December 28, 2009

Ready to Share My Women Unbound Reading List

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:07 pm by lbrosch

After much searching of reviews and posted reading lists on the Women Unbound blog reading lists, I am ready to announce my  chosen reading list. I have several recommended books that I read before the November start so I can’t count those. I would recommend The Help, by Kathryn Stockett and Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani, A Walk on the Beach by Joan Anderson and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stied Larsson.  The challenge levels are as follows:

  • Philogynist: read at least two books, including at least one nonfiction one.
  • Bluestocking: read at least five books, including at least two nonfiction ones.
  • Suffragette: read at least eight books, including at least three nonfiction one

I will of course be a suffragette reading at least 8 books with more than the three nonfiction required. So here goes my list:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi

Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

girl soldier by Faith J. H McDonnell and Grace Akallo

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

The Second Journey by Joan Anderson

Some additional books in this theme which I will also be reading during the upcoming months are: In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Jasmine and The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee, Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya, Gifts by Nuruddin Farah, The Best of Friends by Sara James and Ginger Mauney, The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson, The Caged Virgin and Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, What I Know Now:Letters to My Younger Self Edited by Ellyn Spragins, The Last Empress by Anchee Min, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Chosen Forever by Susan Richards, Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro, February Flowers by Fan Wu, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts About Being a Woman by Nora Ephron, The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanazaki, The Girls, Lori Lansens, and Saving the World by Julia Alvarez. I have quite a few more but I will post more about those if and when I get to reading them. All of the above I hope to complete and blog about. But then if something new comes along I may have to read that first!

December 23, 2009

More Ways to Get Books Cheap

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:59 pm by lbrosch

My other favorite ways to find books cheaper are of course my local used bookstores, thrift shops and library and yard sales. I also use many of the sites listed on the blog. I have found the Borders Rewards card to be very helpful when I want a newer book that I must have and can’t wait for searches through used stores. If you have the rewards card, which is free, you make sure to show it with each purchase, even your cup of coffee, and when you reach a certain amount you get a 5.00 certificate either in your e-mail or it will show up in your account at the store when you are making a purchase. The other great part is that every other week or so you get a 30% off coupon in your e-mail which you can print out and bring to the store. I try to use almost every one and keep a list of books I am wanting and use my coupon for one of these. Of course I am usually attracted to the almost ever present buy one, get one 50% off table and usually make a purchase there as well. I try to be careful to get only these and the one I have a coupon for. I think the bestsellers are always 30% off but for a limited time. So be a smart shopper this way when you are looking for the newer books. Amazon of course is my next stop for new books as their discount is always hard to beat although you should check the price comparisons using the Cheapest Book Price link I provide. Then of course their used booksellers offer great prices on most books if you don’t mind getting a used copy. I have always had good luck with this procedure. You are allowed to rate these sellers after receiving the book so if you do find a problem then you can contact them before you give your rating and try for some resolution as they are very anxious about their ratings. Many great used books can be found on Abe Books and Better World Books and you can compare prices to Amazon sellers. If you are looking for new books and just want to search a genre try Edward R. Hamilton booksellers and Daedalus Books. They often have great discounts and will send you their sale catalogs with the latest discounts. I find these very addictive. I have actually stopped looking at their catalogs for awhile until I get through the piles of books I now have. However, when you are seeking books on a certain topic of interest, especially a travel location, history period, children’s gift books, they can’t be beat. When planning a trip to Italy and Greece last year I picked up a lot of great travel guides from both booksellers. Readitforward is a site where you can sign up to receive e-mails and then every so often they review and offer books just getting published for free if you sign up quickly and then get lucky. I have received several books this way. I just discovered that goodreads now has a book swap as well. You may want to check this out. This site talks about books that you can sign up to get for free, thisbookforfree.com.  Goodreads also has a page called First Reads which lists soon to be published books which are being given away by signing up with your e-mail and address and if you get lucky you will get an advance reader copy. Also if you are a member of Bookblogs, which you can join for free, you will find this group which blogs about giveaways, http://bookblogs.ning.com/group/ThisBookForFree/forum. I occasionally see blogs where the authors offer one of their books for a limited time or for a limited number of requests so if anyone finds these I hope they will send the links in a comment to share with all of us.

