Daily Archives: May 28, 2009

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 Mr. Linky is back up and running.

Thanks for your patience!

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 getting tempted by books and Jenn at Should Be Reading encourages us to share our finds with other readers each Friday. Here is what tempted me recently (clicking on the book title takes you to Amazon; clicking on the featured book blog takes you to their review of the book):

My Dog Tulip by J.R. Ackerly as featured on C.B.’s blog Ready When You Are, C.B. caught my eye for the obvious reason – there is a large German Shepherd on the cover. But when I read C.B.’s review of this classic book, I knew I would be looking to add it to my TBR stack. C.B. writes: ‘Tulip is devoted to Mr. Ackerley as only a dog can be. It’s not at all like a human to human bond. It’s a human to dog bond. It’s different. And it’s nice to see it celebrated for the wonderful thing it is in My Dog Tulip.‘ Doesn’t that sound great?

The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey as featured on Jackie’s blog Farm Lane Books Blog was short listed for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction. I know very little about any of the short listed books this year, but this one was one of Jackie’s favorites (she has read them all now). She writes: ‘[…] in the end the power of this book cannot be ignored. I couldn’t find any faults with it. It gripped me from beginning to end, and left me a changed person.

The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn as featured on Lesley’s blog Lesley’s Book Nook is a culinary memoir. Lesley shared my enjoyment of  The School of Essential Ingredients, and so I trust her her recommendation for excellent books centered on food. Lesley writes: ‘Flinn’s experience as a journalist is quite apparent. Her memoir is not only a joy to read, but quite informative.‘ Lesley includes some fantastic quotes in her review which had me smiling by the time I was done reading it. If you like all things food related, you might like this one.

Blackman’s Coffin by Mark De Castrique as featured on Cathy’s blog Kittling Books is the first book in the Blackman Mystery Series. Lately I’ve been enjoying reading mysteries and this one sounds great. Cathy writes: ‘I just plain flat out had a marvelous time reading this book. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. My brain always seemed a half step behind Sam’s as we both tried to solve the mystery.’ The second book in the series is set for release in August.

Hello Goodbye by Emily Chenoweth as featured on Swapna’s blog S. Krisna’s Books is set in New Hampshire and centers around a woman battling brain cancer. Swapna writes: ‘Though Hello Goodbye deals with death, the novel is never heavy or depressing.  Instead, it is a beautiful portrayal of life.‘ She recommends the book to those readers who enjoy literary AND women’s fiction – that sounds like me! This novel was just released in May.

What did you discover this week?

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 Random.org and the winner is…

Comment #41 Jake at Jake Lsewhere

For those of you who entered but didn’t win this book, I hope you’ll consider purchasing it at Amazon, Powells, Barnes and Noble…or anywhere great books are sold!

Jake: I will be emailing you – please respond to the email within five days so we can get your book out to you as soon as possible.