Archive for December, 2012

#12daysofbooks #libfavs2012
By December 30, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

#12daysofbooks #libfavs2012

I have been a fair weather user of Twitter. What I really mean to say is that I had barely used it at all until I was encouraged to participate in tweeting my favorite 2012 titles that I read. For one, people I know and admire, Robin Beerbower, Stephanie DeWolfe Chase and Linda Johns, were […]

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Book Group Toolbox #92: Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre

Book Group Toolbox #92: Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre

Some book group leaders I chat with are little apprehensive about including romance among the selections. There’s still some stigma about including this genre in those groups; the number one concern I hear is “there’s not very many discussable romance novels out there.” I beg to differ. At least, now I can and do. Kristin […]

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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Lynn:  When will I learn to listen to the book club kids?  They have been raving about The False Prince (Scholastic 2012) for months now and I JUST got to it.  In my defense, it was in such hot demand that it took me a long time to get it away from the kids.  Still, […]

BiblioWeb: Keep Calm and Read On…

BiblioWeb: Keep Calm and Read On…

They’re reading some interesting things over at the Read On… blog for Lexington Public Library. Just like we all can’t resist visiting each others libraries when we travel, I can’t resist looking at the suggested reading blogs maintained by libraries on the web. The staff combine pithy annotations with appeal elements and then throw in […]

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Reading List 2013: Downtowners Book Group

Reading List 2013: Downtowners Book Group

Of all the book groups I facilitate I have the most fun scheduling the reading for the Downtowners. I have seen this book group grow into more than readers who gather to chat about the current selection. They have become friends who care for one another and more than a few have become good friends […]

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Guaranteed to make you wag more!
By December 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Guaranteed to make you wag more!

Isn’t it time your book club planned a restorative get-a-way?  As you know, that wine won’t drink itself.  If you live in Western Washington I have got just the cozy and scenic spot for you, complete with a bibliophile who is eager to make your acquaintance. Historically I am not a fan of the Washington […]

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Freebie Friday
By December 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Freebie Friday

Pick one of twenty free audiobooks – something for everyone, from Winnie-the-Pooh to Stephen King. Listen on whatever digital gadget you own. Blackstone Audio created the Downpour retail site & the Downpour Audiobook Club Membership, but there are audio titles from tons of top publishers. Here’s the offer’s link: http://www.downpour.com/latfree Give it a try, but be quick – […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Web Crush of the Week: The Millions

Web Crush of the Week: The Millions

The Millions is an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture since 2003. The Millions distinguishes itself from other literary web sites by focusing more on original essays and reviews, not just linking to and commenting on book news found elsewhere. We’re particularly crushing on them today for their Year in Reading feature, […]

Posted in: Backlist
Best Audiobooks of 2012
By December 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Best Audiobooks of 2012

Looking for great audio? Ten top lists for adult & youth titles. Check out these links from Booklist,  Salon,   School Library Journal,   NY Daily News,    The Washington Post,   The Guardian,   The Times (London),    AudioFile,   Audible.com, and  All About Romance. Great suggestions for downloading good books on those new holiday iPads, smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, and […]

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Lester's Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell

Lester's Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell

Lynn:  Raise your hand if you’ve been given a truly horrible homemade gift.  Lopsided lace doilies?  A wobbly badly glued concoction of pine cones, ribbon and glitter?  A sweater in eye-destroying colors with sleeves of different lengths?  You can whisk out the decorative items when the maker is expected but oh my – what to […]