Twitterature (December 2013 edition)

Twitterature (December 2013 edition)

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twitterature monthly reading linkup short reviews

Welcome to the Twitterature link-up! For the lowdown, head over here, or try this Cliff Notes version: this is the place to share short, casual reviews of books you’ve been reading.

Here’s what I’ve been reading

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Evensong, Gail Godwin

I have a tower of books I’ve never read, but I was dying to re-read this novel. Then I realized it was an Advent book. Perfect timing. #RereadingIsTheBestReading. #SouthernFiction

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Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading, Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone

If you ever read books with kids, it’s worth reading through this how-to handbook at least once. #BooksArePuzzles #PaperGains

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, Austin Kleon

Write the book you want to read. Side projects are important. Geography is no longer our master. I put off reading this one for way too long. Wise, fun, fast. #KickInThePants

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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Mason Currey

A glimpse into the working habits of 237 writers, painters, architects, composers, etc, from Benjamin Franklin to Woody Allen, Sylvia Plath to Twyla Tharp. So.many.addictions. #fascinating

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Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great, Danielle Walker

Soaked almonds! Sesame crock-pot chicken! Maple sage sausage! My whole family is enjoying getting familiar with this #paleo cookbook.

What have you been reading lately? 

twitterature monthly reading linkup short reviews

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  1. Nancy says:

    I thought you “might” do a Jane Austen-themed Twitterature since today is her birthday. But I did! Thanks for the link-up; it made me happy to write about Jane-inspired books this month.

  2. Stacey says:

    What a great list. Somehow I have not read any of these books- not even Deconstructing Penguins which sounds right up my alley! Can’t wait to grow my to be read pile!!

    • Anne says:

      Hmmm. It’s definitely different than The Read Aloud Handbook, or What to Read When. If your library has a copy I’d pick it up and at least flip through it. This one’s geared towards discussing books with kids, especially grade schoolers.

    • Anne says:

      Just that it’s specifically set during the Advent season, which also turns out to be important to the plot, and a huge plot theme is the waiting.

  3. I’ve read Godwin’s Father Melancholy’s Daughter and A Southern Family. Her characters stayed with me long after I was done. Must read more of her books!

    I’m doing some re-reading of my own: The Book of Three, a childhood favorite. And I’m about 100 pages into Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

    • Anne says:

      Evensong is the follow-up to Father Melancholy’s Daughter (so now I want to re-read that one, too). I’ve never read A Southern Family. I’d like to read more of her books but need to figure out which ones to start with.

  4. Shelly says:

    I’ve read everything we have at home, and, since it’s snowed three times in the last week, I don’t really feel like venturing out to the library right now, so I’m actually reading one of my son’s books called- don’t laugh- Cryptid Hunter. (Hey, I was desperate. I go crazy when I don’t have something to read!) I’m actually,enjoying it, though, and, truth be told, I do usually get most of my books in the young adult section of the library. My teenage daughter and I often share books. Maybe it makes me feel younger. Sigh…

  5. Cori says:

    Ok, I have a long list of books I would love to dive into, but can’t seem to get started on this reading thing since having kids 4 years ago. Any tips on reading as a mom with little ones at home?

  6. Shana Norris says:

    My husband (a painter by craft) and I read Steal Like an Artist this year. I think my biggest take away was that there is really nothing new under the sun 🙂 It’s so comforting to know that everything really has been done before. We just put our own stamp on it … our own personalities … our own life experiences, hopes, dreams, mistakes, lessons.

    • Anne says:

      No, I didn’t read the blog beforehand. First I heard about the book, then the blog–but my understanding is that the book is a compilation of the blog. So it’s worth getting if the convenience of having everything in one place appeals to you … but not worth getting if you only want the book if you’re getting new material.

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