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. Even the summer interns. Looking back, I may have been ready to leave my job.  I’d like to give myself the benefit of the doubt.  Sometimes the crazy things I do are actually very sensible.  And sometimes, of course, they’re just crazy.” Book description: Sarah Harper isn’t sure if the stupid decisions she sometimes makes […]

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2001: A Blogging Odyssey–Reflections and Projections After 2000 Posts

2001: A Blogging Odyssey–Reflections and Projections After 2000 Posts

It has taken 6 years and almost 7 months to accumulate 2000 posts on The 3 R’s Blog, but it happened yesterday. Post number 2001 seems like a good place to pause and consider how I got here, and where to go now that I am here. The last time I reviewed blog stats was the end of 2011 (I only looked at reading stats in 2012). I think this is a good occasion to revisit them, with a little bit of context from each year of the blog’s life. Care to come along? 2007: 332 posts for the year Top 5 Pageviews in 2007 (*=all-time Top 10 pageviews) The “responsible” child (?)–a parental perspective Book Talk: THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER The American vacation: an endangered species? Factors for a successful marriage: The Pew Survey * Book Talk: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS I read a lot of posts about blog development during my […]

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2012 in Review–‘Riting & Randomness…and a little ‘Rithmetic

2012 in Review–‘Riting & Randomness…and a little ‘Rithmetic

I usually do a little year-end number-crunching in the process of coming up with my Books of the Year, but this year I decided to share those before I put up the stats. However, before I get to the Bookkeeping, I have answers to some questions from the “Book Blogging/Reading Life” section of Jamie‘s annual End-of-Year Book Survey. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?  If I leave my Books of the Year reviews out of the running here, it’s my review of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audiobook read by Jim Dale). And since I also use the “review” label when I blog about movies, I’ll include my discussion of my husband’s favorite movie of 2012, The Avengers, here too. Best discussion you had on your blog? The fact that these two related posts went up back-to-back during Book Blogger Appreciation Week probably helped, but book bloggers do enjoy talking about book blogging, […]

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Next year at BlogHer…or at BookBloggerCon? Conference Conundrums

Next year at BlogHer…or at BookBloggerCon? Conference Conundrums

Just a few weeks ago – while we were at Comic-Con, actually, two weekends before BlogHer’10 – I told Tall Paul that after attending for two years running, I wasn’t sure about going to BlogHer next year. We had already decided we wanted to go to Comic-Con again (we’re anxiously waiting for online registration to open, and we really want the four-day passes this time!). Sure, the event is crazy and crowded, but it’s just so much fun – as Amy put it, it’s “mad addicting.” Also, despite the crowds and craziness, it’s somehow relaxing – probably because I’m just there as an attendee and spectator, with no particular goals. In addition, for the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about a trip back to New York next May. I loved being part of Armchair BEA this year, and I’m still lukewarm on Book Expo America (a trade show, essentially, where I’m only on […]

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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 reviewed year-to-date: 26 (slightly ahead of 2009) Review copies read (ARCs, tours, other sources): 14 My books read, paper: 9 My books read, e-books (Kindle): 3 Fiction: 20 Nonfiction: 6 Reading Challenges progress: Read Your Own Books Challenge 2010: read 10 out of 20 committed, right on schedule! (Note that I didn’t count two of […]

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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 reading of Get Lucky with In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church by Gina Welch (a LibraryThing Early Reviewer book). Pairing fiction and nonfiction seems to be the way this works best for me, based on previous attempts – wish me luck! I really don’t know […]

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Sunday Salon: Guess who’s in a book? No, really!

Sunday Salon: Guess who’s in a book? No, really!

BREAKING NEWS: GUESS WHO’S BEEN PUBLISHED – IN AN ACTUAL BOOK?! I haven’t previously shared the details of this with anyone except my husband because I didn’t entirely believe it would happen, but a post of mine from September 2007 has been published in an essay anthology. (I’m trying to sound matter-of-fact about it, but trust me, I’m totally SQUEE-ing on the inside!) Early last year, I received an e-mail “…to inquire about an essay ‘The Responsible Child?’ appearing on your blog on the topic of “boomerang” kids who return to their parental home (or presume that they have a right to return) following college. Your essay responds to a blog entry posted on Penelope Trunk’s site. We would like to run both pieces in the 10th edition of the expository writing textbook, The Contemporary Reader by Gary Goshgarian, to be included in a new chapter exploring the financial burdens facing college students and 20-somethings […]

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The Meme Thief brings back the old year for New Year’s!

The Meme Thief brings back the old year for New Year’s!

Since we’re barely into 2010, I don’t think the statute of limitations for reflecting a little more on 2009 has run out yet. The Meme Thief stole this “New Year’s Meme” from Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife, but other bloggers have posted it too. 1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? I went to my first conference of any kind – how nice that it was a blogging conference! I also made my first visit to Chicago, and hope it won’t be the last. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, since I don’t see anything sacred about January 1 as a day to change habits or make improvements in one’s life. But I did accomplish a couple of my goals for 2009: I read more books, and I met more blogging friends […]

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The Year in Review: ‘Riting and Randomness, 2009

The Year in Review: ‘Riting and Randomness, 2009

I “borrowed” this first line meme from Kristen at BookNAround – it suggests that taking the first line of the first post of each month of the year will make an interesting portrait of your blogging year. I guess it depends on how you define “interesting,” but let me know if you can spot a theme here. I don’t see one, other than the fact that several of my “firsts” were Weekend Assignments. However, you may notice that I was providing disclosure statements about my review books before all that FTC business got started… January: I’m not a stickler for reading the book before I see the movie adaptation. (At the movies: “Marley & Me”) February: I’m substitute-teaching “guest-professoring” another Weekend Assignment for Karen. (Weekend Assignment #253: Roughing It) March: Thanks to Anna Jarzab of Authors on the Web for providing an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book! (Book Talk: “True Colors,” by Kristin […]

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TBIF: Thank Book/Blog It’s Friday!

TBIF: Thank Book/Blog It’s Friday!

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Book reviews posted: None since July 20(!!). Conferencing, and following it up with a lot of writing, took a serious toll on reading time! I have good intentions to get back on the train in August, though – at least partly spurred by review obligations that actually have due dates – so wish me luck with improving my record! Upcoming reviews: Wife of the Gods: A Novel, by Kwei Quartey (for TLC Books Tours) The Last Bridge, by Teri Coyne (for LibraryThing Early Reviewers) The Weight of Silence: A Novel, by Heather Gudenkauf (also for TLC) New additions to the LibraryThing “To Read” collection: For review – Mercury in Retrograde, by Paula Froelich (from publisher) A Circle of Souls, by Preetham Grandhi (from author) The Summer Kitchen, by Karen Weinreb (from Nicole at Bookreporter.com) Lift: A Memoir, by Rebecca K. O’Connor (ARC, from author) For me – I See You […]

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