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★ Starrify ☆

2011-9:  WORDS

I will ☆ starrify ✫ today’s date in my calendar and  ★ in my journal because it has been a wonderful day and ‘starrify’ is my new adopted word.    Adopted words are much easier to deal with than say, ☆ a new adopted puppy.

“What’s this?”,  you ask?  ✫ “You have adopted a word?” ╰☆╮

Yes.  ☆ I have adopted the word ☆ STARRIFY which means to decorate with ★ stars.   I was enamored ☆ with this word precisely because it SOUNDS like its meaning.    I love that, I do. ✫

“But, Care!   What is the word-adoption thing of which you speak?”

Why, it’s this ✫ week’s WEEKLY GEEK ☆ THEME!  click on stack of books here–> Insert a loud╰☆╮WAHOO here:

☆ WAHOO!✫!

I have been feeling guilty about Weekly Geeks and ★ even started a post to recap the entire month of February’s Weekly Geek ☆ post ideas and then this week’s theme popped up and I was…  ✫   very excited.

★ Click here —>  here  <—-, then come back here ✰

I hit the random-word pop up over and over and over again.   I was a tad dismayed that the suggested words up for adoption were not cut-and-paste-able ✰ for me to go search the definitions but when I realized that ✫ the definitions are so goddammed obscure that you can’t seem to find the definitions, I got discouraged instead. ╰☆╮

and then ✫ STARRIFY popped into my life and I fell hard in love with this word.   ☆ HOW COULD SUCH A LOVELY WORD need to be adopted?   How can it be that this word has fallen into disuse or never caught on at all?  I am  ✫ flabbergasted.  Surely, ★ every teenybopper in ♥ love with Justin Bieber knows how to star✫rify his photo, right?!

It’s a word ☆ and it is now mine and I give you permission to use it.     Please don’t let them cull it!

╰☆╮ To finish with ALL the recommended tasks of this week’s theme… ☆

1 - Go to Save The Word.org to look ☆ at all the words that are either not being used enough or are due for a cull probably within the next couple of years. ✫ Adopt a word.
√ DONE  ✓
2 – What is your pet peeve word? – the word that makes you grind your teeth ✰ with either it’s over use or being used out of context. ☆
My pet peeve word today is “SICK”.  I just can’t get ☆ aboard that train that sick means ‘cool’.   Sick reminds me of vomit and I just can’t get past that…
3 – What is a word you adore, ★ or a word ✰ that you feel is not used enough.  ☆ Irrespective of meaning or even era it’s a word that you just love.
I like ╰☆╮ many words.   Like discombobulated ✫ which my husband was this weekend because he was dealing with jetlag from a quick trip to ★ Rotterdam, the Netherlands (sadly, I was unable to go with him), gravel, sweet, sugar, happy, precocious, pedantic, annoying (it even sounds annoying, thus I love it), … ☆
I can’t ✫ remember all of them but this is a frequent topic of conversation, especially on road trips which we don’t often take anymore now ✰ that we live in New England.   Long story?
✫ But words that should be used MORE?    Alas…   nifty!      scunner, thole, plonk and squiffy. ╰☆╮

4 – Lastly what is your opinon on word culling or the rise in “text speak” that’s happening now.
I first read this ☆ as if it was asking about my opinion on the word ‘culling’ but upon a second read, I think we are to comment on the process of ‘word-culling’…   Um, I don’t know.  ✫  I am amazed that in times like ours, ★ that any definition of a word would not somehow be on the internet for everlasting recall ability but I guess if those old outdated dictionaries never get digitized… egads!

As to text speak?  ╰☆╮ I am against all dropping of vowels ✫ for the sake of quick typing-texting.   ☆ Then again, I have an old phone and texting is just irritating and I would prefer ☆ to talk or email.    (Sigh, I am so old…)

✫ Starry, ☆ starry night…   ╰☆╮ Bedeck the ☆ night with stars ✫,

How ✫ happy and ✫ dazzled ★ we can be

☆ If stars ✫✰✫ are everywhere ☆ for us ✫ to see… ☆

And, finally, I must share why this has been a starrific ✫ starrable day for me!   I played outside with the dogs, I did a ton of yardwork ★ which was something I enjoy, the snow has almost all melted now, Hubby smoked chickens ☆ and little necks and salmon and sausages and he is ☆ an awesome chef, the weather was just perfect ☆ for doing yard work and building cairns and playing with dogs, I was able to select a ✰ substitute teaching job for tomorrow, a friend emailed me with the nicest email ☆ that she received the book I sent her, and I have been in a ☆ good busy happy mood.   Happy day with deserves ☆ starrification.   I hope you had a day worth ☆ starrifying, too!  ✰

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somehow be on the internet for everlasting recall ability but I guess if those old outdated dictionaries never get digitized… egads!HIdeinWhitetoSkipLine

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Weekly Geeks 14 – Reading Globally

This week’s theme for Weekly Geeks 14-2010 is Reading Globally.

