(E)Book Talk: “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett

(E)Book Talk: “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett

Disclosures: I purchased this to read as an e-book on my Amazon Kindle. *The purchasing link at the end of this review goes through my Amazon Associates account. The Help Kathryn Stockett ISBN 0399155341 / 9780399155345 Fiction (historical/literary), 2009 Kindle e-book edition Opening Lines: “Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August 1960. A church baby we like to call it. Taking care a white babies, that’s what I do, along with […]

Book Talk times two: “The Hunger Games/Catching Fire,” by Suzanne Collins

Book Talk times two: “The Hunger Games/Catching Fire,” by Suzanne Collins

Disclosures: I purchased these books for my personal library. *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press (2008), Hardcover (ISBN 0439023483 / 9780439023481) Fiction (fantasy/sci-fi/YA), 384 pages Catching Fire Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press (2009), Hardcover (ISBN 0439023491 / 9780439023498) Fiction (fantasy/sci-fi/YA), 384 pages Opening lines: “When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, […]

Book talk: “Love the One You’re With,” by Emily Giffin

Book talk: “Love the One You’re With,” by Emily Giffin

Disclosures: I bought this book for my personal library. *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. Love the One You’re With Emily Giffin St. Martin’s Griffin (2009), Paperback (ISBN 0312348673 / 9780312348670) Fiction, 368 pages Opening Lines: “It happened exactly one hundred days after I married Andy, almost to the minute of our half-past-three-o’clock ceremony. I know this fact not so much because I was an overeager […]

The (reading) challenge of (Shelf) Discovery, and the Readathon Event Survey

The (reading) challenge of (Shelf) Discovery, and the Readathon Event Survey

I’m starting to understand how book bloggers get pulled into these reading challenges, although I’ve held out against them pretty well. I’ve only signed up for two so far, and they’ve both been targeted at trying to thin the TBR herd. But here comes another that will not only add to the stacks – it’s going to add books that I’ve already read! Granted, I last read them over 25 years ago, but it will […]

Book talk: “Still Alice,” by Lisa Genova

Book talk: “Still Alice,” by Lisa Genova

Disclosures: I bought this book for my personal library, and I intend to keep it indefinitely. *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Associates account. Still Alice Lisa Genova (blog) Pocket Books, 2009 (paperback) (ISBN 1439102813 / 9781439102817) Fiction, 320 pages First sentence: “Alice sat at her desk in their bedroom, distracted by the sounds of John racing through each of the rooms on the first floor.” Random clip: […]

Book talk: “Goldengrove,” by Francine Prose – TLC Book Tour

Book talk: “Goldengrove,” by Francine Prose – TLC Book Tour

Disclosures: I was provided with a paperback copy of this novel for review by the publisher, via TLC Book Tours.  *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. Goldengrove: A Novel Francine Prose Harper Perennial, 2009 (Paperback) (ISBN 0060560029 / 9780060560027) Fiction, 288 pages First sentence: “We lived on the shore of Mirror Lake, and for many years our lives were as calm and transparent as its waters. […]

Book talk: “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” by Steven Galloway

Book talk: “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” by Steven Galloway

Disclosures: I received the paperback edition of this novel for review from the publisher, via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. It’s been in bookstores since the Spring of 2009, so this review is far from early. *The purchasing link at the end of the review is through my Amazon Affiliates account. The Cellist of Sarajevo Steven Galloway Riverhead, 2009 (trade paperback) (ISBN 1594483655 / 9781594483653) Fiction (historical), 256 pages First sentence: “It screamed downward, splitting air […]

Book Talk: “The Last Bridge,” by Teri Coyne

Book Talk: “The Last Bridge,” by Teri Coyne

I received an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book for review through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. The book was published in July 2009 and is currently available in bookstores. The Last Bridge: A Novel Teri Coyne Ballantine Books, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 0345507312 / 9780345507310) Fiction, 240 pages First sentence: Two days after my father had a massive stroke my mother shot herself in the head. Book description: After a ten-year absence, Alex ‘Cat’ Rucker […]

Book Talk: “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein (Gone to the Dogs #1)

Book Talk: “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein (Gone to the Dogs #1)

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel Garth Stein Harper, 2009 (paperback) (ISBN 0061537969 / 9780061537967) Fiction, 336 pages First sentence: Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature. Book description: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words […]

Tuesday Book Talk: “The Weight of Silence,” by Heather Gudenkauf (TLC Book Tour)

Tuesday Book Talk: “The Weight of Silence,” by Heather Gudenkauf (TLC Book Tour)

This review is based on an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the publisher via Trish at TLC Book Tours. I received no other compensation. The book is currently available in stores.  The Weight of Silence: A Novel Heather Gudenkauf Mira Books, 2009 (paperback original) (ISBN 077832740X / 9780778327400) Fiction, 384 pages (Visit the book’s website and click “preview the book” to see the first 19 pages.) First sentence: “Louis and I see you nearly […]

Thursday (E)Book Talk: “Admission,” by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Thursday (E)Book Talk: “Admission,” by Jean Hanff Korelitz

This is the first book I read on my Amazon Kindle e-book reader, and counts for the Read Your Own Books (RYOB) 2009 Challenge.AdmissionJean Hanff Korelitz book data via LibraryThing:Grand Central Publishing (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 464 pagesISBN: 0446540706 / 9780446540704 Kindle edition data via Amazon.com:File Size: 750 KBASIN: B0026772YM First sentence: “The flight from Newark to Hartford took no more than fifty-eight minutes, but she still managed to get her heart broken three […]

TLC Book Tour Book Talk: “Wife of the Gods,” by Kwei Quartey

TLC Book Tour Book Talk: “Wife of the Gods,” by Kwei Quartey

I was provided with a copy of this book to review courtesy of TLC Book Tours; I received no other compensation. Wife of the Gods: A Novel Kwei Quartey Random House, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 1400067596 / 9781400067596) Fiction, 336 pages First sentence: “The forest was black and Darko was afraid to enter.” Teaser: “Mama must have enjoyed her visit tremendously, because three months later she went back to Ketanu. Six days passed, eight, and then […]