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Showing posts with label The Big Read. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Big Read. Show all posts

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Challenges. . . and Battles!

Okay, that puzzle for the contest was totally fun. You should try it.

A couple of other exciting tidbits: I did quite the happy dance when I got a mysterious package yesterday... containing...(oh, I'm excited just TYPING about it!) Blackbringer and Silksinger! Blackbringer comes out in paperback on May 14, and Silksinger will be published September 17. I'm seriously thrilled to read it and review it for you.

But I can't do that just yet. Jacob is "asking for a challenge. . . or a battle!" (oh Strong Bad, we love you). He challenged me to read a book that HE picked, before I read anything else. So. Right now I'm reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and I'm loving it. I'm going to have to pause to read The Maltese Falcon though, now that Jacob is done with it. I mean, I'm hosting a book club for it! I HAVE to read it. And I want to.

So what should I challenge Jacob to read? I'm kind of thinking Eclipse would be good. . .

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Big Read 2009: The Maltese Falcon

Our local library, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, is sponsoring The Big Read! This year my community is reading The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.

I think the idea of having the whole community read one book is awesome. I like the idea that I could say "So, what page are you on?" to a random person in the grocery store and start up a conversation. A big part of why I read the books that I do is so that I can talk about them. That is one reason I read many new books, and probably the only reason I've read some of the classics. I want to know what all the fuss is about, so to speak. And, you know, toss in my two cents.

So, find out what your library is reading for The Big Read this year! I know my mom's library is doing Esperanza Rising; that's a good one. And if you want to read The Maltese Falcon, we should talk about it! Maybe I'll do a post where we can chat about it in the comments thread or something, later this month. And if you live near me, I'm having a party at my place on Apr 24! You can email me for details.
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