I have signed up for the Easy Level of Dorte’s 2010 Global Reading Challenge but have yet to give it serious attention.   I just may be on Challenge overload but it’s still fun.    I thought I would use this week to check on my reading to date and where it’s been taking me around the world – if it has!

I’ve read 21 books so far this year.   I do think I have been reading a nice variety of style and topic but in terms of location, I seem to be entrenched within the US and UK.

US – 11
England – 4
Ireland (Dublin) – 1
Spain – 1
Fantasy World – 3 (Herland setting being identified as South America)

Of the books set in the United States, the states represented seem to be the most populous ones:   3 in California, 2 in Florida, 1 in Texas.   Three books are impossible to pin down to one location and two could be said to be New England, but I suppose Wordy Shipmates could be Massachusetts.   I would hazard a guess that Oryx & Crake is New York but it could be Massachusetts?  Could be Canada, too – we don’t get many clues other than Harvard being underwater.

My most ‘worldly’ book would have to be Waiting for Columbus;   set in Spain with the author being Canadian.

Of the twenty authors represented, only eight are not from the US.    I read only one translated book:   from Swedish, Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti.

I’m balanced at 11:10 on the Female to Male author ratio.   But regarding ethnic diversity, my reading is NOT.     Looks like I need to get busy on incorporating more diversity and start traveling around the world and meeting new people – here, there and everywhere.     Still overall, I do think my reading choices have been atypical, nonclassifiable – - not same-same;   not representative of one genre or category.     And I thank book blogging for that.

My current reading of Woman by Natalie Angier has me exploring the inside of the female body but I would still have to say it is US-centered, though she does talk about health comparisons in other countries and the historical aspects of how the knowledge was built.   The strange conclusions of the Greeks and the odd bias’ of the Victorian age (European?) physicians are fascinating.

So what do I pick up next?    I was sort of hoping to tackle Watership Down next.     It’s about…. rabbits?!    and I have no idea if they are US rabbits or fantasy-world rabbits.   Or perhaps I should peruse my tbr shelf and pick one of these:

Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns (Afghanistan)

Nadine Gordimer’s A Sport of Nature (South Africa)

Anita Diamant’s Day After Night (Israel, US author)

Jose Saramago’s  Blindness (Portugal?)

I’m thinking that A Thousand Splendid Suns will be the best option on the diversity/non-US location scale.    Would you agree?

HIdeinWhitetoSkipLine

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Weekly Geeks 2010-07: Commenting

As a proud participant in the Weekly Geeks phenomenon, I hereby point you to the official blog/site for this week’s topic.   Weekly Geeks 2010-07:  Commenting.

Care’s Commenting Policy

I, Care of Care’s Online Book Club, hereby encourage comments to my posts and agree to being enthusiastically appreciative when I read said comments.   I promise to attempt to respond here  - usually in a “Reply” right after the comment, and via email (when I especially want the commenter to know of my response).    (I do wonder if anyone ever comes back and reads my replies – besides Valerie and Jeanne.  *wink*)

I also hope to offer a quid-pro-quo visit at your blog if you comment here and if the energy connection works out, may it be the beginning of a beautiful online bookish relationship.      Alas, I regret that I cannot visit everyone every day.   (I so miss the early days of discovery…)

I believe blogging IS some kind of energy connection and some bloggers light up different frequencies encouraging more connectedness.      It’s just what it is.      I do not subscribe to any thought-camp that the book blog world is clique-y  yet I do acknowledge some groupiness which hopefully isn’t a word as emotionally charged (negatively, perhaps) but do think that we get ourselves into circles that overlap and collide depending on mood or activity or energy connection and now I’m just getting wierd so I’ll shut up.    But really, it’s true – there are some bloggers I get SO THRILLED when they comment here and there are some blogs I read a LOT but never comment.   IT JUST IS WHAT IT IS.

