As I just mentioned, The Worthing Saga discussion begins June 2nd at Becky's Online Reading Group.
MotherReader's 48 Hour Reading Challenge is only one week away! "To sign up, you'll need to visit her blog and leave a comment. While you're there you're probably going to want to make a note of all the rules and guidelines." And "The weekend is June 6–8, 2008. Read and blog for any 48-hour period within the Friday-to-Monday-morning window. Start no sooner than 7:00 a.m. on Friday the… Continue
Added by Becky on May 31, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Four-Legged Friends Challenge
The Sci-Fi Experience
Winter Reading Challenge (Rock Creek Rumblings)
Hometown Reading Challenge
Winter Reading Challenge (Inksplasher)
Zora Neale Hurston Mini-Challenge
Young Adult Challenge (Thoughts of Joy)
First in A Series
Young Readers Challenge
Banned Books Challenge
D.E.A.R. Reading Challenge
Royalty Rules Challenge
The Novella Challenge
Added by Becky on May 31, 2008 at 2:00pm —
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck. 148. 5/5
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. 130. 5/5
Blackness Tower by Lillian Stewart Carl. 367. 2.5/5
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block. 478. 3.5/5
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. 330. 4/5
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. 361. 5/5
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. 256. 5/5
Bronte's Book Club by Kristiana Gregory. 148. 3.5/5
The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle. 229. 5/5
Crispin: At… Continue
Added by Becky on May 31, 2008 at 12:23pm —
Added by Melissa on May 30, 2008 at 6:02pm —
I've started a summer reading challenge at my blog, Novel Lovers
. As a member of two book clubs, I'm itching to get one of the groups to take a "literary road trip." This is a great way to get to know your own literary neighborhood or pick a place you'd like to visit - just to add more reasons to make that trip!
Added by Brenda Branson on May 30, 2008 at 5:41pm —
Loved, loved, loved this novel! I couldn't put it down. Tristi Pinkston not only explores the physical struggles of the Mormon pioneers, but the emotional and spiritual struggles they endured. The story is about Tristi's great-grandmother and is based on historical fact. However, she writes it as if she was the one who lived it.
Sarah Williams is a young Welsh girl who immigrates to Utah to join her sister Mary Ann. When Mary Ann and her husband… Continue
Added by Holly on May 30, 2008 at 3:00pm —
My 6th grade lunch bunch book club just participated in our first video conference with another middle school today. It was very successful and the kids loved it! Our discussion was about Crossing the Wire
, a novel about a young Mexican boy, Victor, that found himself the soul provider for his family after his father dies. Victor has always been happy at home growing and selling corn, but the with the produce prices dropping significantly, he… Continue
Added by Brenda Branson on May 29, 2008 at 8:55pm —
I think that this book is my favorite Wingate book so far. I simply couldn't put it down. The story follows Julia, a former ballet dancer whose career is cut short due to a life-threatening eating disorder. After she "recovers" she becomes a guidance counselor at a middle school and befriends Dell Jordan, who is living with Karen and James from The Language of the Sycamores and struggling to fit in at her elite arts school.
The format is the same… Continue
Added by Holly on May 29, 2008 at 3:30pm —
These tips are for blogger/blogspot users. I did the big template change today...and thought others might be curious on the how-to. And I wanted to share before I forgot how to do it. You never know, I might need to refresh my memory at some point :)
First step is to download the new template--whichever one you choose--granting that there are no structural problems within it--this should be relatively easy. You can try clicking on it or doing a "save link" or "save link as" option.… Continue
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Added by CarrieK on May 28, 2008 at 10:09pm —
I thought this was a great article
and just wanted to pass it along....
Added by Tricia on May 28, 2008 at 5:10pm —
A continuation of the story in Tending Roses, although this story is about Karen, Kate's sister. Karen loses her high-powered job and returns to the farm to find herself. Similar to Tending Roses, Karen finds herself through her memories of Grandma Rose and her experiences with her (no longer) estranged family, and a group of children.
As with Tending Roses, the story is somewhat predictable. But, full of homespun advice and inspiration, it is a… Continue
Added by Holly on May 28, 2008 at 3:30pm —
I did pretty well last month with reading what I'd planned... I'm the planner sort of person; I work best with a deadline, which is why the library works really well with me. On the other hand, reading books I own... not so much. Which is why Wilkie Collins is still on my TBR pile. :)
The Host, Stepehenie Meyer (though I may put this off)
Ever, Gail Carson Levine
The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World, e.l. konigsburg
Woman in White,… Continue
Added by Melissa on May 28, 2008 at 9:30am —
As a rule, I don't like attempted sequels. I especially don't like attempted sequels of classic novels when those sequels are written by wannabe Jane Austens or Margaret Mitchells.
When I picked up Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma, I was prepared to dislike it. (When Austen wannabes try to be Jane, they fail miserably. No one can do that, so just stop trying, ok?) As I read the book though, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying it instead. It… Continue
Added by Holly on May 27, 2008 at 3:30pm —
Added by CarrieK on May 26, 2008 at 10:50pm —
The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas a great 1930’s story that evolves around a group of women who meet weekly for quilting. The book catered to all you emotional wants in a good book, it was humorous, suspenseful, and sad at times. My greatest gift from this book was the intense loyalty the group had for each other in bad times as well as the good. The characters got a bit confusing to me and I struggled to keep up with who was saying what.
I did like the way the story ended.… Continue
Added by Brenda Branson on May 26, 2008 at 9:46pm —
A sequel to Bread Alone
and continues the story of Wynter Morrison. Wynter has stayed in Seattle and become a part owner of the bakery. The story explores her relationship with Mac and how she comes to mentor/mother Tyler. The voice is the same and the bread recipes sound delicious. Mac leaves and ends up in the Yukon and begins to deal with his own issues, but communicates to Wyn by letter.
Wynter isn't as self-absorbed in this… Continue
Added by Holly on May 25, 2008 at 3:30pm —
Becky’s Online Reading Group
will be reading The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card for the month of June. Orson Scott Card–as many of you know–is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite authors. And this book isn’t as widely known (and as widely read) as his Ender series. (Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, Ender’s Shadow, etc.) I’m choosing this one because I love it, obviously, but… Continue
Added by Becky on May 23, 2008 at 9:28pm —
Saturday while I was getting dressed, my mother called up to me that the mail had arrived. She said, “There’s something for the Bluestocking Guide.” Immediately my mind flashed to the publish with whom I had had a conversation a couple days before. I thought, “that was quick.” Wonder of wonders the package was not from Michigan as I had thought. It was from New York. As I tore the package open, I saw the words Advance Uncorrected Proof. Then I saw the title The Matters at Mansfield. I was… Continue
Added by Bluestocking on May 22, 2008 at 11:55am —