Posts Tagged ‘book blogs’

on_mondaysI’ve found a new reading carnival that’s not really new, I’ve seen it before, but just never joined in. J. Kaye’s hosts What are you reading? on Mondays.

This week my goal is to make some more progress on Emma. I feel like I’ve been reading it forever…but I’m over the halfway point.

I’m also picking up Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy and When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall this week from the library.

Last week I finished When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall and Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney.

So…what are you reading today?


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Right now, I like that my blog is a way to record what I’ve been reading without feeling the pressure of having to post a review for a deadline.

A year from now, I’d like to see my reviews be more concise. I want to be able to tell my reader why I loved (or didn’t love) a book and what made it read-worthy. Maybe come up with a review system. Maybe.

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There are so many book blogs out there it’s quite insane! I know I’ll never be able to read them all and I’m sure I’ll find a few more I’ll add to my Google Reader this week too. But for now, I’ll share the book blogs I regularly visit:

Reading to Know Carrie’s one of the contributors of 5 Minutes for Books and is a huge fan of L.M. Montgomery, whom I have never read. I tried reading the Anne series in 5th or 6th grade, but was overwhelmed by the length so I just watched the movies. šŸ™‚ Maybe one day I’ll try again.

Stacked Honestly, I don’t remember how I first found Stacked, but I’m pretty sure the banner picture is what kept me there. What I enjoy about Stacked is you won’t just find book reviews, but “the experience of a book” and they’ll often share other book related things like art exhibits, movie adaptations, and experiences books have lead them to try.

Across the Page You’ll find Janet, a homeschooling mom with a doctorate in English, who has a lot of great book reviews, a list of 25 reasons to read, and celebrates “the connections between writers and readers that happen across the page.”

The Bluestocking Society After coming across this blog, I’m on a mission to find some bluestockings and maybe even wear them! Definition of a bluestocking: woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest. Jessica not only reviews books, but she’s also the founder of the Book Blog Guild.

Charlotte’s Web of Books Lots of books. Lots of reviews. Every Tuesday she posts what books are newly released for the week. She’s convinced me to add two books to my pile: The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Opposite of Love. I know, I know…I’m like the only book blogger who hasn’t read The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I’ve finally been convinced and now I just have to get a copy or wait on one from the library.

A Library is a Hospital of the Mind What I love about Sarah’s blog is that it’s like going into an old bookstore and finding some great treasure with yellowed pages and soft pencil scribbles on the jacket. Lately, she’s been posting a lot about the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. I had never heard of either before coming across them on her blog! She’s also a big fan of Frances Hodgson Burnett and recommends The Making of a Marchioness, which has been added to my TBR pile.

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It’s finally here! Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2009!

There’s so much going on this week in relation to BBAW it’s crazy. First, I just want to say thanks to Amy for coming up with this idea and putting it all together. I know we’ll enjoy it.

Now in its second year, BBAW happens every September and seeks to “spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities” (for more info click here). There’s daily blogging topics you can join in with the celebration too. Amy’s got a bit of preview for some more things going on at her blog too. It’s going to be a great way to meet new bloggers and had new titles to your nightstand. I’m sure I will!

Now…on to the giveaway!

In honor of BBAW, I’m giving away a copy of Paula Froelich’s Mercury in Retrograde. You can read my review here.

When Mercury is in retrograde, the only guarantee is anything that can go wrong, will.

Penelope Mercury, an intrepid reporter at the New York Telegraph, has pounded the pavement for five years from city borough to borough, carrying out her boss’s eccentric orders to break stories that seem inconsequential to everyone but him. Finally, she is inches away from being promoted to her dream job — covering courtroom drama for the paper — but after one spectacularly disastrous day, she is fired instead.

Lena “Lipstick Carcrash” Lipp encrass has a pretty fabulous life, even by a socialite’s standards, as a top editor at the high fashion magazine Y. Long lunches with her girlfriends and afternoons spent shopping at Bergdorf’s are all in a day’s work. But when Lena’s always indulgent parents abruptly cut off her cash flow and kick her out of her beloved West Village duplex for refusing to work for the family business, she is forced to confront the reality of what it takes to pay the bills.

Dana Gluck, a workaholic lawyer, had been married for two years to a man who was perfect on paper but increasingly critical in reality. She hoped that her dreams of motherhood would be fulfilled soon, which surely would also fix their marriage problems. Instead, her husband leaves her for an exchange student/model who, to make matters worse, promptly gets pregnant.

When fate conspires to have these three very different women move into the same SoHo apartment building, they soon discover that having their carefully planned lives fall to pieces might be the best thing that could have ever happened to them. (Publisher’s description)

To enter this giveaway by:

  1. Leaving a comment with your favorite chick lit book (or if you’re not a fan of chick lit, then your favorite book). Leave your e-mail address (ie, mountainsofbooks (@) gmail (dot) com, so I can contact you if you win.
  2. Twitter me @MountainsofBooks Enter me to win Mercury in Retrograde.

I’ll randomly draw a winner on Saturday, September 19th. I’ll contact the winner through e-mail or direct message (via Twitter). Good luck!Don’t forget to stop by the BBAW giveaway page and enjoy!

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Book Expo America was this past weekend and there was a book blogger’s panelĀ  where they talked about how bloggers, publishers, and booksellers can work better together.

The panel was made up of Dawn from She Is Too Fond of Books,Ā  Candace from Beth Fish Reads,Ā  Amy from My Friend Amy’s Blog, JulieĀ  from Booking Mama,Ā  Natasha from Maw Books, andĀ Ā  Stephanie from The Written Word.

You can hear the panel at Book Club Girl.

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51f6tfl9pfl_sl500_aa240_I’ve been reading The Bookaholics’ Guide to Book Blogs and in the second chapter the authors tackle the subject of book bloggers. It’s titled Alter Egos or Inflated Egos?: Why Do People Blog?

The authors named a couple of well-known book blogs. I’ve seen a few of these around, but not all of them.

How about you? Do you read any of these blogs? What book blogs do you enjoy?

Just wondering.

By the way, this book is like swimming in mud. I’m trying to get through it. It’d be interesting to see what they have to say about book bloggers.

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