Bookish links for Saturday, February 12, 2011

I had hoped to put this post together last night and have it go up this morning, but instead I spent the evening reading Cryer’s Cross with Natalie. After watching the creepy book trailer, she wanted to read it, but thought it might be too freaky, so I offered to read it with her. I haven’t read a book aloud to just her since Breaking Dawn came out! Anyway, Lisa McMann’s Cryer’s Cross was creepy and freaky, but in a good way, and we devoured it – read for about an hour and a half on Thursday evening, then read for two hours straight and finished it last night. I probably won’t write a review of it, but here’s Natalie’s review – just be wary of the parts labeled “Spoiler Alert!”

Author news:

~ R.I.P. Brian Jacques

~ Jeffrey Eugenides has new book coming out this fall.

~ Natalie at Book, Line, and Sinker was lucky enough to interview Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum series.

~ Though we have to wait until 2012 to actually read it, those of us anxiously awaiting the next book from Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, now have an actual title to look forward to.

Discussion starters:

~ Things Mean a Lot: “Who needs libraries? Books are so cheap!”

~ Bookalicious: Authors helping authors – down with bad reviews!

~ My Friend Amy: What is faith-driven fiction?

Reviews and blog posts that have me adding to my to-read list:

~ Songs of Love and Death, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, reviewed by Fyrefly at Fyrefly’s Book Blog

~ Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum, reviewed by Jen at Devourer of Books

Reading challenges:

~ I really thought I was done signing up for reading challenges for the year, but the Birth Year Reading Challenge has my interest piqued – I love the idea of reading titles that came out the year I was born. And, there’s no minimum requirement.

Other bookish links:

~ Harry Potter’s Butterbeer Recipe Uncovered

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10 Responses to Bookish links for Saturday, February 12, 2011

  1. Em says:

    Not so long ago, I check some app that showed you the books (I think they might have been best sellers or from a particular publishing house) the year (month?) you were born and I thought it would be interesting to read a few books from the year I was born. Looks like I wasn’t the only one thinking that!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Em – guess not! If you input the year of your birth into Wikipedia, you can find a list of books published that year. I’m really tempted to try this one – I want to see the list first, though. 🙂

      • Em says:

        I had a look and I have already read twice the only book I owned that was published that year. The other books don’t tempt me enough for me to buy them, so I’ll give it a miss. I’m doing enough challenges like that anyway!

        • CarrieK
          Twitter: booksandmovies

          Em – I’m not sure that I’m going to do it either – the idea intrigues me, but the thought of adding one more challenge….

  2. Ash says:

    I was beyond excited to hear about Jeffrey Eugenides’s new book! I mean, just, ecstatic. Thanks for the link, I’ve had trouble finding some concrete info on it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Ash – you’re welcome! I loved Middlesex, but have yet to read Virgin Suicides – need to get on that!

  3. nat @book, line, and sinker
    Twitter: booklineNsinker

    thanks so much for the link love! 🙂 have a wonderful week.

  4. Robin
    Twitter: robnmccormack

    Great links. I just ordered Redwall to read with James. Enjoyed reading Bookalicious’s post and flabbergasted by Authors helping authors. She most assuredly shot herself in the foot with that one. I stumbled across an interesting post by Stacia Kane “Reviews are for Readers” the other day that was quite eye opening in a different way.

    Maybe the other gal should take a tip from her.

    Off to read Natalie’s review