Saturday Review of Books: January 18, 2014

“A good book, the really good ones, only begin when the last word on the last page is read.” ~Ben House

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Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book review on your blog posted sometime during the previous week. The review doesn’t have to be a formal sort of thing. You can link to your thoughts on a particular book, a few ideas inspired by reading the book, your evaluation, quotations, whatever.

Then on Friday night/Saturday, you post a link here at Semicolon in Mr. Linky 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.

After linking to your own reviews, you can spend as long as you want reading the reviews of other bloggers for the week and adding to your wishlist of books to read. That’s how my own TBR list has become completely unmanageable and the reason I can’t join any reading challenges. I have my own personal challenge that never ends.

1. the Ink Slinger (Our Culture, What’s Left of It)
2. Carol (Island of the World)
3. Barbara H. (Unspoken by Dee Henderson)
4. Barbara H. (Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst)
5. Faith (Amity & Sorrow)
6. Hope (The Carlingford Chronicles by Oliphant)
7. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Flame of Resistance)
8. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Hidden Falls: Ordinary Secrets (episode 1))
9. Beckie @ ByTheBook (30 Quick Tips for Better Health)
10. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Secrets of Harmony Grove)
11. Reading Enid Blyton with children
12. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (Divergent)
13. Becky (Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
14. Becky (Road to Yesterday by L.M. Montgomery)
15. Becky (Risked by Margaret Peterson Haddix)
16. Becky (The Courts of Love by Jean Plaidy)
17. Becky (Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown)
18. Becky (Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen)
19. Becky (The Merchant’s Daughter)
20. Becky (Every Waking Moment)
21. Becky (How To Read The Bible Through the Jesus Lens)
22. SmallWorld Reads (2013 Books Read and Reviewed)
23. SmallWorld Reads (Clair de Lune)
24. Glynn (Elegy for Trains: Poems)
25. Glynn (Crown, Orb & Sceptre)
26. Glynn (A Year in Weetamoe Woods: Poems)
27. Glynn (the Battle of Stirling Bridge)
28. Heart-warming Stories of Abraham Lincoln
29. Reading World (Miss Buncle’s Book)
30. Reading World (Mrs. Poe)
31. Charlotte’s Library (Rose and the Lost Princess)
32. Jessica Snell (Steelheart)
33. Sophie (The Humans)
34. Sophie (An Old-Fashioned Girl)
35. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive (A Conspiracy of Faith)
36. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive (Y: The Last Man Vol 7: Paper Dolls)
37. LiteraryFeline
38. Mystie (Ecclesiastes: Table in the Mist)
39. Mystie (Currently Being Read at our House)
40. Mental multivitamin (On the nightstand)
41. Yvann@Readingwithtea (The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns)
42. Yvann@Readingwithtea (I Am Half-Sick of Shadows)
43. Yvann@Readingwithtea (The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes)
44. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (The Tattered Prayer Book)
45. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (Alias Thomas Bennet)

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November 29th–A Very Good Day

Three wonderful authors, for whose work I am very thankful, were born on this date. Any of their books would make lovely Christmas presents.

1. C.S. Lewis
Lewis is the best writer and the most profound thinker of the three, the one whose work will stand the test of time. I predict that Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and Till We Have Faces, in particular, will be read and appreciated a hundred years from now. Because he died fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, he has been remembered with many, many articles and blog posts this month. Here are links to just a few from this year and from other years.
50 Years Ago Today, RIP Jack
Jared at Thinklings: Remembering Jack (2005)
Lars Walker at Brandywine Books: The Feast of St. Jack and The Great Man’s Headgear
Hope at Worthwhile Books reviews Out of the Silent Planet, the first book in Lewis’s space trilogy.
Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles writes about her appreciation for the works of C.S. Lewis.
Jollyblogger reviews Lewis’s The Great Divorce.

2. Madeleine L’Engle
Ms. L’Engle is the most likely of the three to have her work become dated. However, the science fiction quartet that begins with A Wrinkle in Time may very well last because it deals with themes that transcend time and localized concerns. And I still like The Love Letters the best of all her books, a wonderful book on the meaning of marriage and of maturity.
Madeleine L’Engle favorites.
In which I invite Madeleine L’Engle to tea in June, 2006, before her death last year.
A Madeleine L’Engle Annotated bibliography.
Semicolon Review of The Small Rain and A Severed Wasp by Madeleine L’Engle.
Semicolon Review of Camilla by Madeleine L’Engle.
My Madeleine L’Engle project, which has languished this year, but I hope to get back to it in 2009.
Mindy Withrow writes about A Circle of Quiet.
Remembering Madeleine: Obituaries and Remembrances from September, 2007.

