Posts Tagged: books

Dec 27
One Liners: Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way

One Liners: Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way… Read more »

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Dec 20
One Liners: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

One Liners: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway… Read more »

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Dec 16
Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

I’d like to say I was suave and didn’t forget my little speech I had planned to say at the moment I met actor Neil Patrick Harris. The reality is…I spaced! On Monday, October 20th, I attended the book signing at Barnes & Noble for Harris’ autobiography: Chose Your Own Autobiography. I didn’t know Harris was coming until I read an article on the Friday before the 20th and I hated calling the bookstore to see if there were any wristbands left for the signing. When I was given the yes there were still some left, I had to ask the all important question most bloggers have: could I get a second copy signed? Here is where I ran into a problem, no one I knew was available to go… Read more »

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Dec 13
One Liners: Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2

One Liners: Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2… Read more »

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Nov 24
Books Ahoy!: Steven Montano

Books Ahoy!: Steven Montano

Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life. No author or reader was forced to walk the plank. I’m thrilled to welcome Steven Montano back to Lit, etc! The final book in his Skullborn trilogy, The Black Tower is now available! To celebrate his blog tour, Steven and I talked about his favorite books. Q. Your favorite childhood book? Escape from Warsaw, by Ian Serrailler, a novel about several children escaping the blitzkrieg. It was the first book I can recall that… Read more »

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Nov 17
Books Ahoy!: Charlee Fam

Books Ahoy!: Charlee Fam

Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life. No author or reader was forced to walk the plank. I’m thrilled to welcome Charlee Fam to Lit, etc! Her debut, Last Train to Babylon was such an emotional rollercoaster! I really enjoyed it and you can read my review here. To celebrate her blog tour, Charlee and I talked about her favorite books. Q. Your favorite childhood book? Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret and Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great by… Read more »

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Nov 08
One Liners: C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

One Liners: C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage… Read more »

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Nov 05

Postscript: October 2014

Wow! Where did October go? October was a strange month for me in my personal life because at work we hosted a huge 2 day event for local homeless people. It was exciting to be a part of such an event and yet, I can’t help but feel extremely thankful that even at my lowest, I wasn’t quite where some of those attending are. It really did make me appreciate what I have a little more. On top of that, a case manager for the program I work for quit out of the blue and we were left with a huge mess. In any event, we’re back on track on work and hopefully this means I’m back on track here at Lit, etc. So while I’ve been dealing with work… Read more »

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Nov 01
One Liners: David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress

One Liners: David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress… Read more »

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Oct 25
One Liners: Anita Brookner’s The Debut

One Liners: Anita Brookner’s The Debut

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Anita Brookner’s The Debut… Read more »

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Oct 20
Books Ahoy!: Kat and Stone Bastion + Giveaway

Books Ahoy!: Kat and Stone Bastion + Giveaway

Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life. No author or reader was forced to walk the plank. I’m thrilled to welcome both Kat and Stone Bastion to Lit, etc! A full review of all four books in the series will be posted once the fourth book is available. In the meantime, help me welcome Kat and Stone! To celebrate the release of Two Bar Mitzvahs (book 3 in the No Weddings series), Kat, Stone, and I talked about their favorite books…. Read more »

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Oct 18
One Liners: Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

One Liners: Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca… Read more »

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