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I’m half way through First Among Sequels and loving it (Thursday Next has long been my hero) and am very tempted to try to get to one of these author appearances except that we’re booked all day Saturday in a class and the others are just a bit too far to go to…  sigh.

Saturday, JULY 28th
M is for Mystery

Sunday, JULY 29th
Capitola Book Cafe

Monday, JULY 30th
Stacey’s Bookstore

Monday, JULY 30th
Books Inc. Opera Plaza


Posted on: July 22, 2007

Spent the day reading HP#7 and hate that I can’t talk about it with anyone until they’re all done too.  Mom called about an hour ago when she finished, but I still had a chunk to go so now I have to wait until she’s back from dinner and calls again.

I just have to say that it was very very very good and that knowing that it is the last in the series is a very hard thing to cope with.  Its always hard getting to the end of one of the books, but we always knew that another would soon be coming…  sigh.

Now I had better go eat something since I seem to have forgotten to do anything but read the book all day…

So exciting! I found out today through today’s Jasper Fforde Newsletter that the next Thursday Next book is due out on July 24th (perfect timing since I should be done with HP#7 by then and needing something else to look forward to! … and then of course there’s Eclipse (Twlight)to look for in August..)

Yes, she’s back! For those of you who might have dropped under the Fforde-New-Book-Radar, “First Among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel” is due to be published in the United States on July 24th. As the title of the novel suggests this is the first book of the second Thursday Next volume, and will be followed in due course by the remaining titles, interspersed with other Fforde absurdisms.

Hurray! She is one of my all-time favorite book characters and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

HP #5

Posted on: July 14, 2007

We went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this morning along with Karen, Herb, Rosanne and her son, and Emy & Ray (and a theater full of other people from work since it was a special showing). The movie, of course, was awesome. I just wish I had reread the book beforehand (since they do have to leave out SO much!) but when I got home I couldn’t resist dipping into book #6 which I will be very happy to reread before next Saturday’s book comes out.

As good as the movies are, the books are just so much better. I was completely sucked back in from the first page and looked up 200 pages later to realize it was probably time to do some of the work I am supposed to do today.

Emy, Ray and the Simpsons
Emy and Ray pose with the Simpsons after the movie.

If I didn’t have to be at work tomorrow afternoon…

CLEARANCE BOOK SALE at the Library. Wednesday, June 20, 1-6 pm
Stock up on summer reading. Find books for school libraries. Pick up bargains for non-profits.

Friends of the Morgan Hill Library last book sale in the old building (17575 Peak Avenue).
1-4 pm $1 per bag. All remaining books FREE 4-6 pm.
Use rear entrance from Main Avenue, as old library is closed.

Just got back from Day 2 of this year’s Book Group Expo. The sessions I attended today were:

Anna Quindlen

Opening Salon: Rise and Shine, the True Meaning of Success, and the Qualities that Matter Most
with the always fantastic Anna Quindlen who was in perfect form


with Firoozeh Dumas (we read her book Funny in Farsi in our book club at work) and Roy Blount Jr. — both had all us rolling in the aisles

Fashion Show

The Book Group From Hell Surprises Us Again!
which turned out to be a fashion show of 12 authors dressed either in the spirit of one of their characters or in what they typically wear when writing

Kicking Butt

Kicking Butt: Against All Odds in a Man’s World
with Barbara Mead, Donna Woolfolk Cross, Anita Amirrezvani, Janie Cooke Newman, and Samina Ali — all of whom had books with great women characters

and then ducked out again before the final session.

And, completely surprisingly, I ended up winning a great prize in yesterday’s raffle drawing — dinner for 6 at Dinner My Way, one of those make-your-dinners-there places (like the one Brian and Karen treated us to with a yet-to-be-claimed gift-certificate), which I think I’ll invite my team to work for (since one Karen from work deserves the prize as much as me). It came in this HUGE insulated bag (which I got a zillion questions about from everyone as I carried it around all day.)

