2011 archive

Best Books of 2011 – The Long and The Short Of It

In 2011 my reading led me on a trek with a tiger, brought me to the Australian countryside during WWII, took me to Mauritius, brought me to a small town where a whale took center stage, allowed me inside the walls of a New England college, and introduced me to memorable characters such as Esch, …

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“Book Buzz” Books Which Did Not Disappoint

I published a series of Book Buzz posts last spring where I highlighted books which I thought looked wonderful – books I was anticipating, and for which I had high hopes. I did not get to read all those books, but I managed to read several of them (and I have several of them still …

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We The Animals – Book Review

We wanted more. We knocked the butt ends of our forks against the table, tapped our spoons against our empty bowls; we were hungry. We wanted more volume, more riots. We turned up the knob on the TV until our ears ached with the shouts of angry men. We wanted more music on the radio; …

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Mailbox Monday – December 26, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Jenny Q at Let Them Read Books. Check out her blog today to get links to other readers’ mailboxes. Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar. Here …

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Woven Ribbons – A Quilt for Mom

*All photos in this post may be clicked on to enjoy a larger view Now that Christmas is over, I can share with you the quilt I made my mother for Christmas! Despite its smallish size (41.5″ X 58″) this lap quilt was a bear to piece. I call it  Chocolate & Raspberries, but it …

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Merry Christmas!

Please enjoy this beautiful card from Jacquie Lawson. Kip, Raven, Gizmo, Maia and I wish you and your families a wonderful, peaceful Christmas filled with magic! Click on the image below to see the animation… Please follow and like the blue thistle

Midsummer Night in the Workhouse: Stories – Book Review

Love, she thought. What a tangle. And she danced a few steps at being alone in the quiet street. The branch of a tree reached over a wall above a lamp-post, its leaves still young and fresh, a brilliant theatrical green in the artificial light. Between the lamp-posts the sky reappeared, a deep purple-blue where …

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The Remainder of 2011 in Books…

What shall I read? This is the question that has been circling my brain for the last few days because 2011 is winding down and I want to squeeze in some great books before the year peters out. I will finish reading Diana Athill’s short story collection and We the Animals by Justin Torres today. …

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Mailbox Monday – December 19, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Jenny Q at Let Them Read Books. Check out her blog today to get links to other readers’ mailboxes. Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar. In …

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Sunday Salon – December 18, 2011

December 18, 2011 Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon  – grab your beverage of choice, put up your feet and let’s talk books. To visit other Sunday Salon posts, check out the Facebook page for links. The weeks are flying by – only a week until Christmas and then another week and we …

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