Archive for the ‘The Week Ahead’ Category

I’m posting my Week Ahead a day earlier than usual this week – it’s going to be a busy week!  There’s a lot happening here and on other book blogs in conjunction with Book Blogger Appreciation Week … check out this partial listing of what’s going on in my little corner of the world:

Monday 9/15 – I’m starting the week out as a tour host for Kathleen McCleary’ novel House & Home, working with TLC Book Tours.  I’ll have a book review and themed giveaway posted today!

Tuesday 9/16 – A bonus guest post by Kathleen McCleary, which will also serve as an early Spotlight on Bookstores this week.  If you’ve read the novel, you may be curious about the origins of “The Hole in the Wall” bookstore …

Also, I’ll be announcing the winner of Joshua Henkin’s Matrimony today (enter by midnight on Monday 9/15 for your chance to win an inscribed copy of the paperback!)

And, if that’s not enough … today is the day that BBAW intereviews with bloggers will be online.  She Is Too Fond of Books will have a VIP guest that I’m thrilled to interview; now it’s your turn to get to know her better …

Wednesday 9/17 – BBAW award presentations begin today!  Click over to My Friend Amy’s blog for the complete schedule (her blog should be on your “Favorites” or in your Google Reader … read early, read often!).  I can’t wait to watch all the award-winners walk the red carpet … will Joan Rivers be there critiquing what everyone’s wearing?

Thursday 9/18 – I have a few reviews to post this week, look for The Madonnas of Leningrad and Guernica.  Interesting connection between these two novels, each has a story line that involves removing art from museums in order to protect the masterpieces during a war.  Read the Comments below to find out which museum and which war in each case.

Friday 9/19 – I’ll have my weekly Friday Finds post, sharing the books that have come into my life over the week.

And, ahoy, matey!  September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! (I’m not kidding!)  Practice your “yo ho ho”s and “arrr”s while reading one of our favorite children’s books, How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and illustrated by the ever-amusing David Shannon.  You can translate any phrase into pirate-speak at the official site of Talk Like a Pirate Day; try it, it’s fun!

OK, time for me to put my feet up and relax for a bit before the week begins 🙂  I’m going to just sit back and crack open a book …  What are you most looking forward to this week?!

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It’s that time of the week – when I sit down and figure out (roughly, sometimes very roughly!) what my week will look like.  Here’s what’s on tap this week:

Monday 9/8– Following this post is a post about my latest giveaway … author Joshua Henkin has generously offered a copy of his novel Matrimony, which was released in paperback at the end of last month.  Click the link on the sidebar to enter, or just scroll up!

Tuesday 9/9 – Tuesday Thingers time!  The Boston Bibliophile asks a question about our use of the features on LibraryThing; I never fail to learn new tips and tricks!  Speaking of LibaryThing … have you seen my challenge to read/review more LibraryThing authors?  Each book you read/review and link back to my challenge page earns you an entry into a drawing for a $20 gift card for (what else?!?) books!  Click the cute LT Author Challenge graphic to get to the details.

Wednesday 9/10 – This is it!  My little guy (now LM4, he just had a birthday), starts preschool today.  I’ll have four mornings a week by myself.  Of course I’ll spend a lot of the time running errands and doing weekly household “maintenance” like grocery shopping and cleaning, but I also want to slowly overhaul the house by “repurposing” a lot of our furniture and accessories – sometimes decorative items get stuck and stagnant in one place, so I want to shake it up a bit, a la one of those programs on HGTV.  Are there any books that can help me?!?

Thursday 9/11– My TriCon book group meets tonight to discuss The Worst Hard Time.  I’ll admit that I listened to about half the book on a car trip over Labor Day weekend; I still have to finish reading the rest of it.  Apparently there was a companion documentary on PBS that was excellent.  I was a history major, and this is my kind of history (military history doesn’t hold my interest, but social movements, migration, growth of cities – that talks to me!)

