TBIF – Thank book/blog it’s Friday!

TBIF – Thank book/blog it’s Friday!

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Currently reading: Perfect Life by Jessica Shattuck, via LibraryThing Early Reviewers Teaser: “Laura could hear the anxious needling in her own voice. The wife, the nag, the worrier – it was a boring story.” (page 79) Book reviews posted this week: Fool, by Christopher MooreNext review scheduled: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, by Janelle Brown Bonus Bookery: BOOKKEEPING, expanded edition: The (half) year in booksNew to my LibraryThing “to […]

Thursday Book Talk : “Fool,” by Christopher Moore

Thursday Book Talk : “Fool,” by Christopher Moore

Fool: A Novel Christopher Moore (blog) William Morrow, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 0060590319 / 9780060590314) Fiction, 336 pages First sentence: “Tosser!” Cried the raven. There’s always a bloody raven. Book description: Here’s the Cliff Notes you wished you’d had for King Lear—the mad royal, his devious daughters, rhyming ghosts and a castle full of hot intrigue—in a cheeky and ribald romp that both channels and chides the Bard and all Fate’s bastards. It’s 1288, and the king’s fool, Pocket, and […]

The Meme Thief is back! A “blog starter,” from A to Z

My week took an unexpected turn on the Fourth of July, and so I’m falling back on a meme for today. I stole this one from anniegirl1138 – feel free to steal it yourself and keep it going! Tomorrow may be a day off from blogging – it depends on how things go today. A – Age: I’m 45, halfway to fifty (duh). I’m too young to have a child who will be 25 this week (but I do […]

Brief (middle-sized?) apologies and updates

The first apology is to my sister, because I’m not sure I’ll have had a chance to call and tell you about this before it posts, and I know you prefer not to have the blog be the first place you find out about things :-). The second apology is to every blog in my Google Reader, where I’ve already hit the “mark all as read” button twice in two days, and may need to […]

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report, expanded edition

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report, expanded edition

…or, The (Half)Year in Books I “borrowed” this idea from Nymeth‘s Sunday Salon post last week, but as it happens, it was also June 29th’s Musing Mondays question: Now that we’ve come to the middle of the year, what do you think of your 2009 reading so far? Read anything interesting that you’d like to share? Any outstanding favorites? Considering my pathetic total of 35 books read and reviewed in 2008, the fact that I’m […]

TBIF: Thank book/blog it’s Friday! Ready for a bookish three-day weekend?

TBIF: Thank book/blog it’s Friday! Ready for a bookish three-day weekend?

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Guess who bought a Kindle?! (My mother-in-law let me try out hers first, and when I decided I really liked it, she offered me one of my own. Thanks, Peggy!) It’s scheduled to arrive early next week, and I’m open to suggestions for my first e-books – if you have any, comments please! This may be my way around the whole “waiting for the paperback” problem… Reviews posted this week: […]

Thursday Book Talk: “Certain Girls,” by Jennifer Weiner

Thursday Book Talk: “Certain Girls,” by Jennifer Weiner

Certain Girls: A Novel Jennifer Weiner (blog) Washington Square Press, 2009 (paperback) (ISBN 0743294262 / 9780743294263) Fiction, 416 pages First sentence: When I was a kid, our small-town paper published wedding announcements, with descriptions of the ceremonies and dresses and pictures of the brides. Book description: Cannie Shapiro, the smart, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed, is back. After her debut novel — a fictionalized (and highly sexualized) version of her life — […]

Meaningful music(ians) (Weekend Assignment #273)

Meaningful music(ians) (Weekend Assignment #273)

Weekend Assignment #273: The death of Michael Jackson has provoked a huge reaction, much of it from people who grew up listening to his music. Is there a particular musician whose work has particular meaning for you? Extra Credit: What is your personal reaction, if any, to the death of Michael Jackson? I already did the extra credit – that was yesterday’s post. It should not surprise you if you’ve been reading here for awhile, […]