February's Pick

>> Friday, January 29, 2010


This month's pick - A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. I've never read Hemingway before which actually kind of shocks me since I am usually drawn to tragic stories mingled with love and loyalty.

Happy reading Sage Room! Or should I say happy not happy reading.


Battening Down the Hatches

>> Thursday, January 28, 2010


So if you haven't heard, an ice/snow storm is supposed to hit our little town this afternoon. And Tulsans, God bless em, are in a bit of a frenzy making preparations. With good reason, no doubt, after the storm of '07 left many of us housebound for days and without power for over a week. Grocery stores are running out of staples, hardware stores are cleaned out of generators, and gas stations are flying through propane tanks. But GOOD NEWS--I just checked and the library is not running out of books! I stopped by to grab a few extras in case I get the privilege of doing a little reading by flashlight tonight. I picked "An Old Fashioned Girl" by Louisa May Alcott (hard to believe I haven't already read it), "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway (this month's book club pick), and "If You Give a Mouse a Party" (in case I have company in bed tonight). Ice storm, bring it on! Now I'm ready!


When You Reach Me - Anna's Review


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In thinking about it, I can't help smiling. I just liked it.

I liked that Miranda was helping her mom practice for the game show $20,000 Pyramid (I loved this show growing up). I liked that Miranda loved to read, but really only loved to read A Wrinkle in Time. I liked the chapter titles. I liked the puzzles Miranda has to solve: the mysterious clues to future events, the mysterious actions of Marcus, the mysterious reactions of Sal, the mysterious disappearance of the $2 bills. And I liked the connectivity between Miranda's favorite book and her own life.

And while the reading level probably falls under independent reader or early young adult, I think Stead's writing will easily engage and entertain readers of all ages. And I definitely, definitely think it is a great book to read aloud to kids. In fact, I chose this book because my husband heard a blurb about it on NPR. Apparently a teacher read this book aloud to a classroom and when she came to the end, all the students clamored for her to read it again.

The twelve year old in me concurs! Read it again!


Anna's 2009 Reads

>> Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I would have liked to do this at the close of 2009 or even earlier this month, but well, as you can see I'm just now getting around to it. It being a quick summary of the books I read in 2009. I've decided to just make a list and rank them. If anyone wants more in depth info on any of the books, feel free to ask! (Ranked from favorite to least favorite, some being equal).

  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia McKillip
  • Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia McKillip
  • Harpist in the Wind by Patricia McKillip
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer/Barrows
  • Chalice by Robin McKinley
  • The Mystery Guest by Gregoire Buoillier
  • Deerskin by Robin McKinley
  • Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip
  • Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip
  • The Singing by Alison Croggon
  • Sorcery & Cecelia by Wrede/Stevermer
  • Graceling by Kristin Kashore
  • Fire by Kristin Kashore
  • Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
  • Vanity and Vexation by Kate Fenton
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  • The Ember City by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Heart of the Wilderness by Janette Oke
  • The Grand Tour by Wrede/Stevermer
  • Cold Sassy Tree by Olivia Ann Burns
  • Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenni Nimmo
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Nightrise by Anthony Horowitz
  • Evil Star by Anthony Horowitz
  • Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
  • The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
  • The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The People of the Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • A Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Agnes Gray by Anne Bronte
  • If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Solstice Wood by Patricia McKillip
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Thief by Megan Whaler Turner
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zamar
  • WWW:Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
  • Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead

208 Pages
Young Adult
2010 Newberry Medal Winner

Sixth grader Miranda is faced with a few questions: Why did her best friend, Sal, stop wanting to be friends? Who is leaving her notes that disturbingly and accurately describe future events? Will her mom win the $20,000 Pyramid?

Check back soon to see The Sage Room's reviews on When You Reach Me.


Reason #4


Because you can do it in bed. Read, that is.


What, Are You 6?

>> Monday, January 25, 2010


I was sulking. My husband asked, why? I replied, because, I didn't like the end of my book. He responded, what are you six? I thought, maybe.

But really, I did not not like the conclusion of Tara French's, In the Woods, and it put me in a bad mood.

The novel follows two Dublin detectives on the Murder Squad who are trying to solve the murder of a 12 year old girl. To complicates matters, the murder is in the same location as an unsolved case that is linked to one of the investigating detectives. Sounds intriguing, right? It is. It's well written, I liked the characters, I maintained during some of the drawn out details of the investigation. But I was really let down by the ending. Blarg.

The thing is, French has other novels out (coming out), that I'd be interested in reading. But now, I'm wary. I don't want to invest 400 pages and then be let down. Reading can be risky business.


Reason #3

>> Thursday, January 21, 2010


Because there are few things better than a good book and a long soak in a hot tub on a rainy, winter's night.


First Pick of 2010

>> Monday, January 18, 2010


Okay, so technically it's E's turn to pick.
But she was crazy busy with her first ever photography show:

Which was totally AWESOME, and if you weren't there you way missed out, but of course you can always check out the pics on her blog.

But I digress.
So, since I already knew what I wanted to pick in February, we moved When You Reach Me to January and well, we will pretty much be confused for the rest of the year on whose turn it is to pick, but thus is life.

So check back soon for our reviews on When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead!


And the winner is...

>> Friday, January 15, 2010

Using a random number generator...

The winner is...

Congrats! Email your address to erinconrad@gmail.com and we will send your book to you soon.

And thank you to everyone for playing. We will DEFINITELY do this again sometime! Plus I'm excited about checking out all of your suggestions.


Reason #2

>> Tuesday, January 12, 2010




First Ever Giveaway!

>> Monday, January 11, 2010

One of our favorite reads for 2009 was The Road by Cormac McCarthy. We liked it so much in fact that we want to give YOU a copy! Seriously, you have to read this book.

All you have to do to enter the contest is to leave us a comment before midnight this Thursday (Jan 14th) telling us what one of YOUR favorite reads was in 2009.

We'll pick a winner and announce it on Friday.

That just made Monday worth it right there.


We heart NY.

>> Sunday, January 10, 2010


I was looking back through some favorite pictures of 2009 and stumbled upon these. You may or may not know that the Sage Room took a trip to New York City this summer to celebrate our birthdays. Apparently we did some reading along the way. Or at least we LOOKED like we did.




And of COURSE we dressed up like Harry Potter at FAO Schwartz.

Here's to a 2010 filled with just as much fun AND lots of reading!


52 Reasons the Sage Room Loves to Read - #1

>> Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Hi there, 2010. Welcome to our little blog. With the start of the new year and the new decade, we at the Sage Room are hoping to have our own little fresh beginnings as well. Over the next few weeks you will (hopefully) start to see some changes around here. But change is good they say.

First we are going to host our first giveaway at the end of the week. We're also going to spruce up the blog a bit. It's quite a task keeping track of all these books we've read over the past two years!

And we are starting a section entitled "52 Reasons the Sage Room Loves to Read". These will be random, funny, spontaneous and listed once a week as they come to our minds. At least that's the goal. Feel free to play along and leave us a comment with a reason why YOU love to read. It's always fun to compare and make fun of each other. I mean. Compare and smile together :)

Note: each of us will list our own reasons which may or may not be a reflection of the other two members.

So for our initial installment of why the Sage Room loves to read:

#1 - Because Snape was essentially good. And I knew it the entire time.


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