I try to maintain a positive attitude here and love to encourage my own sunny disposition.  I will delete any spammy comments, any RUDE comments, and any negative irrelevant comments.    This happening is extremely rare.   I really think the only negative comment I’ve every received was from someone aghast and appalled that I didn’t go all gaga for Twilight and now that I read it again, it’s not even that bad…

My WordPress platform is WONDERFUL in that it traps any suspicious spam comments so it is easy-peasy to just ignore or delete or whatever.     I do sometimes, again – rarely, have to rescue a legitimate comment from the spam-catcher.    A few comments go to a pending status so they are easily addressed and sent to appropriate comment-happy status or the rubbish bin.

I rarely get author comments.   Dead authors tend not to visit my blog which is one good reason to read classics.   Or maybe I read authors that are too-popular and don’t have time to bother with bloggers?    Or I don’t say much comment worthy.   (*cough, cough*)   I was very excited to have the translator of Steig Larsson’s debut The Girl With the DragonTattoo visit – very cool!

When I first started blogging (it was a ‘life’ blog), I stayed exclusively in the WP world which is awesome and easy to develop a circle of friends.   WordPress has a button to click where you can see all the comments you’ve left at other WP blogs and quickly jump back into a conversation.     But once I started blogging about books, I found out that other platforms existed;  that blogger/spot was dominant (and SO HARD to comment on posts due to word verification and all the boxes and extra submits required to fillout) and that there was no way except to remember to go back and check if the blogger responded to your comment.      [And now everyone seems to be self-hosting (neither here nor there) - but I do like the ability to click and get email response track.    But I rarely do it because I don't want my email clogged  up.]

Did I get off-track?  I was trying to say that when I discovered Weekly Geeks, I was SO VERY EXCITED!!!    It was my first ‘group’ thing to participate in and when Dewey came by and left me a comment – a thoughtful, helpful, meaningful comment – I was just so happy with my choice to blog about books and be a part of the community.   Thank you Dewey for Weekly Geeks!

But the POINT OF ALL THIS IS and I know Dewey would agree with me…     We (it’s not just * I *, is it?) must do a good better job at visiting the other participants and creating that dialogue.    Please don’t just write your Geek post and sit and wait for others to visit.  GET OUT THERE and say something/anything and have fun with it.  I need to be better at this…   I do appreciate Weekly Geeks for getting me to visit new and different and not the same ol’ (wonderful) blogs and bemoan the high count of unread posts in Google-Reader.    Thank you for keeping it fresh and not routine.

I know, I know – I am now out visiting all of you and I’m hoping I will be able to let you know I was ‘there’; coming up with something meaningful and thoughtful to comment.☺

Wow – this post ended up a lot longer than I expected…    I was thinking that it might be accurate to say that I sometimes think there are three kinds of comments; so to make it easier for y’all, here’s your multiple choice offering:     If you are here and want to acknowledge that you’re here – a show of support, if you will, then type “A”.     If you have something to say and will just burst if you don’t share your thoughts, then type “B” – and your must-express thought, of course!    And, if you disagree (really, I don’t often find the blogging world to be all that disagreeable, do you?), type “C” and tell me where I’m wrong-thinking.

Recap:    A – I’m here!   You Rock!   Tiddlypom!!

B – I got something to say:   ________

C – Yea, but…

HAPPY WEEKLY GEEKS!!

HIdeinWhitetoSkipLine

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Weekly Geeks 2010-6 ROMANCE

This week’s geek is all about the romance!     Click this line for the official Site for Weekly Geek 1020-6: Romancing the Tome.

I could easily reference the book am currently reading but since I still have a few pages to go (and my review is already half written!)  I’ll save that for later this week – maybe tomorrow.

Rather, let’s look at the prompts, shall we?   And bounce them against my recent reading experiences.

  • What literary couple is your favorite?
  • How do you define romantic literature? Does it always involve sex? or the hint of sex?
  • What author/s do you think writes romantic scenes particularly well?
  • Do you have a favorite romantic scene in a book?
  • Do you find you read romantic literature at certain times of the year?
  • Tell us your favorite romantic quote.
  • Do you have some favorite romantic poetry?

Literary couples…. I have a page that lists all the books I’ve read since 2007;  I see that I don’t make a habit of reading romancy books.    I just finished The Princess Bride, so I could bring up Wesley and Buttercup as a literary couple.    And Benny & Shrimp – from my current book of same title.     But the majority of the (wide variety of?) books I read are not the usual boy and girl (or boy or unearthly creature or…) meet and fall in love stories.

