Same but different: Favorite Song Remakes (Ten on Tuesday)

Same but different: Favorite Song Remakes (Ten on Tuesday)

Ten on Tuesday can usually snag me with pop-culture prompts. This week, Yano asked for “10 Favorite Movie/Song Remakes” – I went with songs, and over on Blogenstein, Tall Paul took the movie route. That’s pretty much in character for us. He’s more of a cinemaphile than I am, although “cinemaphile” is probably too highbrow a word for his tastes; better to say “movie maven,” perhaps. On the other hand, he recently asked me – […]

Book Talk: “The Longest Trip Home,” by John Grogan (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: “The Longest Trip Home,” by John Grogan (TLC Book Tour)

Disclosures: I received this book for review from the publisher via TLC Book Tours; no additional compensation was offered to me, or accepted by me. *The purchasing link at the end of this review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir John Grogan (blog) Harper (2009), Paperback (ISBN 0061713309 / 9780061713309) Nonfiction/memoir, 352 pages Opening Lines: “The call came on a school night in the autumn of 2002. Jenny was […]

Sunday Salon 11-8: Bookkeeping, Challenging, etc.

Sunday Salon 11-8: Bookkeeping, Challenging, etc.

I just looked at the calendar, and there are not quite eight weeks left in 2009 (!). Soon I’ll be putting together my Books of the Year picks and my Year in Review posts. It may be a little more challenging this year. I’ve read more books than the 35 I managed last year (yay!), and I’m pretty sure I’ll knock out a few more before the end of December. But I’ve also read quite […]

Week-End Review, 11-6 – Friday On My Mind

Week-End Review, 11-6 – Friday On My Mind

New Arrivals in my Google Reader Lit and Life Steele on Entertainment Average Girl Reads Meg’s Idle Chatter Shona’s Bookshelves Gen Xtinct (this is for my fellow lost children of the ’70’s and ’80’s!) My Sandwich Generation (for my fellow children whose parents may be in their 70’s and 80’s) The end of the year is rushing toward us, accompanied by THE HOLIDAYS! Book bloggers have their own way to celebrate: The Book Blogger Holiday […]

NaNoWriMo? Why, no! Why not?

NaNoWriMo? Why, no! Why not?

Quite a few of my blogging buddies are taking a shot at writing fiction this month – and why not? November has been National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo for short – for the past ten years, and thousands of people (over 100,000 this year alone!) have set themselves the goal of producing a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. It’s great to have a support group for an effort like this. It’s […]

Book Talk times two: “The Hunger Games/Catching Fire,” by Suzanne Collins

Book Talk times two: “The Hunger Games/Catching Fire,” by Suzanne Collins

Disclosures: I purchased these books for my personal library. *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press (2008), Hardcover (ISBN 0439023483 / 9780439023481) Fiction (fantasy/sci-fi/YA), 384 pages Catching Fire Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press (2009), Hardcover (ISBN 0439023491 / 9780439023498) Fiction (fantasy/sci-fi/YA), 384 pages Opening lines: “When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, […]

Bitten by the challenge bug AGAIN – and now UNBOUND!

Bitten by the challenge bug AGAIN – and now UNBOUND!

It’s a reading challenge that was born on Twitter, in a comment Eva made after finishing a book last week: someone should start a “women’s studies” reading challenge. As tends to happen, book bloggers jumped in and out of the discussion, and within a few hours, a name, a hashtag, and a challenge blog were launched: Women Unbound! Full disclosure, as mentioned in the “Community Credit” item on the blog’s sidebar – I was part […]

Book talk: “Love the One You’re With,” by Emily Giffin

Book talk: “Love the One You’re With,” by Emily Giffin

Disclosures: I bought this book for my personal library. *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. Love the One You’re With Emily Giffin St. Martin’s Griffin (2009), Paperback (ISBN 0312348673 / 9780312348670) Fiction, 368 pages Opening Lines: “It happened exactly one hundred days after I married Andy, almost to the minute of our half-past-three-o’clock ceremony. I know this fact not so much because I was an overeager […]

Sunday Salon 11/1 – “Did you change your clocks?” edition

Sunday Salon 11/1 – “Did you change your clocks?” edition

The Salon is on the short side this week – I think I’ve been in Readathon Recovery mode for most of it! BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Book reviews posted this week: The Possibility of Everything, by Hope Edelman Next reviews scheduled: Love the One You’re With, by Emily Giffin The Hunger Games/Catching Fire (dual review), by Suzanne Collins Currently reading: The Longest Trip Home, by John Grogan (TLC Book Tour stop scheduled for November […]