Friday 9/12– Hmmm, I notice I didn’t commit to posting reviews on any particular day.  I have several pending; that is, I’ve read the book and my review is “cooking” in my head.  I’ll have a few up this week; possibilities are The Worst Hard Time, The Madonnas of Leningrad, Guernica and a couple children’s books.  We’ll see what bubbles up!

Have a great week everyone!  If you’d like to join us in planning the week ahead, you can grab the graphic here.

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Monday 9/1 – September 1st!  Happy Labor Day!  Today I begin the LT Author Challenge, inspired by the Boston Bibliophile’s question last week, “who are your LibraryThing authors?”  A full explanation of the challenge is here; I’m still working on my list of books for the challenge, and will post it within the next few days.  What’s on your list?

Tuesday 9/2 – I learn more about LibraryThing in answering Marie’s weekly questions; what will it be today?

During the week I plan to post reviews for Debra Dean’s The Madonnas of Leningrad and Michael Greenberg’s Hurry Down Sunshine; perhaps a children’s book or two, as well.

Wednesday 9/3 – This week’s guest post for the Spotlight on Bookstores series is written by Lisa Roe, online book publicist.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is priceless; you’ve got to see the video clip that goes along with this post!

Thursday 9/4 – I’m the “baby” in the family, and still carry the weight of that nickname today.  The three sisters in Ellen Meister’s The Smart One were also given labels that they carried into adulthood.  Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a gift package appealing to the pretty one, the smart one and the wild one in all of us!

Friday 9/5 – Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for two copies of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler; the winners will recieve the book personally inscribed by the author!

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There’s still time to join us in planning “the week ahead”, and to enter to win a Page-A-Day Book Lover’s Calendar.  I picked up the calendar from our local bookstore, so I’m ready to send it out to the winner at the end of September.  Find the details here.

A snapshot of what may, or may not, happen in my life this week:

Monday 8/25/08 – To the Post Office to mail The Gargoyle to cheesygiraffe, the winner of the giveaway.  I’m sending my second (personal) copy to Kimberly at Fit at Forty Plus; Kimberly is unable to run (her passion) while she recovers from outpatient surgery, and really, really, really wants to read this book.  She has agreed to write a guest review for my blog and to mail back the book so I can read it … a win-win situation!

Tuesday 8/26/08 –If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for Tuesday Thingers … I wonder what the Boston Bibliophile has in store for us this week!?

Wednesday 8/27/08 – Whether you call it mid-week, hump day, or just plain ol’ Wednesday, in Boston it’s “Prince Spaghetti Day!” (Does anyone else remember those ads?!).  Wednesday means it’s time for an SOB – Spotlight on Bookstores.  Today Lori from Lori’s Reading Corner offers a guest post about the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton.

Thursday 8/28/08 – The Upsilamba book group, my friends in Connecticut, are meeting tonight to discuss Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank.  I was hoping to arrange a “field trip” down to see them, but it doesn’t look like it will work out.  The library has a copy that I requested, so I’ll try to read the book before Thursday, and maybe call in to chat about the book and catch up with those that weren’t in Boston for our “girls’ night out” last Friday.

Friday 8/29/08 – On Friday I’ll post my review of Ellen Meister’s The Smart One.  I’m doing this review as part of an author tour for Blog Stop Book Tours, the first time I’ve worked with this group.  Click on the link to see a list of other blogs that have reviewed The Smart One as part of this tour.  Along with the review I have a surprise for one lucky reader, to be announced with the review!

The Weekend – Best wishes to all for a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend.  Enjoy this unofficial last weekend of summer!

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There’s still time to join us in planning “the week ahead”, and to enter to win a Page-A-Day Book Lover’s Calendar.  Find the details here:

A snapshot of what may, or may not, happen in my life this week:

Monday – We were away this weekend, so much of my day will be spent recovering from that – laundry and grocery shopping!  We were down the Cape visiting with friends at their family’s beach “lodge” – thank you Hilary and Tony (et al!).  The original structure of the Lodge was built as a fishing shack in the 1700s, it has been extended and updated throughout the years and has quite a bit of character.  As soon as we pulled down the gravel driveway and saw the building I said, “It’s The Big House!”, which was met by my children eye-rolling “of course it’s a big house”.  No, it reminded me of my mental picture of The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home by George Howe Colt.

