Monthly Archives: May 2013

Weekly Recap / Loads of Links 5/31/2013

 (Books as a seating chart – via Martha Stewart Weddings)

There has actually been some activity on this blog on days other than these Friday recap/link roundups. I’ve finished a couple of books, started some new ones, and read a few pages in others. I’m really struggling to get through Catch-22 and Steinbeck’s The Log on the Sea of Cortez. They are both long, and somewhat boring books. But I love Steinbeck, so I’m determined to keep reading. Catch-22 is one of those “must-read” titles, is it not? I should give it a fair chance.

Books I read or reviewed this week

Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman (Today is the last day of the giveaway for this title. If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, you have until next Friday to do so! Sign up HERE.

Becoming Americans in Paris by Brooke Blower (review to come next week).

What I started reading this week

The Fountain of St. James Court or The Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman – Sena Jeter Naslund

What I’m still reading this week

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Log on the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Links found around online

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman – Review

Looking for meLooking For Me by Beth Hoffman
Age: Adult
Genre: Fiction, Chick-lit
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 978-0670025831, 368 pages
Find this book at your local library

Teddi Overman grew up in rural Kentucky with a knack for refurbishing, and re-inventing antiques into more stylish versions of themselves. Despite her mother’s protests, Teddi forges her own path, and moves to Charleston to work for an antiques dealer she met as a youth. During her years away from home, she and her family suffered many tragedies, but no matter what she does or where she is, something keeps pulling her back home to Kentucky.

This is a very peaceful and beautifully written novel about a family struggling to understand one another. There is a disconnect between Teddi and her mother, especially in regards to how they each forsee Teddi’s future. Add to the mix the unexplained disappearance of Teddi’s brother, Josh, and the family is struggling to unite. I think Teddi is a wonderfully written, strong and independent female character. She sets her mind to something and sees it through 100%. The only part of the novel I had trouble with was the disappearance of her brother. The way it was laid out was very skeletal, so there was always a disconnect for me with that part of the story. Also, the author jumps around to different time periods in Teddi’s life. Some chapters have dates, other’s don’t. It wasn’t very clear when everything took place in the beginning of the novel.

However, this is a great and quick read. The characters are lively and interesting, and the plot has some interesting twists in it to keep the reader engaged.

If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, you have until Friday for a chance to win a copy of this title. Sign up HERE.

Week in Review + Loads of Links 5/24/2013


Oh so colorful! (Architecture and design bookstore Van Alen in New York)

This week has been an interesting one for me. Either I, or another family member have been sick since Saturday. You’d think I’d have caught up on my reading in that time, but alas, that is not the case. I did manage to finish 1 of the three books that I’ve been reading for the past month, Becoming Americans in Paris. So there will be a review next week, huzzah! I’m also hosting a giveaway for Beth Hoffman’s newest title, Looking For Me. If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, you have until next Friday to do so! Sign up HERE.

Now without further ado, the weekly round-up of interesting bookish blurbs floating around the Internet.

Book News


Literacy Resources

Misc. Book Fun

  • Abibliophobia @Gallycat – Its a curse I live with everyday of my life…


Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman – Giveaway

photo-bethhoffmanAnother month and another book giveaway! If you’ve read Beth Hoffman’s Becoming CeeCee Honeycutt then you are eagerly anticipating her newest title, Looking For Me, coming out at the end of the month. Via the publisher, Viking/Penguin Books, I have one copy to give away in anticipation of the title’s publication. The giveaway ends 5/31/2013 and is open to US residents only. 


About the book:

Teddi Overman leaves her hardscrabble Kentucky farm life behind at the age of eighteen, running away in the middle of the night and leaving only a letter for each member of her family. In Charleston, South Carolina, Teddi builds a new life for herself as an antiques dealer with the help of a quirky group of new friends. But each time Teddi, now thirty-six years old, leaves her antiques shop and visits the farm of her youth, she’s drawn to the mysterious beauty of Red River Gorge, where her brother went missing at the age of seventeen. Though long believed to be dead, signs of Josh begin appearing in the woods near the family farm, drawing Teddi back home again.

To enter the giveaway just fill out the form. Additional entries if you tweet about the giveaway. Just include @TheNovelWorld in your tweet! You have until May 30th to enter! Good luck!

Loads of Links 5/18/2013

I’m doing my best to finish at least 1 of the 3 books I’m reading right now and I’ll hopefully have a book review up here by the end of next week. No promises though. In the meantime, here is a new weekly post made-up entirely of interesting links found around the Internet this past week. =) Enjoy your weekend! Photo from favim

Writing News

Misc Book Love

Book Awards

Library News

Book Blogger News

Share the love of reading

  • Help a child read. Here are 5 easy ways to get started @ Scholastic – Very easy tricks to implement at home with your own kids!
  • The 21st Century Skill Most Students Lack @Washington Post – How being bored can be a good skill to have “Students today have so many options that being mildly bored can be successfully avoided most of the time.”
  • Start With A Book – A great resource for librarians supporting teachers and parents who support literacy and reading skills. Resources include: 24 Learning themes, Reading Aloud tips, Fluency skills and other literacy resources.

Loads of Links – Book News & Other Nonsense Found Online

photo Shakespeare & Co. in Paris (photocredit Moi!)

Bookish News

Library News

Book Awards

Life in Perspective

2 years ago, I was celebrating May Day in Paris with a baguette, stinky cheese, wine and some beautiful flowers on the hotel balcony with my husband on our honeymoon. 


Today, I am not.