But what about Mrs. Dalloway – almost a love triangle in that one what with Mrs. D thinking about the passion she decided was too scary and chose safety and security instead.     We could really tear into the marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Ramsey in To the Lighthouse - I do think they loved each other very much.      As You Wish was a teenage romance, I guess, but it didn’t captivate me.    But the one in The Vintner’s Luck sure did!    the featured couple in this was a vintner and his angel.   Yes, a real ‘with wings’ immortal angel.     There’s that unearthly creature.    Actually, As You Wish was between a girl and an wish-granting genie. And one of the most famous literary couples make an appearance in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies!!!  more unearthly  (nonhuman) creatures once they got bit.  HAHHAHAHHAA!

You have to go all the way back to August last year – I read 3 books in a row that could be dumped into some kind of romance category.  Forced maybe.   Yep, REALLY forced.     But, I’m already bored with this so I assume you are, too.     Looking back, I do see a few books that featured marriages that fell apart but this isn’t a post on divorce.   I’ll move on.

How do I define romantic literature? and does it have any s-e-x?     Hmmmmmm.  The sex stuff in a book usually doesn’t bother me.    Some of the interactions in Benny & Shrimp are actually laugh out loud funny.     It was only inferred in My Sweet Charlie – oh but wait a minute.   Would we describe Marlene and Charlie as a couple?   or did they only become friends? Truthfully (and sadly), I don’t think the hero and heroine in this one every made it to that stage in the relationship – I’ll just ruin it for you and say this book ends tragically.    Or does it?   Perhaps the love and understanding here would be able to live on and actually change the world.      And I’m way off track.

THAT helps me clarify my thoughts on romance and love in a book.    I want to read about heart-to-heart connections and transformation.     It all depends on the mood I am in how that connecting needs to be described.   It’s been a long time for me to read that kind of book (doh).

The rest of the prompts… I can’t answer the rest of these, so this looks like a good place to wrap it up.

♥♥♥  Happy Valentines Day!  ♥♥♥



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Weekly Geeks 2009-43 Best Books This Year

[Yippee!  I'm avoiding review-writing by finding something else worthy of posting about!   Since this is Saturday, we have a Weekly Geeks to shine the spotlight on.     I also want to give a shout-out to Melissa the Book Nut for celebrating her FIVE years blogging about books.   (visit her and enter her giveaway!)]


Now, on the to Geekiness.    Jackie of Literary Escapism is organizing the official Book Bloggers Best Books of 2009.      She also has a lovely tribute to the legacy of Dewey;  this time of year is bittersweet when thinking about our friend Dewey – may we continue to celebrate all that she started and all that we have embraced in sharing our love for reading.

Click this line to get to this week’s Weekly Geeks and Jackie’s explanation of gathering best books for a big vote…

In order to help with this task, I must see if I even read any books published this year.    So I hereby present that list in order of my favorites listed first:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett  *****

The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie Nash ****

Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart ****

Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel ****

One True Theory of Love by Laura Fitzgerald ****

False Witness by Anita Rodgers ***

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith ***

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Jackie also wanted GENREs and I’m not good at this nor do I even know how to look this up!

The Help – contemporary fiction?  or historical fiction!?  – women’s issues?
True Genius – Contemporary fiction and/or family dynamics
Nothing But Ghosts - YA, grief
Last Night in Montreal – Contemporary fiction
One True Theory -  Contemporary fiction / chick lit?
False Witness – mystery
P&P&Z – steampunk, Austen-spinoff

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Now for those books that I have in house but haven’t read yet but I see on a lot of lists for BEST?

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

31 Hours by Masha Hamilton

Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett

P.S.  I’m actually impressed that I’ve read so many.   Considering how many books I have toppling in Mt.TBR, seven books is quite an accomplishment.

Question(s) for my readers:    If you have read The Help, do you agree that it is worthy of mention in a Best of the Year list?
and/or
Do you have a different book you hope to see on such a list?

Weekly Geeks 2009-38

It’s Weekly Geeks Time!   The theme this week is to consider how your blog appears to a first time visitor.   Please visit the official website to get the full scoop by clicking on this sentence.

Hi  New-Person-To-My-Blog.   Welcome.

How are ya?

My name is Care and it’s a nickname; short for my real name.   I like to use ‘CARE’ because when I write letters, I love to sign them

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The four letter name is shorter and thus QUICKER to write.   To be honest, few people verbally call me this, but I don’t mind when they do.

