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Dear friends,

After a months of reflection and work, I've decided to move this blog over to Wordpress. I just can't do the things I want to do on Livejournal or Dreamwidth. Wordpress is letting me customize a lot more, plus it has an actual search box. I still have more planned for it, but please take a look and let me know what you think:

Here's my most recent post, on my old favorite, The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

I'm still planning to post at least to LJ when I put new things up on Wordpress, so if you only use LJ, you can still keep up. I think that pretty much everyone who reads me on Dreamwidth uses LJ, too, but you can let me know if that isn't the case.

Thanks so much for reading with me!
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Eight years ago yesterday, I put up my first book review posts. Here they are ported over to Dreamwidth. Note in my second posting of pregnancy books my up-front denials of pregnancy. Mr. Froggy Pants was born that November. I wrote 26 posts that first year, although I covered more than one book in most of the posts. I have no idea how many books I have reviewed in total.

I fell into this book blogging thing somewhat accidentally. Now, when I see new book bloggers they seem to have a formal mission statement and a marketing plan, two things I’ve never really nailed down, as well as a professionally designed blog. But here’s what I’ve been thinking about:

Everybody deserves a good book to read, and often life is too hectic to spend time chasing down the just right book. Kids deserve good books. Parents deserve good books. Parents deserve books to read to their kids that won’t drive them crazy. Non-parent adults deserve good books, too, and if I know you and your tastes, I’ll keep an eye out for books for you, too. For myself, as a parent, I look for books to entertain; to help me parent better and meet a few other informational needs; as well as daydream books of crafts, gardening, and cooking. I read for myself and hope that my reviews here will help people (parents and otherwise) to find books that they, too, will fall in love with.

I left the board whose prompting led me to start this blog shortly after Mr. Froggy Pants was born, though I still wonder how those women are doing. The group of mostly mothers that I spent every Thursday with, Parenting Arts, fell apart as our older children started school. Their educated yet easy-going approach to attachment-style or natural parenting still informs my choice in parenting books. My dozen or so loyal readers (at least, those who let me know when I’ve inspired them to track down a book) are in my thoughts, too, and I smile when I know I’ve found a book that one of you will enjoy.

Thank you, readers new and old, for reading with me.

Cross-posted to and .
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…aka linky time.

Charlotte at Charlotte’s Library does this wonderful and I’m quite sure time-consuming round-up of blog reviews of middle grade science-fiction and fantasy books, as well as related interviews and news. She does this every week. I think I might have mentioned before that I have a crush on her (in a book blog sort of way) and this is one of the many reasons why. Here’s this week’s round-up.

I recently joined the mail group for kid lit bloggers, Kidlitosphere (I know, I review grown-up books, too… but give me time). They do lots and lots of weekly memes which I could join, like Poetry Friday and Interview Wednesday. (I ask you, loyal readers, would you be interested in an author interview here? What kind of author would you be most interested in?) Anyway, I sent in one of this month’s children’s lit posts for their monthly Carnival of Children’s Literature, which they were kind enough to include. The November Carnival is at Wrapped in Foil.

Not too long ago, I was asked to fill out a survey about my daughter. One of the things they asked was how many books she owned, by which they meant how many children’s books were in our home. We did a rough guesstimate based on the number of shelves and came out at a couple hundred. That’s with me trying to keep our collection minimal and only buying books that I think we’ll love and keep going back to for a very long time.

You might remember earlier this year when I asked you to help with the Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou High School in Washington, DC. At that time, they had only one book per student. Now, thanks to everyone’s generosity, it’s up to four. But the ALA recommends eleven per student minimum, so the Guy’s Lit Wire is now hosting a Holiday Book Fair for them. You can read more about it, or just go over to Powell’s and go shopping. Thanks so much in advance for considering it.
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I found a new template for my site. I'm not entirely happy with it, but it's better than the old one. And it has a nifty tag cloud, so you can look for topics of interest - fantasy or parenting or whatever - and get a list of books with that tag. Of course, it's only as good as my tags, but it's something. Let me know what you think!

Also, erratum: I mistakenly conflated Thomas and Milton Friedman in my review of The Shock Doctrine. Mea culpa! Um, they have the same last name and write books on globalization. [ profile] charles_midair will be happy to hear that Thomas, the author of The World is Flat is still alive and well. My only consolation is that I didn't throw in Kinky Friedman.


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