Monthly Archives: May 2012

On Bookmarks

I’ve recently started listening to a podcast called Under the Influence, which is about marketing/advertising.  This week’s episode featured the host’s (Terry O’Reilly) book recommendations, which was interesting; but in the first part of the podcast he spoke about bookmarks, … Continue reading

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The Voluntourist

The Voluntourist:  A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem by Ken Budd Published:  2012 by William Morrow Source:  Received ARC from publisher for review Barely a year into his retirement, Ken Budd’s father … Continue reading

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Sitting Around on a Sunday

It’s supposed to hit 97 hot humid degrees here in Chicagoland today so I’m writing this before the heat becomes too unbearable to sit in front of the computer.  I also plan to get to the gym early as well … Continue reading

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Sitting Around on a Sunday

This is the first Sunday in a while where I’ve had no obligations … yay!  I think my husband and I are going to take in The Avengers and then I’ll try to hit the gym later this afternoon. Yes, … Continue reading

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Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader.  It’s really simple:  Share the first sentence of the book you are currently reading and what it means to you. I just started reading Quiet by Susan Cain, … Continue reading

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A Blogger Recommended: Raised Right

Raised Right:  How I Untangled My Faith from Politics by Alisa Harris Published:  2011 by WaterBrook Press Source:  Borrowed from the library Recommended by:  Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness The political system in the United States is broken – the extreme … Continue reading

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Review: A Land More Kind than Home

A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash Published:  2012 by William Morrow Source:  Received advance reader’s copy **                 I rarely like to define a book as a page turner, because I think it is an odd term … Continue reading

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Magazine Monday

Welcome to Magazine Monday, a feature I created to highlight magazine articles that caught my interest. This week I was struck by an article in The Nation by Melissa Harris-Perry entitled It Takes a Village Inn.  The writer discusses the … Continue reading

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Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader.  It’s really simple:  Share the first sentence of the book you are currently reading and what it means to you. My beginning this week is from A Land … Continue reading

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On Book Snobbery

Though I’m not entirely proud to admit it, I consider myself a bit of a book snob. Even though I do have my own reading guilty pleasures, I find myself judging people on the basis of what they read.  Though … Continue reading

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