Monthly Archives: July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 8 “Quick! Write 15 Bullet Points of Things That Appeal to You on Book Blogs!”

Boobs. Just kidding about #1 My favorite bloggers explain why they praise or pan a book. I always find “I just didn’t like it” to be a sort of cop-out. Take the extra sixty seconds to add another clause or … Continue reading

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Jenny Rat, by Martin Simons (2013)

Redeeming Each Other (nb: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley) Last summer, I had an abscess. It kept swelling and hurting until I finally went to the doctor. He had to cut into … Continue reading

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 7, Talk About Your Blogging Quirks

Like my friend Kelly, I like to start my review as soon as I finish the book. It’s very rare that I’ll postpone a review till later in the week or month, which could be tempting since many of the … Continue reading

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The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese, by Michael Paterniti (2013)

A Big, Beautiful Story of Life, Friendship, and Cheese This epic story begins with a story. As a post-graduate student with an MFA in Creative Writing, Michael Paterniti—like many or most MFA’s in Creative Writing—was finding it nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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A Really Awesome Mess, by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) “A Really Awesome Mess” tells the story of two sixteen-year-olds—Emmy and Justin—who have been sent to a therapeutic boarding school, Heartland Academy. The place is essentially … Continue reading

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 6 “Describe How You Shop for Books”

I’m big on the Amazon Wish List. When I read a Goodreads or book blog review about a new book that sounds interesting, I’ll add it to my Amazon Wish List. When it’s payday, or I get my birthday or … Continue reading

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 5, Recommend a Tear-Jerker

I’ve seen some of my book-blogging peers already suggest this one, but I don’t mind being non-trailblazingy. When I think “tear-jerker,” the first book that pops to mind is John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars.” Green creates two characters … Continue reading

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