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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I'm at BEA & You're Not

That was so rude of me, wasn't it?  To make it up to you, I've dedicated a page just to live streaming the conference so you can feel like you're there.  Not sure of what BEA stands for or what it is?  Check out this post, then follow along here or by clicking on the BEA 2013 Live Stream tab at the top of the page. 

That's still not enough?  Okay, the lists of authors I want to see and books I want to nab are pretty short, so if you click on the links below and find author autographs or books that you want, let me know and I'll make every effort to grab them for you.  Limit your requests to no more than two books and one autograph.

Authors at BEA

Books at BEA

I'll try to post on the blog, but I'm not sure how much time I'll have for that.  I'll definitely be live tweeting my time at BEA and in New York, in general, so be sure to follow me on Twitter (@Reads4Pleasure) for updates.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

10 Fun Facts About Walter Mosley & His Works

The great one came to town and I was there! This was my first time seeing him in person and I had no idea he was so funny.  He read the first chapter of his latest book, Little Green, entertained questions for about 30 minutes and autographed books.  Along the way, he dropped some interesting tidbits, some of which I've read in other interviews and some I've never heard before.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#BookReview: The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison

Real life is really messy.  If anyone knows that, Neil Kazenzakis does.  Up until the day his wife is injured in a life altering event, Neil would have sworn he had the perfect life.  A perfect wife, a perfect son, a job that wasn't his first choice but still enjoyable, good in laws and great neighbors made for a fairly enjoyable life.  And then things got messy.
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Monday, May 20, 2013

#BookReview: Wedding Night - Sophie Kinsella

Some people will do anything to get married. Lottie is absolutely, positively sure that Richard is about to put a ring on it.  So sure of it that she's told her office mates, her sister and strangers in the bathroom, and yet, her boyfriend has no such plans.  What's a girl to do when she's made a complete and utter fool of herself?  Well, she marries the next man that asks her!
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

#BookReview: Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I began stalking her publisher back in October when I learned that a new book by Adichie was coming out in May.  Seriously, I checked her publisher's list of available ARCs daily.  Then came the day in February that it was finally available.  I downloaded quickly, started reading it and stopped.  It was good, really good, but I was afraid to read it too quickly because once I was done with it, I knew it would be another three years or so before I got another book from her.  So I read it slowly over three months and savored every word in it.
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Monday, May 13, 2013

#BookReview: Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery - Walter Mosley

When he went over a cliff in Blonde Faith, most readers thought they'd never seen Easy Rawlins again.  It's been quite awhile since we last heard about Easy, so our fears were founded.  Never fear, six years later, Mosley has brought Easy back to his legion of fans and he's better than ever.
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Friday, May 10, 2013

#BookReview: gods in Alabama - Joshilyn Jackson

When Rose Mae Lolley went looking for Jim Beverly, her high school boyfriend, to solve her problems with her husband, all roads led her to Arlene Fleet.  Arlene was the last person in Fruton to see Jim Beverly alive and Rose Mae was determined to find out where he went.  What Rose Mae didn't know, and what readers like me didn't know, was that Jim Beverly would never be found because he'd never left town.
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Monday, May 6, 2013

#BookReview: The Storyteller - Jodi Picoult

It's been quite awhile since I was blown away by a Jodi Picoult novel.  In fact, I haven't enjoyed some of her most recent books and didn't even bother reading Lone Wolf.  Picoult has a tendency to get really wrapped up in a story line and then bog the reader down with the details because she wants to share every single thing she learned while researching the subject matter.  At those times, her work seems less like fiction and more like a text book.  So when The Storyteller popped up on my ARC list, I downloaded it, but ignored it for months.  I finally got around to reading it and WOW!  The Jodi Picoult I used to love is back.
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Friday, May 3, 2013

New York Bound for BEA!

In a few weeks, New York will be overrun with book lovers and I'll be one of them!  Ever since I started blogging, I've wanted to attend BookExpo America.  Their website describes it as, "the #1 event in North American publishing and the ideal place for content creators and consumers to discover new books/titles, meet favorite and new authors, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those have a passion for books and reading." I call it a chance to hang out with my book blogging partner in crime, JNic aka @litfangrl, while we drool over soon to be released books and stalk some of our favorite authors.

There's also a book blogger's conference the first day, so I'm hoping to come back with plenty of new ideas to keep you guys interested and engaged. If you'll be in the New York area and you're interested in attending, but don't want to stay for the whole conference, there's a Power Reader event on June 1 that will allow you access to the convention floor.  I'm planning to take in a few Broadway shows and do a little sightseeing, but if you're going to be around for BEA or live in the area, I'd love to meet you, so please don't hesitate to reach out.

Last, but not least, I've toyed with the idea of providing a monthly newsletter for those that don't have time to read full reviews, but want to know what I've reviewed for the month.  I've also thought about a newsletter that highlights upcoming releases.  I know Goodreads does this by genre, but wondered if my readers might like something along that line that focuses on authors and characters of color.  Fill out the survey below and let me know.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Reader & Her Favorite Librarian...A Love Story

Okay, I was a little extra with that title, but if you've been reading this blog for a few years, you know that I love the library.  St. Louis has an amazing public library system and I actually feel sorry for people that live in places where libraries cut hours and close branches.  We have 17 branches here that are open year-round and seven of them are even open on Sundays.

A few years ago I wrote a post about why I'd never quit the library for ebooks.  Well, the St. Louis library offers the option to download ebooks, audio books and mp3s at home, but I still like to drop by my neighborhood branch and the main library to peruse the shelves and find hidden gems that are easy to overlook when browsing online.  The main library closed two years ago, not because there wasn't enough funding or interest for it.  It closed for a $ 70 million renovation!
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