And so it begins: Readathon Update #1

According to the clock on my computer, it’s 4:50 AM as I write this – T minus 10 minutes to Read-a-thon blast-off! I plan to start off a bit slowly – read for 60 to 90 minutes, then take a shower/dog-walking break. I’ll read through breakfast, of course (which may be accompanied by a little extra coffee). The first book I’ll be reading is one already in progress – I’m on page 60 of Love […]

Where it all happens: SCENE OF THE BLOG!

Where it all happens: SCENE OF THE BLOG!

I was very excited when Cathy invited me to be part of her popular “Scene of the Blog” feature at Kittling: Books. Cathy does a lot of fun things on her blog; in addition to book reviews, she runs reader polls and the Friday Feud, and showcases artwork featuring books and reading.  Anyway, today’s the big day for The 3 R’s. I hope you’ll stop by Kittling: Books and see where the magic happens – […]

Brief (middle-sized?) apologies and updates

The first apology is to my sister, because I’m not sure I’ll have had a chance to call and tell you about this before it posts, and I know you prefer not to have the blog be the first place you find out about things :-). The second apology is to every blog in my Google Reader, where I’ve already hit the “mark all as read” button twice in two days, and may need to […]

Saturday Review 3-14

Saturday Review 3-14

New to my Google Reader Book, Line, and Sinker and its older sibling, Curly Wurly Gurly Kathfucious says…, a new venture from Kazoofus’ KathyHowe Flibbertigibbet Linus’s Blanket Several new additions via the new review-collection site Paperback Frenzy: Life in the Stupid Lane Dog Ear Diary Write for a Reader Stephanie’s Written Word Bloggin’ ’bout Books   Across the Blogiverse Appreciating the opportunity, and the choice, to be an American Speaking of choices: These reflections on […]

Saturday Review 3-7-09

Saturday Review 3-7-09

Bulletin Board **** Current Events Department: It’s BIRTHDAY MONTH! Sunshine is throwing the big party for all the March babies over at …and the pursuit of happiness. If this is your month, be sure to stop by and let her know! (I already have my button over in the sidebar.) And if you’re not fortunate enough to have been born during March, you’re not being left out of the fun – she has an “unbirthday” […]

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’s question: Were you aware of the LT Early Reviewers Program? Have you received any books from the program? If you have, how have you liked the book(s)? Any other thoughts on the LTER program? My Answer: Great timing for this question, since Febrary LTER recipients were notified this week, and the March list is on its way! I opened my LibraryThing account […]

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 Mรขvarin 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 […]