Monthly Archives: December 2011

TLC Blog Tour – New

New:  Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change by Winifred Gallagher Published:  2011 by The Penguin Press Source:  Received from Publisher for Review   When I began reading New:  Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change, I was expecting a diatribe about how … Continue reading

Posted in non-fiction, reviews, tlc blog tour

Secret Santa Update!

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day with family and friends.  My husband and I are spending a quiet day at home, but later on we will Skype with my family in Winnipeg.  Ok, I … Continue reading

Posted in gifts, Holidays

My Favorites of 2011

  With a little more than a week left of the year, I’ve read 123 books in 2011.  Yes, it’s a lot, but it’s a bit short of my goal of 140 books.  I read an eclectic mix of fiction … Continue reading

Posted in favorites, reading retreat, year in review

Secret Santa Came!

I’ll admit it …. after my bad experience with Secret Santa last year I was getting a bit concerned this year when as of Saturday nothing arrived at my doorstep.  But today, on returning home from running a few errands … Continue reading

Posted in gifts, Holidays

Southern Literature Challenge

  Yup, another challenge, but unlike the others I will be participating in during 2012, this for me will be a true challenge.   Because I (ahem) am sadly lacking in Southern Literature.  Three of the best books I read this … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Reading Challenges

Half Blood Blues

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan Published:  2011 by Serpent’s Tail Source:  Purchased at an independent bookstore  Paris, 1940.  Paris has fallen to the Nazis.  Anyone who can leave the city does.  A group of jazz musicians flee back to … Continue reading

Posted in book thoughts, Canadian Book Challenge, Canadian lit.

A-Z Book Challenge

  Another challenge for 2012!  The A to Z Book Challenge is hosted at Babies,Books and Signs and I found out about it thanks to Judith at leeswammes who seems to always know where everything is in the book blogosphere   … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Reading Challenges

Virtual Advent Tour — Why it’s great to be the grandchild.

Welcome to my little corner of the 2011 Virtual Advent Tour.  If you’ll permit me a digression from the usual book talk, I’d like to share with you a Christmas ritual in my family that began as a tradition, but … Continue reading

Posted in blog tours, Holidays

Belated Readathon — That’s All Folks

  Time for me to pack it in.     I guess I was overly ambitious in the amount of reading I’d get done, since I only completed one book (Domestic Violets — so good).  That said, I did read 70 … Continue reading

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Belated Readathon Update #4

Did you miss me?  I made a poor choice with my second book, The Disappearance at Pere Lachaise and I think that wore me down.  I got about 70 pages in and it just wasn’t interesting me.  So after a … Continue reading

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