Resting, and Catching Up

Hi, everyone,

Just a short note to let you know that Lemon-Squash is going to take a short break. We’ve enjoyed sharing books with you, and hope to share lots more in the future, but it’s time for a rest. Graphic Novel Month will wait for the restart in November. In the meantime, we wish you a colourful and story-filled October.

The Lemon-Squash Bloggers


A New Look!

Today we posted our 100th review! I figured that the occasion merited a new header, and ended up with a whole new look. What do you think?

A Cup of Tea by nukedperogyOur new header is part of one of my sister, Melina’s, pictures (the original looks like this). I love the cosiness and the whimsy of it!

These first hundred reviews have involved lots of learning, lots of fun, and tonnes of (totally justified!) lovely reading time. And while the reading and sharing are enjoyable for their own sake, the chance to connect with you all through that is a huge part of what keeps it fun. From the Lemon-Squash team, thanks, and here’s to hundreds more!

#Bookaday and an Invitation

Hi, Everyone!

Today is the first day of my (Emily’s) attempt at the Book-a-Day challenge. From today until the end of August, I aim to average 1 book read every day — take that, extensive To Be Read list! What it actually means is that I’ll probably have a longer book or two on the go most of the time, and lean heavily on graphic novels and picture books to keep up. I won’t clutter up the blog with this, but you can watch my progress on Twitter @Emily_N_H. You can also check out the challenge more generally by searching #bookaday.

You know what would be even better, though? If you joined me! I know committing to a book a day is daunting (and maybe a little bit unreasonable), but there are three things that help. 1) You get to pick your own start and end dates. If you want to try reading a book a day just for July, why not? It’ll still stretch your reading and add 31 books to those with the potential to teach and influence you. 2) Anything you’d call a book counts. Kids’ books, work books, picture books, audiobooks — whatever fits your lifestyle and schedule. 3) There are lots of other people doing it, too! Support, encouragement, and, yes, more books to add to your TBR list, are waiting for you. So think about it. You’d sure be welcome!

Off I go. First up: Crogan’s Loyalty by Chris Schweizer.

See you on Twitter!

Classics Retold — King Arthur

Hi, Everyone!

Lemon-Squash has joined in on the Classics Retold project, in which book bloggers pick a classic, read adaptations, spin offs and sequels all summer, and then tell you about the best stuff in September. We’ve chosen King Arthur (and all those associated with him), and we can’t wait to start reading! Here are a few of the titles we’ll be looking at:

Le Morte d'Arthur coverLe Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Mallory
The legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have inspired some of the greatest works of literature–from Cervantes’s Don Quixote to Tennyson’s Idylls of the King. Although many versions exist, Malory’s stands as the classic rendition. Malory wrote the book while in Newgate Prison during the last three years of his life; it was published some fourteen years later, in 1485, by William Caxton. The tales, steeped in the magic of Merlin, the powerful cords of the chivalric code, and the age-old dramas of love and death, resound across the centuries.
The stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Queen Guenever, and Tristram and Isolde seem astonishingly moving and modern. Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur endures and inspires because it embodies mankind’s deepest yearnings for brotherhood and community, a love worth dying for, and valor, honor, and chivalry. Continue reading

Schedule Change

Happy Friday, everyone! Just a note to let you know that we’re adjusting our schedule a bit. Lemon-Squash is switching to a 2 review/week system, so you’ll now see new reviews on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Weekend posts will remain the same. Among other things, this will allow us to give more attention to Twitter, and to our new Pinterest page!

Have a great weekend!