Saturday Review of Books: December 20, 2008

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
~Garrison Keillor

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Ah, a much better sentiment from Mr. Keillor this week than last. Give books this Christmas.

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. SuziQoregon (Nineteen Minutes)
2. Laura (Bamboo and Blood)
3. Laura (Four short Christmas books)
4. Sandra (Descartes Bones)
5. Sandra (Who by Fire)
6. Wendi\’s Book Corner (Jenford)
7. Wendi\’s Book Corner (Snow Valley Heroes)
8. Wendi\’s Book Corner (Assaulted by Joy)
9. Carrie, RtK (Kilmeny of the Orchard)
10. Carrie, RtK (Narnia)
11. 5M4B (Hallie\’s Heart)
12. 5M4B (A Lady of Secret Devotion)
13. 5M4B (Laughing Elephant Books)
14. 5M4B (Simple Retreats for a Woman\’s Soul)
15. 5M4B (The Tale of Despereaux)
16. 5M4B (Audio books for kids)
17. Bookie Woogie (Rapunzel\’s Revenge)
18. Page Turner (The Book Thief)
19. Bonnie (The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America)
20. Bonnie (Survival of the Prettiest)
21. Carrie K. (Goldengrove)
22. Framed (I Fell Bad About My Neck)
23. Framed (Voyager)
24. Bookish Ruth (The Book of Names)
25. Fate (V for Vendetta)
26. VioletCrush (For Matrimonial Purposes)
27. VioletCrush (Creepers, I\’m not scared, Any given Doomsday)
28. Farm Lane Books (Random Acts of Heroic Love)
29. Farm Lane Books (For One More Day)
30. Farm Lane Books (Fingersmith)
31. Farm Lane Books (Great Granny Webster)
32. Mo (Skipping Christmas)
33. MFS (Christmas gifts)
34. Beth F (House of Mondavi)
35. Beth F (Blessed Are the Cheesemaker)
36. jama\’s alphabet soup (Christmas Cookies)
37. Lynne (A Cedar Cove Christmas
38. Lynne (The Christmas List)
39. Lynne (Crossroads)
40. Lynne (The Christmas Promise)
41. Lynne (The Keepsake)
42. Lynne (The Christmas Sweater)
43. Lynne (Stealing Lumby)
44. Lynne (On Strike for Christmas)
45. Teresa (Offshore)
46. Ruth (Dreams from my Father and The Blood of Flowers)
47. Teresa (In Defense of Food)
48. Bookeywookey (The First Verse)
49. Hope (Elijah of Buxton)
50. Bookeywookey (The Clothes on Their Backs)
51. a lovely shore breeze (Miles from Nowhere)
52. melydia (Nineteen Minutes)
53. a lovely shore breeze (Holidays on Ice)
54. melydia (Why Don\’t Your Eyelashes Grow?)
55. Joy (Skeletons at the Feast)
56. DominionFamily (Christmas Read Alouds)
57. DominionFamily (Christmas Picture Books)
58. Lazygal (The Penderwicks of Gardam Street)
59. Lazygal (One False Note)
60. Melissa (The Boy Who Dared)
61. Lazygal (The Edwardians)
62. Serena (Matrimony)
63. Serena (You Lost Him at Hello)
64. Serena (Against Medical Advice)
65. Serena (Fixing Hell)
66. Janet (Epicenter)
67. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Nine Days to Christmas for Read Aloud Thursday)
68. SmallWorld Reads (When the Emperor Was Divine)
69. caribooksccops (Brisingr)
70. cari&hollybookscoops (12 Days if Christmas Reads)
71. Books & Other Thoughts (The Witches)
72. Books & Other Thoughts (Divided in Death)
73. Books & Other Thoughts (Lud-in-the-Mist)
74. Word Lily (Recipe for Murder)
75. Word Lily (by George)
76. Sarah M., LH (Charlotte\’s Web)
77. Sarah M., LH (The Little Lady Agency)
78. She is Too Fond of Books (Hold on to Your Horses)
79. She is Too Fond of Books (The Islands of Divine Music)
80. Lightheaded (All Families Are Psychotic)
81. Lightheaded (Amsterdam)
82. S. Krishna (Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds)
83. S. Krishna (Odd Mom Out)
84. Lightheaded (The Tales of Beedle the Bard)
85. S. Krishna (Light of the Moon)
86. S. Krishna (The Misadventures of Oliver Booth)
87. S. Krishna (In the Convent of Little Flowers)
88. S. Krishna (Matrimony)
89. S. Krishna (Thirteen Reasons Why)
90. Lightheaded (Xingu)
91. Lightheaded (Bone: The Great Cow Race)
92. Mindy Withrow (The Bone Gatherers: The Lost World of Early Christian Women)
93. Amber (DIRT: An American Campaign)
94. Amber (Things the Grandchildren Should Know)
95. Michael (Anathem)
96. Girl Detective (Supernanny)
97. gautami tripathy (The Triumph of Deborah)
98. My Two Blessings (Flash Back)
99. My Two Blessings (Head On)
100. gautami tripathy (Lost and Found)
101. Becky (Give A Goat)
102. Becky (The Shepherd\’s Prayer)
103. Becky (Boo Humbug)
104. Becky (Annie and Simon)
105. Becky (Andy Shane and the Queen of Egypt)
106. Becky (Paddington and the Christmas Surprise)
107. pussreboots (Sunsets and Shooting Stars)
108. pussreboots (Ripley Under Water)
109. Becky (A Little Princess)
110. pussreboots (Game Widow)
111. Becky (Uprising)
112. Becky (A True and Faithful Narrative)
113. Nicole (In Hovering Flight)
114. Becky (Split by a Kiss)
115. pussreboots (A Day with My Dad)
116. Becky (Swimming with Sharks)
117. Becky (Thaw)
118. Becky (Under the Night Sky)
119. Becky (Emily of New Moon)
120. Nicole (The Bookmaker)
121. Nicole (Islands of the Divine Music)
122. Nicole (The Five Lost Days)
123. My Two Blessings (You Can\’t Hide)
124. Jocelyn (Losers)
125. Jocelyn (Leftovers)
126. Jocelyn (Fact of Life #31)
127. Jocelyn (One Hundred Young Americans)
128. Jocelyn (I Know It\’s Over)
129. Book Chatter (Holidays On Ice)
130. Carrie K. (Irish Girls Are Back in Town)
131. Kevin S (Lord Acton\’s List of 100 Best Books)
132. LuAnn (The Longing)
133. Shonda (If You Ever Tell)
134. Kristi (Never Let Me Go)
135. Benjie (Shotgun)
136. Benjie (O. Henry a la Carte)
137. John Mutford (Richard III)
138. The Thinking Mother (Velvet Art)
139. The Thinking Mother (Friendship Bracelets)
140. The Thinking Mother (Understanding Comics)
141. The Thinking Mother (A Book of Artrageous Projects)
142. The Thinking Mother (Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders)
143. The Thinking Mother (Loving Without Spoiling)
144. The Thinking Mother (The Overflowing Brain)
145. Memory (Children of the Night)
146. Memory (Collected Ghost Stories)
147. Memory (Creatures of the Night)
148. Memory (Zoe\’s Tale)
149. Petunia (The Christmas Quilt)
150. Petunia (The Fireman\’s Wife)
151. M Light (6 mini reviews)
152. Cay (Cajun Cornbread Boy)
153. Noel (Nation & Tender Morsels)
154. Diary of an Eccentric (What Happy Parents Do)
155. Diary of an Eccentric (Nefertiti)
156. Carol\’s Notebook (I\’m Your Santa)
157. KittyCat (The Big Pancake)
158. KittyCat (The Bear Nobody Wanted)

