Shelf Awareness Book Talk: *The Good Father*, by Noah Hawley

Shelf Awareness Book Talk: *The Good Father*, by Noah Hawley

A version of this review was originally published in Shelf Awareness for Readers on April 3, 2012. The Good Father: A Novel Noah Hawley Doubleday (2012), Hardcover (ISBN 0385535538 / 9780385535533) Fiction, 320 pages Source: ARC from publisher Reason for reading: compensated review Opening lines: “โ€œThursday night was pizza night in the Allen household. My last appointment of the day was scheduled for eleven a.m., and at three o’clock I would ride the train home […]

Sunday Salon: Books for Libraries…and some for me, too!

Sunday Salon: Books for Libraries…and some for me, too!

It’s time to help out a couple of needy libraries–the (almost) annual Dewey Donation System Book Drive is on! Source: deweydonationsystem.org via Florinda on Pinterest The Dewey Donation System is the charitable baby of author Pamela Ribon, who was first inspired to help the cash-strapped Oakland Public Library in 2003, and longtime Internet citizen David T. Cole, co-founder of Television Without Pity. There has been a drive almost every year since then to benefit struggling […]

Friday Foto: Man on Motorcycle

Friday Foto: Man on Motorcycle

Did I tell y’all my husband has a new toy? Meet Amelia. (She’s a ginger–and yes, she’s named for Amy Pond. As Tall Paul says, only he can geekify a motorcycle.) She’s the newest resident of our garage. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,308 other subscribers Email Address Subscribe

Question Time! The Final Chapter (and the Giveaway Winners!)

Question Time! The Final Chapter (and the Giveaway Winners!)

I really appreciate all the questions people submitted with entries to my Blogiversary Giveaway, because you’ve helped me put together three blog posts within the past week! The first one was random, while the second was more blogging-specific; we’re wrapping up today with more random. And speaking of the giveaway, the winners are announced at the end of this post. SWG (Savvy Working Gal) couldn’t hold herself to just one question: What non-fiction book do […]

Question Time! Part Two: The Blogging Life

Question Time! Part Two: The Blogging Life

I offered a bonus entry in my Blogiversary Giveaway to anyone who asked me a question (I will be announcing the winners tomorrow!). Last week I took on a variety of queries; this post primarily but not exclusively includes the ones specific to the blogging life. Sheila from Book Journey asks: “5 years… what things have changed since you started blogging?  Community?  Your own style of posting?” My reflections on the five-year milestone are the long-winded answer […]

Mobilizing Your Reading

Mobilizing Your Reading

I’d originally complied this as part of my “mobile blogging” mini-challenge for Bloggiesta, but some of the information drifted from the challenge itself (and made that post very long!), so I decided to save it for another day. That day has come! But before we talk about specific apps, let’s talk about where to find them! My go-to source for info on practical, useful apps is Lifehacker, and the appSmitten “App of the Day” e-mail newsletter comes to me. Mobile […]

Bloggiesta Report Card: Missions Accomplished (and not)

Bloggiesta Report Card: Missions Accomplished (and not)

How was your Bloggiesta? Did you do the things you thought you would? Let me compare my plans vs. reality: Posts prepared for this week: 2, including this one; 2 more outlined and in progress All reviews posted on Goodreads: done! Mobile mini-challenge: done, using both tablet and smartphone! (I composed the post in BlogPress on the iPad, saved it as an online draft, retrieved the draft in BlogPress on the iPhone, added the pictures […]

Bloggiesta Extra: An illustrated guide to avoiding grammar goofs

Bloggiesta Extra: An illustrated guide to avoiding grammar goofs

On this Bloggiesta weekend, it occurs to me that “blog improvement” certainly should include “better writing,” so it seems appropriate to share this here today. Just because today is April Fool’s Day does not mean there’s any reason to look foolish in writing! This infographic sorts out some very common grammar mix-ups and misuses, and sets them right, in a simple but memorable manner. Save it for reference–I know I will! (Thanks to my sister for […]