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March ’12 Wrap-Up

Apr 1, 2012

This has been a much more relaxed month than February. I only posted a handful of times this month, mostly because I spent my free time catching up on unwatched DVR recordings instead of reading. (I know, I know…) But while I was taking a break from the blogging world books have been flooding my mailbox which means that next month will necessarily see a lot more activity here.

Posts & Reviews

I only reviewed two books this month and they were both fairly long reviews which I put a lot of thought and time into. I finally got around to reading Wither, the latest YA dystopian bestseller which I enjoyed but didn’t love as much as The Hunger Games.

 

I also reviewed Nobody’s Child, which I read back in July of last year. Unfortunately, that one was a bust for me.

Poll Results

This month’s poll asked: Which classic book-to-movie adaptation are you most looking forward to this year? Click on the image to enlarge the results.

I’m dying to see The Hobbit too. I’m also looking forward to Anna Karenina and The Lorax and hoping they don’t completely butcher Great Expectations. I wonder if Dickens adaptations are best left to BBC. Check out the new poll in the sidebar!

Consistent Commentators

Thanks to all of you who have added to the discussion by commenting! The top three commentators this month were:

  1. Tina from Tina’s Book Reviews
  2. Maria
  3. Vivian from Vivaciously, Vivian

Be sure to drop by and comment on their blogs!

Quotable Quotes

To read, when one does so of one’s own free will, is t make a volitional statement, to cast a vote; it is to posit an elsewhere and set off toward it. And like any traveling, reading is at once a movement and a comment of sorts about the place one has left. To open a book voluntarily is at some level to remark the insufficiency either of one’s life or of one’s orientation toward it. {Sven Birkerts}

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To learn is to be young, however old. {Aeschylus}

Poignant Poetry

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost (1874–1963)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And  sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worth them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Coming Next Month

As I mentioned before, I was flooded with books in March, so April’s calendar is completely full with reviews, author interviews, and a giveaways. I will be reviewing a couple of CBA suspense novels, two historical fictions, a handful of contemporaries, one general market novel and five memoirs if all goes according to plan. I went to see The Hunger Games last Thursday and I’m going to try to post a review of that ASAP.

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