Book Bloggers’ Link Round-Up

Originally Posted at Bibliophile’s Retreat by Melissa Meeks

Book Bloggers unite to share favorite posts in our corner of the blogosphere. I am already discovering some new sites to add to my unwieldy list of must reads as well as more books to add to my want to read list. In addition to reviews and other bookish things like author interviews there are some other topics addressed that are more specific to book blogging itself but then we are Book Bloggers so you better expect we’ll weave our two biggest pastimes together at least once in a while. These collections of links will likely be a regular weekend feature here at Bibliophile’s Retreat and my fellow bloggers on our team of particpants will be sharing my links in their posts for this feature as well. If you’re a fellow Book Blogger who wants to get in on the action check out the Link Round-Up discussion in Book Blogging Tips on the Book Bloggers Ning Group or see if you can drag Amy at My Friend Amy’s Blog away from her books and blogging long enough to get the details on joining up.

Now for this week’s selection of posts to peruse for book lovers, reviewers and bloggers alike and you may just find some new writers, new books and new authors to enjoy in the process or just plain learn something new.

Amy has started round 2 of the Lost books challenge, Get LOST in a Good Book While I haven’t checked out the book lists yet, since I’m not a regular viewer and don’t know the books to choose from, it does seem that this would easily be doable with no background whatsoever in the show itself since there are links to book lists provided in the signup post referenced on Amy’s blog.

Trish at Hey Lady shares her thoughts and links to a couple of articles regarding how the blogger writing them handles review copies. It appears there is quite a diverse batch of thoughts in this arena so check out the post and comments as well as the links she includes and the comments on those posts or just post your own thoughts in her comments section if you already have an opinion on the topic.

S.Krishna shares a recent Chick Lit release that sounds like a breath of fresh air in what some might consider a stale genre, Midori by Moonlight by Wendy Tokunaga. Krishna tells readers, “if you pick up this novel, plan on devouring it in one sitting. It’s a great book that I can’t recommend highly enough, even for those who don’t usually enjoy chick lit.”
and a Gothic Mystery set in our current era, Conscience Point by Erica Abeel. Krishna raves, “it’s a book that’s very easy to get lost in; Abeel’s prose is rich and detailed and she creates a vivid world within the novel.”

Marta at Marta’s Meanderings brings us two very different stories that appear to have some common themes running through them. Regarding Houston, We Have A Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda she concludes, “this book crosses all cultures with the themes of growing up, tolerance and acceptance.”
and in response to The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker her closing states “it spoke to me of looking inside of a person and not the outside … and how nothing in life is black and white.”

Wendi shares a book that is on my TBR at the moment that I look forward to opening up soon and following the characters’ journey from where the author ended the Christmas Edition. Of this 2nd Turtle Creek Edition, The Valentine Edition by Robin Shope, she comments, “it helps the reader to gently remember the importance of prayer, forgiveness and faith.”
She also brings us some info on another book swapping option I wasn’t aware of that happens to be integrated in a popular book catalog site. See her Tuesday Thinger post.

Shelly at Write for a Reader brings us an interview with Tony Peters author of Kids on a Case: The Ten Grand Kidnapping, a children’s mystery story that the author says is a “more adult situation mystery” than what he’s seen available in many cases. I haven’t read the book but would say this merely means that although the book is written for kids and hence appropriate in terms of content it would be something that could also appeal to a more mature audience as well instead of being simplified for the younger crowd.

Julie at Booking Mama gives her take on Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell which she dubs “a suspense thriller as well as a comedy.”

Bermuda Onion shares about American Savior by Roland Merullo calling it “humorous as well as thought provoking.”

Beth at Beth Fish Reads contributes her take on a Civil War era historical Rebel by Bernard Cornwell and a fictional account of India’s journey from British colony to self government, House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar.

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