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The Sunday Post (5)

The Sunday Post is an original feature/meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead (description & feature by Kimba).

Last Week on LMB

Last week was amazing.  On Wednesday, I got to go to an author signing and meet one of my favorite (living) authors, Shannon Hale.  Shannon is best known for her children’s book, The Goose Girl, and one of her adult novels, Austenland, is currently in theaters.  Meeting Shannon Hale deserved its own blog post so you can read about Shannon Hale’s visit to St. Louis here.

As some of you know, I am also participating in a local writing group and had a unique opportunity to fill in for our group leader who was out of town last Monday. I started talking about the revision process but that branched out into a conversation about track changes, how to accept critiques and some articles from Writer’s Digest on revision and query letters. Very cool.

Coming up here in November, I will be on a panel of writers talking about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which I successfully did for the first time last November.  More details on that to come!

Fresh From the Stacks

In my profession, I have hundreds of books cross my desk on a daily basis. It can be a challenge not to pick up and browse every single book that looks great … so I’ve made a list. 🙂

Here are some suggested titles for your TBR lists based on this week’s finds. Book descriptions provided by Amazon or GoodReads (credit given).

It’s amazing what a couple of dollars can still buy if you look in the right places.  This week, I found four great books for $2.00.  TWO DOLLARS.  Check out my stash:

clare_clockwork_princeThe Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Condition: Brand-new

In magical Victorian London, orphan Tessa found safety with the Shadowhunters, until traitors betray her to the Magister. He wants to marry her, but so do self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem. Mage Magnus Bane returns to help them. Secrets to her parentage lie with the mist-shrouded Yorkshire Institute’s aged manager Alyosius Starkweather. (GoodReads)
wagner_degasDancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner

Condition: Ex-library copy, paperback, no dog ears.
In the City of Lights, at the dawn of a new age, begins an unforgettable story of great love, great art—and the most painful choices of the heart.

With this fresh and vibrantly imagined portrait of the Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, readers are transported through the eyes of a young Parisian ballerina to an era of light and movement. An ambitious and enterprising farm girl, Alexandrie joins the prestigious Paris Opera ballet with hopes of securing not only her place in society but her family’s financial future. Her plan is soon derailed, however, when she falls in love with the enigmatic artist whose paintings of the offstage lives of the ballerinas scandalized society and revolutionized the art world. As Alexandrie is drawn deeper into Degas’s art and Paris’s secrets, will she risk everything for her dreams of love and of becoming the ballet’s star dancer? (GoodReads)
iggulden_dangerous_boysThe Dangerous Book for Boys by Gonn Iggulden

Condition: Ex-library copy, hardcover, some minor wear on corner of cover and spine, some slight food staining on top of cover which I might be able to clean off.

Recapture Sunday afternoons and long summer days. This is a wonderful collection of all things that make being young, or young at heart, fun.

Audio includes:

Questions About the World, How to Play Stickball, The Rules of Soccer, Fishing, Famous Battles, Extraordinary Stories, Girls, First Aid, The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Seven Modern Wonders of the World
The perfect book for every boy from eight to eighty. (GoodReads)

darnall_lauraLaura’s List: The First Lady’s List of 57 Great Books for Families and Children

Condition: Ex-library copy, paperback, good condition.

Laura’s List presents the First Lady’s published list of recommended books, and builds on her public commitment to books and learning. Parents need basic tools to give their children opportunities to grow, and here is an easy-to-understand guide to great reading for kids-from a highly visible source, Laura Bush.

Mrs. Bush’s own background and dedication to reading gives rise to this collection and can inspire others to take up her passion for reading as a means to expanding a child’s world.

Simple and powerful in conception, Laura’s List discusses each book that our First Lady has publicly recommended, providing summaries and excerpts. It examines the values taught by each selection, and offers a reader’s guide, listing prevalent themes and questions to ask after reading. (B&N)

Besides these four items, I also picked up some signed (and personalized) copies of Shannon Hale’s work.  What a great week for books!  I’m excited to see what this new week brings.  But for now, the weekend’s almost over.  What are you doing still on the computer?  Get out there and enjoy yourselves!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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