Saturday Review of Books: May 3, 2008

The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you moral knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is moral illumination.”
Elizabeth Hardwick

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 (The Bookseller of Kabul)
2. Carrie (Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World)
3. Semicolon (Uprising)
4. pussreboots (The Unspeakable)
5. Bonnie (Reading the Middle Ages)
6. Bonnie (And Quiet Flows the Don)
7. Bonnie (Girl Soldier)
8. pussreboots (All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown)
9. pussreboots (The House on the Strand)
10. pussreboots (Doggies)
11. Heidi @ Mt Hope (The Introvert Advantage)
12. Heidi @ Mt Hope (The Great Brain)
13. Staci at Writing and Living (God\’s Plans for You)
14. Marg (Mine Till Midnight)
15. Marg (Blue-Eyed Devil)
16. Marg (Dead Man\’s Walk)
17. Marg (Sleeping with the Fishes)
18. Marg (Broken)
19. Marg (This Charming Man)
20. Marg (The Rose of Sebastopol)
21. BookMoot (Now and Ben)
22. The Book Smugglers (Awesome Lavratt)
23. The Book Smugglers (Golden Compass)
24. The Book Smugglers (Magic Bites and Magic Burns)
25. The Book Smugglers (If You Dare)
26. The Book Smugglers (Visions of Heat)
27. writer2b (The Optimist\’s Daughter)
28. gautami tripathy (Purple Hibiscus)
29. gautami tripathy (Yellowknife)
30. Laura (The Well)
31. Margaret
32. Margaret (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time)
33. Joy (Acceleration)
34. Mo (Sandstorm)
35. Sage (Lay that Trumpet in our Hands)
36. Phyllis (Wednesday Wars)
37. Phyllis (Tiger in the Smoke)
38. Shelf Elf (The Arrival)
39. Samantha (The Blessing Stone)
40. Just One More Book! KidLit Podcast (My Friend Jamal)
41. Barbara H. (The Forbidden)
42. Mindy Withrow (Waiting for Snow in Havana, by Carlos Eire)
43. Mindy Withrow (Abide with Me, by Elizabeth Strout)
44. Amy(Belong to Me)
45. Amy(Dear Enemy)
46. Amy(Flowers for Emily)
47. DebD (A Walk with Jane Austen)
48. Nicola (Last Bus to Woodstock)
49. Nicola (A Ribbon of Shining Steel)
50. Nicola (Dolphin Adventure)
51. Nicola (The Shining)
52. Nicola (The Canadians: Biographies of a Nation)
53. Nicola (Buford the Little Bighorn)
54. SmallWorld (Poetry Books for Children)
55. SmallWorld (Three by Barefoot Books–kids)
56. Framed (The Glass Castle)
57. Framed (Peter Pan)
58. Framed (Sacred Cows)
59. SuziQoregon (Black Wind)
60. SuziQoregon (The Maltese Falcon)
61. Lynne (Daughter of York)
62. Lynne (Still Alice)
63. Lynne (The Appeal)
64. Clean Reads (The Alchemist)
65. Girl Detective (Daredevil: Hell to Pay and Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist Story GNS)
66. Noel (An Abundance of Katherines)
67. Noel (This Lullaby)
68. Noel (Peeled)
69. Girl Detective (The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch)
70. Blackness Tower (Becky)
71. Come On, Mom (Becky)
72. Lulu\’s Shoes (Becky)
73. I Don\’t Want To Go (Becky)
74. As Good As Anybody (Becky)
75. Beatrice Doesn\’t Want To (Becky)
76. Castaway Pirates (Becky)
77. The Gollywhopper Games (Becky)
78. Gifts (Becky)
79. How I Learned Geography (Becky)
80. A Long Way From Chicago (Becky)
81. A Year Down Yonder (Becky)
82. From Rags to Riches (Becky)
83. Hope (A Passage to India)
84. Miss Erin (Bewitching Season)
85. Megan (The Widows of Eden)
86. Sandy D. (Up a Road Slowly)
87. The Reading Zone(The Willoughbys)
88. Marina (Punk Rock Dad)
89. Marina (Grimm\’s Last Fairytale)
90. Margaret (Swallows and Amazons)
91. Jennifer, Snapshot (Scaredy Squirrel at Beach)
92. Chris@bookarama (Hawaii)
93. Petunia (Much Ado About Nothing)
94. BeckyB (Keeper and Kid)
95. Kevin S (Epicenter)
96. Darla D (Waifs and Strays)
97. Darla D (Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean)
98. Darla D (Please Write in this Book)
99. Nithin (Bel Canto)
100. Josette (An Amazing Story)
101. Reader Rabbit (The Host)
102. Anne
103. Anne(When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, “Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Docto
104. JH Bowden (The Mind of the Maker)
105. Peter (The Story of Ferdinand)

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9 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: May 3, 2008

  1. Eek, I forgot to put my book title in #31! Can you remove it! So sorry.

    And, as always, thanks for doing this!

  2. Thanks again! I’ve reviewed A Walk with Jane Austen. I look forward to browsing around and finding new reads to add to my ever-growing list.

  3. “Up a Road Slowly” by Irene Hunt is one of the more obscure Newbery winners; an old-fashioned read published in 1966. I liked it well enough sometimes, but other parts bothered me.

  4. Just linked to two freshly-posted reviews (DH is helping me catch up by taking charge of the boy): Punk Rock Dad and Grimm’s Last Fairytale. Enjoyed both immensely, as their length indicates.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  5. Wow, I’m number 100 on the list! Anyway, this week I read An Amazing Story by Carlo Gabbi. The story is half true but undeniably interesting.

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