BBAW: A reading meme

Via the BBAW Award-nominated Whatever (in the “Best Author Blog” category),  John Scalzi’s very own Reading Meme: In response to all the “book reading memes” with which I am continually tagged, a new book-reading meme: 1. Open the book you’re currently reading to page 133. 2. Read the fourth line on the page. 3. Put the book back where it had been resting. 4. Tell no one of what it was you just did. 5. […]

Ten on Tuesday on Wednesday: Simple Happy Things

In keeping with the topic “10 Simple Things that Make You Happy” and the fact that this is actually Ten on WEDNESDAY (due to a prior blog commitment yesterday), I’ll actually do a simple list for once, in no particular order. Holding hands with my husband (nice that this was #1 on his list too) A really good cup of coffee Wearing an outfit I love that’s comfortable AND looks good Cool nights and cloudy […]

BBAW miscellany, featuring The Book Blogger Interview: Bermudaonion!

One of the activities Amy arranged for Book Blogger Appreciation Week is an interview swap, in which she paired up two participating bloggers to interview each other via e-mail and post the Q&A. Today, those interviews are posting across the BBAW participant blogiverse, so it’s a great chance to get to know some book-blogging folks a little better. Please welcome Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog to The 3 R’s for a little blogger-to-blogger Q&A! She’s a […]

BBAW Kickoff: A Survey and a Giveaway!

BBAW Kickoff: A Survey and a Giveaway!

My Friend Amy sent out this little survey to the bloggers who registered for Book Blogger Appreciation Week, but since I didn’t get it done in time to send back to her and get it counted, I’m just answering the questions here as my own little kickoff event. Feel free to leave your own answers in the comments, and there could be something in it for you – just keep reading to find out more! […]

Weekend Assignment #233: (Virtual) New Toys

Karen has been playing with some new online toys lately, and she was wondering whether we might be too when she posed the question for this Weekend Assignment. Weekend Assignment #233: The online world is constantly evolving, to the point where I’m surprised I’m not reading about Web 3.0 by now. Google’s service Blogger is just one example of an online resource that’s been rolling out new features and gadgets recently. Are there any new […]

In my opinion: Pro-choice IS pro-life

I’m heading down an editorial path in a political direction today, so I thought I’d warn you first – and if it’s not your thing, the mood will probably be a little lighter during the next few days, since Book Blogger Appreciation Week starts tomorrow! The recent selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential candidate has stirred up a lot of talk, and as might be expected, some of it’s focused on her position […]

Saturday Review 9-13

Bulletin Board **** Banned Books Week is September 27-October 4th, and Caribousmom talks about a lot better than I could. **** Consider this a public service announcement: If you are tired of forwarded e-mails from your friends and relatives who keep sending you those “true” stories and political screeds they haven’t checked out on, no matter how many times you’ve asked them not to, there’s a website that will do the asking for you […]

TBIF – Thank blog it’s Friday!

Tuesday Thingers (hosted by The Boston Bibliophile) Today’s question: Awards. Do you follow any particular book awards? Do you ever choose books based on awards? What award-winning books do you have? (Off the top of your head only- no need to look this up- it would take all day!) What’s your favorite award-winning book? LibraryThing’s Common Knowledge feature tracks awards; you can find it here. I used to pay a lot more attention to book […]

“Don’t You Forget…”: Weekly Geeks #16 Double Book Talk

“Don’t You Forget…”: Weekly Geeks #16 Double Book Talk

Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book for review after accepting an offer from publisher’s rep Katie O’Callaghan at Ballantine Books. This will be a little different than my usual book posts. For Weekly Geeks #16, Dewey gave the assignment to pair up with another participant and interview each other via e-mail about our most recently-read, not-yet-reviewed books. Instead of my usual meandering comments, I’ll be answering questions about this book from Jennifer of […]

Mothers of Intention: Red, blue, and purple at PunditMom’s place

***UPDATED 9/10/08 9:00 AM – please see below!   +++ UPDATED AGAIN at 9:20 AM – keep going… Earlier this year, PunditMom was motivated to open up her blog to weekly guests in a feature she called “Mothers of Intention.” Things are heating up in the presidential race as we winnow the field of candidates. And emotions, as I’m noticing on comments here and elsewhere, are reflective of that. So I’m introducing a new, regular feature […]

BBAW Preview: A contest for READERS!

You may have noticed in the sidebar on this blog – or read somewhere, like maybe here – that Book Blogger Appreciation Week will be celebrated from September 15-19! There will be special BBAW-related events going on all across the book-blogiverse next week: themed posts, contests, and even an awards ceremony! One of those contests is getting started right now, and it’s open to everyone who READS book blogs, but who DON’T have book blogs […]

Ten on Tuesday: Favorite Movie Songs

Ten on Tuesday: Favorite Movie Songs

I’m all about the soundtrack. I’ve often wished my daily life had one. Maybe I can get some ideas for it from this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Favorite Movie Songs.” For the purposes of this assignment, I’m sticking with songs that were written specifically for, or were heard for the first time in, a particular movie. A lot of recent movies have made use of existing music for their soundtracks, which is fine […]

Weekend Assignment #232: How’s My Driving?

Weekend Assignment #232: How’s My Driving?

This week, Karen brings up a topic near and dear to a Southern Californian’s heart: Weekend Assignment #232: It’s been said that as many as 80% of people who drive consider themselves to be “above average” drivers. Since this is statistically impossible, some of us are clearly overestimating ourselves. Be honest: how are your driving skills? If you drive, what are your strengths and weaknesses? If you don’t drive, what drives your decision not to […]

It’s a win-win-win-win!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Second Chance at Summer (Reading) Re-Gifting Giveaway! About 40 people entered, although some got extra chances because they posted about it on their blogs. Some book bags were more popular than others, so that affected your odds of winning. Entries closed on Friday, and I did four drawings today, one for each book bag, using random numbers for each entry generated by And now for the winners! Bag […]

Saturday Review 9-6-08

Bulletin Board *****Natasha at Maw Books Blog is devoting the month of September to Reading and Blogging for Darfur. Let her tell you all about it here. *****VOTING is on for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week Awards – it started yesterday, and closes next Friday, September 12.  Click this link to get to the voting booth! If you nominated this blog in any of the categories, thank you! It didn’t make the finals, but some […]