Saturday Review of Books: May 2, 2009

“You must get into the habit of looking intensely at words, and assuring yourself of their meaning, syllable by syllable–nay, letter by letter… you might read all the books in the British Museum (if you could live long enough) and remain an utterly “illiterate,” uneducated person; but if you read ten pages of a good book, letter by letter, — that is to say, with real accuracy– you are for evermore in some measure an educated person.”
~John Ruskin

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Review of Books.

Here’s how it usually 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.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

1. Semicolon (Stargirl)
2. Semicolon (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
3. Semicolon (The Amazing Potato)
4. Laura (Tea Time for the Traditionally Built)
5. Laura (The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club)
6. SuziQoregon (Cold is the Grave)
7. SuziQoregon (Murpphy’s Law)
8. SuziQoregon (Mary Mary)
9. Carol (Simple Courage)
10. melydia (Eragon)
11. melydia (The Book Thief)
12. melydia (The Once and Future King)
13. melydia (Fear Nothing)
14. SaraR (Jesus & I Are Friends)
15. Framed (Silent in the Grave)
16. Barbara H. (The Centurion’s Wife)
17. Carrie, RtK (Kid Bug books – giveaway)
18. Carrie, RtK (The Kellyhorns)
19. 5M4B (Shame Lifter)
20. 5M4B (Life Without Summer)
21. 5M4B (The Household Guide to Dying)
22. 5M4B (The Preacher)
23. 5M4B (The Passion of Mary-Margaret)
24. Carrie K. (The Cellist of Sarajevo)
25. Carrie K. (The Last Bridge)
26. Carrie K. (100 Cupboards)
27. Carrie K. (Pretties)
28. Puss Reboots (Eighth Day of the Week)
29. Puss Reboots (Bad Kitty)
30. Puss Reboots (Kosher by Design Lightens Up)
31. Puss Reboots (Harold and the Purple Crayon)
32. Puss Reboots (Comical Tragidy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch)
33. Fate (Angel: After the Fall)
34. FleurFisher (Every Eye)
35. FleurFisher (Anne of Green Gables)
36. FleurFisher (UFO In her Eyes)
37. Lazygal (City of Bones)
38. Lazygal (City of Ashes)
39. Farm Lane Books (Burnt Shadows)
40. Farm Lane Books (The Thing Around your Neck)
41. Farm Lane Books (Scottsboro)
42. Farm Lane Books (Olive Kitteridge)
43. Hope (Code Name Nimrod)
44. Belinda (Belong to Me – Audio)
45. Sage (All Over but the Shoutin’
46. gautami tripathy (The Camel Bookmobile)
47. Just One More Book! Podcast (Mile-High Apple Pie : Alzheimers)
48. Just One More Book! Podcast (Elizabeti’s Doll)
49. PapuaGirl (Interpreter of Maladies)
50. Deanna (The King’s Daughter)
51. Joy (Manhunt)
52. Deanna (Icebound Land)
53. Deanna (The Warrior Heir)
54. Deanna (The Wizard Heir)
55. Deanna (City of Bones)
56. Deanna (The Battle for Skandia)
57. Deanna (Wicked Lovely)
58. caite (When Skateboards Will Be Free)
59. Nicola (The Shrinking of Treehorn)
60. Nicola (Hand of Isis)
61. Nicola (The Forest of Hands and Teeth)
62. Nicola (The Wonderful O)
63. Inquirer (Great Books of Poetry)
64. Laura (To Kill a Mockingbird)
65. Laura (The Uncommon Reader)
66. Bookeywookey (The Puttermesser Papers)
67. Bookeywookey (The Peppered Moth)
68. Bookeywookey (Ripley Under Ground)
69. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan)
70. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (read alouds and a book giveaway!)
71. Shonda (Just Take My Heart)
72. jama’s alphabet soup (Gooney Bird is So Absurd)
73. jama’s alphabet soup (Cake picture books)
74. MFS @ Mental multivitamin (Revealing)
75. Word Lily (Violet Dawn)
76. Word Lily (The Only True Genius in the Family)
77. blacklin (There’s A Dead Person Following My Sister Around)
78. Sarah M., Library Hospital (The Goose Girl)
79. Sarah M., Library Hospital (Mr. Popper’s Penguins)
80. Girl Detective (Shadow Country)
81. Girl Detective (Shadow of the Wind)
82. Girl Detective (3-Martini Family Vacation)
