May 2009 archive

Sunday Salon – May 31, 2009

May 31, 2009 Good morning, fellow readers. Summer has really arrived here in Northern California with triple digits and bright blue skies. It makes me want to break out the books for summertime reading. Since last Sunday, I’ve managed to slog through Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (read my review). It was a lot of …

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The Scent of Oranges – Book Review

Even if I had the key to Pa’s request, I had no idea how to tackle a murder investigation. All I could do was to remain vigilant – an early morning sparrow, picking up tidbits of information, hungrily following any leads that presented themselves. – from The Scent of Oranges, page 81 – When a …

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Midnight’s Children – Book Review

I was born in the city of Bombay…once upon a time. No, that won’t do, there’s no getting away from the date: I was born in Doctor Narlikar’s Nursing Home on August 15th, 1947. And the time? The time matters, too. Well then: at night. No, it’s important to be more…On the stroke of midnight, …

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BookAwards II Challenge

August 1, 2008 – June 1, 2009 May 30, 2009 – CHALLENGE COMPLETED I read 10 award winners from the following prize lists: Pulitzer Special Awards Anthony Award Orange Prize for Fiction Booker Prize Independent Foreign Fiction Prize IMPAC Dublin Award Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature Whitbread/Costa Award Commonwealth Writers Prize My favorite reads of …

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Author Judith Ryan Hendricks: TLC Book Tour

The Laws of Harmony by Judith Ryan Hendricks Harper Paperbacks; 1 edition – February 10, 2009 ISBN-13: 978-0061687365 496 pages I recently read The Laws of Harmony – the latest novel by Judi Ryan Hendricks – and loved it (read my review). Hendricks has a way of drawing her reader into the story, of making …

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The Laws of Harmony – Book Review

People are forever asking me what it was like to grow up in a commune, and it’s a question that has no easy answer. Northern New Mexico was Commune Central in those days, and each of the twenty-odd settlements had its own vision, its own quirky dynamics, its own culture. And, of course, no two …

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Mr. Linky Not Feeling Well

Mr. Linky is having growing pains – he has been “down” more than “up” this last month. To read more, visit the Mr. Linky Blog. Until he is feeling better, please leave links to reviews and wrap ups for my sponsored challenges in the COMMENTS section of each post. I will upload your links when …

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Friday Finds – May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009 I am publishing this a day early this week – tomorrow I have a couple of book tour posts and I thought I would spread out the posting joy! The book groups, publisher newsletters and book bloggers keep adding to my wish list – not that I am complaining, mind you…I love …

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Winner of No One You Know…

My apologies for not posting this yesterday – I had a crazy day with work and the temperatures in Redding were in the triple digits…so my excuse is that my brain was fried! There were nearly 60 entries to win a signed edition of No One You Know by Michelle Richmond. I used the fabulous …

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Need a Smile?

…then watch this wonderful video where a couple married 62 years (he is 90 years old) put on an impromptu piano recital in the lobby of the Mayo clinic: Please follow and like the blue thistle

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