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Most of the themes here at the carnival have to do with the hosts sharing our favorite kind of books. Nicole takes a different tack, and looks at sharing a particular reading experience, one that transcends genre.

Nicole says:

I spend quite a bit of time every months reading books that I might not necessarily read, and I often feel compelled to ask my guests what books they have discovered which they wouldn’t necessarily read or place in their comfort zone, but which nevertheless, they have enjoyed.

and so the common thread for this edition of the carnival is to talk about that experience, of reading something you don’t normally, and what you might get out of that. Eight bloggers answered the call, and Nicole does a wonderful job of pulling the essence of each post into her round-up, so not only are you tempted to go visit each of the contributing bloggers (and you should!) but the carnival itself is an interesting read on its own.

[Edit] D’OH!! I can’t believe I didn’t include a link. Departing the Comfort Zone. Good grief.

*walks away muttering, slapping forehead*

I hope you enjoy Edition 51, and keep an eye out for the next ones coming up:

Edition 52 hosted by: Rebecca from Rebecca Reads
Deadline for submission: Extended to April 26, 2009
Call for submission is posted.
Theme: Poetry
To submit a post, email: rebecca at rebeccareid dot com

Edition 53 hosted by: Nicola at Alpha Heroes
Deadline for submission: May 7, 2010
Call for submissions is posted.
Theme: Arthurian Fiction
To submit a post, email: nicola327 AT hotmail DOT com

Edition 54 hosted by: Ariel at Mystery Suspense
Deadline for submission: May 21, 2010
Theme: Mystery/Suspense/Crime Fiction
To submit a post, email: ariel_heart AT msn DOT com

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If you haven’t been over to Ink and Paper yet to see what Jo put together for her High Fantasy theme, you need to get on that.  She’s put together an impressive list with more than a dozen unique blogs, many with multiple reviews available.  So if you’ve been looking for that escapist fix but are wondering where to go, you’re sure to find something appealing in this list.

Most of the reviews on this list are for fairly current releases, so if you’re like me and only dabble in high fantasy every now and then, this is a fabulous “finger on the pulse” round up for what’s going on in the genre right now.  And if you are WILD about high fantasy, this is the perfect way to find some new, like-minded bloggers to share your thoughts and TBR lists with.

I’m also pretty impressed with Jo’s ability to pull out short but personality-filled quotes from each blogger, so you can get a sense of their review before you even click.  There is a lot of material in this post, but you should be able to quickly and easily find the stuff that’s MOST appealing to you.

If you’d like to discuss the question of  “What, in your opinion, makes a good high fantasy?” please visit Ink And Paper’s host post.  You are invited to discuss in comments, create a post on your blog and link in comments, or visit some of the contributors’ linked posts and see what they have to say about it.

If High Fantasy or Epic Fantasy is just not your bag,  one of these upcoming carnivals is bound to be:

Edition 51 hosted by: Nicole at Linus’s Blanket
Deadline for submission: April 9, 2010
Theme: Out of the Comfort Zone: Books You Thought You’d Never Read, But Enjoyed When You Did
To submit a post, email: nicolebonia at gmail dot com

Edition 52 hosted by: Rebecca from Rebecca Reads
Deadline for submission: April 23, 2009
Theme: Poetry
To submit a post, email: rebecca at rebeccareid dot com

Edition 53 hosted by: Nicola at Alpha Heroes
Deadline for submission: May 7, 2010
Theme: Arthurian Fiction
To submit a post, email: nicola327 AT hotmail DOT com

One last thought:  I’m helping Jackie out with handling BWC, so if you notice a change in style (or, um, say, timeliness?) now know why.

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46th Edition: Food Books

Beth Fish Reads has posted the 46th Edition of the Bookworms Carnival and she’s talking about one of my favorite topics – food.  Just like in the food world, there are a variety of different foods available and Beth received that during submissions.  She has reviews for cookbooks, fiction novels and even a review for The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace, which involves a bottle of wine.  I didn’t realize there were so many books about food out there, in some form or another, and I can’t wait to get over there and explore all the various links.

If you’re a foodie like I am, then definitely head over and check out what Beth has gleaned for us.  She also introduces us to a whole new weekend meme that looks to be a lot of fun for any foodie out there:

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog’s home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

If you don’t have anything for this edition, what about these?

