Here's what I read this week.
Jen at Devourer of Books reviewed Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Although novel takes place "in cosmopolitan Shanghai, as well as Los Angeles, in the first half of the 20th century," instead of a more traditional setting, I'm looking forward to reading it.
Shelly at Write for a Reader reviewed The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. It's about a teen who "gets chosen to star on the Laguna Beach-style reality show filmed at her school." Sounds like another good one from the authors of the Nanny Diaries. And Shelly is also hosting a giveaway of a signed copy of the book.
Carrie at Books and Movies adds to my wish list every time she writes a best-of post. This week it's Favorite Memoirs, Part One. There are some new-to-me books on this list, and I'll be looking for them at the library.
Nicole from Linus's Blanket reviewed the thriller Fault Line by Barry Eisler. Here's what she had to say: "The writing was crisp, flowed smoothly and was engaging and accessible even as it explored darker family themes, war and violence." I don't usually read thrillers, but this one is now on my list.
Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea reviewed The Visibles by Sarah Shepard. It's a coming-of-age story, and "[t]he theme of family, loss, and how family background and situations affects each of us deeply is prevalent throughout this story."
Meghan from Medieval Bookworm reviewed The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez. If this quote from Meghan's review doesn't get you, then nothing will: "This is a lovely, lovely book. It’s carefully written in measured, beautiful prose, allowing the impact of the emotions that the characters are feeling to sweep the reader away more than telling us that it should. The setting is gorgeous. I could feel the warm breeze in Panama and the chill in Chicago’s winter. I could see the Panama Canal for myself for the first time."
Lisa from Books on the Brain wants to know if you are a skimmer or a reader when it comes to getting through through blog list every day. See what everyone else said and then leave your own comment.
Have you read any of the Stephenie Plum books? If so, Carrie from Books and Movies want to know: Ranger or Morelli? Come on, tell us who you would pick.
Do you Tweet? Natalie from Book, Line and Sinker wants to know the pros and cons of being on Twitter.
Swapna at S. Krishna's Books has started a new series on book-trading sites on the Internet. Her first post is an overview of book trading and her second post focuses on Paperback Swap. If you're new to trading (like I am), this series is something to bookmark.
Keira at Love Romance Passion gives you sixteen tips for reading more books. Check them out.
For those wanting to know how to add tabs to a Blogger blog I stared with Blogger Buster and played around from there. If your template currently doesn't allow you to add gadgets above or below your header you need to change the "showaddelement" lines from no to yes. There are two of these in the header section of your template.
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Indiebound has summer reading suggestions for kids and adults.
Steph from Reviewer X is giving away all the Elizabeth Scott books. I don't even want to tell you about it because I want to win. Anyway, head on over to Steph's blog and read all about it. And while you are there read Pub Story and Favorite Kind of Romance. Heck, just read Steph's blog.
Molly from My Cozy Book Nook had a great Q&A post about why we blog.
If you haven't read the Enola Holmes mystery series, here's your chance to get started. Ruth from Bookish Ruth is giving away the first three books in the series.
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