Saturday Review of Books: April 21, 2012

“Tolkien believed that the true escapist, or the ‘fugitive spirit,’ will be drawn by the ‘oldest and deepest desire, the Great Escape: the Escape from Death.’ This ‘Escape from Death’ is at the heart of the best books— the ones that stir our hearts, give us deeper understanding of our pain, and glimpses of joy to come.” ~Travis Prinzi at The Rabbit Room

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Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book review on your blog posted sometime during the previous week. The review doesn’t have to be a formal sort of thing. You can link to your thoughts on a particular book, a few ideas inspired by reading the book, your evaluation, quotations, whatever.

Then on Friday night/Saturday, you post a link here at Semicolon in Mr. Linky to the specific post where you’ve written your book review. Don’t link to your main blog page because this kind of link makes it hard to find the book review, especially when people drop in later after you’ve added new content to your blog. In parentheses after your name, add the title of the book you’re reviewing. This addition will help people to find the reviews they’re most interested in reading.

After linking to your own reviews, you can spend as long as you want reading the reviews of other bloggers for the week and adding to your wishlist of books to read. That’s how my own TBR list has become completely unmanageable and the reason I can’t join any reading challenges. I have my own personal challenge that never ends.

10 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: April 21, 2012

  1. Linked to my review of Douglas Wilson’s satirical novel Evangellyfish. Two thumbs up.

  2. Linked to my wife’s guest review of Luci Swindoll’s Simple Secrets to a Happy Life.

  3. I linked to my review of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Very good book!

  4. Linked to my review of the excellent Chad Harbach’s “The Art of Fielding”.
    Thanks.

  5. I saw the listing for “Strangers on a Train” — I haven’t read Patricia Highsmith in years. Thanks for hosting!

  6. JHS

    Happy Saturday!

    Comeback Love is a WONDERFUL debut work of fiction from accomplished nonfiction author Peter Golden. It is a delightful story about rekindling romance in one’s middle years. I highly recommend it AND I am giving one autographed copy to a lucky reader, so enter the giveaway here:

    http://www.jhsiess.com/2012/04/16/book-review-comeback-love/

    JHS
    Colloquium

  7. Oops! It’s my first time linking to this. I should have put the book name. I reviewed Jill Williamson’s REPLICATION.

    Thanks!

  8. Ooops. I guess I hit the tab key and it took me down to the next week. I’ll post it on this week’s review.

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