Category: Miscellaneous

Winner, Winner, Bookish Dinner!

Winner, Winner, Bookish Dinner!

We have a winner for the personalized, signed copy of The Gods of Gotham! Drumroll, please… The winner is Amy! Congratulations, Amy! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the book.

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Giveaway: Win a Personalized, Signed Copy of Lyndsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham

Giveaway: Win a Personalized, Signed Copy of Lyndsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham

Yesterday, I reviewed Lyndsay Faye’s latest historical thriller, The Gods of Gotham: Set against the backdrop of New York City in 1845–at a time when the Great Potato Famine in Ireland was bringing thousands of new immigrants into the city–The Gods of Gotham is an historical thriller that weaves together an engaging murder mystery with the real religious, political, and racial tensions of the time. Today, I am excited to announce that Lyndsay and her publisher have offered to send […]

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National Poetry Month: “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

National Poetry Month: “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

April is National Poetry Month, and although I am not a faithful reader of poetry, I do have my favorite poets and poems. During the month of April, I will be posting some of those here on the blog, for everyone’s reading enjoyment. “Invictus” has been my favorite poem for around twenty years now; I don’t remember how old I was when I first read it, but it was sometime during high school. I immediately fell in love with Henley’s […]

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Black History Month 2012: Reading Recommendations

Black History Month 2012: Reading Recommendations

February is Black History Month (or African American History Month) in the United States and Canada. This is the month in which we highlight and celebrate the contributions made to our society by African Americans throughout history. It is a month for paying tribute to the generations of black people who fought so hard against slavery, racism, segregation, and other adversities in order to gain their independence and to be lawfully treated as full citizens in this country. I don’t […]

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Library Book Sales ROCK.

Library Book Sales ROCK.

Our local library had a book sale this weekend and as this was the last day, the books were $5 per bag. Needless to say, I was in book heaven. We spent $20 and brought home four bags of books. These are the books I found for Ashley: From top to bottom, left to right: The Diary of a Young Girl, Peter Pan, Willow, My Side of the Mountain, Shadows in the Water, Kate’s House, The Fledgling, Rascal, Trixie Belden […]

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Picky Reading: How Seriously Does it Affect Your Reading Experience?

Picky Reading:  How Seriously Does it Affect Your Reading Experience?

I am a close, careful, picky reader. This can be good and bad. On the good side of things, being a careful reader can enrich the reading experience in many ways. Careful reading allows me to pick up on the more subtle foreshadowing the author may have written into the story. Careful reading allows me to enjoy and appreciate the prose of a good author. As far as being picky goes, there is no way I am going to be […]

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From Book TV: Isabel Wilkerson Speaks About The Warmth of Other Suns

From Book TV:  Isabel Wilkerson Speaks About The Warmth of Other Suns

The National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, is held every year on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This year the festival took place on September 24th and 25th. More than 100 authors headlined the festival, including such greats as Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison, Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha Mukherjee and Jennifer Egan, Garrison Keillor, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson. The whole festival was brought to television that weekend by Book TV on C-SPAN2, […]

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Blogging for a Better World

Blogging for a Better World

This week I was honored to have the opportunity to write a guest post for Better World Books, one of my favorite places to go to purchase books.  In honor of Banned Books Week, I wrote about three of my favorite banned/challenged books.  If you’re not familiar with Better World Books, take the time to check out their website after reading my post, and purchase a book or two in the name of literacy.

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New bookcases ROCK.

New bookcases ROCK.

Eric had a week off in the middle of July, and we decided to get a bunch of projects done around the house.  He and Austin cleaned out the garage, and we made room in the house for some of my furniture that had been stored in the garage since I moved in here.  We hung some curtains, and did some more cleaning.  But the most exciting thing we did while he was off that week was… BUILD A BOOKCASE! […]

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In honor of the phenomenal Maya Angelou…

In honor of the phenomenal Maya Angelou…

Today is the 83rd birthday of the wonderful, lovely Dr. Maya Angelou.  Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, she is a poet and author who is best known for her series of six memoirs that started with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, first published in 1969.  The first paragraph of her biography, taken from her official website says it best: Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance […]

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