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September 16

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Keeping it Together: How I Manage My Reading the Analog Way

by Ann-Katrina

A couple weeks ago, Liz Finch asked me how I keep track of the books I read. I started this system a while ago, but it’s evolved and I figured it might be a good idea to share it with the world.


Here’s a breakdown of what I use:

  1. A pen that makes me smile (in this case, Dong-A Miffy Scented Gel Pen in Lavender Purple)
  2. A quality journal (I prefer Kikkerland)
  3. An inexpensive spiral or composition notebook (New Leaf makes some cute ones)
  4. Index tab stickers (one of the greatest inventions ever—pictured JStory Index Fun Rabbit)

And if I’m feeling particularly spunky, I might use some Post-It flags and highlighters, too.

Now to explain as best I can why and how I use all of those things…

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June 21

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Spreading (Link) Love 0.1

by Ann-Katrina

Just some of the links I’ve found while wandering the internets…

Dork Diaries giveaway. You know I had to enter after watching the super cool book trailer. And you all know this is coming from someone who doesn’t care much for book trailers (at least, not the trailers gone wrong).

The Host giveaway. The Host by Stephenie Meyer is being released in paperback and to mark the occasion, a number of blogs are participating in The Host Tour. So, if you don’t already have a copy, but would like one, now’s a prime opportunity.

Book blog search engine, powered by Google and maintained by Fyrefly. I had no idea there was a dedicated book blog search engine out there, but then again, I’d never been looking. I stumbled across this while reading another blog and I’m glad for it.

Sookie Stackhouse reading challenge. In case you needed yet another challenge :) , or just need another challenge, then now’s your chance to get all caught up on Charlaine Harris’s novels.

Now, if you don’t already have the Sookie Stackhouse series, then you have a chance to get the first seven books in Mel’s HUGE Sookie Stackhouse giveaway.

The Hunger Games giveaway. In case you’ve been stalked by this book like I have been (it seems, everywhere I turn, the book is beckoning me to read it), here’s an opportunity to win it.

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January 23

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Book Giveaway: My Little Red Book

by Ann-Katrina

This one is for the ladies, and men so in touch with their femininity that they’ve grown ovaries and a uterus, or men who understand the ineffable quality of being a woman and would like to surprise a special lady in his life by winning this lovely gift for her.

My Little Red BookSo, why the long qualifying paragraph above, I’m certain you’re asking. It’s because My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff is a collection of stories about first periods. Most men, in my experience, tend to find the subject matter rather disturbing.

According to the blurb, the stories range from light-hearted (the editor got hers while water skiing in a yellow bathing suit) to heart-stopping (a first period discovered just as one girl was about to be strip-searched by the Nazis).

(Despite health class teachings, I thought I was hemorrhaging and asked my mom whether to call 911.)

This giveaway is hosted by Belle Enchanted and is open to U.S. and Canadian (excluding Quebec) residents. Apologies to the international readers, but the books will be shipped directly from the publisher.

The giveaway will run through February 12, 2009 and to enter all you need to do is head over and leave a comment telling Belle something unique thing about yourself. For more entries, you can blog, tweet, or post a message on Facebook about the giveaway.

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January 21

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A Great Mail Day

by Ann-Katrina

Yesterday when I checked my mail, I received a wonderful surprise from Jace.

Jace Bookmarks

Two awesome corner bookmarks and a beautiful book thong (in a cool pouch). Of course I squealed like a little girl when I received them because they are even better than the pictures. I’ve even put a couple of them to good use marking my place in the current books of the moment.

So this post serves two purposes: to give a huge thank you to Jace for the wonderful bookmarks, and to tell everyone that if you want to get your hands on some, then you should head over to her Etsy shop.

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December 20

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Reflecting on the Pleasures of Staying Put

by Ann-Katrina

When Wanderers Cease to RoamBy chance, I happened across a new-to-me blog called She is Too Fond of Books, and it was a treat. The blog is rather warm, cozy, and friendly (well, that’s the vibe I got).

After a bit of reading, I ran across a watercolor giveaway which caused me to to something I should do more often (in fact, everyone should do more often): reflect on the pleasures of staying put. On a whim, I decided to throw my tuppence into the hat.

Watching the tangy colors of twilight kiss the lake while a cool breeze grazes my bare arms.

Watching my two-year-old niece run up and down the block (closely guarded, of course) to ooh and aah at all the holiday lights.

Warming my bones with a piping hot shower followed by sipping a cup of cinnamon-laced hot chocolate while tightly tucked under a thick hand-made comforter with a good book close at hand.

In the grand scheme of things, the pleasures are innumerable.

I’m only about halfway through When Wanders Cease to Roam (had to put it down since technically I’m still reading another book), but so far, it’s a lovely and easy read. And what I’ve learned so far is that you should read this book if for no other reason than to be reminded of the little (and large) luxuries of staying close to home.

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