Daily Archives: May 4, 2009

Southern Reading Challenge 2009


May 15 – August 15, 2009

Maggie from Maggie Reads is once again hosting her very popular Southern Reading Challenge for 2009. She writes:

It’s that time of year!

The time when you pour a glass of lemonade or sweet tea and take your official summer spot on the porch. Lean back in that chase lounge surrounded by geraniums and ferns, and begin the summer long journey into Southern culture.

Participants may choose to read any style of Southern book such as Appalachian tales, Civil War sagas, Gothic myths, Grit lit, etc… The goal is THREE BOOKS in three months. As she did last year, Maggie will be holding weekly drawings and contests.


I couldn’t resist this one because I have some terrific looking Southern novels on my shelf. I’ll read three from this list (subject to change):

Crazy Ladies by Michael Lee West

Sweetwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddons

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Eat, Drink, and Be From Mississippi by Nanci Kincaid

The Lost Hours by Karen White

Beach Trip by Cathy Holton (COMPLETED June 5, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)

Mailbox Monday – May 4, 2009

mailboxmonday Welcome to Mailbox Monday hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. What arrived at YOUR house this week? Here’s what came to mine:

reincarnationist The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose arrived from Lenore at Presenting Lenore. I won this book in a drawing on Lenore’s blog and she mailed it in January. It finally arrived in battered packaging, encased in a plastic bag with a note of apology from the Post Office for the damage to the package (the book, however, was unscathed). I wonder where this book traveled in the last 4 months before it finally made its way to my doorstep! This book has been described as a riveting thriller of secrets, history and murder. To read more about the author, the book OR other work written by this author, visit the author’s website.

marriagebureau The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama came from G.P. Putnam’s Sons through a Shelf Awareness offer. Due to be released in June, this book has been described as “Alexander McCall Smith meets Jane Austen” in a contemporary Indian marriage bureau. So far it is getting good early reviews and reviewers are calling the novel warm, charming, and captivating. To read more about the book, visit the Penguin Group. Read an interesting interview with the author about this book on The Asian Writer Blog.

In the News…

A little over a week ago, a reporter from our local newspaper contacted me. With all the buzz about President Obama’s new dog, they were doing a story on what it’s like to get a new puppy. The reporter came out to the house to meet me and Raven and we chatted for a little over 30 minutes. Today the piece was published. You can read it here!