Saturday Review of Books: February 1, 2014

“You cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe. The house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book will not look up until the wallpaper is in flames.” ~Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones

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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. the Ink Slinger (I Love You, Ronnie)
2. Jama’s Alphabet Soup (The Poem That Will Not End)
3. Carol in Oregon (Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor)
4. Carol in Oregon (Edith Irvine, Photographer of SF Earthquake)
5. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Miss Buncle’s Book)
6. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (The Book of Three)
7. Becky (The Dancing Master)
8. Becky (With Autumn’s Return)
9. Becky (A Woman’s Place)
10. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (day in our read aloud life )
11. Becky (The First Dragon)
12. Becky (Seven Stories Up)
13. Becky (Duchess of Drury Lane)
14. Becky (1066 And All That)
15. Becky (And Be A Villain)
16. Barbara H. (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
17. Reading World (An Accomplished Woman)
18. Beth@Weavings (The Blue Castle)
19. Beth@Weavings (Secret Water)
20. Glynn (The Light Changes)
21. Glynn (This London)
22. Sophie (Quiet)
23. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (Alas, Babylon)
24. Cathy@Thoughts on Books (5 books on my future reading list)
25. Hope (The Giver by Lois Lowry)
26. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Unlocking The Kingdom)
27. Beckie @ ByTheBook (The Calling)
28. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Undeniably Yours)
29. Beckie @ ByTheBook (The Thursday Morning Breakfast (And Murder) Club)
30. DebD (A Tale for the Time Being)
31. Kathy D (The Icarus Deception)
32. Kimi @ Geeky Chiquitas (If I Speak True)
33. Lazygal (The Forbidden Stone)
34. Lazygal (Enders)
35. Lazygal (The Scar Boys)
36. Lazygal (The Field)
37. Lazygal (Openly Straight)
38. Lazygal (The Fury)
39. Lazygal (Tandem)
40. Susanne@LivingToTell (Butterfly Palace)
41. Nicole, Fireside Musings (The Creative Habit)
42. Harvee @ Book Dilettante
43. Harvee @ Book Dilettante
44. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies (The Spendour Falls)
45. gautami tripathy (Dead Water by Ann Cleeves)
46. gautami tripathy ( Displaced Persons by Ghita Schwarz)
47. gautami tripathy (Cera’s Place by Elizabeth McKenna)
48. gautami tripathy (It Takes A Murder by Anu Kumar)
49. dawn (Perelandra)
50. ~ linda @ The Reader & the Book
51. ~ linda @ The Reader & the Book

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5 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: February 1, 2014

  1. Thank you for hosting SRB, Sherry. I read a book—juvenile historical fiction—quick before I mailed it off to the requestor. And how glad I am that I did! It has me a bit obsessed with Edith Irvine, a 22-year old photographer who *happened* to arrived in San Francisco from across the bay immediately after the first shocks of the 1906 earthquake. Her photographs are available online; I have been marinating in them.

  2. Thanks for continuing to do this. I seems that everything has moved over to FB or Twitter these days. Nice to see that this has not.

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