Archive of Bibliojunk

18Dec2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Jólabókaflóð

Icelanders are my kind of people.  They have a tradition at Christmas, known as Jólabókaflóð, which translates roughly into English as ‘Christmas book flood’. A great summary of it can be found on www.jolabokflod.org, but I’ll copy part of it here. This tradition began during World War II once Iceland had gained its independence from Denmark in 1944. Paper was one of the few com

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16Dec2018

Book #70: Searching for Dragons

As I finished up these posts, I started to notice something startling.  My numbers on Goodreads didn’t match my numbers on the blog.  That’s like when you balance your checkbook and notice you’re a dollar off.  I could ignore it, but I don’t want to.  It took some digging, but I found way back in January, I had finished reading Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede in the first fe

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14Dec2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Bibliojunk

Winding down

There are 17 days left in 2018.  I’ve written posts for 67 books, and I have 8 more books queued up.  I’ll probably finishing writing those posts this weekend, but I’m cheating and bundling a few of them that are closely related.  That means I’ll have read and written about 75 books this year.  I will probably squeeze in a book or two before the end of the year because my time for read

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29Jan2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Some thoughts on a book I want to read

A few years ago, I heard about The Healing Power of Stories by Daniel Taylor.  I’ll write some thoughts on it, but here’s a good summary.  Learning about the four types of stories has given me a framework to evaluate what I read and I’ve found it valuable, though I’ve never read the book.  Why the heck am I writing a review then for a book I’ve never read?  I guess it’s more like

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19Dec2017
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk, Fiction, Goodreads, Non-fiction

How I rate books

I’ve read 59 books this year so far and there were hardly any stinkers.  It’s not that I had good luck, it’s that I’ve gotten good at only guessing which books won’t be a waste of time.  I’ve spent so many hours of my life on books that weren’t worth the investment and I’m just too picky now to follow that same model. When I pulled up my 2017 list on Goodreads and sorted it my

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16Dec2017
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Hiatus Interrupted

It’s been a long five years.  Why the silence?  Oh, lots of reasons.  Life became too intense to maintain what was essentially a fun hobby.  I put a husband through business school, built a business, then left it to move 3,000 miles away where we then experienced a few months of unemployment and illness, compounded with pregnancy.  Besides moving three times in five years, and having anothe

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05Jan2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

For the love of books

I don't know if you've noticed, but Caren and I haven't written much in the last, oh, several months.  It's been a turbulent year for both our families and the dust-covered website is evidence of how little of our time has been available for writing reviews.  There have been many times that I've wondered why I'm bothering to keep this up at all with how neglected it's become, but every time I de

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15Aug2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk
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Uncle Orson’s Writing Class

Back in April, my husband surprised me for my birthday by signing me up for Orson Scott Card's writing class in August.  He must have gotten tired of listening to me talk about how someday I wanted to go to his class and decided to take matters into his own hands.  Plus, by then we knew we were moving to North Carolina, where the class is taught, so he saw a perfect opportunity to save himself s

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19Mar2011
Author
Co-review
Category
Bibliojunk, Co-Review

Co-review: Best and Worst of 2010

I know what you're thinking.  "2010?  Are you serious?"  Yes, yes I am.  Just because we just celebrated St. Patrick's Day doesn't mean we can't take a little time to look back and reminisce at 2010, does it?  Okay, really, I had planned to do this post three months ago.  But I'm pretty sure the content won't change just because it's late.  Remember that this list only includes books we rea

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15Feb2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk
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RHE on Facebook

If you're not friends with me (and why aren't you, don't you love me?) on Facebook, you probably don't know that Red Hot Eyebrows has its own Facebook page.  I know, it's cool.  You want to hop on over to Facebook right this minute and check it out.  I can hear you clicking on your Facebook account in another window.  Yes, I am that intuitive. I've been putting up random tidbits like the an

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