>> Monday, December 28, 2009


So, I was way too busy playing games, cooking and eating, eating, eating to even crack a book over Christmas. I'm hoping New Year's will allow some time to catch up.

And we did get a White Christmas!

Note: My sister (who lives overseas and is home for a few weeks) however, borrowed my copy of Catching Fire and managed to read it in less than a day! I think she liked it.


Holiday Reading

>> Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I haven't had time to replenish my book stock recently because I've been so busy with holiday cheer and errands. So, I am sadly bookless. I thought about starting the Harry Potter series again, but I'm not quite ready yet. So I rummaged my book shelf and discovered Brisingr, the third book in the Inheritence Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I've read Eragon and Eldest, but when the third book came out, I just wasn't in the mood for it and well, it's been left forgotten on my shelf. So, for the holidays, I am going to give it a go.

Merry Christmas to everyone! And here's fingers crossed for a little snow....


Uh Oh

>> Monday, December 21, 2009


My account at the library says I still have A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby.

My memory says I returned that book a month ago.

Uh oh.



>> Friday, December 18, 2009

The Road opens at Southroads AMC today in Tulsa. It's about time!

I have high hopes for this movie. I'm not gonna lie. But it's received good reviews so I'm hopeful.

If you want happy however, this is not the movie for you. Though the good guys do prevail. They always do.

And along this note, The Sage Room is going to be having our very first giveaway soon. You won't want to miss this! So check back :)

PS - read The Road, don't just watch the movie.


February's Pick

>> Thursday, December 17, 2009


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

Just wanted to give the People of the Sage Room a heads up, 'cause this is a newer book.


Blogging Brainstorm


After a somewhat obligatory viewing of New Moon, in which I was seated between rapt attention and snickers (you know who you are), the People of the Sage Room had a blogging brainstorming session. Ideas and plans for 2010 were hashed. A list was made. And the fun times rolled.

So make sure to check back and find out what new things we have planned!

PS I will say that New Moon (the movie) is a big improvement over Twilight.


The Book Thief---Lisa's Review

>> Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Loved that it was narrated by Death, yet Death was compassionate and regretful.
Loved WWII from a child's perspective.
Loved WWII from a non-Nazi German perspective.
Loved the headings and sub-headings---they worked well in my list-making mind.
Did not love the slightly choppy feel to the writing and the abrupt ending.


Year End



A book club birthday.

>> Thursday, December 10, 2009

We celebrated with delicious coffee, yummy tiramisu and mighty fine conversation. It's how we roll.

Happy Book Club Birthday Anna!


The Book Thief - E's Review

>> Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I know we've covered this before but I wanted to start my review out the same way we start our book club meetings.

We ask each other three questions to cover the broad base and to get the conversation started:

1. Did you like the book?
2. Would you read it again?
3. And would you recommend it?

This is how I answered:

1. I liked the book.
2. However, I won't read it again. You have to be a stellar book for me to say I'd read you again. The older I have gotten, the shorter life has gotten. So hence the need for stellar.
3. But yes, I would recommend it.

The thing I liked the most about this story was that Death was the narrator. And Death sees life in color. And with that I can relate.


If I Can Count


So, if I have counted properly....I have read 51 books to date. I'm on my 52nd now, so I think my goal is well within reach. Wow. Reading is FUN!


The Book Thief - Anna's Review

>> Monday, December 7, 2009


Liesel is a young girl who discovers the life that books can offer, and she will go to any length to possess books - even theft.

Death is the powerful and poetic narrator of this book thief's life, weaving the story of growing up in Nazi Germany and what war and hate, sacrifice and love, life and death mean to a young girl. Death engages the senses with symbolic colors that swirl and twist and carry the story along.


A Country Doctor, Before Green Gables, Catching Fire, The Kite Runner---Lisa's Concise Reviews

>> Wednesday, December 2, 2009


The Country Doctor--If you love classics, I mean really love them, this one will make you smile. Otherwise, it's a little long and antiquated.

Before Green Gables--If I ranked all the books I've ever read, L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series would sit at the very, very top of my long list. This sad, faltering attempt at replicating an original would sit at the very, very bottom.

Catching Fire--Write, Suzanne, write! You have thoroughly captivated and thrilled me with a world I can't stop thinking about. Rarely have I been so convinced of setting, attached to characters, intrigued by plot. I want to shout my praise from the literary rooftops!

The Kite Runner--Every once in a while, you come to a book empty--no knowledge of content, no expectations, no preconceived notions. I did that with the Kite Runner, and I walked away full. Full of appreciation for true friendship and loyalty, full of aching sorrow for refugees and their plight, full of new understanding of a country and people I had previously only known on the news. It's story was my teacher and as it's student, I was moved.


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