Thursday, February 24, 2011

Words words everywhere... what was I saying?

Plugging books tonight, briefly. Things have been so chaotic since we got back from Denver that I’ve been ready to tear my hair out… when I haven’t been coughing up a lung. Oh yes, the winter crud is here with a vengeance, for a second time in a month, and between that and sixty-hour weeks, I’m wishing for some peace and quiet next to the Platte River. Add another foot of snow and some freezing rain to the mix and I’m calling in dead and sticking in bed with another good book.

One redeeming thing lately has been a plethora of excellent books, from Lev Grossman’s Codex (you might remember the review of The Magicians, which is also a great novel by a fantastic author) to Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart (also see the movie with Brendan Fraser. Awesome!). There was also Paula Brackston’s The Witch’s Daughter, Caribou Island, and From Girl to Goddess by Valerie Frankel. At the risk of sounding like the guy from Reading Rainbow on PBS, you don’t have to take my word for it, pick up one of these, and other books to, at your local library.

Peace out, I need a shot of prose. And when words and work get too clogged up in my head, a workout is exactly what the doctor ordered. (Count the number of cliches I've used in this post and I'll sic the bull on you.)

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the PREMIER issue of Portland Book Review. A digital copy is available on their website. And that ad for readers on the last page? Oh yeah, I got to use my InDesign. Score!

The Jane Austen Companion To Love
Greek Myths by Ann Turnbull
Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent
And Check out Smooth and If You Love Me, You'd Think This Was Cute under the 14 Reads for Love section.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Words from the Root Cellar

I love books. There's a shocker. I also love agriculture. Again, shocker. So the most exciting thing I've done lately? Getting to write about BOOKS and AG for the newly formed Portland Book Review! Find the link to the column below and make sure to check out, and check back often, for all the AWESOME book reviews there.