TuesdayTuesdayThingers, in which the Boston Bibliophile poses a question, somehow related to the LibraryThing site.  I also hope to have my review for Christopher Meeks’ short fiction collection, Months and Seasons, ready to post. 

Wednesday – I’ll post the next installment in my SOBs series, a photo and short blurb about R. Franklin Pyke Bookseller in Avalon, California, which was discovered by Lisa at Books on the Brain while on vacation recently.  We don’t have a lot of information about this bookstore; if you can add anything, feel free to Contact me or Comment on the post.  If there’s a special bookstore that you’d like to spotlight, please let me know!

Thursday – Tonight Book Club Girl will interview Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad.  If you have a quesion or comment for the author, you can call in (or e-mail your question to Book Club Girl ahead of time). 

Friday – Today’s the last day to enter the drawing for a copy of Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle.  The winner’s name will be posted on Saturday.

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Thanks to all who have expressed an interest in joining me in planning The Week Ahead, and who will enter to win the Page-A-Day Book Lover’s Calendar!  I’ve decided that my original way of counting entries would be a bookkeeping nightmare, and might discourage people who learn of the program late in August or even in September.  So, to simplify, one entry per week you play along, winner to be pulled at the end of September.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Read the details here!

Monday 8/11/08 – I finished reading Joshua Henkin’s Matrimony this weekend, and will be working on my review, hoping to have it posted by the end of the day today.  I enjoyed the novel as a good “slice of life” story – ups and downs in the characters’ lives, but nothing over-the-top … more to follow in my full review.

Tuesday 8/12/08 – what question will Marie pose in today’s Tuesday Thingers?  Also, I’m working on a new series of posts for She Is Too Fond Of Books.  I’m still working out the structure of it, but I’ll “unveil” it Tuesday, whatever state it’s in!  The acronym for the posts is SOBs … any guesses?!

Wednesday 8/13/08 – We’re meeting friends at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.  This is a contemporary art museum with a huge outdoor sculpture park.  We’ll bring a picnic lunch and walk around the grounds; if we’re very brave we may venture inside with the kids.  Not at all book-related, although they do sell books in the gift shop! 

Thursday 8/14/08 –Another library storytime scheduled for this morning!  We’ll return last week’s selection and bring home bags of new books.  I received an email that a book I had requested, Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson, is available for me to pick up.  This is our neighborhood book group’s pick for September.


Friday 8/15/08 –You may know how taken I was by Brunonia Barry’s The Lace Reader (read my review here).  She will be reading from the novel at the Barnes and Noble in Peabody tonight.  I’d love to go up to hear her presentation and ask her to sign my copy of the book.  My husband’s work schedule, babysitter availability, etc. will determine whether or not I’m able to get up there … my plans remain flexible but hopeful!

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Monday 8/4/08 – I’m inviting everyone to join me in planning The Week Ahead!  See my post just below this one, from earlier in the day.

Tuesday 8/5/08 – Marie, the Boston Bibliophile, hosts the weekly Tuesday Thingersquestion.  I learn new things about the LibraryThing system with every question she poses, and I think a little bit about my systems!

Wednesday 8/6/08 – I don’t have much “booked” this week.  Finishing up a review of Tan Linesand perhaps listing a giveaway (you’d like that, wouldn’t you?!).  We have to do a big shop at BJs (one of those warehouse stores like Costco, if you’re not familiar with it), so I’ll probably bribe encourage good behavior from the kids by letting them each choose a book from those huge enticing book tables.  Activity books would be especially good, since all our camps and swim lessons are over for the season

Thursday 8/7/08 – storytime at the library!  LM3 and LW6 enjoy these – our librarians are active and skilled at engaging the children.  Each storytime has a theme and generally includes a few books, a feltboard story, puppet show, and film.  There are always coloring pages to take home.  The library holds many children’s activities; this week also features an evening singalong at the branch library, and an evening “pajama time” story hour.  Our older kids enjoy the time browsing the stacks for their own selections.

