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A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. Franz Kafka

Friday, August 27, 2010

Finally Friday

Welcome Hoppers.  Personally I have kind of a limpy hop going on this week.  Have you ever been so exhausted at the end of the day that you had to take a little nap in the car while your significant other went in to Home Depot?  If so, you might be a teacher!  Nevertheless, it was a great week, and Friday means Silent Sustained Reading--so, it's all good.

Jennifer of Crazy for Books poses this question for the hop this week:  do you have a rating system for reviews?  I've posted about this in the past, but the short answer is no.  I choose not to use a rating system.  One reason for this is that I often write about classic books--imagine me deciding how many stars Steinbeck or Tolstoy should get!  I don't think so.

Now, get thee hence:  I have a guest post at Desert Book Chick, an awesome Aussie book blog run by the formidable Amanda.  When not blogging Amanda is an Anthropologist and Ranger in the Outback.  She has a pretty fascinating life, and her blog is a cool compendium of book reviews and blogging tips; plus she has a helpful newsletter you can sign up for. My guest post is all about my love of Russian novels.

Speaking of Russians, my first short story post about Chekhov kicked off my very own meme.  Unfortunately, I don't have the expertise to create a button, so I just have this graphic of which I am inordinately proud.  Does anyone want to hop on the bandwagon?  The Story on Thursdays will be a weekly feature.  Don't feel as though you have to commit to doing this every week, but if you're reviewing a short story collection, you might want to do it on a Thursday.  Then I just have to figure out this whole McLinky thing, and you can link your review to me.  So here's my not-a-button graphic:


Aisle B said...

Hey Ms Napper... i take naps due to my five year old running circles around me... oops just woke up and he's on YOUTUBE! Chekov and linkys good luck... i am so compter illerate..sending you good vibes on it :)
have a great weekend

Grad said...

Thanks for the link to Desert Book Chick! And yes, I know a little bit how you feel. I substitute taught for 3 days and realized it was the hardest work I would ever do. I don't think there was a part of me that didn't ache.

tediousandbrief said...

I actually was just looking into creating a button for my site and saw a site that gave directions on how to make one, but I don't have the link for it. :(

I rarely read short stories, but I do have one review written out already for one I read earlier this summer...I just haven't gotten around to posting it.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Just hopping by...and I guess that was your guest post I read on the Russians. I went through my Russian period (and soon I just revisit those guys!).

I grabbed your graphic, because I may have a short story collection to review soon...I am getting ready to read Give Me Your Heart, by Joyce Carol Oates (short stories).

Plus...I have a couple other collections around on my stacks.

BTW, I'm a fan of Desert Book Chick.

If you want to find my hop, I'm here:


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I see that I should have reread my comment before submitting it!

I meant to say...soon I should revisit those guys! (the Russians).

DJ D. said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my site to say hi! I'm returning the gesture... HI! :-) I hope you have a great weekend!

Judith said...

I have always loved the Russians, too. In my senior year of high school, I read War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and many more.

I read Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak when I was barely 15 and am preparing to read it again when the new translation is published this fall.

But I have a HUGE question. And any thoughts you have will be welcome. Please tell me how, how, how to find the time to read, read, read, in the midst of a demanding teaching life. I'd love to hear your personal strategies, if you have time to tell me, that is!

Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

Unknown said...

Thank you for hopping by my blog! I have not read much of the classics - only a few here and there.

Happy reading

Izzy G. said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :) You have an interesting meme, and I'll be sure to remember it the next time I review short stories.