How to Get Your Books Free and Cheap

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:43 pm by lbrosch

If  you look at the right hand side of the blog you will see a category of links to many good free and cheap sites for books. My very first choice would be Paperback Swap. If you join, which costs nothing, you are then able to post any of  your previously read books with hopes of receiving requests for them. If your book is requested then you will be able to download and print the address label for the person to whom you are sending the book and drop it by the PO with a media mail rate for sending. Once the book is received by the requester they will log it in to the site and you will receive a credit. These credits allow you to request a book of your own. While not exactly free since you have the postage costs, it is still a good return on books that you no longer want or have read, to exchange for the books you will receive. This site has a very efficient cataloging system which allows you to choose the topics and genres of books you wish to browse whenever you sign in and there is a book search system as well which allows for searching titles and topics for books posted as well as books published. If you are seeking a particular title, you may put it on your wish list and then when it becomes available you will be notified. Naturally, newer books will take longer to get to you but books published a year or more ago often become available within weeks. You also have the option of keeping a Reminder List which is where you can begin to save titles that you wish to purchase when you have enough credits. You may purchase a limited number of credits from the site itself. Also, you may purchase credits from other members by checking in the Discussion Forums under Community and post or look for a post at the Book Bazaar. In the Book Bazaar you will see members listing books available at a 4 for 1 etc. where you will get 4 books for 1 credit. There are also Games which allow you to swap books of a particular genre and often the moderator holds trivia games for extra prizes. The site is easy to use and when you sign up there are mentors online to give you help with any questions as well as many places within the site to get all your questions answered. This is a fantastic way to access loads of books CHEAP! You can even search all the books by a particular author and I often use this resource to see the order of books in a series so that I can find the first one in a series and read them in order. Now, one other tip, if you don’t already have a lot of books that you can post, try getting books at your local thrift store, used book store, library or yard sales. These books you may pay  .50 or 1.00 for  but are really worth 2.50 or more when you get a credit for them through PBS.

My Christmas gift books – to myself

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:27 pm by lbrosch

My Gifts to Myself

Yes, I do gift myself with a selection of some of the newest books!! This is one time I splurge and buy new books. I compile my list from reading reviews all over the web and listening to podcast reviews. My choices for this year were Half the Sky, Stones into Schools, Clara’s War, The Girl Who Played With Fire and Half Broke Horses. I decided on these as I thought they would cover a nice broad sampling of genres. I have some non-fiction, memoir, mystery suspense and then I also did get the 2010 Writer’s Market as I dabble with freelance writing when I am not too busy.  I am already building my wish list for more of the new books. I did use Borders coupons to get another book I recently read about; Another Day in the Frontal Lobe by Katrina Firlik. The paperback edition came out in 2007 so this is not a new book. I see it is even available used on Amazon for .01. I was too hasty in purchasing. I should have checked there first. These will be my immediate TBRs on my nightstand but I have a large number of older books to consider next up as well. If you don’t get your wish list books for Christmas and have now spent all of your book budget on holiday expenses, don’t fret as I will tell you how to get books for free and cheap in the next post. Shanghai Girls is one I bought a couple of months ago as I have read and loved all of Lisa See’s books and highly recommend them. Daughters of Destiny : A Donner Party Story by Frankye Craig, an author local to my area, is one I picked up while making a trip to the airport to pick up my daughter for a Thanksgiving visit. She had a table set out to sell her books which are self-published and she and I had a wonderful chat, especially since I was in the middle of writing my own historical fiction novel based on a pioneer woman who lived during and after the time of the Donner party disaster. Historical fiction is one of my particular interests in reading and I will devote more time to that later, as well as my writing endeavors. I purchased this title of hers along with Fateful Journey.

December 21, 2009

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:47 pm by lbrosch

Welcome to Books By, For and About Women!

I hope you will enjoy participating here with comments on the reviews and discussions of books that are important to women. Please inform all of us on the blog about any books that you feel fit with the theme of this blog. I will soon be adding links to important sites for more information on reading great books for women.

First off, if you aren’t aware of the Women Unbound challenge, you should check out this blog, http://womenunbound.wordpress.com/about/

There are many great reading lists with more being added each day.

There you will find many women engaged in promoting their favorite reading lists for the challenge. I will be talking about some of these books and many more that I have found in my search for the books that matter to women.