“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” – Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
“Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.” — Alan Moore
“Tell all truth but tell it slant.” – Emily Dickinson
“You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair,” said Anne reproachfully. “People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is.”
– Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I’ve always felt a fondness for Anne. Poor little Anne who tried so hard to be good, but was so curious and sometimes let her temper get the better of her. Reminds me of me. I also always loved her for her red hair and her “Anne with an e” bit – my middle name is Anne. Yep, with an E.
“An author doesn’t necessarily understand the meaning of his own story better than anyone else.”
– Lewis Carroll
For this challenge, I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Book Thief, and The Eight. They were all very good. I probably wouldn’t have picked up ANY of them on my own, but I’m glad I read them. I think my over-all favorite was The Book Thief, but The Eight was so very intriguing. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was quite a different change of pace for me, though a good read as well.
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”
If you follow along for the festivities of BBAW at My Friend Amy, you will find many chances to win LOTS of goodies! Like what? Well have a look below. All of these things will be given away between September 15-19. There will be a huge variety of ways to win them and giveaways will be announced constantly throughout the week. So be sure to check in often!
A HUGE thank you to Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group USA, Harlequin, The B&B Media Group, Shera of SNS Blog Design, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, Catherine Delors, Pamela Binnings Ewen, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Ceceilia Dowdy, Sormag, Book Club Girl, Savvy Verse and Wit, Cafe of Dreams, Fashionista Piranha, and Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?.
Read on for the list:
- Monday–Books and Chocolate sponsored by My Friend Amy and Hey Lady! Whatcha’ Readin?
- Tuesday–Books and Going Green sponsored by My Friend Amy
- Wednesday–Books and Coffee sponsored by My Friend Amy
- Thursday–Books and Charity sponsored by My Friend Amy and Fashionista Piranha
- Friday–Books and Movies sponsored by My Friend Amy
Win a Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit!
Do you find it’s your turn to host book club and not only do you not know what to serve but you don’t know what books to offer up for the next month’s selection?! Let Book Club Girl come to your rescue with the Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit.
One lucky winner of the kit will receive:
- A basket of cheese, crackers, cookies and wine for up to 12 people
- 5 great book group books to vote on for your group’s next pick. And Book Club Girl will then donate 12 copies whichever book is chosen for your entire group to read.
- 12 Book Club Girl mousepads to give out as party favors that night
- 12 Book Club Girl bookmarks to mark everyone’s favorite passages
- 12 Book Club Girl coasters to protect your coffee table from all those wine glasses!
TWO SORMAG Goody Bags containing books and more!
A Special Pamper Me Basket from Cafe of Dreams!
From Avon Foot Works:
- Inflatable watermelon shaped foot tub
- 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Cooling Foot Lotion
- 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Exfoliating Foot Scrub
- 12 count Watermelon Effervescent Foot Tablets
- An ARC of So Long At The Fair by Christina Schwarz
- A variety of Hot Chocolate and Tea mixes
A pre-made blog template from SNSDesign
A Subscription to Poetry Magazine from Savvy Verse and Wit
- A is for Atticus by Lorilee Craker
- A Tale Out of Luck by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely
- Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris
- After the Fire by Robin Gaby Fisher
- An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
- Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton
- Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky
- Border Lass by Amanda Scott
- Branding Only Works on Cattle by Jonathan Salem Baskin
- by George by Wesley Stace
- Cobain Unseen by Charles R. Cross
- Confessions of a Contractor by Richard Murphy
- Dead Boys by Richard Lange
- Dewey by Vicki Myron
- Doing Business in 21st Century India by Gunjan Bagla
- Dream in Color by Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez
- Every Freaking! Day With Rachell Ray by Elizabeth Hilts
- Exit Music by Ian Rankin
- Fixing Hell By Col. (ret.) Larry C. James
- Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
- Gunmetal Black by Daniel Serrano
- Harlequin Titles: To Be Announced
- He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan
- He Loves Me! by Wayne Jacobson
- Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh
- How to Hear from God by Joyce Meyer
- Hungry for More by Diana Holquist
- Insatiable Desire by Rita Heron
- Isolation by Travis Thrasher
- John’s Quest by Cecelia Dowdy
- Keep the Faith by Faith Evans
- Knowing Right from Wrong by Thomas D. Williams
- Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward
- Mike’s Election Guide by Michael Moore
- Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
- Move On, Move Up by Paula White
- Never Surrender by General Jerry Boykin
- Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life by Caroline Pigozzi
- Pure by Rebecca St. James
- Right Livelihoods by Rick Moody
- Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
- Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn
- So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobson and Dave Coleman
- Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
- The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
- The Book of Calamities by Peter Trachtenberg
- The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
- The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
- The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez
- The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
- The Last Under-Cover: The True Story of an FBI Agent’s Dangerous Dance with Evil By Bob Hamer
- The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
- The Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
- The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen
- The Rosary by Gary Jansen
- The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley
- The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik
- The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
- The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
- Trespassers Will Be Baptized by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock
- Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
- War as They Knew It by Michael Rosenberg
- When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
- Wild Boy: My Life with Duran Duran by Andy Taylor
- With Endless Sight by Allison Pittman
Many other blogs are giving away books and prizes for BBAW as well! You can see the links to all of these giveaways here.
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For Weekly Geeks this week, we’re supposed to post a quote a day for a week, starting on the day we sign up. This is good… it’ll get me back in the habit of posting regularly.
I thought I’d start off with a quote from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (erm… by J.K. Rowling, but you all knew that).
“Well, obviously, she’s feeling very sad, because of Cedric dying. Then I expect she’s feeling confused because she liked Cedric and now she likes Harry, and she can’t work out who she likes best. Then she’ll be feeling guilty, thinking it’s an insult to Cedric’s memory to be kissing Harry at all, and she’ll be worrying about what everyone else might say about her if she starts going out with Harry. And she probably can’t work out what her feelings towards Harry are, anyway, because he was the one who was with Cedric when Cedric died, so that’s all very mixed up and painful. Oh, and she’s afraid she’s going to be thrown off the Ravenclaw Quidditch team because she’s been flying so badly.”
A slightly stunned silence greeted the end of this speech, then Ron said, “One person can’t feel all that at once, they’d explode.”
“Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have, ” said Hermione nastily, picking up her quill again.
I particularly like this quote because it illustrates – for those who have “the emotional range of a teaspoon” – what it is like to be caught up in a range of emotions all at once. Sometimes, I can feel overly emotional and overwhelmed by it all.