katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I followed a link to this site after reading about the returned book in Michigan a few weeks ago and kept forgetting to post this link to
11 Ridiculously Overdue Library Books (That Were Finally Returned)

Link: http://mentalfloss.com/article/55621/11-ridiculously-overdue-library-books-were-finally-returned
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I have always found myself attracted to people's handwritten notes or manuscripts. I love looking at them and imagine them sitting down and writing those very words. It's the purest connection between someone's creativity or thought and the physical product. There's also something fascinating about seeing what their handwriting is like, how they form certain letters, how it changes depending on their mood, etc.

As a writer, I love looking at old letters and notes from other writers. But this is something even neater than that to me: outlines for great books (and, in one case, an article). It's their raw thought processes down on the page (or, in one case, the wall).

Fascinating.

Link: http://flavorwire.com/391173/famous-authors-handwritten-outlines-for-great-works-of-literature/view-all
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
On her blog, Give a Hoot Read a Book, Jenn just posted a great collection of posts starring cats and bookshelves: http://giveahootreadabook.blogspot.com/2015/06/tilt-library-cats-in-book-posters.html

And now I want ALL of these!

Instabuy!

Jun. 8th, 2015 10:28 am
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Anne Wagener, a writer who used to be in my local writers' roundtable group before she moved away, just published a book and it hit Amazon today. I bought it in record time for me--about 5 seconds. I hadn't even finished the email Anne sent out about it before I purchased it.

Amazon description of Borrow-a-Bridesmaid by Anne Wagener:
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade—or, in Piper Brody’s case, make a Craigslist ad offering yourself up as a hired bridesmaid! A hilarious, touching, coming-of-age novel from debut author Anne Wagener.

Piper is a recent college grad who decides to sell her body on Craigslist—as a hired bridesmaid. Her airport bookseller job just isn’t bringing home the turkey bacon, and no one’s going to pay her to analyze Milton’s poetry. Turns out, having an English literature degree from an upstanding university isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Piper’s Craigslist endeavor soon picks up steam, netting her clients such as Southern peach Stacey, whose interracial marriage causes a family feud, and Alex, a bride-to-be who’s so type A she’s type A-plus. Between fighting off matching T-shirt–wearing teams of “bustle bitches” at gown sales and learning more about fondant than the Cake Boss, Piper falls for Charlie Bell, the brother of a client. A fellow aspiring writer, Charlie’s the only person recently who’s encouraged Piper to follow her dreams. Not to mention, he’s pretty darn cute.

But when Charlie turns out to be the groom in one of her gigs—and set to marry the craziest bridezilla of them all—Piper must band together with her newfound friends and stop Charlie from making the biggest mistake of his life.

I had the privilege of getting to hear a half dozen chapters and scenes of this book when it was in its earliest stages, and I've always wondered what happened to the characters after that. It's the kind of clever concept that stuck with me over several years. But the writing was exceptional when I heard the early versions; I can only assume it has not lost its brilliance. Anne had a way of making you care deeply about characters you've only just met. I am SO excited to find out what happens in this book after wondering for years!

It's available on Kindle and other ebook platforms.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This was originally posted on the BookCrossing Facebook group and I resemble it so closely I thought it should be something I link to here.

When You Realize You Can't Read All the Things: http://bookriot.com/2013/03/28/when-you-realize-you-cant-read-all-the-things/

Repeat after me: it does not make me a bad person, or even a bad reader. Just never stop trying because every book you read has the potential to be amazing.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
As of today, there are three days left in the Queers Destroy Science Fiction kickstarter. They just unlocked the fantasy perk as well, so I'm really excited to read that!

Fund it if you're interested, because everyone deserves to see themselves not just in LGBTQ fiction but in genre fiction as well :-)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lightspeedmagazine/
queers-destroy-science-fiction
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I'd heard about the library in Ferguson, Missouri opening and housing children and teachers when the schools closed during the first protests. I hadn't heard about the efforts of the library after that and the hundreds of people around the country (and the world) who are continuing to reach out to the library and the community.

This is a beautiful, uplifting story for anyone who loves books as much as I do:
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/librarians-volunteer-to-help-out-in-ferguson-376628291872
katekintailbc: (Library Logo)
11 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries:
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3028170/11-of-the-worlds-most-beautiful-libraries

Some of these don't even look real, they're so beautiful! The only one I've been to is Trinity College Dublin Library in Ireland.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Book Depository sent me an email a few days ago with a link to their list of the most beautiful books.

It's actually a rather nice list. I've only read a handful of books on the list, but I can see why they all made the list. I surely would have put some Brian Selznick on the list, though, if I were in charge of this list. The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck are both especially lovely. And, of course, this version of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I took the What Font Are You? quiz and got a rather interesting result. I can't say I really object to anything about it...

You Are Andale Mono

You are a geek, pure and simple. You spend a lot of time online.
In fact, you probably love the internet more than anyone you know.

You are picky about design, mostly for readability's sake.
You are the type most likely to be irritated by a bad font.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
A fellow book-swapper recommended this site to me, and I am now addicted to it.

