Saturday Review of Books: March 16, 2013

“If anyone finds that he never reads serious literature, if all his reading is frothy and trashy, he would do well to try to train himself to like books that the general agreement of cultivated and sound-thinking persons has placed among the classics. It is as discreditable to the mind to be unfit for sustained mental effort as it is to the body of a young man to be unfit for sustained physical effort.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

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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.


1. Becky (Child’s Story Bible/Vos)
2. Becky (Note to self)
3. Becky (Gospel focus of Charles Spurgeon)
4. Becky (Gods at War)
5. Becky (Jeremiah and Lamentations)
6. Becky (The Little Prince)
7. Becky (The Corinthian)
8. Becky (Lord Edgware Dies)
9. Becky (Case of the Late Pig)
10. Becky (Hamlet, Revenge)
11. Becky (The Golden Road)
12. Mental multivitamin (Reading life review)
13. Hope (The Carved Lions – Victorian Novel)
14. the Ink Slinger (A Bookish Hodgepodge)
15. Barbara H.(The Last Superhero)
16. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee)
17. JoAnne @ The Fairytale Nerd (Wait for You by Jennifer Armentrout)
18. JoAnne @ The Fairytale Nerd (Of Triton by Anna Banks ARC)
19. JoAnne @ The Fairytale Nerd (Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger)
20. Glynn (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
21. Glynn (The Crime of Living Cautiously)
22. SuziQoregon @Whimpulsive (Saga Vol. 1)
23. SuziQoregon @Whimpulsive (Voodoo River)
24. Shonya@Learning (Abel’s Island)
25. Shonya@Learning (The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert)
26. 10 Books That Screwed Up The World And 5 Others That Didn’t Help
27. Mystie (Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert)
28. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (What I’m Reading Now)
29. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (Why We Get Fat)
30. Janet (The Black Cauldron)
31. Janet (How Much Land Does a Man Need?)
32. Annie Kate (Art and the Bible)
33. Thoughts of Joy (Missing Mark)
34. Thoughts of Joy (Talking to the Dead)
35. jama (tamalitos: a cooking poem)
36. jama (Teacakes for Tosh)
37. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Invisible)
38. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Strand of Deception)
39. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Full Disclosure)
40. Girl Detective (Gone Girl)
41. Brenda (The Genius Files)
42. Girl Detective (Death Comes for the Archbishop)
43. Amber Stults (Wolf Hall)
44. S. Krishna (The Imposter Bride)
45. S. Krishna (The History of Us)
46. S. Krishna (The Sound of Broken Glass)
47. S. Krishna (Sharp Objects)
48. S. Krishna (Friendkeeping)
49. Lazygal (The Bookman’s Tale)
50. Lazygal (In the Shadow of Blackbirds)
51. Lazygal (Nowhere But Home)
52. Lazygal (A Matter of Blood)
53. Lazygal (The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore)
54. Lazygal (This Is What Happy Looks Like)
55. Becky (The Runaway King
56. Yvann @ Reading With Tea (The Silence)
57. Yvann @ Reading With Tea (Until Thy Wrath Be Past)
58. Joseph R. @ Zombie Parents Guide (Alice in Wonderland)
59. a barmy bookworm (Mrs Dalloway)
60. Janie (Ireland)
61. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (The Crooked Branch)
62. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (The Turncoat)

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5 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: March 16, 2013

  1. I love the quote! Frothy stuff is good for relaxation, but classics contain so much more.

    And if you don’t feel like reading classical fiction, there are lots of other good, thoughtful books out there. One of them is Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer (#32 above).

    While attending Augustine College functions this week, I’ve come across another dozen thoughtful books on a wide array of topics. (For links to awesome online lectures from which you, too, can fill your TBR list with all sorts of goodies, see my blog post this week, Exploring Augustine College.)

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