Good Advice For New Book Bloggers: Need suggestions please?

I've blogged about books since 2008. Largely, I'll admit, by the seat of my pants, figuring it out as I go along, and exploring the community of book bloggers. A dear friend came to me for advice about starting her own book blog. I could use some help and recommendations: What book bloggers do you think get it right? Any great posts that capture the best a book blog can be? Any other thoughts on what makes a book blog good? Favorites you like to read? - Writer and Book Reviewer...more

Finally, a writing challenge that might work for me

Every year, hundreds, maybe thousands, of writers hunch over their keyboards in November, trying to churn out 50,000 words of a reasonably complete novel.In solidarity, I start looking around for a writing project, even, in desperation, eying old novel drafts. Sometimes, I try to figure out how poetry might be adapted to churning out words for quantity, not quality. The closest I came was trying to write a poem a day. I've fallen off the poetry wagon in recent years....more
I've always wanted to do NaNoWriMo and seriously thought this year was the year, but with a baby ...more

Happy Halloween: Spooky Books Written By Women

Last week, the folks at Women's Voices For Changeasked me to write a book review roundup of the best spooky stories out there, written by women.While I was working on it, I realized a few things:I have read a lot more very scary books written by men, than I have women. (The Dead Path still gives me the shivers, ages after I read it.)...more
Good choices.more

Love At First Bark: It's a Dog's Life

In this slim volume, Klam tells the story of some of the dogs she has loved. She is a big-hearted dog rescuer living in New York city. And in each chapter, she introduces a dog she has loved. Klam shares her apartment with three, sometimes four dogs. Her heart goes out to dogs with special needs, desperate cases that might not find a home somewhere else. A trip to New Orleans with her husband was, in large part, a mission to help rescue a feral dog with a jar stuck on its head. (They ate beignets and heard music in the city too, but the trip was largely about the dog.)...more

Counting Down to Dewey's Read-a-Thon

I think I know what I'm going to read.I have my snacks in order. All year, Dad and I have been reading to raise money for the New York Public Library. ...more
OK this is funny... I was just finishing up work and thinking about blogging about the readathon ...more

Book List for Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

Autumn is my favorite season in general: football, pumpkins, chilly weather for wearing socks and sweaters. And two things I've been looking forward to happen in October: Dewey's Read-a-Thonand Halloween. I have no idea what I'll dress as this Halloween, but I am starting to assemble my book list....more

I read The Hunger Games in 2 days.

I started reading The Hunger Games yesterday morning. And read, and read, and read.Shook myself free of the book to do what was necessary. Phone calls, quick conversations with people. Lunch.I got my to-do list done. And then I read some more....more
Wait. What? You hadn't already read this? I think you and I need to have a discussion about your ...more

Finally reading A Discovery Of Witches. And loving it!

 A Discovery of WitchesDeborah Harkness...more

Kabul Beauty School: Book Review

Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez, 2007, 328 pages  When Deborah Rodriguez, a brash, outspoken hairdresser, joins a mission to volunteer in Afghanistan, she isn't sure what she can offer, alongside doctors and real aid worke...more

Book Reviewing on a Kindle

After lots of "research" (also known as dithering), I decided to get a Kindle about a month ago. I never thought I'd be this hooked on it. It is good for many things:...more
I love my Kindle. I hope the paper note taking works for you. I also have an IPad but it does ...more