Update on: Classic Lit for Kids – Getting Started
Uncategorized / August 17, 2011

In April I wrote a post on Classic Lit for Kids – Getting Started which was well received (thank you all). I made a few updates to it based on more experience, so please take a look and don’t forget to leave a comment telling me what you think or some more tips.   Zohar – Man of la Book

Book Review Blog Carnival
Fiction , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / August 14, 2011

Rebecca from Book Nerd reviews A Daughter of Two Mothers by Miriam Cohen “A Daughter of Two Mothers is definitely a Jewish book but the message of faith and the meaning of life and hardships are there all the way through the book“. Mysteries in Paradise reviews Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie “EVIL UNDER THE SUN is an enjoyable read, well constructed, fairly complex plot, but I think quite a way from Christie’s best“. Read Aloud Dad reviews Fancy Nancy: Phenomenal Picture Books by Jane O’Connor “Even the most plainly dressed reader among us, will be searching the back of his or her wardrobe for a couple of accessories to glam up – after reading this little gem! “. Read Aloud Dad reviews Jenny And The Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky “Jenny Linsky – let me whisper in your ear. My twins adore you. Come, come closer dear. My girl and boy love you. You touched their young hearts“. I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! reviews Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward “Bob Woodward, the dean of Washington journalists, goes inside the situation room with President Obama as the plan for…

Book Blogger Appreciation Week!
Uncategorized / August 13, 2011

It is this time of the year again. Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011 is coming up in a few weeks! The last day to nominate your favorite book blogs for BBAW (ahmm…)awards is August 13 – so if you have blogs you want to nominate (there are many categories), dot it without haste. You’ll need a Twitter or Google account to log in.     Related articles Book Blogger Appreciation Week Sept 12-16 (bookjourney.wordpress.com) Morning Meanderings… BBAW (Book Blogger Appreciation Week) (bookjourney.wordpress.com) Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011 (bookdout.wordpress.com) Morton Fox: Complaints Mount Over Google+ Account Deletions | PCWorld (pcworld.com)

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Southey
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 12, 2011

On this day in 1774 Robert Southey (12 August 1774 – 21 March 1843), England’s poet laureate from 1813 until his death in 1843, was born. While Mr. Southey seems to have been forgotten by today’s world of poetry, in his time he was widely read and admired.

Guest Post from #100blogfest
Guest Posts / August 11, 2011

Winters were great when we were kids. Massive snow falls every year, snow ball fights, snowmen – it was the best! Nowadays it’s pretty paltry by comparison. In my house we had a living room that stretched from the front of the house to the back. Just in front of our house was a street lamp that glowed orange. When it snowed, the fun I had running from the front of the house watching the flakes fall against the backdrop of the orange light, before running to the back window and staring out into the black night where the snowflakes appeared to be falling even heavier! Our house was perfectly placed for the winter joys. Only a few hundred yards away at the end of our street was a field with a great big, long hill. It made the perfect winter slope. Every year we would spend hours playing on those slopes without a care in the world how cold it was. My stepdad worked at a plastic material factory. Because we didn’t have much money, my mum made me and my sister matching waterproof outfits, from coat with hood, to trousers and even gloves. We were the driest, warmest,…

Guest Post: A Lyrical and Mysterious Journey to Self Help by Paula Renaye
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / August 9, 2011

Sometimes—maybe a lot of times—things that don’t seem so pleasant when they happen are pivotal turning points when we look back on them. For me, it was the sudden loss of my dad in 1991. When I made the decision to walk away from college and a promising journalism career to be married, it required that I lop off a part of my soul, package it up with my dreams and lock it all away. I didn’t write much of anything for years, but when the emotional backlash from my dad’s death finally hit me, it broke open that carefully constructed vault and I, well, suddenly started hearing voices. Actually, what I heard were songs.  Lyrics and melodies would just pop into my head, and after a while, I figured I better start writing them down. They just kept coming, and eventually I realized that I was having fun again. Over a period of maybe four months, I created a fairly substantial list of sons and even had a couple of local groups perform a couple of them in public venues with some press. I was thrilled to have my work “out there” again. My husband was not so thrilled,…

Seen at a Bookstore
Uncategorized / August 8, 2011

It has been a stressful month and will be a stressful month to come. My beloved wife, may she live a long life, let me have something unheard of in the annals of marriage with children – an hour to myself at the bookstore (while she went shopping). I had a very relaxing 90 minutes – as any parent knows, a gift from heaven. I spent it in Barnes and Noble with a cup of coffee and a cozy book while blissfully ignoring (and being ignored by) the “commoners”.   While there I saw this display which I got a kick out of. The display is accurate as one of the employees told me. Still…     Zohar – Man of la Book Related articles Bookstores (eschatonblog.com) Bookstores and Ebooks (pinkseele.wordpress.com) Bill Maxwell: Sadly closing the book on old friend (knoxnews.com) Apple + Barnes & Nobles = Win? (thenormanomicon.wordpress.com)

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