3. Louisa May Alcott.
I love reading about Ms. Alcott’s girls and boys even though many people are too jaded and feminist to enjoy books that celebrate the joys of domesticity and home education.
Circle of Quiet quotes An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott on the wearing of blue gloves.
Carrie reviews Little Women, after three attempts to get though it.
Claire, The Captive Reader re-reads my favorite Louisa May Alcott novel, Eight Cousins.
Claire, The Captive Reader revisits Rose in Bloom, the sequel to Eight Cousins.
Sam at Book Chase reviews Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen.
Joyfuly Retired sponsored an “All Things Alcott” Challenge in 2010 where you can find links to many posts about Louisa May and her family and her novels.

November 29, 2007: To This Great Stage of Fools.

Thank God for Books

Rather than do a Thanksgiving book post of my own, I thought I’d share some links to some of the Thanksgiving book delicious-ness that I’ve discovered at other blogs in the wake of KidLitCon. I’ve been visiting the blogs that are linked to the Kidlitosphere website, and many of the bloggers have Thanksgiving book posts. So I’m thanking the Lord of all for kidlit bloggers and for books that inspire us to gratitude for the many blessings we have.

Thankgiving links of the bookish sort by Amy at Hope is the Word.

Thanksgiving book reviews at Christian Children’s Book Review.

5 Books about Thanksgiving from Melissa at Inner Child Learning.

Redeemed Reader: Looking Forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Delightful Children’s Books: 10 Children’s Books to Celebrate Thanksgiving.

Delightful Children’s Books: A Bookish Advent Calendar. Somebody else I know online does something like this for her children during advent. Anyway, it’s not strictly “thanksgiving”, but it would be necessary to prepare now.

And a couple of picture book lists for your early Christmas shopping perusal:

Betsy at Redeemed Reader: Favorite Picture Books of 2013

Laurel Snyder: 2013 Best Picture Books by Women

I Love Booklists! Thank you, God, for many things: family, friends, church, Engineer Husband, health, home, BOOKS, and READING.

P.S. MotherReader has published her annual list of 150 Ways to Give a Book. What a great resource for bookish gifts!

Saturday Review of Books: November 16, 2013

“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” ~Anna Quindlen

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Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book review on your blog posted sometime during the previous week. The review doesn’t have to be a formal sort of thing. You can link to your thoughts on a particular book, a few ideas inspired by reading the book, your evaluation, quotations, whatever.

Then on Friday night/Saturday, you post a link here at Semicolon in Mr. Linky 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.

After linking to your own reviews, you can spend as long as you want reading the reviews of other bloggers for the week and adding to your wishlist of books to read. That’s how my own TBR list has become completely unmanageable and the reason I can’t join any reading challenges. I have my own personal challenge that never ends.

1. Carol – The Sun on the Stubble
2. Joseph R. – Night of the Living Dead Christian
3. Hope (Six Books on Christology)
4. Janet (The Wonderful O)
5. Janet (On Stories and Other Essays on Literature)
6. Lazygal (No One Else Can Have You)
7. Lazygal (Coincidence)
8. Lazygal (Africa is My Home)
9. Lazygal (One Hundred Names)
10. Lazygal (The Disappeared)
11. Lazygal (The Kept)
12. Lazygal (Ketchup Clouds)
13. Thoughts of Joy (Runner)
14. Thoughts of Joy (Practice Perfect)
15. Thoughts of Joy (Fangirl)
16. Alice@Supratentorial(Ordinary Grace)
17. Alice@Supratentorial(October Reading)
18. Alice@Supratentorial(Non-fiction Cybils)
19. Alice@Supratentorial(Other Cybils)
20. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Peril)
21. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Catie’s Secret)
22. Beckie @ ByTheBook (The Shadow Lamp)
23. Barbara H. (Missionary books for children)
24. SmallWorld Reads (Nowhere but Home by Lisa Palmer)
25. Glynn (Jayber Crow)
26. Glynn (Poems to Elsi)
27. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Paperboy by Vawter)
28. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (The Thing About Luck by Kadohata)
29. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Armchair Cybils Nov. linky)
30. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (Farewell to the Master)
31. Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks (Holy is the Day)
32. Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks (Live Like a Narnian)
33. Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks (The Song of Annie Moses)
34. Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks (A Million Little Ways)
35. Susan @ Reading World (Burial Rites)
36. Becky (Cymbeline by Shakespeare)
37. Becky (Magic Marks the Spot)
38. Becky (Storybook of Legends)
39. Becky (The Nonesuch)
40. Becky (How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped Modern World)
41. Becky (Our Island Story)
42. Becky (Kind of Preaching God Blesses)
43. Becky (Reliable Truth)
44. Becky (Perfectly Matched)
45. Becky (Living for God’s Glory)
46. The Beloved Daughter & Giveaway
47. the Ink Slinger (Killing Pablo)
48. Melanie (Counting by 7’s)
49. Jeanne Harvey (When I Was Eight)
50. Annie Kate (Snow on the Tulips)
51. Carrie (Ben Rides On)
52. Tara Smith (The Saturday Boy)
53. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies (The Rosie Project)
54. Harvee @ Book Dilettante (A Cold and Lonely Place)
55. Mitali (Razia’s Ray of Hope)
56. Miss Lifesaver (A Christmas Carol)
57. Thea (Emily of New Moon)
58. Liviana (Chasing Shadows)
59. Sally (5 Classic Gift Books for Children 9-12)
60. Joan (The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp)
61. Becky (Found In Him)
62. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (The Lavender Garden)
63. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (Life After Life)
64. Harvee@Book Dilettante (The Pieces We Keep)

