December 2011 archive

Looking Forward to 2012

I love the start of a new year – I would even go so far as to say my favorite day of the year is January 1st. I like looking back at what I accomplished, and then planning ahead – especially when it comes to books and reading. Here are my goals, plans, and general …

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2011 Memorable Memoirs Challenge – COMPLETED!

January 1 – December 31, 2011 December 16, 2011: I have completed this challenge! Many thanks to Melissa for hosting. Follow the links below to read my reviews of the books I read for the challenge. **************************************** Once again Melissa at The Betty and Boo Chronicles is hosting The Memorable Memoir Challenge – a challenge …

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The Puppy That Came For Christmas – Book Review

I didn’t want to be dogless ever again. Life just felt right with a dog in it. Not to have one would be all wrong. – from The Puppy That Came For Christmas – Megan Rix and her husband, Ian, were struggling to conceive a baby, when they unexpectedly connected with Helper Dogs – an …

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The 2012 Chunkster Challenge and Chunky Book Club

January 1 – December 31, 2012 2012 will be here before we know it – and The Chunkster Challenge is back. This year Vasilly from 1330V has joined me in hosting this popular challenge…and we’ve made a couple of changes (including moving the start date up to January 1st) which you can read about on …

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The Night Circus – Book Review

Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for …

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WINNER: 10th Anniversary Edition of Secret Life of Bees

  THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES A Novel Tenth-Anniversary Edition By Sue Monk Kidd Penguin/On-sale: November 23, 2011 / $20.00/ISBN: 978-0-14-312026-1 Special edition featuring a slipcase with a matching deluxe paperback New introduction by Sue Monk Kidd Thank you to all who stopped by and entered to win a copy of this wonderful boxed edition …

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Literary Novels from my Stacks: A Personal Challenge

I love the literary prizes and I own a ton of books which have either won or been nominated for those prizes…but which I have yet to read. I track many of the prizes on this page of my blog. I also have joined some individual challenges which are perpetual and encourage reading from certain …

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Mailbox Monday – December 12, 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. It …

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Jesmyn Ward on NPR

Readers to my blog will know by now that I loved Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, a book which won the 2011 National Book Award (read my review). This is not an easy book to read, but it was so incredibly written, so honest, and so powerful that I have continued to want to …

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Sunday Salon – December 11, 2011

December 11, 2011 Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon – grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and lets talk about books. Join the discussion on Facebook to get more links to Sunday Salon posts. This week I finished reading The Devil’s Ribbon by D.E. Meredith which …

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