Raffle Prize

This weekend is the Book Group Expo here in San Jose. Karen and I went last year as well, and once again ran into quite a few people I knew from the library.

The sessions I attended today were:

Opening Salon
Opening Salon: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been
With (L -> R) Sara Davidson, Po Bronson, Elizabeth Gilbert and Sam Berry

Beats, Shoots, and Bleeds

Beats, Shoots, and Bleeds
With (L -> R) Eddie Muller, Cara Black, Erika Mailman, Kemble Scott and Peter Plate

Anthology Readings

Anthology Readings
With (L -> R) Eric Brandt, Karen Stabiner, Jane Ganahl, Victoria Zackheim, Ellen Sussman, Lolly Winston and Eddit Muller (not pictured)


Twentieth Century Classics Salon

Twentieth Century Classics
With (L -> R) Kathleen Caldwell, Jennifer Kaufman, Kira Stevens and Diana Loevy

And I was going to go to one more session but ended up hanging out in the marketplace talking to Paul (who was staffing the SCC booth) instead and then leaving a bit early so I could rush back and visit the old library old more time before they close for good.

Paul at Book Group Expo

Mom forwarded along an announcement that HarperCollins has teamed up with, the eminent community for women bloggers, to launch a three-month virtual book tour. Beginning February 11, HarperCollins will promote the first of nine titles via BlogHer. Three times a month, at least 25 review copies of a new title will be sent to members of the community who request them through BlogHer’s Virtual Book Tour Page, located at Bloggers are invited to post their reviews and participate in book title discussions on their own blogs and on, which includes a directory of more than 7,100 blogs.

The titles that will be promoted in the Virtual Book Tour include: Babyproofing Your Marriage by Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neill, and Julia Stone; Diaper-Free Baby by Christine Gross-Loh; What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman; Good Kids, Bad Habits by Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg; Men May Come and Men May Go, but Ive Still Got My Little Pink Raincoatby Gigi Anders; Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life by Dale Vicky Atkins and Barbara Scala; Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat by Meredith Jacobs; Raw Food Life Force Energy by Natalia Rose; and How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mameve Medwed.

… and of course Dr. Dale is a good friend of my Mom’s, which makes this even more fun to check into!

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I’m horribly overdue on chronicling the books I’ve been reading — I haven’t posted anything since before our trip, so I’ll probably miss some now, but here are some of them:

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan
(Dad and Jane gave me their copy months ago and I finally got to it on the trip and really enjoyed it)

The Labyrinth
by Kate Moss

A Letter of Mary: A Mary Russell Novel
by Laurie R. King
I meant to grab the one where they go to the Middle East, but instead this one follows that one and deals with a mystery left to them by a friend they had met there

Bandit Queen Boogie
by Sparkle Hayter
great fun, 2 friends traveling around Europe

Maximum Ride : The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
Can’t believe I haven’t read this series before — will now have to go read the sequels, left it for Hanna to try

Tortilla Curtain
by T.C. Boyle

Zen And the Art of Crossword Puzzles: A Journey Down And Across
by Nikki Katz

shoot, wish I could remember any others… they may come back to me.

Now I’m reading Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood of Traveling Pants) by Ann Brashares and have a pile of crossword puzzle related books that I’m hoping to read before Puzzle Day… but I’ve been doing event organizing instead of much reading the last few weeks… I do have some long plane rides coming up in March to stock up for though…

Update: oops, one more I remembered just now:
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
by Susan Orlean

Its time again for Silicon Valley Reads, where the people here all read and discuss one book. This year’s pick was Tortilla Curtain, which I finished on Friday night just in time to go to the Morgan Hill event Saturday morning. Here are a few photos from the event, the group watched a video taped interview with the author and then had a discussion led by a professor of Latin American studies.


Its also our February pick for the bookclub at work, and its my turn to lead the discussion (last Wed of the month).

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