Book talk: “History Lesson for Girls,” by Aurelie Sheehan

Book talk: “History Lesson for Girls,” by Aurelie Sheehan

History Lesson for Girls: A Novel Aurelie Sheehan Penguin, 2007 (paperback) (ISBN 0143111906 / 9780143111900) Fiction, 368 pages First sentence: One day I saw them, our dream horses, and on that day I pulled over to the side of the road and cried. Book description (summarized): Alison suffers from scoliosis. Her bent spine is not only a physical defect but also a social stigma isolating her from other teenagers and even distancing her from her […]

It’s bookKEEPING, not bookSTEALING

A conversation among some of my book-blogging buddies on Twitter clued me in to Shelf Awareness, a daily e-mail newsletter about the book business. This item in the January 8 e-mail caught my attention: On Tuesday, local police arrested a woman who between 2006 and 2008 was a bookkeeper at Page and Palette bookstore, Fairhope, Ala., and charged her with embezzling about $50,000 from the store, the Press-Register reported. The former bookkeeper, Theresa Canavan Lyda, […]

WG 2009-01: Bloggy favorites, worthy of an award!

WG 2009-01: Bloggy favorites, worthy of an award!

***One of the hazards of pre-scheduling my posts is that I miss things that don’t get advance announcement, and then I have to play catch-up. Yesterday was officially DeLurking Day across the blogiverse! Well, let’s go ahead and observe it here today instead – please come out of hiding and leave a comment, whether you do so regularly, or you rarely (or never) have before!**** ===================================== Welcome to the return of Weekly Geeks! We took […]

Weekend Assignment #250: Hot or Cold?

Karen is asking about the weather for this Weekend Assignment: Weekend Assignment #250: We’re getting into the coldest time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, so I expect things are getting a mite chilly on some places. If you had to pick one or the other, would you rather be too cold in the winter, or too hot in the summer? Extra Credit: How has the weather been so far this season, compared to past […]

Sunday Book Talk: “The Pages in Between,” by Erin Einhorn

Sunday Book Talk: “The Pages in Between,” by Erin Einhorn

(I don’t participate in The Sunday Salon, but it seems like Sunday is a good alternate day for posting book reviews if they don’t show up here on Thursdays. New year, new tradition?) Thanks to Felicia Sinusas of Jane Wesman Public Relations for noticing this book on my wish list and arranging for me to receive a copy to read and review – sorry it’s taken so long! The Pages in Between: A Holocaust Legacy […]

Saturday Review 1-10-09

Bulletin Board Weekly Geeks re-launches this week – a new topic is posted TODAY! I’m part of the team that is continuing this event that Dewey started in the spring of 2008. Weekly Geeks is on its own blog now – please go on over to get this week’s theme and see how to play along. While you’re there, grab one of the new buttons, and please take a few minutes to check out the […]

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! Weekly Memes Day 1-9-09

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! Weekly Memes Day 1-9-09

Tuesday Thingers: Questions for LibraryThing users, hosted at Wendi’s Book Corner Today’s question:  Did you know that there are 1497 authors participating in LibraryThing Authors? If you haven’t checked it out, head over for a moment and see if you can find out something new about an author! If you don’t have time to go snooping, have you ever looked at the LT Author page before? Did you know that it is for authors and […]

Blog Improvement Project, Week 1: Setting Goals

I think that this blog made a lot of progress during 2008, but things can always be tweaked, and as I’m coming up on my second blogiversary, participating in the Blog Improvement Project (hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness) sounds appealing. The first task in the project, “Setting Goals,” is less appealing, I’m sad to say. It’s not that I don’t have goals, but as an attempting-to-recover control freak, I try not to get too […]

Coming soon to a DVR near me – the winter TV season!

To me, September feels more like “New Year’s” time than January does, because for most of my life it’s been linked to the beginnings of two very important annual events – the school year and the fall TV season. Back-to-school will still impact my life for at least nine more years, but recently, the arrival of new TV episodes in the fall has met with less fanfare. There are a few reasons for that – […]

Ten on Tuesday: To Do in 2009

Ten on Tuesday: To Do in 2009

In some ways, this week’s Ten on Tuesday prompt, “10 Things You Want to Do in 2009,” feels like the next step from the New Year’s Resolutions theme a couple of weeks ago. Looking at it that way, the resolutions are a wish list of goals, and this week’s list would include specific steps to achieve them. I’m approaching the “to do” list partly from that perspective, but not completely. If an item does relate […]

Weekend Assignment #249: Looking back at 2009

Yes, you read the post title correctly. In this Assignment, Karen is asking us to get a bit creative and project one year into the future: Weekend Assignment #249: Today is January 2, 2010. Tell us about the most interesting things that happened in 2009, in the world and also in your life in particular. Extra Credit: How did you do on your 2009 resolutions, if any? Change may have come to America in 2008, […]

Saturday Review – First Weekend of 2009 edition!

Saturday Review – First Weekend of 2009 edition!

Bulletin Board ***** Are you a book blogger living in California AND a member of the Book Blogs Ning group? I just discovered there’s a California Book Lovers sub-group over there (thanks to Natasha at Maw Books Blog for the tip-off; she actually mentioned another state’s book group, but that made me decide to go looking for my own) – why don’t you go ahead and join, too? And help spread the word! ***** ***** […]

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! Happy New Year edition

Tuesday Thingers: Questions for LibraryThing users, hosted at Wendi’s Book Corner Today’s question: Here is a list of the main areas of Library Thing: 1. Home (http://www.librarything.com/, before you log in) 2. Home (once you log in, contains Your Home, Your Profile, Connections, Recommendations, Reviews, Statistics, Clouds, Gallery, Memes) 3. Profile (Recent activity, tags, comments, members with your books) 4. Your Library 5. Your Tags 6. Add Books 7. Talk 8. Groups 9. Local 10. […]

My first reading challenge – read my own (bleeping) books!

As you already know if you read my Reading Year in Review post, I was rather disappointed in myself for reading just 35 books in 2008, which was down from the 40 books I read in 2007 (which, come to think of it, was another number I was not thrilled with either). And for the first time, about one-third of the books I read were specifically for the purpose of posting reviews. I’m not sure […]

At the movies: “Marley & Me”

At the movies: “Marley & Me”

Marley & Me Comedy/drama, 2008 I’m not a stickler for reading the book before I see the movie adaptation. In fact, I’d been shying away from reading John Grogan’s Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog. I’m not prejudiced against reading big best-sellers, but it seems to me that big best-selling books about animals frequently have a high cuteness/sappiness factor, and I am prejudiced against that, to be honest. However, I’ve […]