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

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

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Book reviews posted: Wife of the Gods, by Kwei Quartey Upcoming reviews: Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz (read on Kindle) The Last Bridge, by Teri Coyne (for LibraryThing Early Reviewers) The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel, by Garth Stein The Weight of Silence: A Novel, by Heather Gudenkauf (for TLC Book Tours) New additions to the LibraryThing “To Read” collection: For review – The Package Deal: My […]

Shufflin’ over to Music Savvy Mom!

Shufflin’ over to Music Savvy Mom!

One of my blog categories here is “pop culture: music” because I’m just the slightest bit addicted to it. I used to post random lists of songs from my iPod regularly, and I like responding to music-related prompts I find on other blogs (although I was at a loss for last week’s Weekly Geeks topic: songs that remind you of books). I’m responding to one of those prompts at another blog today. Susan Helene Gottfried […]

TLC Book Tour Book Talk: “Wife of the Gods,” by Kwei Quartey

TLC Book Tour Book Talk: “Wife of the Gods,” by Kwei Quartey

I was provided with a copy of this book to review courtesy of TLC Book Tours; I received no other compensation. Wife of the Gods: A Novel Kwei Quartey Random House, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 1400067596 / 9781400067596) Fiction, 336 pages First sentence: “The forest was black and Darko was afraid to enter.” Teaser: “Mama must have enjoyed her visit tremendously, because three months later she went back to Ketanu. Six days passed, eight, and then […]

Visiting with Friends

Visiting with Friends

A few members of the “Southern California book-blogging sorority” met up this past weekend in Irvine, where we were joined by special out-of-town guests – Jen from Devourer of Books, visiting from Chicago, and baby Daniel! Jules of A Book in Hand was there too, and it was all organized by My Friend Amy. We spent a couple of pleasant hours talking about books and blogging; Jen has more details about it in her Sunday […]

It’s “Show Us Your Magnets” Monday!

It’s “Show Us Your Magnets” Monday!

When my my blogging space was featured in “Scene of the Blog” on Kittling: Books last week, two things about it generated the most comments: the fact that it’s my kitchen island, where the sink is (and yes, I am well aware of the splash risk, since I’m the one who usually causes it), and the refrigerator magnets shown in the background. I have two things I like to collect from travel and touristy locations – […]

Weekend Review, 8/8/09

Weekend Review, 8/8/09

Random updates I was surprised by how many comments were generated by my refrigerator-magnet collection when my blogging space was featured on Kittling: Books earlier this week. It seems like there are quite a few folks who also have magnets decorating their kitchens, so I think they deserve a showcase. On Monday, I will be giving my magnets their own feature post here on the The 3 R’s, and I want to see yours too […]

TBIF Bonus: The BBAW Meme

TBIF Bonus: The BBAW Meme

I was planning to include this in today’s TBIF post, but decided to give it its own space instead, since responses are being collected in a Mr. Linky at the Book Blogger Appreciation Week blog. Besides, it’s not breaking any laws if I sometimes post twice in one day! A Book Blogger Appreciation Week Meme If you were a part of BBAW last year, please answer these simple questions on your blog and drop your […]

TBIF: Thank Book/Blog It’s Friday!

TBIF: Thank Book/Blog It’s Friday!

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Book reviews posted: None since July 20(!!). Conferencing, and following it up with a lot of writing, took a serious toll on reading time! I have good intentions to get back on the train in August, though – at least partly spurred by review obligations that actually have due dates – so wish me luck with improving my record! Upcoming reviews: Wife of the Gods: A Novel, by Kwei Quartey […]

Vacation books and beach reads

Vacation books and beach reads

I missed the July 23 Booking Through Thursday about reading preferences because I was traveling that day, but Gayle of Everyday I Write the Book has turned it into a Vacation Book Meme, and I thought it would be fun to play it that way. Reading something frivolous? Or something serious? Depends on my mood, but usually something at least semi-serious; I prefer substance over style Paperbacks? Or hardcovers? Trade paperbacks (although for reading while […]

Where it all happens: SCENE OF THE BLOG!

Where it all happens: SCENE OF THE BLOG!

I was very excited when Cathy invited me to be part of her popular “Scene of the Blog” feature at Kittling: Books. Cathy does a lot of fun things on her blog; in addition to book reviews, she runs reader polls and the Friday Feud, and showcases artwork featuring books and reading.  Anyway, today’s the big day for The 3 R’s. I hope you’ll stop by Kittling: Books and see where the magic happens – […]

Time to Blog! (Weekend Assignment #278)

Time to Blog! (Weekend Assignment #278)

For about a year and a half now, I’ve been a (mostly) regular participant in the Weekend Assignment writing exercises hosted by blogger Karen Funk Blocher – I’ve missed some due to other commitments (or, a few times, honestly not having any idea what to say in response to the prompt), but for the most part, I’m there. Sadly, though, there aren’t many of us turning out for the Assignments lately, so I wanted to […]

BlogHer’09: The hangover

BlogHer’09: The hangover

OK, so I fibbed a little. I wasn’t quite done talking about my experience at BlogHer in Chicago after all, but this piece was originally published elsewhere, so I didn’t really count it in with all of the other BlogHer’09 posts last week. Like a substantial number of women bloggers – including some that I actually have met, and many others that I’ve gotten to know online – I recently attended the BlogHer conference in […]

Where I’ve been, and where my books came from

I know…you’re thinking, “Hasn’t she spent a whole week now talking about where she’s been?” But it’s not like that, I promise; this is something that my friend Cherie tagged me with on Facebook. You’re supposed to mark all the states you’ve been in with an X, and you can mark the ones where you’ve lived with an O. Airports don’t count! States driven through, or states where you stopped at the visitors’ center or […]