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Friday News: 52 Books in 52 Weeks; Amazon’s numbers are in;...

“Read Around the World:  You can read books set in and/or written by an author of a different country each week.  You can hang out in one country, exploring their history and culture or strike out across the world, mixing and mingling.  It’s entirely up to you how fast and how far and how many books you want to read.  Have fun exploring!  “ Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks

“After several years of explosive growth, e-book sales are flattening out, dampening speculation that print books are dying. At Barnes & Noble, physical bookstores did better than the chain’s e-reader, Nook. Publishers Weekly saluted the “resurgence of independent bookstores” by giving its Person of the Year award to American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher and his board.” USA Today

“As far as celebrity year-end lists go, this is almost certainly the most unique offering. And when it comes to explications of reptilianism, its hard to imagine they come in much more eloquent form. Though, you know, its still an advocacy of reptilians.”The Wire

isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnʼt know, didnʼt think about, or didnʼt feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!


  1. Susan
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 16:58:19

    That Alice Walker list. Um. Interesting.

  2. Angie
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 11:52:39

    I believe Ms. Rowling wanted to keep the secret, and a lot of other writers I know believe it too. She didn’t need more money — she’s already one of the richest women on the planet. She doesn’t need more fame or attention — if she’s feeling a desperate need to be fawned over and adulated, all she has to do is make a public appearance. If she wanted to let her fame sell a bazillion copies of the book, she’d have just published it under her own name. When the secret was revealed by that idiot, she was snarked and dumped on by hordes of people — wow, yeah, obviously that’s exactly what she planned.

    Except not. Because what she really wanted was the freedom to write and publish what she wanted, outside of the glare of public scrutiny and ridiculously high expectations. I hope she tries it again, with more safeguards in place, and if she does, I wish her well in keeping the secret for a good, long time.


  3. Robin McCormack
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 18:45:35

    Thank you for highlighting 52 Books in 52 Weeks. Made my day! So glad you decided to join in and look forward to hearing about your reads.

    I’ve had Amazon Prime for several years and have gotten my moneys worth out of it. Between Amazon and Barnes and Noble, I keep UPS pretty busy as well.


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