Archive for October, 2009

Pop by Gordon Korman

Pop by Gordon Korman

Lynn: Marcus Jordan, star quarterback of his previous team, is the new guy in town. To make things worse, the local football team was undefeated last year and no one sees any reason to change the starting line-up. Marcus makes the team but resigns himself to working hard and riding the bench for the year. […]

31 Horror Films in 31 Days: 2009
By October 31, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

31 Horror Films in 31 Days: 2009

If you followed the link to this post, then you are searching for the record of my first foray into the 31 Horror Films in 31 Days challenge—aka The Year I Failed. Here’s what I managed before being reduced to a sobbing blob. (By the way, I watched both versions of The Blob.) 1. [REC] […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
Today’s video break: Dog spends $62 while owners sleep
By October 31, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Today’s video break: Dog spends $62 while owners sleep

Smartphone with Audible account and credit card info + sweet sticky fingerprints from granddaughter = my dog racking up big bucks in download charges a definite possibility!

Posted in: audiobooks
Weeklings: Loss Leaders, Unpaid and Unhappy Book Reviewers, and the Power Trio of the Future
By October 30, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Weeklings: Loss Leaders, Unpaid and Unhappy Book Reviewers, and the Power Trio of the Future

Nook, vook, blook, p-book, wovel, poegel . . . am I forgetting anything? Some in the publishing industry say that, thanks to e-readers such as the Kindle, people are reading more books (“E-Book Fans Keep Format in Spotlight,” by Brad Stone, New York Times). Who, exactly, says this? Well, the manufacturers of the Kindle, but […]

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Let's Get Romantic
By October 30, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Let's Get Romantic

I have a confession to make. I was among the many who thought romance novels were silly. Formulaic, pure fluff. Damsels in distress. Ladies in long dresses and painful bodices. Men in puffy shirts. Then I became Booklist‘s romance editor. I scrutinized the wonderfully varied array of romance novels that arrived in the mail. I attended a Romance Writers of America […]

Dreamers of the Day
By October 29, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Dreamers of the Day

Dreamers of the Day, by Mary Doria Russell, was chosen as the book to be explored at the most recent meeting of the Adult Reading Round Table Quarterly Literary Fiction Book Discussion Group.  I didn’t lead the discussion this time, but enjoyed sitting on the other side of the table as a participant. Russell’s novel […]

Posted in: book groups
Book Group Toolbox #12: The Book Club Bible

Book Group Toolbox #12: The Book Club Bible

I love adding to my shelf of book group resources. My latest addition is The Book Club Bible, a book that offers over 200 titles for book group facilitators to choose from. The subtitle is “The Definitive Guide That Every Book Club Member Needs.” That may be pushing it a tad. The BCB is a […]

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Web(kinda)comics Wednesday
By October 28, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Web(kinda)comics Wednesday

A coupla-three week ago I wrote about using my brand-new iPhonish-like device to read comics. Well friends, it’s become a verifiable obsession, and it seems like every day there’s a new reader app or comic designed specifically for mobile devices. Of the applications, comiXology seems to have the frontrunner, offering comics from some pretty reliable indie […]

Posted in: Graphic Novels
Macavity Award Winners Named

Macavity Award Winners Named

Five books were named Macavity Award winners by the Mystery Readers International organization:  Best Mystery Novel Where Memories Lie, by Deborah Crombie Best First Mystery The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson Best Nonfiction/Critical African American Mystery Writers: A Historical & Thematic Study, by Frankie Y. Bailey Best Mystery Short Story “The Night […]

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Twitter Book Club
By October 28, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Twitter Book Club

Can you talk about a book in 140 characters? You’ll have to if you join The Book Studio’s Twitter Book Club. Now six months old, the Twitter Book Club meets online once a month to talk about a recent book. Picks for the past few months have been Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Lorrie Moore’s  A […]

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