24/8 Book Club

New Year’s Resolution
December 31, 2007, 9:43 am
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"Daily Intentions: Simple Spiritual Solutions for a Complicated World" by Ann Blakely Rice www.daily-intentions.com,  can help you keep your resoutions about things that are really bothering you.   Rice was so intent on making this a daily practice for herself that spent one year creating this book. 

Think of it as journaling, think of it as mediation, or think of it as creating your own book, so that  the 24/8 Book Club will be talking about you on Jan 1st, 2008.


Guess what is popping up!
December 27, 2007, 10:09 pm
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The creativity and the engineering of pop up books make these magical works of art.  I am lucky enough to have a pop up book fairy Godmother who has helped to support me in this addiction. In the book of lists, the best of the pop ups are:The First Noel, Jan Pietnkowski The First Christmas, Tomie dePaola. The Christmas Alphabet: Deluxe Anniversary Edition,,Robert Sabuda The 12 Days of Christmas: A Pop-Up Celebration, Robert Sabuda The Night Before Christmas, Robert Sabuda  If you haven’t indulged before, these are a great way to start.  

Albert knew a lot about relatives
December 26, 2007, 11:09 pm
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The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.

— Albert Einstein

The 24/8 Book Club has been very lucky  with the gifts of friendship that have been given to us.  Thank you.





A Good Christmas Break Read
December 25, 2007, 10:55 pm
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I always like to read a book around the holidays that ties in the season.  This year I chose An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James.  I am enjoying this book as I once enjoyed her writing when I read her Pleasures Trilogy.  I have read a few of her book inbetween those and this release and they have been hit or miss for me.  This one is a hit. 

If you like Regency England books as I do, I recommend this book. The I is Falise so that poor JoAnne does not have a coronary lest anyone thinks she is reading romances.  If you like a Christmas Regency Book then this is a must. 

Enjoy and happy holidays.

Christmas Eve Reading
December 24, 2007, 12:14 am
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Looking for a new book to read to the children this evening before they go to bed thinking of what Santa is bringing them?  Anderson’s Bookshop www.andesonsbookshop.com  is recommending,  Who’s That  Knocking on Christmas Eve?   By Brett Jan   This is a beautifully illustrated book about trolls and a Polar Bear, based on Kinapak who lives in Brookfield Zoo.  www.brettjan.com


Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good read.


Like to peek at books before they hit the shelves?
December 23, 2007, 11:44 pm
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Thanks to Melanie Lynne Hauser, an author, and a friend of the 24/8 community we have learned about a new place to do just this.  Author Arcs is a fun way to get the scoop on upcoming books from your favorite authors.  Right now it is under construction but you can mark it for your favorites and check back as they finish the site, http://www.authorarcs.com/.

And don’t forget to visit Melanie’s website, http://www.melanielynnehauser.com/, her Super Mom Series is a great gift for the wife, mother or friend on your list.  They will definitely make you smile if you are looking for a light but fun Christmas read. 

Last Minute Gifts
December 22, 2007, 12:55 am
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I was surprised to discover  I needed  just one more  for my  Christmas list. Thinking that I would save time and just  dash into Borders around dinner time, was the other surprise.  Oops! The  check out line curved around to the back of the store!   So, it seems that a lot of people will be getting books for Christmas.  As, I started to talk to the other customers around me in line,  2 people had the last minute  top 10 cookbook list from ABC, as their shopping guide.  Interesting.  Those lists just keep popping up.



Retailers become Publishers
December 20, 2007, 11:34 pm
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Department stores have taken to spreading the holiday spirit with seasonal children’s books. Nordstrom publishes its first offering this year – “Once Upon a Holiday: The Moon Fell Out of the Sky,” $16.95. In conjunction with the book, the store is donating $10,000 to Friends of Libraries U.S.A. www.nordstrom.com

Kohl’s this year has a series called “Guess How Much I Love You,” books and coordinated plush toys, $5 each. All proceeds go to Kohl’s Cares for Kids, which helps support a number of children’s charities nationwide. www.kohls.com

At Saks Fifth Avenue, the annual holiday book is called “Snowpeople,” $16.99. The store will donate $2 for every book sold to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. www.saksfifthavenue.com


Land of Lists
December 19, 2007, 10:21 pm
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Santa is making them, I’m making them, and every magazine and columnist is making them.  LISTS!

Favorite books from 2007, books that I would have liked to have read in 2007, the list goes on and on.  The one I have enjoyed the most, was the Favorite Books of 2007, in the Chicago Tribune Books Section www.chicagotribune.com/favbooks2007   Check your list twice against this one…or create your own.   Whatever you do, it would be fun to start a journal for the coming year of books that you read At the end of 2008 ( DID I WRITE THAT DATE!) you can audit the list againist the other readers.


The next featured book from 24/8
December 17, 2007, 8:29 pm
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will be Jeff Guinn’s The Great Santa Search.  This is the third book in the Christmas Chronicles and 24/8 loves the idea of of wrapping up ’07 with this book. 

 Thanks to Jeff’s publisher, Tarcher, a Penguin imprint we have made some 24/8 friends guest reviewers. Those reviews will be proudly displayed in the party room after December 15th. 

If you would like to be a future reviewer or know someone that would please let us know. We are hoping to do more fun partnerships with publishers in ’08.

A little secret too for those of you reading this blog posting, we will be giving away other titles by Jeff Guinn when we feature The Great Santa Search in Oil and Vinegar.  Check out the Blue Plate Specials for more details.