July 2010

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Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary

To Kill A MockingbirdJuly 11 is the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Featuring some of the most memorable characters in literary history—attorney Atticus Finch, his children Scout and Jem, and of course Boo Radley—To Kill a Mockingbird is the indelible story of race, class, and growing up in the Deep South of the 1930s. Great reading group discussion topics!

To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie.

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Picture a Book Changing Lives, Khaled Hosseini Foundation

This is a great reading group activity -- good books, good friends, good cause!

Picture a Book Changing LivesInspired by readers around the world who have embraced and shared Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Riverhead Books is asking for your help in an effort to picture a book changing lives.

Penguin is launching the Picture a Book Changing Lives campaign to raise money for the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which was founded by the author to aid the people of Afghanistan.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday: By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading hosted by Bermudaonion. 

If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun!  (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)

My words are names of people in the art world that I didn't know from By NIghtfall by Michael Cunningham (Octocber 2010). I am totally clueless when it comes to art.

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Kittens by David Gibbon Video

I love cats and books! This video is about a book called Kittens by Davis Gibbon. The video is narrated by a very cute little girl. I have to post this.  Enjoy!


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The Wave by Susan Casey

I'm looking forward to The Wave by Susan Casey (September 2010). The ocean is such a incredible part of nature and can be utterly destructive. 

Scoop from publisher.

The WaveFrom Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal,  ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.


For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories—waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? The Clouds Beneath the Sun by Mackenzie Ford

Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week, hosted by Sheila from Book Journey.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.


The Clouds Beneath the SunI'm reading The Clouds Beneath the Sun by Mackenzie Ford.

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Teaser Tuesdays July 20: A Secret Kept by Titiana de Rosnay

Teaser TuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away!

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Jane Austen Fight Club

Hilarious video for Jane Austen fans or not Jane Austen fans! Go, Girls!




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Teaser Tuesdays July 27: A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

A Secret KeptI'm still reading A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay. I took a vacation -- from everything, including reading! So my Teaser Tuesday is again from A Secret Kept.

I'm almost finished so I will give the ARC to one lucky random TT fan! Winning the giveaway is a good way for you to review the book before picking it as your choice for your reading group. A Secret Kept is a great book club pick, full of discussion points -- family, secrets, romance, hope, loss.

"I want to call Melanie about all this, and nearly do, but it is getting on for one o'clock in the morning.

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2010 Man Booker Longlist Announced!

Booker PrizeThe Man Booker Award for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. Any full-length novel, written by a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe is eligible.

try to read the Man Booker award winner every year. Some years, I don't get around to it.