Saturday Review of Books: March 22, 2008, Easter Edition

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust them; it was not IN them, it only came THROUGH them, and what came through them was longing. These things-the beauty, the memory of our own past- are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune which we have not heard, news from a country we have not visited.”
C.S. Lewis

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Review of Books. Here’s how it works. Find a review on your blog posted sometime this week of a book you’re reading or a book you’ve read. The review doesn’t have to be a formal sort of thing. You can just write your thoughts on a particular book, a few ideas inspired by reading the book, your evaluation, quotations, whatever.

Now post a link here 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.

1. Carrie (Voice of the Martyrs)
2. Marg (PS I Love You)
3. Marg (Dates from Hell)
4. Marg (Silent in the Grave)
5. Laura (Enter Three Witches)
6. pussreboots (Tall)
7. pussreboots (Mommy Hugs)
8. pussreboots (Don\’t Stand To Close to a Naked Man)
9. Carrie K. (A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End)
10. pussreboots (Rocky Mountain Moving Picture Assoc.)
11. pussreboots (Flush)
12. Maw Books (Weedflower)
13. Framed (Once Upon a Marigold)
14. Framed (My Antonia)
15. gautami tripathy (Ladder of Years)
16. Jocelyn (Kitty Kitty)
17. Jocelyn (Dingo)
18. Jocelyn (The Surrender Tree)
19. gautami tripathy (Collected Stories by Marquez)
20. Lynne (All Souls)
21. Lynne (The Confessions of Nat Turner)
22. Lynne (A Dollar Short: The Bottom Dollar Girls Go Hollywood)
23. Sarah (Gooney Bird Greene)
24. Hope (One Year Book of Poetry)
25. writer2b (Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer)
26. writer2b (The Martian Chronicles)
27. writer2b (White Stallion of Lipizza)
28. Mo (Cruel & Unusual)
29. Margaret (The Misadventures of Maude March
30. Just One More Book! (Mama Robot)
31. Joy (The Nazi Officer\’s Wife)
32. The Book Smugglers (No Rest for the Wicked)
33. The Book Smugglers (Kushiel\’s Dart)
34. Amy(Little Women)
35. The Book Smugglers (Demon Angel)
36. Amy(Resistance)
37. The Book Smugglers (Every Which Way but Dead)
38. The Book Smugglers (Peter Pan in Scarlet)
39. SmallWorld (The Journal of Callie Wood)
40. SmallWorld (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time)
41. Darla D (Flyte – Septimus Heap #2)
42. Darla D (Green Grass, Running Water)
43. Darla D (Page)
44. Breeni Books (The Open Brand)
45. SuziQoregon (The Diamond)
46. Breeni Books (Killrod)
47. SuziQoregon (White Death)
48. Wendy (Uncle Tom\’s Cabin)
49. Wendy (The Secret Scroll)
50. Shelf Elf (Wildwood Dancing)
51. Sandy D. (The Whipping Boy)
52. Sandy D. (The Midwife\’s Apprentice)
53. The Reading Zone (the dead and the gone)
54. gautami tripathy (Circle of Three)
55. Nicola (Footsteps in the Snow)
56. Nicola (The Monsters of Templeton)
57. Nicola (James and the Giant Peach)
58. Nicola (The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter)
59. Em (Perfect You)
60. Melody (The Strawberry Picker)
61. Levi Stahl (The Nine Tailors)
62. Girl Detective (An Arsonist\’s Guide to Writers\’ Homes in New England)
63. Jennifer (Divining Women)
64. Jennifer (Barrel Fever)
65. Becky (Duke and I)
66. Becky (Viscount Who Loved Me))
67. Becky (Offer From A Gentleman)
68. Becky (Romancing Mister Bridgerton)
69. Becky (London)
70. Becky (On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness)
71. Becky (What\’s the Weather)
72. Becky (Guji, Guji)
73. Becky (Out of the Dust)
74. ChristineMM (Bifocal)
75. Annilee (Audrey Wait!)
76. Tasha (The Elite)
77. Enna Isilee (Dragon Flight)
78. Ink Mage (Beast)
79. Crichoux (A Curse Dark As Gold))
80. Alisia (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle)
81. John Mutford (Lolita)
82. Melanie (The Republic of Nothing)
83. 3m (The Translator)
84. 3m (Cat\’s Eye)
85. 3m (Anne of Green Gables)
86. 3m (Embers)

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9 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: March 22, 2008, Easter Edition

  1. Much better than last week’s dismal effort! 😉


  2. Only one book review this week due to computer problems. I’ve got four books waiting to be written up. I guess next week I’ll have a bunch!

  3. Love today’s quote. Is that from ‘Surprised by Joy’?

    Happy Easter.

  4. What reader has never felt the urge to share a good book? Thank you for giving us a place to let others know how we feel about what we are reading.

  5. Two more Newbery winners this week – I liked both, although Karen Cushman’s Middle Ages (in “The Midwife’s Apprentice”) were much darker than Sid Fleischman’s fairy tale-like setting in “The Whipping Boy”.

  6. Em

    It’s been awhile since I posted on here. Too many lazy Saturdays and I forget about it until Sunday. 🙂 Perfect You is a great YA book by Elizabeth Scott. Her first novel Bloom is also wonderful.

  7. Sherry, You asked if there is a poem for every day of the year. Yes, that is how it is set up. The Easter themed poems begin on March 16 and end on April 28 so I just put a bookmark there and begin reading them at the beginning of Lent. The book is not updated yearly. Some of the poems are difficult to understand but there are explanatory notes on the opposite page of each poem. In my humble opinion it’s for high schoolers and up. I have yet to find another book of poetry with such a high standard of quality for almost every poem. This book is a well-kept secret that serious poetry lovers ought to know about. No fluffy, sing-song-y stuff here. It’s interesting that the first time through it I understood and liked about 1/3 of it. The second time through about half and this time through I’m enjoying EVERY poem. This book has stretched me spiritually and mentally.

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