BookBub: a site that lists all the free and cheap eBook deals out there. You can sign up for your favorite genres and receive an email each day with the new additions that match your interests. You can also browse based on category, price, and newness.

The good news is you get lots of new books for cheap, some of them questionable quality (though at that price, you can afford to take a chance), but some of them of great quality (there was a Sarah Walters book available a few weeks ago for $2.99 that I would have bought if I hadn't already read and loved it and owned it).

The bad news is I'm discovering all sorts of new books I want to read while the books I already have sitting on Mt. TBR. Oops. Like I need more books to read! But a hockey erotica? Or some new paranormal or LGBT YA? Yes, please!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Here's a neat list of professional authors who have also written fanfiction. Interesting that Stephen King didn't make the list... but it's definitely an interesting list even without him on it: http://www.dailydot.com/culture/10-famous-authors-fanfiction/

The best revelation for me: S.E. Hinton, author of The Outsiders, has written Supernatural fanfiction!
https://twitter.com/se4realhinton/status/191619645948706818
She's not a fan of Wincest, but no one's perfect. And, hey, at least it isn't Twilight fanfiction.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Ha. Not only are some of these overly dramatic book covers cliche... I was struck by how so many covers used the identical stock photo art. I particularly like the old fashioned woman with inexplicable random birdcage. And who knew there were so many stories that featured men lurking by fences (the most creative is, I think, the one with TWO fences. GASP!)

Link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/19-book-cover-cliches

Also, I think I have at least one of those blokes wearing a hood and carrying a sword on Mt. TBR.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I can't even eat cookies right now and I desperately want all of these!

Link: http://bookriot.com/2014/06/02/literary-cookie-cutters/

The (literary) place I work has a think about ampersands, so I can almost justify buying that one immediately. And I've been drooling over a lot of fannish cookie cutters like the Harry Potter ones on Etsy lately. But some of the general ones like the book or the reader have such wide applications and room for creativity.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
My library included a link to this list in its recent newsletter and I kind of adore it... except that now I want to read ALL THESE BOOKS! The list has 22 famous children's books and books you should read now as an adult that are similar in some way (theme, style, genre, etc.) to the children's book. There are some really interesting suggestions/pairings here. For example, if you liked The Giver, you should read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (because dystopias). Or if you liked the Redwall series, you should read the Song of Ice and Fire series (because swords!).

Link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/books-to-read-based-on-your-childhood-favorites

I don't know anything about The Elegance of the Hedgehog, but I suspect the book was chosen in part because of the similarity in its cover to Harriet the Spy's cover. heehee It was kind of neat to see so many that are already on my Mt. TBR show up on this list.

Similarly, John Green has a nice book recommendation vid... and I want to read all of these I haven't read yet as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4UT9iBdQDI
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Books do a whole lot of things. They are escapes. They educate. They broaden a reader's world. They bring people together (or drive them apart). They can also save.

At #AWP14, BuzzFeed asked writers to share the books that saved their lives. There are some interesting answers: http://www.buzzfeed.com/saeedjones/writers-share-the-books-that-saved-their-lives

If I'd stumbled upon that bookfair exhibit, my answer would have been The Wind Blows Backward by Mary Downing Hahn. It came at the right moment in my teenage years and was one of two things I credit in keeping me from committing suicide back then.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I am still unable to reconcile my hatred of the idea of cutting up books with my appreciation of the amazing beauty of book sculptures. This new one of Smaug emerging from a copy of The Hobbit is especially amazing, though. I love the movement in it and how you can see some of its best features and the book cover clearly at the same time.


Link: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/victoria-vmcreations-smaug-book-sculpture
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Ready for some clever books that look like cake? Then here you go: The Art of Bookbinding

Or how about some delicious cakes that look like books? We've got you covered: 30 Gorgeous and Delicious Literary Cakes

I would adore that Narnia one but could never bring myself to eat it. Also... I wonder what could be written in the cake books. I would imagine something like the Alice in Wonderland tea party scene would be appropriate in there.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
What book-lover doesn't love a good bookshelf? Here are some brilliant, clever, impressive ones built out of repurposed items--out of everything from a car to a sarcophagus. The author even used the word LEGO in proper grammatic context. And the last one on the page is my favorite. I want it so desperately!

Link: http://flavorwire.com/418437/11-ingenious-bookshelves-made-from-unusual-repurposed-items/view-all/

More about that last one: http://bowtiesandginghamshirts.tumblr.com/post/27899002347/how-to-make-my-tardis-bookshelf
It even lights up and makes sounds when you open the door. How amazing is that? All right, who's making it for me for Christmas? Oh, come on. Don't fight about it now! It's all right; I can use more than one.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
My coworker sent this link to me a few days ago and I just had to share it: Book Titles With One Letter Missing

Apparently, someone illustrated some of the best entries on Twitter containing the hashtag #bookswithalettermissing. The concept is not new by any means, but the cover creations of this quality are something I'd never seen before. The resulting book covers are beautifully rendered and quite clever.

For example, The Da Vinci Code loses a letter and becomes The Da Vinci Cod. My favorite is probably Where's Waldo? losing a letter and turning into Here's Waldo? which seems like it would be just as existential as Garfield Minus Garfield LOL. I really got a kick out of all of these.

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