curled up in front of the fire (or solar heater) with our favorite wintry reads, and those in the southern will be off to the beaches with their summer books. Do you have a plan of what you’re going to read the rest of the year? Have you had a master plan all along? If so, have you stuck to it? What helps […]

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