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April 10, 2017 – 6:34 pm | 4 Comments

I’ll be having a birthday soon, which means I’ll have to confront something on my list of fears. This year’s challenge: spring cleaning. [Insert horror scream here.] I think I’ll read a book instead and hope the …

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Book Review: SAFE HOUSE by Chris Ewan

January 10, 2013 – 12:29 am | One Comment
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The following ran in Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for Readers last month as a starred review, and is reprinted here with permission.
At the start of Chris Ewan’s Safe House, Rob Hale wakes up in the hospital and …

Nerdy Special List January 2013

January 7, 2013 – 10:02 pm | 5 Comments
death of bees

I went away for the holidays, but didn’t intend to go undeground and disappear from my blog and social media for two weeks. It was a good thing, though. Unplugging allows me to just be …

Merry, Happy, Joyous Everything

December 23, 2012 – 8:04 pm | 6 Comments
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I’m getting ready to get on a bus to the airport, where I’ll board a plane for the East Coast, where I’ll rent a car to drive to my brother’s place for the holidays. I …

Movie Review: THIS IS 40

December 19, 2012 – 1:31 pm | 4 Comments
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I went to a screening of Judd Apatow’s latest comedy because I needed a few laughs, and This Is 40 provided a few, but it’s also much more dramatic than I anticipated. Which isn’t a …

Winner of Robert Crais’s SUSPECT

December 17, 2012 – 12:18 am | 2 Comments

The randomly selected winner is:

Shell Sherree

Congrats, Shell! Please email me by Wednesday, Dec. 19 noon PST with the address where you’d like the ARC sent.
Thank you to everyone who shared amazing dog tales. If you …

Movie Review: LES MISERABLES + Notes from Q&A with Cast and Director

December 16, 2012 – 11:50 pm | 5 Comments
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Full disclosure: I dislike musicals. I know Victor Hugo’s story, and liked the 1978 Les Miserables movie with Anthony Perkins as Javert and Richard Jordan as Jean Valjean, but the one time I saw the musical live, …

Winners of Jojo Moyes’s ME BEFORE YOU

December 11, 2012 – 10:13 pm | 3 Comments

Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You is one of my top 5 reads this year, so I’m really excited to share it with the following randomly selected winners. I think you all will enjoy it. After …

Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

December 10, 2012 – 1:27 pm | 9 Comments
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Wow, it’s good to be back. If you visited this site over the past several days, you probably saw a “suspected malware” warning, which was extremely upsetting to me. I hired a company to scan …

Nerdy Special List December 2012 + Giveaway

December 3, 2012 – 8:45 pm | 10 Comments
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Here’s what my blogging pals and I recommend this month, just in time for your holiday shopping!
 
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
Invisible (Bantam, Dec. 11) is Carla Buckley’s sophomore novel, and like her debut, The …

Nerdy Mad Libs Results

December 1, 2012 – 11:33 am | 20 Comments

Yesterday we played Mad Libs™, and below are the results, with your words inserted into a fake book review I wrote.
I thought the game would be open for at least a day, but you gave me …

Nerdy Mad Libs!

November 30, 2012 – 1:56 pm | 24 Comments
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Over Thanksgiving, I played Mad Libs™ with some friends and laughed my stuffing off at the results. I’d forgotten how fun it is, how much I enjoyed it as a child, playing with my siblings. …

Seussian Thanksgiving

November 23, 2012 – 11:12 pm | 10 Comments
SEUSS GROUP SHOT

For the past two decades, I’ve most often spent Thanksgiving with my dear friend Mari, who hosts a theme dinner every year. She never fails to make my jaw drop in wonderment at her creativity …

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