Saturday Review of Books: February 8, 2014

“I can live without people, but I cannot live without books. As I was leaving to row across the Atlantic, I had to choose: I could pack a 40-pound life raft, or I could take along a modest library. I took the books and sent the life raft home. The books were more important to my well being, my survival, than a rubber raft.” ~Tori Murden McClure

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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. gautami tripathy (Tahoe Trap by Todd Borg)
2. gautami tripathy (The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller)
3. gautami tripathy (The Personal History of Rachel DuPREE))
4. gautami tripathy (Mangled Hearts by Felicia Tatum)
5. Trinity Rose (Sacred Spring)
6. Jessica (Lucy in the Sky)
7. Barbara H. (Ida Scudder: Healing Bodies, Touching Hearts))
8. Carol in Oregon (Winter Watch)
9. Carol in Oregon (Monuments Men)
10. Juju@Tales of Whimsey (Dear Mr. Knightley)
11. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (Do You Believe in Magic?)
12. Jama’s Alphabet Soup (Tea Party Today)
13. Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust
14. Carol (Robbery Under Arms)
15. Sophie (The Midwife’s Apprentice)
16. Janet (The Book Thief)
17. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive (The Making of The African Queen)
18. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)
19. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive (Shovel Ready)
20. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive (The Gates)
21. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive (Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall)
22. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Runaway Hugs & Catching Kisses)
23. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Journey by Aaron Becker)
24. Joseph R.@ZombieParentsGuide (Writing Down the Dragon by Tom Simon)
25. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Griselda Takes Flight)
26. Beckie @ ByTheBook (A Match Made in Texas)
27. Beckie @ ByTheBook (The Vicar’ Wife)
28. SmallWorld Reads (In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White)
29. Colleen@Books in the City (Love, Water, Memory by Jennie Shortridge)
30. Glynn (the Wrecking Light)
31. Glynn (The Hunter and Other Stories)
32. Lazygal (Game Slaves)
33. Lazygal (Split Second)
34. Lazygal (Manor of Secrets)
35. Lazygal (Mercy Snow)
36. Janet (Animal Farm)
37. Girl Detective (The Testament of Mary)
38. Girl Detective (Jane Eyre books)
39. Girl Detective (The Wind Up Bird Chronicle)
40. Girl Detective (Possession)
41. Girl Detective (How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia)
42. Girl Detective (The Dinner)
43. Girl Detective (The People in the Trees)
44. JD@The Literary Atlas (Ready Player One)
45. Becky (Thru the Bible Isaiah J. Vernon McGee)
46. Becky (Beyond the Shadow of the Brownstone)
47. Becky (A Heart Like His)
48. Becky (Lego Superheroes Phonics)
49. Becky (5 New Board Books)
50. Becky (6 picture Books)
51. Becky (Angel Island)
52. Becky (Edenbrooke)
53. Becky (The Wouldbegoods)
54. Becky (Half a Chance)
55. Becky (Sword in the Storm)
56. Leslie (Walden on Wheels & What’s So Funny)
57. Dana B (French Women Don’t Get Facelifts)
58. Phinnea (Easy to Kill)
59. Ann (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
60. TracyK (The Little Shadows)
61. Guiltless Reading (The Isolation Door – Review Giveaway!)
62. Guiltless Reading (Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies)
63. Guiltless Reading (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)
64. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (Daughters of the Nile)

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6 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: February 8, 2014

  1. That’s a pretty intense quote! I don’t find it true in my life, I want both, but I do love my books. Thanks for hosting SRB, Sherry!

  2. Woo! It’s been a long time since I’ve visited, or blogged, which is why, but I’m getting back in the swing with a bevy of books. Happy reading, reader friends!

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