Edition 50 hosted by: Jo at Ink and Paper
Deadline for submission: March 26, 2010
Theme: High/Epic/Traditional Fantasy
To submit a post, email: joannestapley AT googlemail DOTcom

Edition 51 hosted by: Nicole at Linus’s Blanket
Deadline for submission: April 9, 2010
Theme: Out of the Comfort Zone: Books You Thought You’d Never Read, But Enjoyed When You Did
To submit a post, email: nicolebonia at gmail dot com

Edition 52 hosted by: Rebecca from Rebecca Reads
Deadline for submission: April 23, 2009
Theme: Poetry
To submit a post, email: rebecca at rebeccareid dot com

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45th Edition: Series

I’m really late in reporting this, but Secret Dreamworld of a Bookholic has posted the 45th Edition of the Bookworms Carnival and Kathrin featured novels that were involved in series.

I had picked series as my theme – and I was refering not to a specific series, but to each and every series you can come up with. In case you’re wondering why I picked this theme: I have been hosting the Series Challenge for the past 3 years and we’re now in the 4th year.

Kathrin was sent a bunch of different reviews – for the first novel, non-first novels and even whole series – so there is a ton to go explore.  If you’re looking for something new or simply want to see what is out there, make sure you stop by and browse through her topics.  I know I will be.

If you don’t have anything for this edition, what about these?

Edition 50 hosted by: Jo at Ink and Paper
Deadline for submission: March 26, 2010
Theme: High/Epic/Traditional Fantasy
To submit a post, email: joannestapley AT googlemail DOTcom

Edition 51 hosted by: Nicole at Linus’s Blanket
Deadline for submission: April 9, 2010
Theme: Out of the Comfort Zone: Books You Thought You’d Never Read, But Enjoyed When You Did
To submit a post, email: nicolebonia at gmail dot com

Edition 52 hosted by: Rebecca from Rebecca Reads
Deadline for submission: April 23, 2009
Theme: Poetry
To submit a post, email: rebecca at rebeccareid dot com

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44th Carnival: Rebellious Women

Book Gazing has posted the 44th edition of the Bookworms Carnival and this time Jodie is featuring all those great novels involving that rebellious woman we all love.

Welcome to the 44th edition of the Bookworms carnival, which is the last carnival of 2009. Bloggers have sent in links to some fantastic reviews and there’s even an interview, with a female creator of feisty heroines for you to read.

Female rebellion doesn’t always have pretty results for the women who fight, but it’s the rebels who grind all the things we’re not supposed to do under their heels and leave ordinary women free to fully express their human complexity. I hope today you’ll find heroines you can empathise with, debate about and maybe even worship just a little bit.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I can’t wait to go explore the various submissions that Jodie has collected.

Upcoming Editions
Edition 45 hosted by: Katrin at Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic
Deadline for submission: January 9, 2010
Theme: Series
To submit a post, email: dreamworldofabookaholic AT googlemail DOTcom

Edition 46 hosted by: Beth at Beth Fish Reads
Deadline for submission: January 23, 2010
Theme:  Books about food or books that feature food (I’d accept culinary mysteries for example or novels centered around food)
To submit a post, email: bfish.reads AT gmail DOT com

Edition 47 hosted by: Jessica at the Bluestocking Society
Deadline for submission: February 12, 2010
Theme: Books to Movies
To submit a post, email: thebluestockingsociety at gmail dot com

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43rd Carnival: Mythology

The whole thing about myths, is that they need to stay fluid, they need to keep moving, and they need to be dynamic. And that’s why we can go on retelling them, so that what is valuable is passed on from generation to generation, across time, through cultures. – Jeanette Winterson

Nymeth from Things Mean Alot has posted the the 43rd Bookworms Carnival and she has an amazing collection of novels featuring, focusing and retelling various mythologies from around the world.  It’s quite a collection and for anyone who loves reading anything relating to mythology, it would be hard not to find something to add to the TBR pile.

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I know I’m really late in posting this, but Ms. Bookish has posted the 42nd edition of the Bookworms Carnival and her topic was Comfort Reads.  She had an amazing list of submissions in various genres, so I’m sure there’s something there for everyone.  Make sure you head over and check her out.

I’m just tickled to be hosting this 42nd Bookworms Carnival! Thank you to everyone who sent in their links on such short notice.

I chose the topic of Comfort Reads because there are always those times in life when a much-loved, well-read book is exactly what I need, and I’m hoping you all feel the same, too.

The desire for a spot of comfort reading hits me most often during the winter: usually at night, when it’s toasty warm inside and bitterly cold outside. I look at my special reading armchair and thoughts of a good, familiar book and a mug of hot tea come to mind.

I’ve enjoyed seeing the titles my fellow bloggers turn to when they’re up for some comfort reading; there are many old favorites of mine in the group, plus some new titles that of course I’ve now added to my list of books to get my hands on.

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