83. Girl Detective (Curly Girl)
84. Molly (Rebecca)
85. LuAnn (The Noticer)
86. S. Krishna (Caravaggio’s Angels)
87. S. Krishna (Follow Me)
88. S. Krishna (Pushing Up Daisies)
89. S. Krishna (Too Good To Be True)
90. S. Krishna (Domino Men)
91. S. Krishna (The English Patient)
92. Homespun Light (These is my Words)
93. Homespun Light (Pillage by Obert Sky)
94. At A Hen’s Pace (preschool recommendations)
95. Amber Stults (Sister Margaret)
96. Amber Stults (Follow Me)
97. Laura (King of the Screwups)
98. Civil Thoughts (The Elegance of the Hedgehog)
99. Margot (Keep A Quiet Heart)
100. Margot (A Worthy Legacy)
101. Book Bird Dog (Fault Line)
102. Petunia (Blink)
103. Jolanthe (The Mentoring Mom)
104. DebD (The Long Walk)
105. Raima (The Great Emergence)
106. Memory (Angel: After the Fall, vol. 3)
107. Memory (Affinity)
108. Memory (V For Vendetta)
109. Memory (The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Eighteenth Annual Collection)
110. Memory (The Kite Runner)
111. Benjie (Do Hard Things)
112. Benjie (The Nehemiah Factor)
113. Suzanne (A Thomas Jefferson Education)
114. Suzanne (Emotionally Weird)
115. Suzanne (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society )
116. Suzanne (Rebecca )
117. Suzanne (The Gathering)
118. Kipi (The Shack)
119. John Mutford (Stuart Little)
120. Sam Sattler (Then We Came to the End)
121. Brittanie (A Love to Last Forever)
122. Brittanie (A Flickering Light)
123. Brittanie( A Vote of Confidence)
124. Kevin S (A Circle of Quiet)
125. J.C. (Later, at the Bar)
126. Kristi (The Noticer)
127. Kristi (Wild Highland Magic)
128. Petunia (The Lost Hours)
129. Elizabeth (Rachel’s Tears)
130. Elizabeth (Midnight’s Children)
131. Gavin
132. Serena (Follow Me)
133. Serena (One for the Money)
134. Serena (Tea & Other Ayama Na Tales)
135. Serena (Rubber Side Down)
136. Diary of an Eccentric (Tender Graces)
137. Diary of an Eccentric (That Went Well)
138. Diary of an Eccentric (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)
139. Diary of an Eccentric (Follow Me)
140. Books & Other Thoughts (Tender Morsels)
141. Books & Other Thoughts (Return of the Emerald Skull)
142. Books & Other Thoughts (Kat & Mouse: Teacher Torture)

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Writen by Sherry

I'm a Christian, the homeschooling mom of eight (yes, all mine) children, married to a NASA engineer, and a confirmed bookaholic. I like old books, conservative politics, and new and interesting ideas. My hair is grey, my favorite clothes are red, and I love purple. Come on in and enjoy the blog. Be sure to tell me what you think before you leave.

4 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: May 2, 2009

  1. Good morning, readers! It’s been weeks since I’ve been here, and I’ve missed it. The usual life things got in the way, plus (or perhaps as a result) I’ve think I’ve lost my reading mojo! I had to return Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen to the library unfinished before my vacation, and didn’t finish Zafon’s Shadow of the Wind for my book group. I WILL finish both, eventually, but I need to get my book groove back. (My loss of reading mojo may also have something to do with the copious games of Lexulous (online Scrabble-y game) that I’ve been playing. Ahem.) Thus I have two book-in-progress entries today for the giant novels I’m trying to finish, and two reviews of light, non-fiction books that were what I could actually finish on my vacation. Wish me luck, and as always, happy reading!

  2. Thank so much! I’ve put up my contribution a bit late in the day today. Since I recommended it to you earlier this week under your post about Survival Books I wanted to say that I was disappointed to learn that my book has turned out to be fraudulent. I still did a review.

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