Book Binge

May 5 – May 31, 2008 This one seemed like a no-brainer to me. Mary at It’s Not All Mary Poppins is hosting her annual Book Binge whereby readers simply track the books they read this month and then post about them. The goal is to read as much as you can. The rules are…

Themed Challenge – My Picks and Progress


January 1 – June 30, 2008

Since I’m hosting this challenge, I thought I’d better post my books. If you want to participate, go here to sign up.

My theme is: Books Set in New England

I’ve chosen four (4) books with four different New England settings: New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts. And I have three alternates or extras.

1. The World Below, by Sue Miller
2. Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult
3. Halfway House, by Katherine Noel
4. In The Fall, by Jeffrey Lent

Alternates/Extras:

1. Before You Know Kindness, by Chris Bohjalian
2. Lost and Found, by Jacqueline Sheehan
3. Blaze, by Richard Bachman

Before You Know Kindness – Book Review

All households had their mysteries, their particular forms of dysfunction. -From Before You Know Kindness, page 177- The Seton and McCullough families are close…and every year they meet in New Hampshire at matriarch Nan Seton’s summer home to spend Memorial Day weekend together. Nan is in her seventies but “vigorous,” and her constant activity (whether…

48 Hour Reading Challenge

June 6 – 8, 2008 Mother Reader at The Heart of a Mother, The Soul of a Reader is hosting the third annual 48- hour book challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with this challenge, participants commit to 48 hours of reading, reviewing and blogging – a marathon of sorts! The rules are simple: Read…

Remembering Nattie…

The world of book blogging is not as big as one might think. I have met so many wonderful people through the blogs and especially through participation in reading challenges. And that is how I met Nattie…a single mom with a passion for books and a beautiful smile. I didn’t know her for long, but…

Weekly Geeks #5 – Storytelling

This week’s theme was suggested by Renay. She says, “I thought it would be cool to ask people to talk about other forms of story-telling.” This week’s theme is once again one you could approach several ways. You might want to tell about the forms of storytelling (aside from books) you love. ************************** The art…

Free Radicals, by Alice Munro – Review

She hadn’t had time to wonder about his being late. He’d died bent over the sidewalk sign that stood in front of the hardware store offering a discount on lawnmowers. -From Free Radicals- When Nita’s 81 year old husband Rich drops dead outside the hardware story, Nita grieves and wonders how she could have outlived…

The Kiss, by Anton Chekhov – Review

The most ill at east of them all was Ryabovitch – a little officer in spectacles, with sloping shoulders, and whiskers like a lynx’s. While some of his comrades assumed a serious expression, while others wore forced smiles, his face, his lynx-like whiskers, and spectacles seemed to say: I am the shyest, most modest, and…

Other Voices, Other Rooms – Book Review

But the walls of Joel’s room were too thick for Amy’s voice to penetrate. Now for a long time he’d been unable to find the far-away room; always it had been difficult, but never so hard as in the last year. -From Other Voices Other Rooms, page 83- Truman Capote’s first novel is gothic and…