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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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via Edelweiss) Yes, “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” is precisely what the title implies, and it is exquisite. Author Ian Doescher has taken the familiar story of the original “Star Wars,” and … Continue reading

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 4, “What was the last book you flung across the room?”

The last literary projectile I fired was a Lee Child “Jack Reacher” novel. It was fine–I had no quarrel with the book. I just had a med-induced rage spike and had to throw something. Being as it was a Jack … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler, (e-book 2013, originally published in 1961)

(nb: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss) In 1960, William L. Shirer published “The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich.” The tome was over 1200-pages long, and based on numerous sources, including … Continue reading

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