I like to read books.

I used to have a [just-'life'] blog – wait!  I still do!  I just don’t yap there very often anymore…    I just got to be a bit obsessed with books and …

Sometimes, though, you might wonder that I only like to post about books, blog about books, waste time on the interwebs twitting about books, talk excessively about books (especially to people I just meet, like at parties and such), etc – - but actually spend little time READING books!    At least it feels like that some days.

To read about the Who and What of “Care’s Online Book Club”, just click on that tab above that says WHO? WHAT?

And if you want to see what kind of books I’ve read, just click on the tab above that says BOOKS I’VE READ.     <=== or click on that. I list them by date – last read is listed first.    Also, if you visit that tab, you can find out about my love for PIE and how I rate the books I read.

I think I read a variety of genres.  I know I’ve read a ton of different stuff now that I’m blogging and getting recommendations of books I doubt I would have ever heard of before.

I don’t do ARCs.    Which stands for Advanced Reader Copy, by the way.    These are books that publishers often send to bloggers for pumping up enthusiasm before the book hits the stands (available for purchase.)    I don’t have enough confidence to write reviews when somebody is eagerly anticipating it – too much pressure.   I don’t think critically and hate to do negatives.

Which is why I don’t do book tours, too.    I don’t like the over saturation feel of seeing them everywhere and trying to think of something new and different to say.       I rarely talk to authors.  I enjoy reading all those interviews but I shy away from interviews.

Which, I suppose is odd.   I do like to talk to people and wouldn’t call myself shy.   oh well.

If you want to add me to your Google Reader and visit me often, that would be nice!     I have no idea how to add an RSS feed button.   I have never ever gotten the concept nor has it worked out for me when I’ve clicked on anyone elses.   I do the copy/paste method to add to my Reader.    But if you all think I should do so, I’ll go figure it out.    I also don’t understand the meta tag thing and suppose I should go try and read that explanation again but that lazy apathy is getting in the way.

I really don’t care about stats.    I only care when I get crickets.    Sure, I get a little sad and worried that I’m not clever enough or exciting enough – especially when I visit a blog and they don’t come back here to say hello.   Then I get over myself and keep on keeping on. and then my favorite people always seem to stop by and I keep finding new people to add to my favorites and if I get any more I’ll explode!   so, really, no biggie to me if I don’t see more visitors here.    No offense!     I didn’t respond to that BBAW* goals meme because I have no goals except to continue.      I have no ambitions to change it up, improve – impress, go get all self-hosted and whatnot  – I don’t want any technical headaches at all:  NOT INTERESTED.   I am happy to be on the fringes of the book blogging party and be a wall-flower over here, spiking the punch.   No desire to be on stage.

So, if you are here and want to say hello, join in!    I’d love to meet you!   But I don’t see you as a number.    I see you as a person.    Welcome.   Tell me your favorite book!    Have you read The Help yet?     What about The Book Thief?   Not your kind of book?   What’s your favorite genre?!

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*BBAW is Book Blogger Appreciation Week, by the way.   It was a few weeks ago.   Amy did a fabulous job.     She’s in my BLOGROLL to the left as Amy – My Friend Amy in the ‘Other’ section.    Yea, I agree – I have a ton of blogs ‘rolled’, don’t I?   and the why I group them like that is determined by how I have to be signed in to leave a comment.      OK, here’s a goal:    improve my blogroll.   A few of them have gone self-hosted and the links are likely invalid.    Another good goal might be to list books I’ve read by __   ….   nah, too much work.     You can always search a book title – the search box is in the upper right corner under the header banner.

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And I love dogs;   this is Oscar on the dock looking east at Greenwich Bay Rhode Island.   I was reading Lolita by Nabokov.

Weekly Geeks 2009-26

Time for Weekly Geeks once again!   This week’s theme is to find out where in the world is your reading?    I’m not doing too badly as a world traveler and hope to start working on some new parts of the world for the World Citizen Challenge.    I’m in France right now; only about 40 pages to go of Chocolat by Joanne Harris and it is a lot deeper and thought-provoking than I expected.

create your own visited country map

click here to get to the Weekly Geeks site

I missed checking the Russia box!   I know I read a Martin Amis book set there.    I could be wrong about the exact African countries – I admit to being not up to who/what/where there.     And I think I will first go ask Maree if she will recommend a book set in Australia.    Wait!  I did read something about a glass castle with the name Lucinda in it which was also a movie starring Cate Blanchett, I believe.     But that was years ago.

