WW: #Readathon Weekend in Pictures

This week is a “Wild Card” Wordless Wednesday, so we get to post photos of whatever we like! I like that I was able to participate in this past weekend’s 24-Hour ReadathonI got in close to 10 hours of reading altogether, plus tweeting and updating. I summarized my Readathon activity in a Storified Sunday Salon post; here, it’s condensed even more, in pictures.
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Book Talk: CLEVER GIRL, by Tessa Hadley

Book Talk: CLEVER GIRL, by Tessa Hadley

Clever Girl: A Novel Tessa Hadley Harper (March 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 0062270397 / 9780062270399) Fiction, 272 pages Source: Publisher, for TLC Book Tours I was scheduled as the last stop on the TLC Book Tour for Clever Girl earlier this month, but hadn’t finished reading it at the time I was due to post. I apologize for missing my deadline, but I have a few thoughts on the book to share now. Given some of the turns that […]

Sunday Salon: Readathon Wrap-up

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Mid-Event Readathon Meme

Mid-Event Survey 1.What are you reading right now? Just finished Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley 2.How many books have you read so far? I’ve finished two. My plan was to try to finish books I’d previously started. 3.What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I’m hoping to finish The Book Thief, which I’ve had to pick up and put down multiple times this year. 4.Did you have […]

Spring Readathon–The Opening Bell

It’s 5 AM in Southern California. I just got out of bed and went straight to my reading chair in the loft, where I’ll be starting out my Readathon day with Kaui Hart Hemmings’ The Possibilities, joined in progress (I’m on Chapter 13). All of my books today will be “joined in progress,” actually. My goal for the day is to finish books–I’m aiming for two, possibly three–or at least make further headway with books […]

Booked Up on Saturday: It’s #Readathon Time!

Booked Up on Saturday: It’s #Readathon Time!

I held off on committing for the longest time, but this is my official Declaration of Intent to participate in the Spring 2014 edition of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon this Saturday, April 26. My participation will be fairly casual because I didn’t clear my calendar for the day, but here’s my general plan: Get up and read for a couple of hours (my local start time is 5 AM), posting brief updates here and on Twitter […]

Introducing “Tell-a-story Thursday”: Prompt It, Read It, Write It!

Introducing “Tell-a-story Thursday”: Prompt It, Read It, Write It!

Here’s how the publisher suggests using Jason Sacher‘s The Amazing Story Generator: The Amazing Story Generator creates thousands of different story prompts! This flipbook for writers and other creative types allows users to randomly combine three different elements to generate a unique story idea. With hundreds of settings, characters, and plots to mix and match, the possibilities are just about endless. Packed with colorful, wacky, and engaging prompts, this is the perfect tool for jump-starting fresh […]

WW: A Tree Finds Purpose

WW: A Tree Finds Purpose

In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, this week’s Wordless Wednesday prompt is “Tree.” I’d like to celebrate the most noble sacrifice a tree can make. Happy World Book Night! An InLinkz Link-up 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

(Audio)Book Talk: THE HEADMASTER’S WIFE, by Thomas Christopher Greene

(Audio)Book Talk: THE HEADMASTER’S WIFE, by Thomas Christopher Greene

The Headmaster’s Wife Thomas Christopher Greene (Facebook) Audiobook read by Kevin T. Collins, Tavia Gilbert, and Stephen Hoye Thomas Dunne Books (February 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 1250038944 / 9781250038944) Fiction, 288 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Audible Studios, February 2014; ASIN B00IMNIZK4) I decided to read Thomas Christopher Greene’s The Headmaster’s Wife because of solid recommendations from trusted bloggers and a lifelong weakness for boarding-school stories with New England settings, despite some misgivings that it might have some elements that cut a little too close for my taste. […]

What’s What in the (Easter) Sunday Salon

What’s What in the (Easter) Sunday Salon

Happy Easter, and my apologies for being a missing person here last week! However, I had a very good excuse–Kim will back me up, and I will provide additional evidence in this week’s Gratuitous Photo. What I’m reading in print / on screen I’ve been trying to be more proactive this year in making specific requests from the monthly lists Shelf Awareness sends to reviewers, and it seems to be paying off–some of my best reading this year […]

Book Talk: EXODUS, by Deborah Feldman

Book Talk: EXODUS, by Deborah Feldman

Exodus: A Memoir Deborah Feldman Blue Rider Press (2014), Hardcover (March 25, 2014), ISBN 0399162771 / 9780399162770 Memoir, 304 pages A version of this review was previously published in Shelf Awareness for Readers (4/8/2014). Shelf Awareness provided me with a publisher-furnished galley to facilitate the review, and compensated me for the review they received and posted. In her 2012 memoir, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, Deborah Feldman chronicled her upbringing in the […]

WW: Penguin Feeds Readers

WW: Penguin Feeds Readers

I promise this is not completely off topic for this week’s Wordless Wednesday theme, “Eggs.” The Penguin Book Truck was at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this past weekend. It’s based on a food truck. Eggs are food. And penguins lay eggs. Works for me! An InLinkz Link-up 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 […]

Book Talk: GOING OVER, by Beth Kephart

Book Talk: GOING OVER, by Beth Kephart

Going Over Beth Kephart (Twitter) Chronicle Books (Aoril 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 1452124574 / 9781452124575) Fiction (YA), 264 pages Source: ARC from publisher, for blog tour tied to launch Someday, I may stop saying that each new Beth Kephart book I read is the best yet, but in order for that to happen, she’ll have to stop outdoing herself. She hasn’t reached that point yet. Going Over, Kephart’s latest work of young-adult fiction, is as ambitious […]

WW: (Going Over) The Wall

WW: (Going Over) The Wall

Beth Kephart’s new YA novel, Going Over, takes place in Berlin during the decade before the Wall came down, and is coming out in time to commemorate that event’s 25th anniversary. This is a suitably graffiti-covered piece of the Wall at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. An InLinkz Link-up Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 9 […]

GOING OVER Q’s & A’s with Beth Kephart (Blog Tour + Giveaway)

GOING OVER Q’s & A’s with Beth Kephart (Blog Tour + Giveaway)

I rarely do blog tours these days, and I’m not sure I’ve ever done an author interview in seven years of blogging here, but when I was invited to participate in Chronicle Books’ blog tour for Beth Kephart’s newest YA novel, Going Over, I wasn’t about to say no. And because Beth and I have grown to be friends over the last few years, I felt pretty comfortable about engaging in a little Q&A with […]