Friday 8/8/08 – opening ceremonies for Olympics, will you be watching?

As I said, a fairly light week for me (this is Monday morning, anything could happen between now and Friday!).  Of course I have stacks of books to read, and I’ll post reviews as I write them.  What have you got on tap?

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I’ve had some wonderful responses to my The Week Ahead series of posts.  I’ve done them off and on over the past two months, and I realize how much it helps me to lay out a plan for the week; I feel more committed to at least heading in the direction of the plan, even if it doesn’t execute perfectly!

Remember that Seinfeld episode where Jerry makes a car reservation, but the car isn’t available for him when he goes to pick it up?  In exasperation he says to the rental agent, “See, you know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to *hold* the reservation and that’s really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody can just take them,” then he mimes snapping his hands in the air with a grabbing motion, “take, take, take, take, take!”  Well, that’s me without a calendar reminder to nudge me – I “take, take, take, take, take” good intentions, but don’t always hold them!

So, I invite you to join me in this adventure I call planning The Week Ahead.  I post mine on Monday for that week, Monday through Friday.  I jot down anything book-related that might be of interest, plus other non-book items I might want to share.  There’s not always an entry for every day; some weeks are like that … this is just a serving suggestion!

If you want to play along, grab the calendar graphic from the top of the page, and start planning your Week Ahead.  Comment on my post weekly when yours is up.  This is all about establishing a habit, so you’ll be entered in the drawing if you post a Week Ahead post for three of the four weeks in August and three of the five weeks in September.  (edited 8/18/08) The original plan looked like it would be a bookkeeping nightmare, so I’m simplifying – you’ll earn one entry for each week that you post a Week Ahead summary, at the end of September I’ll draw a winner!

The winner will receive a page-a-day Book Lover’s Calendar.  This is a nice desktop calendar with book and author factoids on every page.  Amaze your friends with literary trivia!

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Monday 7/28/08– Discussion of Dalia Sofer’s The Septembers of Shiraz begins today over at Everyday I Write the Book.  This is the first time I’ll be participating in one of Gayle’s on-line book groups, and I’m really looking forward to it.  The author will be responding to comments left on the discussion post; if you’ve read the book, pop on over and join in!

Tuesday 7/29/08The Lace Reader goes on sale!  I posted my review of this captivating novel yesterday.  I’m inspired to take a field trip up to Salem on one of these nice summer weekends, to more closely explore the area Brunonia Barry writes about.

Wednesday 7/30/08 – Oh, how embarrassing!  I’m heading to the Post Office today to mail my sister’s birthday gift, and I’ll be buying postcard stamps for those postcards I promised to send out.  I bought the cards right away (it’s a display at a local museum that I think will be of interest to book lovers!), but avoided the lines at the Post Office … they will be in the mail today (Wednesday).  I still have four unclaimed postcards, if you’d like one, leave a comment here, then click on the “contact me” tab at the top of the page to send a private message with your mailing address.

Thursday 7/31/08 – Last day to enter my drawing for The Genizah at the House of Shepher.  I have three copies of this engaging novel to give away!  A well-told tale spanning 150 years and four generations; read my review here and enter the contest here.  Drawing will be held and winners announced on Friday 8/1/08.

Friday 8/1/08 – August already, where is the summer going?!  Tonight I’ll be heading to a nearby Barnes & Noble with my 12-year-old “Little Woman” to enjoy the Vampire Prom and other festivities while she waits for Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn to go on sale at midnight.

Saturday 8/2/08 and Sunday 8/3/08 – It’s the weekend!  Reading and relaxing are high on my “to do” list; I’ll report back next week 🙂

What’s on your agenda this week – bookish or otherwise?

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