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Friday, September 23, 2011

This and That Thursday - September 22, 2011

A little bit late, but here it is!

This and That Thursday is a (somewhat weekly) roundup of interesting personal tidbits and items that I find around the Web (mostly bookish).  Hopefully, you'll find something of interest in the following items!

I've been working and volunteering part-time, so I'm trying to keep my blog flow going (it's taking some adjusting). My email is backed up to high heaven, so if I haven't gotten back to you, give me until the weekend!

Next week, I have a final interview for a job that I applied for some time ago (I'll be shadowing someone for a few hours, then going on my own, then I'll find out if I'm hired for [finally!] full-time permanent position, so I'll really need to get my act together then) - wish me luck; I need the benefits (and the pay, too!)

12 days of gifts galore giveaway hop

Mark your calendars for the 12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway Hop will be hosted by Tales From the Nursery,Formula Mom, Matter of Cents, and Mama on a Green Mission. It will run from November 25th through December 6th. I'm not certain whether or not I will be participating as a host, but right now there are 145 blogs signed up to participate, all with a minimum giveaway value of $25.  If you'd like to be a participating blogger (more traffic for you, always a great thing!) - go here to sign up.

A quick little article over at the Wall Street Journal about Amazon talking to publishers about launching a Netflix-like digital book rental program.

Interesting concept? What do you think?

Simon and Schuster Wanderlust

Simon and Schuster has introduced Wanderlust, which they describe as a monthly book club sampler of some of their newest releases, whether initial hardback releases or new paperback releases.  This month's selections are:  Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo, Wildflower Hill
by Kimberley Freeman, The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum,  The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais, The Distant Hours by Kate Morton This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park, and An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy.

Pretty good selection, eh?  I have for review:  Wildflower Hill, The Dovekeepers, and This Burns My Heart.  I've reviewed Amaryllis in Blueberry, and The Distant Hours.  I would LOVE to read An Atlas of Impossible Longing.  

Publisher's Weekly

Very cool article in Publisher's Weekly about bringing books to the outdoors through Story Walks!  Basically, pages from books are enlarged, laminated, and placed along park walks to encourage both physical activity AND literacy!  Seriously, how cool is that?

Christmas in September

While I realize September is almost over, This That and the Other Thing is hosting a Christmas in September event where you can link up your old or new reviews on Christmas-related books!  You can even win prizes!

Many of us have LOTS of books - review books, personal books, etc. that are in great shape.  Candace's Book Blog is asking for donations to Pine Ridge Reservation of new or gently used (less than five years old) books for all ages.  Pine Ridge is one of the organizations I do charity knitting and crocheting for.  If you know anything about America's reservations, you know that for many people who live there, life is difficult and resources are scarce.  (You really need to click her link to read the full article; Pine Ridge is one of the poorest reservations in the nation - it's sad that any Americans live in such destitute conditions). 

If you have great books that you'd usually put on Paperback Swap or Goodreads swap or that you would otherwise donate, think about donating to this worthy cause.

That's all for this week's edition!  Let me know if you find anything of interest!


  1. I would love to rent digital books if the price were right. My library has a digital book section but the pickings aren't so great. You would think they would have popular books.

    I will check out Wanderlust. I so want to read Wildflower Hill.

    Good luck on the job interview. Anyone would be blessed to have you as their employee!

  2. @Beth(bookaholicmom)

    Thanks so much for the vote of confidence on the new job! I have been pretty much long-term unemployed for 4-5 years, with spates of temporary jobs, but I really miss working full-time.


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