“They grow up so fast!”

I used to roll my eyes when friends of my parents would say that about me; now, of course, I say it about my own kids and the children of friends.  And, I can say it about this blog – if it were a baby it would be walking.  She is Too Fond of Books [...]

Giveaway: *Outliers* audiobook by Malcolm Gladwell

Back when we lived in Connecticut, my “Upsilamba” book group enjoyed discussing Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, which explains why some trends take off, and the 3 personality types that can help trends along.  We were labelling each other, “you’re a connector,” “Carolann is a maven,” “Toni is a salesman,” etc.  I still mentally categorize people [...]

We have a winner for *Now the Drum of War*



Congratulations to Karen Vanuska, winner in the random drawing for Robert Roper’s Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and his Brothers in the Civil War. 

In her comment, Karen wrote of her long-standing connection to Walt Whitman:


I grew up on Long Island and the first time I heard the name Walt Whitman as a [...]

Tell me about your BFF and you could win *The Safety of Secrets*

I recently read The Safety of Secrets as part of Book Club Girl’s interview with author Delaune Michel.  I haven’t yet posted my review, but will link to it here when I do!

In the meantime, click the link above to listen to the interview, and check out this back-of-the-book-blurb:

“Now we’re just alike.” So begins Fiona [...]

Book Review and Giveaway: *Eat Me* by Kenny Shopsin

Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin by Kenny Shopsin
Publisher: Knopf (September 23, 2008 )
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0307264930

Publisher’s synopsis: “Pancakes are a luxury, like smoking marijuana or having sex.  That’s why I came up with the names Ho Cakes and Slutty Cakes.  These are extra decadent, but in a way, every pancake is [...]

Book Review: *House & Home* by Kathleen McCleary (and giveaway!)

House & Home by Kathleen McCleary
Publisher: Voice (July 1, 2008 )
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1401340735

In creating Ellen Flanagan, the protagonist in House & Home, author Kathleen McCleary introduces readers to a woman that you’ll want to sit down and read more about.  Ellen is a creative hard-working woman who puts a bit (sometimes more than a [...]

BBAW contest for the folks who READ book blogs!

Next week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week … there are guests posts, giveaways, interviews, awards galore, etc.!

What’s in it for the person who reads book blogs (doesn’t have one of his/her own) … PLENTY!  Where would book bloggers be without the loyal readers who contribute so much to our blogs with feedback, comments, questions?!?  This [...]

A storm cloud – some sunshine – and a rainbow!

Warning – the following is a run-on stream-of-consciousness about my day and the goodness of book bloggers!

Let’s start, as they say, at the beginning.  The beginning in this case, is about a year ago, when I decided to train for a sprint triathlon to be held this year on Mother’s Day.  A friend said in [...]

Guest post by Laurie Viera Rigler and announcing the winners of *Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict*!

The following guest post is written by Laurie Viera Rigler, author of the wonderful novel Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.  Laurie will be sending books to the two randomly-chosen winning entries (see the quesion and all the creative and thoughtful answers here).  Be sure to visit Laurie’s website and blog, the aptly named “Jane [...]

I won *Whale Song* by Cheryl Kaye Tardif!

Many thanks to Karen Harrington at Scobberlotch (and author of Janeology!).  Karen recently posted a review and giveaway of the book Whale Song, here’s an excerpt:

Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif begins as a coming of age story told through the eyes of Sarah Richardson, a kind spirited young girl whose father is a biology [...]