August 2010 archive

Completed: Nonfiction Five Challenge

Many thanks to Trish’s Reading Nook who hosted the 2010 Non-Fiction Five Challenge. I love this challenge because it encourages me to read some of the amazing non fiction books I have on my shelves. Since I typically read about 90% fiction…and I need a challenge like this to get me to pick up some …

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Wild Comfort – Book Review

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature,” Rachel Carson wrote. “The assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” I have never felt this so strongly as I do now, waiting for the sun to warm my back. The bottom may drop out of my life, what I trusted …

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Drawn to the Land – Book Review

Meg speaks with deep feeling of the importance of a community that works together, each member helping and sustaining the others. Here is her home, and here are the people she loves. The death of her brother has made this place and all the lives around her even more precious. The farm has helped to …

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WINNER: Love In Mid Air

Thank you to all those who took a minute to enter this contest. There were some fun responses to the question: What do you like best about women’s fiction? I don’t know if you have been following the recent controversy about the labeling of books as “chick lit” or “women’s fiction” … but, it is …

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Serendipity

Have you ever noticed that certain books enter your life when you need them the most? Last year when Caribou died I was devastated and grieving – really inconsolable…and I picked up In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld. For some reason, that book spoke to my emotions and grief and helped heal me. It was …

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Wrap UP for Random Reading Challenge (and a Giveaway)

Well, I failed miserably in my own hosted challenge – but many of you completed this challenge with flying colors! There were 109 participants and 160 linked reviews for your random reads. I’m going to leave the review and wrap up links open for another week for those of you who haven’t had a chance …

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Mailbox Monday – August 9, 2010

Welcome to Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month by Chick Loves Lit. Drop by her blog to leave a link to your mailbox…and check out all those great books at everyone else’s house!!! Last week only one book found its way into my mailbox…but this week my box runneth over. Here is what arrived: …

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Sunday Salon – August 8, 2010

August 8, 2010 We are having just gorgeous weather here in Northern California…especially at our house up in the mountains. I wish I could take a week off of work to just laze around and enjoy it; but, alas, work is busier than ever. Today I am planning on spending a good portion of the …

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Cutting for Stone – Book Review

The world turns on our every action, and our every omission, whether we know it or not. – from Cutting For Stone – Shiva and Marion Praise Stone come into the world as identical twins attached at the skull. Their father, a British surgeon living in Ethiopia, abandons them within moments of their birth, and …

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75 Years of Penguin Winner

Thank you to all who entered the contest to win a gorgeous edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I asked that entrants share their favorite book from this list…and I loved reading the replies. I thought I would share with you a wrap up post from that question before announcing the …

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