BBAW: My own personal shortlist (UPDATED)

BBAW: My own personal shortlist (UPDATED)

On this first day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2009, participants are encouraged to share the book-blog love: The first day of BBAW, Monday September 14th, we encourage you to write a post thanking and spotlighting your favorite blogs that didn’t make the shortlists. Those “shortlists” would be the ones related to the BBAW Awards, which I talked more about last Friday: nearly 40 categories, 1000 blogs originally nominated across them all, now down to […]

Weekend Review 9/12

Weekend Review 9/12

New Arrivals in my Google Reader The Debutante Ball A Reader’s Respite Books ‘N Border Collies Kids, Twins, and Laundry Bins The Misadventures of Super Librarian Remembering eight years and one day ago: Project 2,996; remembrances from Washington DC and New York City; remembering not seeing it happen; still looking for “disaster buddy” Don; looking for hope on the National Day of Service. Also: Did citizen reporting on 9/11 foreshadow blogging today? A farewell to […]

TBIF Special: Bookkeeping and BBAW

TBIF Special: Bookkeeping and BBAW

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report (hey, check out the new badge!*) Book reviews posted this week: “Gone to the Dogs” with – The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog, by John Grogan Next review scheduled (after BBAW): Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, by Lizzie Skurnick (blog) Currently reading: The Last Bridge, by Teri Coyne (for LibraryThing Early […]

Book Talk: “Marley & Me,” by John Grogan (Gone to the Dogs #2)

Book Talk: “Marley & Me,” by John Grogan (Gone to the Dogs #2)

Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog John Grogan (blog) Harper, 2008 (paperback) (ISBN 0060817089 / 9780060817084) Memoir, 320 pages First sentence: In the summer of 1967, when I was ten years old, my father gave in to my persistent pleas and took me to get my own dog. (from the Preface) Book description: John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a […]

At the movies, from the book: “Julie & Julia”

At the movies, from the book: “Julie & Julia”

The subject of my my very first single-book review on this blog, posted April 28, 2007 (prior to that, the review posts had been round-ups), has now been made into a movie. (Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously) intrigued me in the original hardcover, but since I only buy books in paperback I’ve been waiting to read it. It’s a lot of fun to read, more of a “memoir with food” than actual […]

Book Talk: “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein (Gone to the Dogs #1)

Book Talk: “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein (Gone to the Dogs #1)

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel Garth Stein Harper, 2009 (paperback) (ISBN 0061537969 / 9780061537967) Fiction, 336 pages First sentence: Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature. Book description: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words […]

Weekend Review 9-5: Travels around the blogiverse this week

Weekend Review 9-5: Travels around the blogiverse this week

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I was helping with some behind-the-scenes work to prepare for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I’m finally done, and now it can be told: I was a member of the awards committee, and served on three of the panels evaluating nominees for the Shortlist. (I was not nominated for any of the awards I judged, and the same is true for all other committee members.) I discovered nearly all […]

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

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

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report My Question of the Week, as asked on Twitter this past Tuesday: Will I get blackballed from the book-blogging community because I haven’t read The Hunger Games and sat out the release-day hoopla for Catching Fire this week? Seriously, someone tell me it’s OK. I need to know. ** Actually, I don’t need to know any more…I ordered them both on Wednesday. I still have no idea how soon I’ll […]

Site status: Two things for Thursday

Site status: Two things for Thursday

I’ve got a couple of blog-related status reports for you today, just in case you missed some things that happened earlier this week. (1) If you’re like me, you probably do most of your blog reading via an RSS reader of some sort and don’t visit the blogs themselves very often. Also, your feed reader probably brings you many blogs where you don’t comment regularly, so you don’t really need to go to the sites […]

Powerless: A mostly-true story

Powerless: A mostly-true story

I really didn’t question it too much when the resident gate didn’t open, even after I pressed the remote three or four times. (Yes, we live in a gated townhome community, and for the record, I’m still ambivalent about that.) The gates seem to malfunction at least one day a week. Besides, the center gate, which is supposed to be used by visitors, appeared to be wide open and stuck that way, so I backed […]

Tuesday Book Talk: “The Weight of Silence,” by Heather Gudenkauf (TLC Book Tour)

Tuesday Book Talk: “The Weight of Silence,” by Heather Gudenkauf (TLC Book Tour)

This review is based on an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the publisher via Trish at TLC Book Tours. I received no other compensation. The book is currently available in stores.  The Weight of Silence: A Novel Heather Gudenkauf Mira Books, 2009 (paperback original) (ISBN 077832740X / 9780778327400) Fiction, 384 pages (Visit the book’s website and click “preview the book” to see the first 19 pages.) First sentence: “Louis and I see you nearly […]