Saturday Review of Books: January 5, 2013

“That is the greatness of literature, and its paradox, that in reading about fictional others we end up reading about ourselves. Sometimes this unwitting self-examination provokes smiles of recognition, while other times, as in the case of this book, it provokes shudders of worry and denial. Either way, we are the wiser, we are existentially thicker.” ~Yann Martel

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Sorry I’m late. I’ve gone nine rounds with a bad case of the flu, and now we’re into overtime.

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.


1. Carol in Oregon (Les Mis Quotes)
2. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Cybils short list thoughts)
3. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Nonfiction TBR in 2013)
4. Beth@Weavings (Reading Goals for 2013)
5. Becky (Prisoner B-3087)
6. Janet (A Place in Time – Wendell Berry)
7. Hope (Penny Plain by O. Douglas)
8. Hope (Some Goals for 2013)
9. Becky (L.M. Montgomery Short Stories 1902-1903)
10. Becky (Thomas the Tank Engine Collection)
11. Becky (The Black Moth)
12. Becky (Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death)
13. Becky (L.M. Montgomery Short Stories 1896-1901)
14. Leah(A Rebel’s Promise)
15. Becky (Brentwood)
16. Lazygal (The Paradox of Choice)
17. Lazygal (What We Saw At Night)
18. Lazygal (The History of Us)
19. Lazygal (Paulina)
20. Lazygal (Long Lankin)
21. Lazygal (I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere)
22. Lazygal (The Madman’s Daughter)
23. Lazygal (Seraphina)
24. Lazygal (A Question of Identity)
25. Lazygal (Gone Girl)
26. Lazygal (Orleans)
27. Lazygal (Orleans)
28. Lazygal (Hokey Pokey)
29. Lazygal (Destiny, Rewritten)
30. Lazygal (The Painted Girls)
31. Shonya@Learning How Much I Don’t Know (A Christmas Carol)
32. Jules – Clara Callan
33. Jules – Fauna
34. Jules – Summer
35. Jules – Well of Ascension
36. Jules – The Road Past Altamont
37. Jules -The Bostonians
38. Jules -The Entanglement
39. Jules – Irish Country Village
40. Jules – Doppler
41. Jules – The Time Keeper
42. Jules – Five Quarters of the Orange
43. Jules – A Christmas Carol
44. Jules – Jacobs Room
45. Jules – 13
46. Jules – December Wrap-Up!
47. Jules – 2013 – A Year in Review
48. Cindy(Ordo-Amoris) My Reading Year
49. Becky (God on the Streets of Gotham)
50. the Ink Slinger (Cadaver Blues)
51. the Ink Slinger (Reading Goals for 2013)
52. the Ink Slinger (Graphic Novels)
53. Readin World (Destiny of the Republic)
54. Reading World (The Forever Queen)
55. Alice@Supratentorial(Swim: Why We Love the Water)
56. Alice@Supratentorial(Sweet Tooth)
57. Alice@Supratentorial(When It Happens to You)
58. Nicola (Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo & Me)
59. Nicola (Three Kingdoms Vol. 1: Heroes & Chaos)
60. Nicola (Nutcracker by Hoffman & Sendak)
61. Nicola (The Sandman by William Joyce)
62. Nicola (Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors by Ann Rule)
63. Nicola (The Strand Magazine Nov-Feb. 2013)
64. Colleen @Books in the City (The Shoemaker’s Wife)
65. Colleen @Books in the City (The Song Remains the Same)
66. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (The Mark of Athena)
67. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (13 books for ’13)
68. Alex in Leeds (Bricks and Mortar, Persephone Books)
69. georgianne (Night of Weeping)
70. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Lost and Found)
71. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Understanding World Religions)
72. Sam Sattler @ Book Chase
73. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive (Death Without Company)
74. Mental multivitamin (Reading life review)
75. Leonardo’s Bookshelf (Paladin Prophecy)
76. Melwyk (Larry’s Party)
77. dawn (Publish & Perish)
78. dawn (The White Horse King)
79. CREATE WITH JOY – In The Land Of Blue Burqas
80. CREATE WITH JOY – If You Have A Craving, I Have A Cure
81. CREATE WITH JOY – Art As Therapy – Inspiration, Innovation & Ideas
82. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen)

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10 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: January 5, 2013

  1. Oh, I’m sorry to hear about the flu. Overtime, oh dear. I’d bring you chicken soup if we lived closer.

  2. Hope you feel better soon, Sherry. I’m on day 3 of a bad, bad sinus infection or something. Yuck.

  3. Ugh, sorry you’re sick, we’ve had it around here the last week or so too.

    And thanks for the book recommendations last week. “My Hands Came Away Red” is on its way to me! :)

  4. Having the flu sucks. I’ve had a bad head cold/sinus infection that took me, out, so I can’t imagine what the flu would do. Hope you are feeling better.

  5. Thanks for hosting! I’m delighted to discover your blog & hope you’ll stop by for a visit when you are feeling better.

    Happy New Year to you!

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