Monday Book Talk: “The 19th Wife,” by David Ebershoff – TLC Book Tour AND GIVEAWAY

Monday Book Talk: “The 19th Wife,” by David Ebershoff – TLC Book Tour AND GIVEAWAY

This review is part of a virtual blog tour hosted by TLC Book Tours in connection with the paperback release of The 19th Wife. Thanks to Lisa of TLC for arranging for me to obtain a copy of the novel (in hardcover) for review. Author David Ebershoff is also on a “real” book tour to promote the paperback release. He will be in the Los Angeles area on Monday, June 22, reading and signing books […]

Weekend Review – travels across the blogiverse

Weekend Review – travels across the blogiverse

Bulletin Board – for promotion of self and others *** Got some blog-related catch-up to do, and having trouble making the time to do it? Next weekend (Friday 6/19-Sunday 6/21) may be your big chance, if you sign up to participate in Bloggiesta! Hosted by Natasha at Maw Books Blog, this blogging marathon will focus on blog content, improving/cleaning up your blog or working on your social network profiles. I’m pretty open on what you […]

TBIF: Thank book/blog it’s Friday! This week in books

TBIF: Thank book/blog it’s Friday! This week in books

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Book reviews posted this week: The Laws of Harmony, by Judith Ryan Hendricks Next review scheduled: The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff Still currently reading: Escape by Carolyn Jessop (I expect to finish reading it this weekend, for review next week) TBR Next: The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist  (via LibraryThing Early Reviewers) Teaser: “She had gone off with a small bag in one hand and a bathing towel around her […]

Book reviews by the numbers (Blog Improvement Project #11)

Book reviews by the numbers (Blog Improvement Project #11)

The current task for the Blog Improvement Project is a bit unusual, so I’ll let Kim explain it herself: “This week’s task is a content analysis of book reviews to get some info about reviews. How long are they? How personal are they? How many paragraphs does the average book review have? By comparing book reviews written by bloggers to reviews written by professionals, I hope we can come up with some interesting stats to […]

Springtime at the Movies, the sequel: Back to the Multiplex!

Springtime at the Movies, the sequel: Back to the Multiplex!

After several weekends in one theater or another, including the last two, I think there may be a break in our movie-going activity until later in June…so this might be a good time to catch up. I shared my thoughts on some of the movies I saw in May a couple of weeks ago – welcome to “Springtime Movies II: Electric Boogaloo”! (all poster images found on MoviePoster.com; review links are to EW.com) Angels & […]

The Tall Tale of the Magic Makeover (Weekend Assignment #270)

The Tall Tale of the Magic Makeover (Weekend Assignment #270)

Karen said she was a bit hesitant to give this Assignment: “I think the reason I’ve been sitting on this idea is that it asks you to implicitly criticize yourself, which can be a bit of a downer. But let’s try to have fun with this, shall we?” Weekend Assignment #270: You’ve been given the magical opportunity to change just one thing about yourself, instantly and painlessly. There is no going back; whatever change you […]

Monday Book Talk: “The Laws of Harmony,” by Judith Ryan Hendricks

Monday Book Talk: “The Laws of Harmony,” by Judith Ryan Hendricks

I received this book for review through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. The Laws of Harmony: A Novel Judith Ryan Hendricks Harper, 2009 (paperback) (ISBN 0061687367 / 9780061687365) Fiction, 496 pages First sentence: “The heat is a presence. Palpable and relentless, it rolls over Albuquerque like a hot iron.” Random clip (page 300): “I buy a double espresso from a woman who has a little cart set up right by the entrance every Saturday and head […]

Weekend Review: This week across the blogiverse

Weekend Review: This week across the blogiverse

Bulletin Board ****If my review of Amy Tiemann’s book Mojo Mom caught your eye last month, and you’re in Southern California, this may interest you: Amy will be hosting “The Mother’s Summer Reading Salon” with Karen Maezen Miller, author of Momma Zen, on Tuesday, June 23 at Sierra Madre Books (in Sierra Madre). Newbies in my Google Reader The Worst Review Ever Readiac The Bumbles Blog Rhapsody in Books 1330v Catching Days Books and Movies […]

TBIF: Thank book/blog it’s Friday! This week in books*

TBIF: Thank book/blog it’s Friday! This week in books*

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Currently Reading (just started): Escape by Carolyn Jessop Teaser: “After several terrible years with Faunita, Audrey said, Merril was forced to marry Ruth. He resisted this marriage as well, until he was reprimanded by the prophet and forced to wed.” (page 91) Next in Line, order TBD: Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner, to “read along” with My Friend Amy one week in June (date TBA), also for 2009 RYOB Challenge; […]

Saturday Review: Thursday Preview/Bookmarks

Saturday Review: Thursday Preview/Bookmarks

Since I didn’t post a “Saturday Review” last weekend, I’ve got a lot of links stored up, so I thought I’d get a headstart and share some of reading-related ones today – that will give you less to get through this weekend :-). My real reason for this decision isn’t that selfless, however: I just haven’t had time to get ahead on my writing, so if I didn’t do this, I’d have no post for […]

Sportsmanlike conduct (Weekend Assignment #269)

Sportsmanlike conduct (Weekend Assignment #269)

It seems strangely appropriate to use this sports-themed post for a bit of score-keeping: Welcome to Post #900, y’all! Weekend Assignment #269: Are you a sports fan? If so, what’s your favorite? Do you follow many sports, just a few sports, or only one? If not, what is it about sports that leaves you cold? I talked about my fondness for baseball in a post here last month – and that’s pretty much the extent […]

I don’t call them “guilty” pleasures (Weekly Geeks 2009-20)

I don’t call them “guilty” pleasures (Weekly Geeks 2009-20)

This week’s task was sent in by Maree of Just Add Books, who’s been thinking about those things that we do when we’re not reading or blogging. Here’s what Maree has to say: The comments on this post of mine got me thinking about guilty pleasures. Non-reading guilty pleasures. Mine at the time the post was written was American Idol. Particularly one contestant, as you can see. By now, the show is over, and the […]

It was not to BEA…but it was on Twitter!

It was not to BEA…but it was on Twitter!

I had heard of the annual Book Expo America conference and trade show before this year, but to my knowledge it was a book-industry thing not open to civilians. Either I was wrong about that in the first place, or book bloggers aren’t considered “civilians” – we’re “new media.” At BEA 2009 this past weekend in New York City, the programming included a book-blogger panel (including my Festival of Books friends Amy and Natasha), which […]