Wordless (Wednesday on) Thursday: Truth in Advertising?

I’m a day late to this week’s Linked-Up Wordless Wednesday because of a prior commitment to my friends at TLC Book Tours, but I hope you’ll click the thumbnails below (courtesy of the new link tool we’re using) to see what my WW friends were up to yesterday!

I’ve been in Sacramento this week on my first-ever real business trip for my day job, learning lots of things about the accounting software we use. My hotel was just a short walk from the state Capitol in one direction and historic Old Town in another, which is where I spotted this.

Fat's Catering, Sacramento CA  www.3rsblog.com

I wonder if what you see is what you get here?
(My photo, edited with Snapseed for Mac)

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TLC Book Tour: NOT LESS THAN EVERYTHING, edited by Catherine Wolff

TLC Book Tour: NOT LESS THAN EVERYTHING, edited by Catherine Wolff

Not Less Than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience, from Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero Catherine Wolff, editor HarperOne (February 2013), trade paper original (ISBN 0062223739 / 9780062223739) Nonfiction (essays/biography/religion), 352 pages Source: Publisher Reason for reading: TLC Book Tour Opening lines (from the Introduction): “This book has been a long time coming. I grew up in a Catholic family in San Francisco during the 1950s and ‘60s. when it seemed like everybody […]

Sunday Salon: Winding Down a Short, Over-Committed Month

Sunday Salon: Winding Down a Short, Over-Committed Month

After spending my last visit to the Sunday Salon talking about going offline, that was what I did most of last weekend, and I may spend a good chunk of today that way, too. But I do hope I’ll be able to spend some time reading; I have a post due for a blog tour on Wednesday. As I mentioned back at the beginning of February, I had a long reading list for a short […]

BlogHer Book (Club) Talk: A GOOD AMERICAN, by Alex George

BlogHer Book (Club) Talk: A GOOD AMERICAN, by Alex George

A Good American Alex George (Twitter) (Facebook) Berkley Trade (February 2013), Paperback (ISBN 0425253171 / 9780425253175) Fiction, 432 pages Source: Purchased e-book (iBooks edition: ISBN 9781101559895) Reason for reading: BlogHer Book Club The BlogHer Book Club is sponsored by Penguin Group. BlogHer compensates me for this review and participation in online discussions. All opinions expressed are my own. Opening lines: “Always, there was music. “It was music— Puccini, to be precise— that first drew my […]

Wordless Wednesday: The Oscar Goes To…

Wordless Wednesday: The Oscar Goes To…

…for “Best Interpretation of a Time- and Space-Traveling Object”: The TARDIS Girls (and a Couple of Guys) of Gallifrey One, 2013 Credits: Original photo by Paul Vasquez (edited with Snapseed, text added with Phonto) TARDIS pinafore* by Amanda Marin/Darling Army TARDIS-printed waist-cincher corset* by Yuly Springer/Butterfly Frillies Linked-Up Wordless Wednesday has two new players this week, and our theme is inspired by this weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony. Please check out “The Oscars” bestowed by Desiree Eaglin […]

(Audio)Book Talk: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, by Lionel Shriver

(Audio)Book Talk: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, by Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel Lionel Shriver (Wikipedia page) (Goodreads) Audiobook read by Coleen Marlo Harper Perennial (2006), Paperback (ISBN 006112429X / 9780061124297) Fiction, 432 pages Source: Purchased paperback; purchased audiobook (Harper Audio, 2011; Audible ASIN B006QGIFWC) Reason for reading: Personal (long-term TBR, topical fiction) Opening lines: “Dear Franklin, “I’m unsure why one trifling incident this afternoon has moved me to write to you. But since we’ve been separated, I may most […]

A Few Things I'm Loving Right Now #ValentinesDay

A Few Things I'm Loving Right Now #ValentinesDay

This is not the post I’d originally planned for today, but I decided that particular book review might be better scheduled on a day that’s not Valentine’s Day–I’ve bumped it to next week (because it’s not for a tour or a book club, so I can). I suppose my Wordless Wednesday post yesterday could count as my “official” Valentine’s Day post, but I thought today might be a nice time to mention a few of […]

Wordless Wednesday: Be My Valentine

Wordless Wednesday: Be My Valentine

Self-portrait with iPhone, Getty Center gardens (Los Angeles, CA), February 2013 Today’s Four-Way Wordless Wednesday has a Valentine’s Day theme! Please check out how my friends see the holiday: Candice: Josh Duhamel Says Happy Valentine’s Day Desiree: The Day of Love: Wordless Wednesday Kim: Wordless Wednesday: In the Mail Posted with Blogsy Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join […]

TLC Book Tour: NEWS FROM HEAVEN, by Jennifer Haigh

TLC Book Tour: NEWS FROM HEAVEN, by Jennifer Haigh

News From Heaven: The Bakerton Stories Jennifer Haigh (Facebook) Harper (January 2013), Hardcover (ISBN 0060889640 / 9780060889647) Fiction (linked short stories), 256 pages Source: ARC from publisher Reason for reading: TLC Book Tour Opening lines (from the first story, “Beast and Bird”): “Every Sunday morning, at seven o’clock promptly, the two Polish girls crossed the park and walked fifty blocks downtown to church. Early morning: the avenue wide as a farmer’s field, the sunlight tempered […]

Sunday Salon: The Online Trend of Going Offline

Sunday Salon: The Online Trend of Going Offline

If all goes well, today will be a review-writing day. Last night I raced to finish a book of short stories for a blog tour this Tuesday, so I’ll be writing that up. I also hope to get my thoughts down, finally and with some degree of coherence, about We Need to Talk About Kevin; I finished the audiobook a few days ago, but it’s a novel that definitely needs to simmer a little. I […]

Five for Friday: Recommended Reading

Five for Friday: Recommended Reading

Click the “Stuff to Share” link in the navigation bar at the top of the page to visit my RebelMouse site, which collects the links, pictures, and online finds I’ve been sharing via social media recently. If you’re a Facebook friend or Twitter follower, you may have seen (or ignored) some of these recommended-reading links already. Readings From the “Books” Section Poynter.org: “How Bloggers Became the New Chick-Lit Heroines”  “‘Where chick lit once tantalized readers with […]

Wordless Wednesday: Castle and Contrast

Wordless Wednesday: Castle and Contrast

Neighbors: Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, California I’m linking up in a fantastic four-way Wordless Wednesday! Please check out today’s photos from Kim: Wordless Wednesday: Indecision; Desiree: 6 Month Baby Tradition – Wordless Wednesday; and Candice: Not My Baby Anymore. Posted with Blogsy Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 9 other subscribers Email Address

Book Talk: THE HISTORIAN, by Elizabeth Kostova

Book Talk: THE HISTORIAN, by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian Elizabeth Kostova (Facebook) Back Bay Books (2006), Paperback (ISBN 0316154547 / 9780316154543) Fiction, 704 pages Source: Purchased Reason for reading: Personal Opening lines: “In 1972 I was sixteen–young, my father said, to be traveling with him on his diplomatic missions. he preferred to know I was sitting attentively in class at the International School of Amsterdam; in those days his foundation was based in Amsterdam, and it had been home for so long […]

Sunday Salon: A Short Post to Start a Short Month

Sunday Salon: A Short Post to Start a Short Month

I’m later to the Salon than I like to be, and I won’t be staying long today. We have plans for this lovely Sunday. Last year we spent it with the antiquities at the Getty Villa; today we’ll be going to the Getty Museum (cameras in hand, of course) for more art and views of the city. We don’t plan to be back before the game starts, so we have the DVR set to record it–we wouldn’t miss […]