Once Upon a TimeI started the Book Review Blog Carnival back in September of 2008. It has appeared at one blog or another every two weeks without a hitch. I wish the rest of my life was so consistent.

The 46th edition has just been published at Nishita’s Rants and Raves. Nishita lives somewhere in India. I just read her post about visiting Coorg, a place I had never heard of before. It has some beautiful photos. Go and visit the carnival but don’t neglect the rest of Nishita’s blog.

The Book Review Blog Carnival is always looking for new contributors. If you write book reviews on your blog, join us by submitting a review on this form at You could even host and edition. Email me at the address in the sidebar of this blog if you would like to host.


The sixth edition of the Book Review Blog Carnival is posted at Imaginary Lands. Don’t miss it! There are 40 reviews in this edition.

at Novel Bloggers. My review of Suze Rotelo’s A Freewheelin’ Time is there, along with a bunch of other reviews. Go take a look. Your books to read list will grow.

The next edition will be on Books Books and More Books on October 26th. If you would like to participate, submit your book review at

My new blogging pal The Crone Speaks, who I just met during this weekend’s Great Blogrolling Orgy of 2008, tagged me with this meme, which she says has been going around for about 3 years. I can well believe it as it is something that even I have seen on several blogs already. I hope that this is the only thing I caught.

Let me see if I can follow the instructions correctly. My regular readers, all three of them, already know that following instructions is not my strong suit.

So here’s the rules of the Meme:

1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

It just so happens that the nearest book to me at this moment is “The Thresher” by Herbert Krause published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1946. This was not the book that I had wanted to use, but I’m not going to cheat so there it is. My father gave me this book at Christmas time and I fully intend to read it sometime. As a very young man, around the time the that “The Thresher” was published, dad worked on threshing crews on farms around his childhood home of Rugby North Dakota. I don’t know where he picked the book up but he read it and has told me that it is pretty accurate in it’s description of farm life in the upper midwest back in the day.

Here are my obligatory three sentences:

With thirst fiery on his tongue he began the milking. With ungentle hands he fed the calves that plunged in eager hunger at their tethers. He slammed the buckets against their heads viciously growling, “Devil take you away!”

Now, who shall I infect with this literary virus? Let me think, well, for one, probably stretching the rules here a bit, I’m going to tag myself again over at my book blog, where it might make some sense I’ll Never Forget The Day I Read A Book. Just for fun I’m going to tag A Brit Out Of Water, who must be very literary, with that accent and all, At Linda’s, because I can, Canucklehead, because I want to hear what he will say and Julie’s Blog, in hopes that she will do something with it other than that animated chicken. ;^)

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