August 2008 archive

Maus I and Maus II – Book Reviews

Art Spiegelman won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize under the category of Special Awards and Citations – Letters for his amazing graphic books Maus I and Maus II. The books comprise a powerful memoir which recounts the lives and survival of the author’s parents Vladek and Anja Spiegelman  during WWII in Poland where they were eventually …

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Sunday Salon – August 31, 2008

August 31, 2008 11:00AM Good morning, Saloners and all my other faithful readers! I have some business to take care of first, then on to the real reason for this post – thoughts on reading. Business #1: Book Blogger Appreciation Week is September 15th through 19th (I blogged about this here). My Friend Amy is …

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The Chick Lit Challenge

June 1 – September 1, 2008 UPDATE August 31, 2008: I completed this challenge on August 29, 2008. It was really fun to read these light, very well-written novels. There wasn’t a bad one in the bunch! Thank you Debi for hosting the challenge! ********************* Hosted by Debi at Journey to the End of the …

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The Well-Rounded Challenge

July 1 – December 31, 2008 UPDATE: August 31, 2008: I have completed this challenge (actually reading one more book than I needed to without realizing it!). My favorite book in this challenge was a toss up between The Poisonwood Bible, The Colour, and People of the Book. I rated all of them 5/5 and …

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Love Walked In – Book Review

My life – my real life – started when a man walked into it, a handsome stranger in a perfectly cut suit and, yes, I know how that sounds. Or I know how it might sound, to the kind of person I used to be, one who spent her days skirting around the edges of …

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Summer Reading Challenge

June 1 – August 31, 2008 UPDATE: August 30, 2008: It is clear, with one day left in the challenge, that will fall short of the books I listed to complete for this challenge. That said, I’m not disappointed. I finished 7 of the 9 I hoped to read – all of which were review …

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Review, Write and Win…

Field Report is a free site that holds cash-prize contests for good writing. The sort of writing they’re interested in is first person nonfiction. You don’t have to be a professional writer to win cash prizes…and the site provides a video of one lucky winner who was a postal worker. There are basically two aspects …

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Friday Finds – August 29, 2008

August 29, 2008 I belong to several book groups on Yahoo – and often my book “finds” come through them. This week I discovered Pears on A Willow Tree, by Leslie Pietrzyk as recommended by Gayla (from the Yahoo group Weekly Reads). Gayla writes: ‘The prose is beautifully composed; the bevy of voices allows an …

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The Colour – Book Review

For a few moments, the sun disappeared behind a cloud, and in the shadow, nothing of it was visible, only the shingly mud and the herringbone imprints of the ducks’ feet. But Joseph knew that he’d seen something. He stood without moving, waiting for the sun to come out again. It returned and sparkled on …

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Mailbox Monday – August 25, 2008

What books arrived in your mailbox this past week? Here’s what I found: Fire in the Blood, by Irene Nemirovsky was sent to me by a dear, bookie friend who remembered my birthday.  I am very excited about this book because I read Suite Francaise in February 2007 and loved it (read my review). I …

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