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Amazon Book Reviews: 3 Stars or 4?

I’ll admit it: I’m chintzy with my book review stars.  I save my 5-star recommendations for books that are perfect – the ones I stay up all night for, the ones I’d re-read immediately, the ones for which I’d grab a total stranger by the shoulders and yell, “You’ve GOT to read this book!” Okay, I’ve never really done that last one, but I’ve felt like it.  And when I do, that’s the book that gets 5 stars from me. Most other books get 3 or 4 stars.  Four if I really liked it: well-written, good characters, no plot problems, and it leaves me with a good feeling.  Not necessarily a happy ending, but the right one.  (I don’t bother reviewing just to give 1 or 2 stars unless a book really makes me angry.) Three stars go to books that I liked, but weren’t quite as smooth.  Sometimes books … Continue reading

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Phillipa Gregory plus Sunday Funnies: Girl Vanishes in Outhouse

For all you Phillipa Gregory fans (The Other Boleyn Girl, The Kingmaker’s Daughter, etc), she’ll be having a live video chat over on Goodreads on Wednesday (Aug 29) at 1:00 pm Eastern time.  Here’s the Goodreads link to the invite.  I’ll be there – will you? Now, on to the other important stuff!  Our Sunday Funnies spotlight today is a candid-camera type prank, where the girl not only doesn’t come out of the outhouse, but the outhouse vanishes, too!  The looks on people’s faces are priceless.  Enjoy!  (ROW80 update is below.) And for the last important stuff of the day, it’s been a good week for me getting used to classes and especially getting a handle on my Shakespeare homework, but my very few ROW80 goals only get a 50/50: ~Write every day:  well, um, *looks at ceiling, out window, anywhere but here*, I only managed one day out of … Continue reading

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