As I sat down to start writing my review for today, I realized I have a bunch of books in the queue that I just don’t have a lot to say about. They all happen to be fiction, which is probably because I’m out of practice writing fiction reviews. I also didn’t take take any notes on these books, which made writing long reviews impossible.

I kept all of these to two paragraphs (super short for me!), so if you have more specific questions about any of the books, leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.

Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns did an interview with Nieman Storyboard, one of my favorite blogs about journalism and narrative nonfiction, about some of the process of writing her book.

Natalie (Book, Line, and Sinker) wrote a great post – Book Reviews or Book Reports: Which are you writing? – about how she taught her students about reports and reviews. What I liked most about it was how well her advice can be applied to reviewers of all ages!

The best thing about being unplugged since before Thanksgiving was that I got to read a ton of books! It was great, and helped me get over a reading slump from the beginning of the month.

Luckily for me, all the books I read were quite good. Unluckily, I don’t really have much to say about them other than, “I liked this, read it!” since I was reading more for fun that anything else. So another round of “mini-reviews” it is (in quotes because even when I’m trying to be succinct, I’m unfortunately long-winded).

Shout-Outs from “Ms. Dorkiness”

by Kim on August 27, 2010 · 19 comments

The whole blogging and publishing space is new for everyone, so it’s inevitable that there will be missteps and mistakes. But getting a bad pitch often reminds me of just how many publishers and publicists are doing a great job of working and interacting with bloggers.

To get back some karma after pointing out a negative, here’s a not-at-all-comprehensive list of a few people and organizations that I’ve seen doing good things to connect online.

Where Did My Books Come From?

by Kim on April 17, 2010 · 27 comments

I saw this meme going around awhile ago where bloggers would list where their last 20 books came from. I just read my 20th book for the year, so I figured it was about time to check out those stats for 2010. Curious?

This weeks Weekly Geeks post was inspired by author Shannon Hale and some questions she had about book reviews and going beyond just saying whether you liked or disliked a book when reviewing. There were three ways to respond, and I’ve chosen the third — to respond to six questions posed on the Shannon’s original […]

Book Reviews as Bread and Butter

by Kim on July 24, 2009 · 43 comments

This is a post that’s been in my head for awhile, so forgive me for linking back to posts I read in March. Back then, Amy (My Friend Amy) asked readers if she should keep reviewing books because her last two book reviews hadn’t received any comments. There were many great comments on her post, […]

BIP #11: The Results

by Kim on June 23, 2009 · 10 comments

Finally, the results! The BIP Week #11 project was to dissect some book reviews by the numbers.The gist WAS to go to this Google Docs spreadsheet and fill in some questions based on two book reviews — one of your own, and one from a professional organization. Questions included how many personal references there were, […]

This week’s Weekly Geeks topic is to get caught up on reviews. We’re supposed to list the reviews we’re behind on, then solicit questions from readers to help write the reviews. We’ll then link back to the people who asked the questions for the review. I’ve loved this topic since Dewey first suggested it for […]

The BIP Week #11 project was to dissect some book reviews by the numbers. I was (and still am) excited about this idea, but so far response has been pretty low. So I decided to extend Week #11 one more week — you now have until Friday, June 19 to complete it. BIP #12 will […]