Thursday Book Talk: “ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes – Year 1”

Thursday Book Talk: “ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes – Year 1”

ShapeShifter : The Demo Tapes — Year 1 Susan Helene Gottfried Lulu.com, Paperback (ISBN 0557023440 / 9780557023448) Fiction, 132 pages Book description (from back cover): A band’s demo tape is intended to introduce listeners to their music. Likewise, this collection of short pieces allows readers into the fictional world of Trevor Wolff and his band, ShapeShifter. Originally published online between April 2006 and March 2007, The Demo Tapes — Year 1 brings together the moments […]

Weekly Geeks 2009-08: Who’s got issues?

Weekly Geeks 2009-08: Who’s got issues?

This week we are going to rewind to May 2008 and revisit one of Dewey‘s original Weekly Geeks themes: Political and Social Issues. Here is how to play: 1. Choose a political or social issue that matters to you. If you were a Weekly Geek last May and already did this theme, pick a different theme than the one you did at that time. 2. Educate readers about your topic by telling us a little […]

Honestly, it’s an award!

Honestly, it’s an award!

I have been honored by Betty & Boo’s Mommy of The Betty and Boo Chronicles with the “Honest Scrap” blog award. Reading her thoughtful posts is always a highlight of my day, and I really appreciate her nominating my blog for this recognition: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find friends and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are […]

Weekend Assignment #257: Giving it up!

Weekend Assignment #257: Giving it up!

I’m “guest-professoring” from Outpost Mâvarin again with an appropriate topic for the first weekend of Lent: Weekend Assignment #257: Have you ever given up anything for Lent – and if you have, what was it? Did you make it stick for the whole forty days? (In deference to those of you who have never observed Lent at all, let’s expand this to giving up anything for religious, ethical or health reasons – cigarettes, for example.) […]

Sunday Book Talk: “True Colors,” by Kristin Hannah

Sunday Book Talk: “True Colors,” by Kristin Hannah

Thanks to Anna Jarzab of Authors on the Web for providing an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book! It’s now available in bookstores. True Colors: A Novel Kristin Hannah St. Martin’s Press, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 0312364105 / 9780312364106) Fiction, 400 pages First sentence: Fifteen-year-old Winona Grey stared out at the waterfront ranch that had been in her family for four generations, looking for something that had changed. Book description (summarized): The Grey sisters have […]

Saturday Review 2-28-09

Bulletin Board ** This week’s announcement is actually me asking for a favor. ** The agenda for BlogHer’09 will include some member-programmed sessions under the umbrella “A Room of Your Own,” and the session that I have proposed was one of three featured this week on BlogHer.com. I’d love to see a Room for the book-blogging community: “Book Bloggers: So Many Words, So Little Time.”  There’s no guarantee that it will get on to the […]

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books, 2/27/08

Mailbox Monday, hosted at The Printed Page I have it on good authority – that would be Marcia, founder of “Mailbox Monday” – that this meme is meant for mentioning any new arrivals on your bookshelves, whether they came through the mail or not. I have two newbies from a trip to Borders last weekend. We were actually not there for the usual reason; we were looking for some reading glasses for Tall Paul, who […]

And what did YOU do today, dear?

I karate-chopped a surfer under your bed because the voices told me to. (How both of us fit under your bed remains a mystery…) And what did YOU do today? Find your answer by selecting the appropriate phrases below, and either leave it in comments or post about it – we want to know! Pick the month you were born: January——-I kicked February——I loved March——–I karate chopped April———-I licked May———-I jumped on June———-I smelled July———–I […]

Book/movie, chicken/egg…the “which comes first?” quandary

Bookworms Carnival #23, “Books to Movies,” is currently posted at The Bluestocking Society. In addition to links to posts about books into movies, movies into books, books about movies, etc., Jessica poses a question: Do you prefer to read the book first or see the movie first? My short answer: I’m not a stickler either way. There are some cases where I planned to see the movie version but wasn’t all that interested in the […]

Weekend Assignment #256: Taxing

One of the reasons I read Karen‘s blog faithfully is that she’s another member of the ABA (Association of Blogging Accountants – which I just made up, but I think we need one!) – and in the current Weekend Assignment, she asks us to think about one facet of accounting that affects nearly everyone at this time of year: Weekend Assignment #256: Tax time for individuals in this country starts in late January when the […]

Saturday Review 2-21-09

Saturday Review 2-21-09

I feel like the linkage is a little sparse this week, folks. Between work and that little distraction we had on Monday, I’ve just about been keeping up – so it won’t take you quite as long to catch up on the randomness here :-). And just in case you were wondering – my pinky finger is almost recovered, and most of our aches and sore spots are about gone, but a few bruises linger. […]

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

Tuesday Thingers: questions for LibraryThing users, hosted at Wendi’s Book Corner This week, our question is inspired by all the group threads that are dedicated to finding the next great book to review. In order review books on your blog – you’ve got to GET books! Today’s question: How do you get your books for reviewing? Do you track them somehow (excel, database, etc), or just put them in a TBR (To Be Read for […]

Thursday Book Talk: “Honeymoon in Tehran,” by Azadeh Moaveni

Thursday Book Talk: “Honeymoon in Tehran,” by Azadeh Moaveni

This review is based on an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) received through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran Azadeh Moaveni Random House, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 140006645X / 9781400066452) Memoir, 352 pages First sentence: In the late spring of 2005, I returned to Iran to report on the country’s presidential election. Book Description (summarized): In 2005, Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, returns to […]

Accidents will happen…

…especially on rainy roads in normally dry Southern California. Sometimes they involve a lot of cars. If you’re truly unfortunate, one of those cars is yours. Guess who was truly unfortunate on Monday afternoon? My family spent the President’s Day weekend at my mother-in-law’s, and started the drive home after lunch on Monday. The weather was iffy, so we wanted to allow extra time for traffic tie-ups. Even so, we weren’t doing too badly time-wise […]

Ten on Tuesday: I am Music, or these are the songs of my life

This week’s Ten on Tuesday prompt, “10 Songs That Describe You (and/)or Your Life,” was especially fun for someone like me, who has always wanted a personal soundtrack. Coming up with songs was pretty easy, to be honest; cutting that list down to just ten was the challenge. Should I include some of my all-time favorites and try to make them fit the theme, just because I wouldn’t want to leave them out, or seek […]