Book Talk: *Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo?*, by Jancee Dunn

Book Talk: *Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo?*, by Jancee Dunn

Disclosure: I purchased this book for my personal library. Purchasing links included in this post generate referrals through my Amazon Affiliates account. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask Jancee Dunn Villard (2009), Paperback original (ISBN 0345501926 / 9780345501929) Essay/memoir, 224 pages Opening Lines: “Last Thanksgiving, right about the time that our family had finished scraping up the last of our triple fleet of pies […]

Sunday Salon, post-Readathon and just under the wire!

Sunday Salon, post-Readathon and just under the wire!

24-Hour Readathon Final Report: I clocked in for the 24-Hour Readathon just a few minutes after its official start on Saturday, which was 5 AM local time. I read for the better part of two hours, then had an almost five-hour time-out for breakfast with my sister and my Saturday-morning errands. I was back to reading by 12:30 PM, and finished the book I’d had in progress around mid-afternoon. I spent the next two hours […]

24-Hour Readathon – That’s all, folks!

By the time I finish writing this update, it will be just past midnight Pacific time, and I’m declaring my participation in this Readathon OVER. I’ve updated on Twitter a few times since I last posted here 9 hours ago, but here’s a summary of what I’ve done since then: Cheerleading/commenting: 2 hours, comments left on 30 blogs Time spent reading: 6 hours Books read start to finish: Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? […]

24-Hour Readathon – One book down!

It’s just about 10 hours into the Readathon, and I don’t think I’ve read for more than about 4 of them all together. I spent about 2 hours this morning between 5 and 7:30 AM, and then went out for awhile – I didn’t get back to my reading until just after noon. I have completed reading In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church by Gina […]

24-Hour Readathon – It’s ON!

I got to bed relatively late on Friday night (after 10:30 – hey, I’m a fortysomething!), didn’t sleep too well (woke up a lot), and woke up to my alarm at 4:30 on a day I’m not going to work – but it’s all for the 24-Hour Readathon! I plan to spend a couple of hours reading this morning, then break for a couple more – I’m meeting my sister for breakfast, and then doing […]

Week-end Review: Links and Question of the Week

Week-end Review: Links and Question of the Week

Question of the Week: How much attention do you give to your blog stats – and do you talk about them? Earlier this week, book bloggers were invited to participate (anonymously!) in a survey concerning blogger/publisher relations that asks some questions about blog statistics – not just about your numbers, but about your willingness to divulge them. From what I’ve seen, some of us will provide them only on request, and some of us will […]

Brand management, the Catholic Church, and me

Brand management, the Catholic Church, and me

I was listening to a story on NPR the other day about managing President Obama’s “brand,” and the whole concept annoyed me. Granted, as a blogger, I’m a bit overexposed to “brand” talk anyway – brand/blogger relationships, product-driven content, FTC disclosures, and so on – but I think it was the context that got under my skin. Does everything come down to marketing these days? Does everything we do have to be calculated for image […]

Book Talk, times two: *Undercover* and *Nothing But Ghosts* by Beth Kephart

Book Talk, times two: *Undercover* and *Nothing But Ghosts* by Beth Kephart

Disclosure: I purchased both of these books for my own personal reading. *Purchasing links in this review are connected to my Amazon Affiliates account and will generate a small referral fee for me if they’re used. Undercover Beth Kephart HarperCollins, 2009, paperback (ISBN 9780061238956 / 0061238953) Fiction (young adult), 304 pages Opening lines: “One day I saw a vixen and a dog fox dancing. It was on the other side of the cul-de-sac, past the […]

Tuesday Tangents: “Working for the Weekend(s)” edition

Tuesday Tangents: “Working for the Weekend(s)” edition

I considered taking today off, actually. I haven’t had much time to write during the past few days – we were out of town for Easter weekend, and things have just been busy. Still, “Tangents” exist for those random things that don’t justify writing a full post of their own, especially on Tuesdays – but just so you know, I may be skipping some days posting here and there during the next few weeks, because […]

Meeting a Real Character (Weekend Assignment #313)

Meeting a Real Character (Weekend Assignment #313)

Never ask me to pick my single favorite anything – when it comes to things like that, I have serious commitment issues. Karen‘s Weekend Assignment question is along those lines: Weekend Assignment #313: Through some miracle of colliding realities, you have the opportunity to meet a fictional character, face to face. Which character would you most like to meet, and why? Extra Credit: What question would you most like to ask that character? Extra extra […]

Sunday Salon: Bookish tidings on Easter Sunday

Sunday Salon: Bookish tidings on Easter Sunday

Reading Progress and Plans Am I the only one who’s underwhelmed by National Poetry Month? I’m feeling a little guilty about it, and feel the need to apologize to my more poetry-loving friends. But to be honest, unless it’s accompanied by music – which is to say, it’s a song – or it’s by Dr. Seuss, poetry is just not my thing. I certainly appreciate beautiful, expressive writing, but I’d much rather encounter it in […]

Week-End Review: TWO Questions of the Week, plus links and Randomness GALORE!

Week-End Review: TWO Questions of the Week, plus links and Randomness GALORE!

Question of the Week: What was the #1 song on the day you were born? In case you didn’t know, I had a birthday earlier this week, so when NPR’s Monitor Mix blog pointed me to the This Day in Music website, I thought it would be fun to see what song topped the charts on the day I was born. Four guys from Liverpool, England had the #1 song in the USA on March […]

Dragons and Wimps, or last weekend at the movies

Dragons and Wimps, or last weekend at the movies

How to Train Your Dragon Dreamworks Animation, 2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 20th Century Fox Animation, 2010 If you live with a middle-grade child, particularly a boy, you probably know all about the popular Wimpy Kid series of books by Jeff Kinney. And you may have had no idea that there was a book called How to Train Your Dragon (actually, it’s part of series too). But both books have been turned into movies, […]