July 2008 archive

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Book Review

Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books. -From Isola Pribby to Juliet, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society- Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ first novel will certainly ruin you ‘for enjoying bad books.’ Set on the island of Guernsey (in the Channel Islands) in the months following the Second World …

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Chunkster Challenge – 2008

January 7 – December 20, 2008

I didn’t participate in this challenge last year, so when Dana at So Many Books, So Little Time agreed to host it for 2008, I couldn’t resist. Actually, it is an easy challenge for me to commit to given I have already committed to reading some pretty big books in 2008.  Here are the rules:

1. Books must be at least 450 pages (regular type)
2. You have to read a minimum of 4 (one per quarter)
3. Any chunkster started after January 1st qualifies
4. Books must be reviewed

…And there are prizes (yay!)

I will choose from the following list of books:

1. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (702 pages)
2. Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (536 pages)
3. Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts (933 pages)
4. The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett (973 pages)
5. World Without End, by Ken Follett (1014 pages)
6. HeyDay, by Kurt Anderson (620 pages)
7. Lisey’s Story, by Steven King (509 pages)
8. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (1215 pages)
9. The Winter Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly (707 pages) – COMPLETED January 5, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review.
10. Conversation in the Cathedral, by Mario Vargas Llosa (601 pages)

The ARC Reading Challenge

June 21, 2008 – September 21, 2008 UPDATE July 29, 2008: CHALLENGE COMPLETED. I finished 4 ARCs and read part way through a 5th (but didn’t complete it) which means technically, I’ve finished this challenge. BUT, since the challenge actually runs through September 21st and I still have tons of ARCs on my shelf, I’m …

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The 19th Wife – Book Review

I am but one, yet to this day countless others lead lives even more destitute and enslaved than mine ever was. Perhaps my story is the exception because I escaped, at great risk, polygamy’s conjugal chains; and that my husband is the Mormon Church’s Prophet and Leader, Brigham Young, and I am his 19th and …

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Mailbox Monday – July 28, 2008

Marcia at The Printed Page is hosting this fun weekly event – each Monday bloggers share the books which have arrived in their mailbox that week. I have had a very lucrative week regarding books, so I thought it would be fun to play along with Marcia. Advance Reader’s Editions which arrived this week in …

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Sunday Salon – July 27, 2008

July 27, 2008 Good morning! Last week I did not post a Salon entry because I was out of town doing something quite bookish. Over the last year, I have met several women on Library Thing who I have grown to respect and adore. We decided to meet in person at the amazing Sylvia Beach …

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Natalie, by Anne Enright – Short Story Review

After reading The Gathering, I was eager to read more work by Anne Enright.  So when the 21st Fiction Yahoo group chose Enright’s short story Natalie to read and discuss, I was pleased. I read this story on-line at the New Yorker. Natalie is narrated by an unnamed teenage protagonist who is laying in bed …

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ALISIA from Book Haven! Congratulations, Alisia. I’m sending you an email and if you could kindly respond with your mailing address, I will send your book out immediately! I chose the winner randomly after writing all the names on slips of paper, mixing them up and having my husband draw a name from the hat. …

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Amazing Video…

Just had to share this amazing video for all my readers who love animals… Please follow and like the blue thistle

Friday Finds – July 25, 2008

July 25, 2008 I missed this event last week as I was out of town…but I bookmarked some blogs which have fueled my list this week! **Click on book titles to take you to Amazon; click on blog links to take you to that blogger’s review of the book. 1. The Foreigner, by Francie Lin …

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