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17 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: December 20, 2008

  1. Woo Hoo! I get to be first this week 🙂

    Simple pleasures.

  2. Much better, Mr. Keillor!

  3. Happy Holidays, Sherry!! Love the quote and the tree picture :)!

  4. Thank you again for doing this. I love seeing what others are reading, and I love the A – Z section for reading previous weeks/months!

  5. Thanks for doing this again. I had a productive review week and I remembered to post them on Saturday, rather than on Sunday. Have a great holiday.

  6. Amy

    I posted Read Aloud Thursday again!

  7. Love the quote!

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Happy Holidays to you all! This weekly gig is fun 🙂

  9. A bad week for reading. I could only manage a pop-psych parenting book, though it did give me much to think about. I’m going to try for Christmas Carol and Child’s Christmas in Wales this week, and maybe even see if my 5yo son will sit still for them.

  10. Ti

    Is that your daughter in the pic? Love the skates. LOL. Thanks for hosting this. I posted my one review (pitiful I know) but haven’t had a chance to do much reading. Happy Holidays!

  11. Yes, that’s Z-baby in the picture.

  12. I had knee surgery on Monday so I’ve read a number of books while keeping my leg elevated. I did a post of “mini reviews” of six because I can’t sit at the computer for long.

    Thank you, and have a blessed Christmas!

    Laura

  13. Merry Christmas!

  14. I *love* this quote, which makes me feel much better knowing that I got almost everyone books for Christmas this year 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too!

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