Sunday Book Talk: “Gods Behaving Badly,” by Marie Phillips

Sunday Book Talk: “Gods Behaving Badly,” by Marie Phillips

Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel Marie Phillips (author’s blog) Back Bay Books, 2008 (paperback) (ISBN 0316067636 / 9780316067638) Fiction, 320 pages First Sentence: One morning, when Artemis was out walking the dogs, she saw a tree where no tree should be. Book description: Being immortal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Life’s hard for a Greek god in the 21st century: nobody believes in you any more, even your own family doesn’t respect you, […]

Saturday Review 3-14

Saturday Review 3-14

New to my Google Reader Book, Line, and Sinker and its older sibling, Curly Wurly Gurly Kathfucious says…, a new venture from Kazoofus’ KathyHowe Flibbertigibbet Linus’s Blanket Several new additions via the new review-collection site Paperback Frenzy: Life in the Stupid Lane Dog Ear Diary Write for a Reader Stephanie’s Written Word Bloggin’ ’bout Books   Across the Blogiverse Appreciating the opportunity, and the choice, to be an American Speaking of choices: These reflections on […]

TBIF – Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

Musing Monday, hosted at Just One More Page Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about new authors… What is your policy when it comes to new authors? Do you feel comfortable purchasing a book or do you prefer to borrow new authors from the library? How often do you ‘try out’ a new author? (Here’s a new addition to the TBIF Gallery; my plan is to participate whenever the question grabs me, as this one did.) […]

Thursday Book Talk: “The Uncommon Reader,” by Alan Bennett

Thursday Book Talk: “The Uncommon Reader,” by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader: A NovellaAlan BennettPicador, 2008 (Paperback) (ISBN 0312427646 / 9780312427641)Fiction, 128 pages First sentence: At Windsor it was the evening of the state banquet and as the president of France took his place beside Her Majesty, the royal family formed up behind and the procession slowly moved off and through into the Waterloo Chamber. Book description: When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to […]

Back to books and movies (and kids, and chickens and eggs)…

The “which comes first – books or movies” post a couple of weeks ago kicked up some decent discussion, and that sent me back to the topic, looking at it from a slightly different angle this time. …As I mentioned in the original post, my stepchildren’s mother has a rule that the kids cannot see a movie based on a book unless they have read the book first, and it’s a rule that she wants […]

Blog Improvement Project #5: The Social, part 1 – tweet tweet!

Although I haven’t actively participated in the Blog Improvement Project tasks lately, I’m joining in for #5, the first of two during what Kim has designated as “Social Media Month:” “…Social Media Month is going to be about educating each other about social media.  Our first project is the much-anticipated Social Media Carnival! The task is simple: write a post about one social media tool that you currently use.  If you don’t currently use any […]

GUEST POST: Live from West of Mars…it’s Susan and ShapeShifter!

GUEST POST: Live from West of Mars…it’s Susan and ShapeShifter!

Please welcome author and book-blog-community-builder Susan Helene Gottfried to The 3 R’s! Susan and I originally connected years ago on BookCrossing, but lost touch until I re-discovered her through her blog, West of Mars: The Meet and Greet. I had the opportunity to read and review her first collection of fiction about the band ShapeShifter, The Demo Tapes: Year One, last week (all of which was originally published on her blog). Today, she shares some […]

Saturday Review 3-7-09

Saturday Review 3-7-09

Bulletin Board **** Current Events Department: It’s BIRTHDAY MONTH! Sunshine is throwing the big party for all the March babies over at …and the pursuit of happiness. If this is your month, be sure to stop by and let her know! (I already have my button over in the sidebar.) And if you’re not fortunate enough to have been born during March, you’re not being left out of the fun – she has an “unbirthday” […]

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

Tuesday Thingers: Questions for LibraryThing users, hosted at Wendi’s Book Corner This week’s question: Were you aware of the LT Early Reviewers Program? Have you received any books from the program? If you have, how have you liked the book(s)? Any other thoughts on the LTER program? My Answer: Great timing for this question, since Febrary LTER recipients were notified this week, and the March list is on its way! I opened my LibraryThing account […]

Thursday Book Talk: “ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes – Year 1”

Thursday Book Talk: “ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes – Year 1”

ShapeShifter : The Demo Tapes — Year 1 Susan Helene Gottfried Lulu.com, Paperback (ISBN 0557023440 / 9780557023448) Fiction, 132 pages Book description (from back cover): A band’s demo tape is intended to introduce listeners to their music. Likewise, this collection of short pieces allows readers into the fictional world of Trevor Wolff and his band, ShapeShifter. Originally published online between April 2006 and March 2007, The Demo Tapes — Year 1 brings together the moments […]

Weekly Geeks 2009-08: Who’s got issues?

Weekly Geeks 2009-08: Who’s got issues?

This week we are going to rewind to May 2008 and revisit one of Dewey‘s original Weekly Geeks themes: Political and Social Issues. Here is how to play: 1. Choose a political or social issue that matters to you. If you were a Weekly Geek last May and already did this theme, pick a different theme than the one you did at that time. 2. Educate readers about your topic by telling us a little […]

Honestly, it’s an award!

Honestly, it’s an award!

I have been honored by Betty & Boo’s Mommy of The Betty and Boo Chronicles with the “Honest Scrap” blog award. Reading her thoughtful posts is always a highlight of my day, and I really appreciate her nominating my blog for this recognition: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find friends and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are […]

Weekend Assignment #257: Giving it up!

Weekend Assignment #257: Giving it up!

I’m “guest-professoring” from Outpost Mâvarin again with an appropriate topic for the first weekend of Lent: Weekend Assignment #257: Have you ever given up anything for Lent – and if you have, what was it? Did you make it stick for the whole forty days? (In deference to those of you who have never observed Lent at all, let’s expand this to giving up anything for religious, ethical or health reasons – cigarettes, for example.) […]

Sunday Book Talk: “True Colors,” by Kristin Hannah

Sunday Book Talk: “True Colors,” by Kristin Hannah

Thanks to Anna Jarzab of Authors on the Web for providing an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book! It’s now available in bookstores. True Colors: A Novel Kristin Hannah St. Martin’s Press, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 0312364105 / 9780312364106) Fiction, 400 pages First sentence: Fifteen-year-old Winona Grey stared out at the waterfront ranch that had been in her family for four generations, looking for something that had changed. Book description (summarized): The Grey sisters have […]