Monthly Archives: June 2012


I have (sadly) returned from a weekend in the land of Booktopia (known to the rest of the world as Oxford, Mississippi).  Three days of talking books with 75 like-minded people — it was truly heaven on earth. We started … Continue reading

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TLC Book Tour — Equal of the Sun

Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani Published:  2012 by Scribner Source:  Received e-galley from the publisher for review   Equal of the Sun is a novel set in a time and place not commonly seen:  16th century Persia.  More common … Continue reading

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TLC Book Tour — Passing Love

Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett Published:  2012 by Grand Central Publishing Source:  received ARC from author for review   Regular readers of my blog will know that I have a soft spot for books set in Paris.  That influenced … Continue reading

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Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain Published:  2012 by Crown Publishers Source:  Purchased at my local independent bookstore Quiet is a book I wish was available 20 years ago when I … Continue reading

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Sitting Around on a Sunday — pre-Booktopia edition!

This is the week I have been waiting for!  Yeah, BEA was last week and it looks like it was a lot of fun, but this weekend a lucky select few of us will be in Oxford, Mississippi for BOOKTOPIA! … Continue reading

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Armchair BEA Day 5 — Ask the Experts

Today’s Armchair BEA topic is “Ask the Experts”:  An opportunity to ask any questions to fellow bloggers and to offer any of our own tips. Well, I certainly don’t consider myself an expert, but in my blogging experience this is … Continue reading

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Armchair BEA Day 3 — “Real Life” Experience

For me, blogging is a hobby; an extension of my passion for books and reading. I do receive some books from publishers and participate in the odd blog tour here and there, but the majority of the books I review … Continue reading

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Armchair BEA Day 4 — My non-reading life

  Today’s Armchair BEA topic is about (to me) the business of blogging and writing — freelancing, monetizing your blog, etc. I don’t do any of this. As I mentioned yesterday, my blog is a hobby and while it would … Continue reading

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Armchair BEA Day 2 — Best of 2012 so far

Only five months into 2012 and I have to say that I’ve already read a number of excellent books this year.  I don’t know if it is because I have become more picky in my choices or that the quality … Continue reading

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Armchair BEA Day 1 — Hello, I’m bibliosue

I’m very excited to be a first-time participant in Armchair BEA, the virtual conference for those of us not willing and/or able to make it to the “real” thing in New York City.  Allow me to introduce myself to any … Continue reading

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