Archive of Bibliojunk

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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25Jan2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk
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What’s on my nightstand, er, living room bench

I saw on 5 Minutes For Books this morning an invitation to join in the "what's on my nightstand" blog post for the fourth Tuesday of every month.  Sounded like fun.  My eyes are always bigger than my stomach, metaphorically speaking, so I'm actually doing "what's on my living room bench".  A few days ago I realized that the library book situation at our house was reaching ridiculous proportions

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10Jan2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Awards season

Today the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz and other awards were announced by the American Library Association.  Here's the official press release, if you'd like to peruse it.  Personally, I consider this a to-do list.  I like to have read what books are all the buzz before the awards are announced, but that didn't happen this year.  Let's be honest, that's happened once.  But I aspire to be the ki

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06Jan2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Indulgent reading/I love Percy Jackson

I don't get it when people tell me that they don't read because it feels like a guilty pleasure.  Okay, let me back up.  I don't get people who don't read, like, at all.  That's an enigma I won't explore at this time, but what really puzzles me is people who do like to read but don't because it feels like indulging.  For some reason, I've run across lots of these types of people over the years

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