Saturday Review of Books: April 5, 2008

Reading for experience is the only reading that justifies excitement. Reading for facts is necessary bu the less said about it in public the better. Reading for distraction is like taking medicine. We do it, but it is nothing to be proud of. But reading for experience is transforming.”
Henry Seidel Canby

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. Semicolon (AngelMonster)
2. Semicolon (Winter Haven)
3. Carrie (My Life and Hard Times)
4. Carrie (The Cricket in Times Square)
5. Carrie K. (Mayflower)
6. Benjie (Of All Sad Words)
7. Miss Erin (Skulduggery Pleasant Book 2)
8. Framed (The Roosevelts and the Royals)
9. Framed (Loose Threads)
10. Framed (The Magic Circle)
11. Maw Books (Bee Season)
12. 3M (Winter Haven)
13. Maw Books (Fablehaven)
14. MFS (On the nightstand)
15. Maw Books (The Fiction Class)
16. Barbara H. (Mansfield Park)
17. Staci at Writing and Living (Desiring God)
18. gautami tripathy (Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods)
19. Valentina (Harriet the Spy)
20. Valentina (Posy)
21. Jane – Much Ado (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
22. DebD (Artisan Bread in 5 Mins. a Day)
23. writer2b (True Spirituality)
24. writer2b (Fit Bodies Fat Minds)
25. Laura (The Bone People)
26. Sarah (Talk So Kids Will Listen)
27. Laura (The Gathering)
28. Just One More Book! Podcast (Heroes of Isle aux Morts)
29. Lynne (Miss Julia Strikes Back)
30. Lynne (The Rhyme Killers)
31. Lynne (The Final Diagnosis)
32. Lynne (Tell Me, Pretty Maiden)
33. Mo (Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy)
34. Mo (The Hangman\’s Beautiful Daughter))
35. Joy (A Garden of Vipers)
36. CoversGirl (Imperium)
37. Agent 99 (A Crooked Kind of Perfect)
38. CoversGirl (Don Quixote)
39. Darla D (The Devil\’s Storybook)
40. Darla D (Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr)
41. Darla D (Heir Apparent)
42. Darla D (The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets)
43. Darla D (Plum Lucky)
44. Darla D (Owlboy)
45. Nicola (Body Double)
46. Nicola (In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash)
47. Nicola (Coyote Autumn)
48. Sandy D. (The Wheel on the School)
49. Sandy D. (Amos Fortune: Free Man)
50. Mindy Withrow (Saving Women From the Church)
51. Wendy (Olive Kitteridge)
52. Wendy (Embers)
53. Wendy (Jackfish The Vanishing Village)
54. SuziQoregon (The Jasmine Moon Murder)
55. SuziQoregon (A Great Deliverance)
56. Hope (To Read or Not to Read)
57. violet (Not Easily Broken)
58. Isabella (The Painter of Battles)
59. Girl Detective (The Shadow Catcher)
60. Amy(Clouds Over Mountains)
61. At A Hen\’s Pace (Right Ho, Jeeves)
62. Melanie (Reflections on a Mountain Summer)
63. The Reading Zone (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
64. The Reading Zone(Grayson)
65. Petunia (The Princess Bride)
66. The Book Smugglers (The Gunslinger)
67. The Book Smugglers (The Gunslinger Born)
68. Ruth (Some poetry anthologies)
69. Margaret (The Voyager\’s Stone)
70. Word Lily (Kristin Lavransdattar)
71. Patricia (Clever GIrl: Elizabeth Bentley)
72. Brandy from Afterthoughts (The Riddle of Amish Culture)
73. Becky (Alice\’s Adventures in Wonderland)
74. Becky (Dingo)
75. Becky (Guinevere\’s Gift)
76. Becky (George\’s Secret Key to the Universe)
77. Becky (Before Midnight)
78. Becky (Little Red Cap)
79. Becky (Cinderella by Cynthia Rylant)
80. Julie (Camilla)
81. Maureen E (March reading list)
82. Stephanie(Firefly Lane)
83. Susan (The Separation)
84. Marg (Lion\’s Honey_
85. Jen Robinson (Maggie Valley trilogy)
86. Jennifer (Something Rotten)
87. BeckyB (Astrid and Veronika)
88. BeckyB (The Shack)
89. Jake (Winter Haven)
90. Guppy (Topaz)
91. pussreboots (The Lion\’s Own Story)
92. pussreboots (Z for Zachariah)
93. pussreboots (Test-Drive Your Dream Job)
94. pussreboots (Q & A)
95. Noel (A Curse Dark as Gold)
96. 3M (Belong to Me)
97. 3M (The Sister)
98. Terri B. (Still Life)
99. Josh Sowin (Look Me in the Eye))
100. John Mutford (Reading Lolita in Tehran)

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8 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: April 5, 2008

  1. I just love coming here on a Saturday morning and checking out the reviews. thanks Sherry. Also, sorry about my link, I did it wrong I forgot to put in the title of the book the first time.

  2. I’ve got two Newbery winners from the 50′s this week – “Amos Fortune” is a biography of a freed slave that won the award in 1951; “The Wheel on the School” won in 1955.

    Both are a bit dated but I thought “The Wheel on the School” had a lot to recommend it. “Amos Fortune” was too fictional for a good biographical, and just had lot of other problems. I did make some suggestions for good reading for older kids that could replace “Amos Fortune”.

  3. Good morning, fellow readers! The Morning News Tournament of Books finished this week, but I’m still reading some of the contenders, and having a great time. This week was Marianne Wiggins’s The Shadow Catcher–complicated and compelling. Up next: Oscar Wao.

  4. I linked to my Poetry Friday post – double duty, hooray! – where I reviewed some poetry anthologies.

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