Archive for March, 2013

Forthcoming in April

Forthcoming in April

Here are some books I’m looking to add to the book group rotation in 2013-2014. All are bowing in April. Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley:  I have a book group that likes to read books about women’s lives and relationships. This story about a mother and her two daughters who escape a religious cult […]

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BiblioWeb: The Book Smugglers

BiblioWeb: The Book Smugglers

Wanted to share my latest biblio-web find, The Book Smugglers. This pair of self-professed OCD “book junkies” review science fiction and young adult titles (essentially whatever they like). They post four book reviews a week and trade out reviews of movies, music, television, other cross over items. Once a month they two blog runners will […]

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

FREE download of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter’s springtime classic, narrated by Pauline Brailsford and published by Weston Woods. Just click on the Audible link to grab this treat: www.audible.com/pd/?asin=B00C2BL9R8&source_code=FBIGB906LWS031513

Posted in: audiobooks
Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Cindy: I was totally sucked in by the cover of Zebra Forest (Candlewick 2013). Add the promise of family secrets and I’m in. Annie and Rew live with a grandma who has good days…and bad. Annie has three wishes: 1. Get tall. 2. Have an adventure. 3. Meet my father. She realizes her chances are […]

The Signal

The Signal

“I feel like I wasted my entire month!” No, that is not a character in the book The Signal by Ron Carlson.  It was a member of my book discussion after reading The Signal by Ron Carlson. How important is it that members of a book discussion all “like” the book?  I vote “not at […]

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Semple is not so Simple

Semple is not so Simple

Cleverly disguised as a comic novel about an artistic stay at home mom who is too hip for the hippie-hipster lifestyle of Seattle, Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a good selection for book groups looking for a seriously funny book. Book Group Buzz featured the book in this post last year. At […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Great Reads

Web Crush of the Week: Great Reads

OK, so some people might not appreciate the fact that we’re going to crush on another part of the Booklist site, but, guess what? It’s our blog and we’ll do what we like! (nyah nyah nyah!)   But in all seriousness, Great Reads is right up your alley if you are a Shelf Renewal devotee. […]

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Bonanza: Discussing Jo Walton’s “Among Others”

Science Fiction and Fantasy Bonanza: Discussing Jo Walton’s “Among Others”

This month the Other Realms book group discussed Jo Walton’s Hugo and Nebula award-winning Among Others. I have written about this book here before and suffice it to say this was another one of those I-love-this-book-too-much scenarios that can add a dash of challenge to a book group facilitator’s life. I did, however, have some […]

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Lambda Literary Award finalists announced

Lambda Literary Award finalists announced

In light of the historic news we are all waiting to hear from our Supreme Court, it might be a good time to focus some attention on the Lambda Literary Foundation and it’s recently announced list of Awards finalists. The Lambda Literary Awards recognize “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Get the Guy

Book Trailer Thursday: Get the Guy

Normally I wouldn’t take dating advice from people missing so many prominent teeth, but there’s something oracular in the impeded speech of these small humans. Pick up Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve for further anthropological study.

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