Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I’ve seen this quotation in several places lately. It’s from Sven Birkerts’ ‘The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age’:
“To read, when one does so of one’s own free will, is to make a volitional statement, to cast a vote; it is to posit an elsewhere and set off toward it. And like any traveling, reading is at once a movement and a comment of sorts about the place one has left. To open a book voluntarily is at some level to remark the insufficiency either of one’s life or one’s orientation toward it.”
To what extent does this describe you?
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I'll admit it, I was licking my wounds because I couldn't go to Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in May since they were all mid-week in New York. Basically it was just too expensive and too much time off of work for me to justify no matter what a great experience it would be for this wonderful new blogging world I've discovered. I am so looking forward to hearing about everyone's experiences though!
- LA Times Festival of Books - April 24th and 25th
- Leimert Park Village Book Fair - June 26th
- Sonoma County Book Festival - September 25th
- West Hollywood Book Fair - Septemeber 26th
- Central Coast Book and Author Festival - Early Oct.
- San Francisco's Litquake - 2 weeks every Oct.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Carrie over at Books and Movies has announced the 2010 Ireland Reading Challenge and while I am a little behind the bandwagon (it started Feb 1st), the reading level I am signing up for Luck o' the Irish Level, only requires that I read 4 books by November 30th. These books don't just have to be set in Ireland, they can also be any book written by an Irish author, or involving Irish history or Irish characters and be – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, audiobooks and children’s books. I love anything set in Ireland and I have lots of Irish authors on my shelves so while the thought of signing up for another challenge seemed daunting, this one seemed to good for me to pass up!
~ Join anytime. The challenge runs from February 1, 2010 to November 30, 2010.
~ Any books read for this challenge can also apply to other challenges you are working on.
~ Re-reads are allowed.
~ Any book written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters, counts for the challenge – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, audiobooks, children’s books – all of these apply.
~ Choose your commitment level:
Shamrock level: 2 books
Luck o’ the Irish level: 4 books
Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 6 books
Anyone else doing this one? Wish me luck!
Monday, February 22, 2010
It's Mailbox Monday time! Hosted by Marcia over at the Printed Page, Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Aarti over at Booklust has been doing a wonderful new series called "With Reverent Hands" and today I'm the featured guest blogger talking about Catherine Ryan Hyde's 'Love in the Present Tense' so go check it out here!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
We went to Boulder, CO for the long weekend and just got back a little while ago. We had a fabulous time! Boulder has a wonderful bookstore aptly called the Boulder Bookstore and I picked up a few books there. A couple for the Awesome Author Challenge that if I didn't buy soon I wouldn't get around to reading and one that cracked my boyfriend and I up so much we just had to buy. See if you can pick out which are which!