Weekly Geeks Catchup 19 – 21

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Theme for current Weekly Geek 2009-21:  MORE Summer Fun!

This week we had choices to discuss summer reading and/or summer activities. I plan on reading on the boat.     I will show a few photos:

Port of East Greenwich RI

Port of East Greenwich RI

The Hub is captain

The Hub is Captain

Oscar is Second Mate

Oscar is Second Mate

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For Weekly Geek 2009-20:  Guilty Pleasures

I don’t call myself a baker nor a pastry expert but I love to bake pies.     I try to fall in love with making pie dough, too, but I get more excited about the INSIDES! all sorts of strange and different kinds of pie, ‘Wierd Pie’.     The strangest I’ve ever concocted had avocado in it and it looked avocado green.   It was NOT a hit, let me tell you – I had to pour a ton of sugar on each bite; I probably did something wrong on this one.

Anyway, that’s one of my fun things to do – I wouldn’t call it a guilty pleasure, but more like an obsession that comes out every so often.    Usually for holidays.      (Hub is requesting a savory pie for Father’s Day….)

See my review of my Pie Bible here.

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Weekly Geek 2009-19:   Memorial Day and the Start of Summer

The choices offered had to do with military themed books.     Since this one just arrived in the mail (bookmooch), I want to feature it (but I have yet to read it):

My Detachment tkmdm by Tracy Kidder

From the back of the book jacket:   “This memoir of a young man at war is unlike anything you might expect – at once hilarious and sad, sweet and distressing, a compelling*, candid, and poignantly comic portrait of youthful self-absorption in the midst of the absurdity and tragedy of war.”
- Jonathon Harr, author of A Civil Action and The Lost Painting

Weekly Geeks 17 & 18

Weekly Geeks 2009-17:   Bookmarks

I use what ever scrap I can find to mark the page I was last on but I really do love the free ones from the library.    I also snagged a few from the reading promotion* at the middle school.   I now have one that features the Red Sox’ Jason Varitek and Wally and another one from the –   wait a minute!   It’s not in the book I was reading.    Where did I put it?   Nope, not at the bottom of the bag…   oh well.

This is why I don’t use fancy bookmarks.

Weekly Geeks 2009-18:  Hometown

I am too lazy, busy, scattered, distracted to get myself to the local library or the Hallmark store that has a shelf of books for sale – I bet someone would be able to tell me if we have any local authors!     I actually, I should know one but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for when I google.    So…    I have no one to suggest as a local author from my town!

However, I can tell you about an author that hails from Southeast Massachusetts, specifically South Shore:   Claire  Cook who wrote Must Love Dogs – which I’ve read (I liked it), a few others  that seem to be of the great-beach-reads category and has a new one out called The Wildwater Walking Club.     She lives a few towns over but I have yet to attend any of her events – I want to!   I just haven’t….   I’m on her email list and she always has fun promotions and contests for her new releases.

* For more information on the Red Sox Summer Reading Game and a chance to win free tickets, visit readingmatters.org.

Weekly Geeks 2009-16 Review Formats

Please visit this week’s Weekly Geek and enjoy reading everyone’s thoughts about how they approach book reviews.    I’m really enjoying the personalities that shine through in each post.   Join us!

As guest poster, I gave my example in the explanation of the theme so I don’t think I will address much more than to say that I like to give a glimpse to the cover art, cite the publisher and year, and number of pages.   I attempt a quick synopsis in my own words and rarely provide the back cover blurbs.    Some reviews just spill out of me and some I struggle with for days.    I seem to get the best responses when I don’t stress about it!    and when I keep the review short.     Alas, that does not happen often.

I appreciate those of you who visit me and read my reviews and other nutty posts about books and life and pie and random miscellany.    I get a bit shy and self-conscious when discussions pop up about “book-blogging” and STANDARDS.   I am not trying to be a professional book reviewer – whatever that really means.    I share my thoughts about books I read. I have no grand scheme to someday make this a career;  call me an enthusiastic hobbyist who likes to discuss a variety of books.

My rating system where I give out pieces of pie is explained on my Books I’ve Read page in the header bar.

I wanted to highlight one review in particular where I earned a comment that surprised me – from a blogger I respect.   Thanks Trish!    The book was  Montana 1948 and you can click over to it here. I don’t recall any attempt to follow a formal review format or structure – but I did keep it short!

Happy Weekly Geeks!


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