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Saturday Review of Books: July 13, 2013

“In general, summer oughtn’t be an extension of school: It should be a time for idleness and part-time jobs and hanging out, for mowing grass or souping up cars, for rainy-day Monopoly games and Dr. Moreau-like experiments on hapless insects (“The House of Pain!”), for getting bored and exploring what used to be called one’s inner resources. And for reading purely, solely, entirely for the fun of it.” ~Michael Dirda

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Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book review on your blog posted sometime during the previous week. The review doesn’t have to be a formal sort of thing. You can link to your thoughts on a particular book, a few ideas inspired by reading the book, your evaluation, quotations, whatever.

Then on Friday night/Saturday, you post a link here at Semicolon in Mr. Linky 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.

After linking to your own reviews, you can spend as long as you want reading the reviews of other bloggers for the week and adding to your wishlist of books to read. That’s how my own TBR list has become completely unmanageable and the reason I can’t join any reading challenges. I have my own personal challenge that never ends.

1. Amy @ Hope is the Word (Runaway Dolls)
2. Amy @ Hope is the Word (Seasons of a Mother’s Heart bookclub)
3. Aloi @ Guiltless Reading (This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila)
4. Aloi @ Guiltless Reading (Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano)
5. Aloi @ Guiltless Reading (Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos)
6. Aloi @ Guiltless Reading (Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay)
7. Barbara H. (The Magician’s Nephew)
8. Aloi @ Guiltless Reading (The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro)
9. Barbara H. (The Mitford Books)
10. Aloi @ Guiltless Reading (And the Soft Wind Blows by Lance Umenhofer)
11. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive (Saga Volume Two)
12. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
13. Hope (The Man Who Knew Too Much)
14. Hope (Cy Whittaker’s Place)
15. Glynn Young (Activist Faith)
16. Beckie @ ByTheBook (A Matter of Trust)
17. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Wings of Glass)
18. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Mystery of The Heart)
19. Lazygal (The Tudor Conspiracy)
20. Lazygal (Bloodlines)
21. Lazygal (A Conspiracy of Faith)
22. Lazygal (Shatter the Bones)
23. Lazygal (The Ghost Riders of Ordebec)
24. Lazygal (The Bone Season)
25. Lazygal (Seven for A Secret)
26. Lazygal (A History of Merton College)
27. dawn (Tending the Heart of Virtue)
28. Susanne~LivingToTell (One Summer)
29. Cherrytea (Mama’s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird)
30. Lisa (The Butterfly Sister)
31. Becky (Fatherless)
32. Becky (Heaven)
33. Becky (Love Takes Wing)
34. Becky (Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart)
35. Becky (Year of the Book)
36. Becky (Big Guy Took My Ball)
37. Becky (Case of Cautious Coquette)
38. Becky (Death on the Nile)
39. Becky (Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass)
40. Becky (I Saw Esau)
41. Thoughts of Joy (Whodunnit?)
42. Thoughts of Joy (The Light Between Oceans)
43. Brittanie (TJ and the Time Stumblers: Switched!)
44. Gina Burgess (Angels in the Fire)
45. Annie Kate (Cooked by Michael Pollan)
46. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (Emma & Knightley)

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