Bookish links for Saturday, March 10, 2012

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

~ Bear in Mind These Dead by Susan McKay, reviewed by Marleen at More Than a Reading Journal

~ A Long, Long Way by Sebastian Barry, reviewed by Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit

~ Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison, reviewed by Jennifer at Literate Housewife

~ Praying for Strangers by River Jordan, reviewed by Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This – I know I added this to my to-read list when Kathy at Bermudaonion reviewed it, but I still haven’t found time for it. Must do that soon!


~ It’s not too late to join in our read-along of The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey. We’ve only read to page 90 – you can find our discussion of this section here.

Book to movie news:

~ The Beautiful Creatures cast has found their Link.

Other bookish links:

~ Filed under “Could they have possibly missed the point of the character more completely?” – Mattel will release a Katniss Barbie doll.

~ EW revealed the cover of the final book in the Caster Chronicles series: Beautiful Redemption – to be released October 23rd.

~ EW also has the cover and release date (October 16th) of The Twelve by Justin Cronin. October is going to be a great month for books!

~ In honor of her 4th blogiversary, Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves has posted Things I Wish I Knew as a New Blogger.

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12 Responses to Bookish links for Saturday, March 10, 2012

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I loved Jenn’s post. Ah, if only I had been able to read that three and a half years ago! As much as I liked but maybe didn’t love The Passage, I am pretty excited to get on with that series. October is probably one of the busiest months of the year, so I’m probably going to have to hide in the closet to listen. Speaking of which, I’d better get on the wait list NOW for that audio.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I wish my library would let people sign up for wait lists ahead of the release date!

  2. sagustocox
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit

    I’m so glad that the review of A Long Long Way inspired you to add it to your list.

  3. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney

    Thanks Carrie for the links, I look forward to this each week… to see what I have missed out on πŸ™‚

  4. Kailana says:

    I have heard a lot of controversy over the Katniss Barbie. Barbie is hard to pin down. On the one hand, she has very unrealistic measurements; but on the other hand she has been portrayed as having many jobs that can be seen as a possible good influence. It really comes down to the child. It is not entirely Barbie’s fault if the child aspires to be toothpick thin with big boobs. There are lots of other outside influences that contribute. There are many children that play with her and see it as imagining herself in the roles that Barbie holds. So, my long-winded point is that if Katniss is marketed correctly, she can be a strong influence on a young child that has her as a toy. The child can see her for what she represents and not be concerned with the dimensions. This is just my opinion… I think it is brought on by reading non-fiction books about the history of Barbie. I look at her differently.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kelly – that’s an interesting perspective on Barbie, one I hadn’t heard before. I hadn’t considered the idea that Barbies encourage girls to aspire to certain professions or characteristics. I guess I’m mainly disappointed that the Hunger Games film has led the characters/books to become so commercialized.

  5. Michelle says:

    Gah, I really need to read The Passage before The Twelve is released.

    I totally agree that Mattel is completely missing the point on Katniss. It’s so disturbing how marketing is willing to sacrifice everything the story stands for just to make a buck.

    Jenn’s post was great, wasn’t it? Have a great week!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – I did a reread of The Passage on audio – it’s awesome that way, if you do audios!

  6. Sherry Early says:

    I second–or third—the recommendation for Praying for Strangers, although I haven’t been able to make my introvert self follow Ms. Jordan’s example in praying for strangers. IT’s still quite inspiring.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sherry – I put it on my reading calendar to get out from the library in May – and yes, I have to do that, or else I’ll forget. Again. πŸ™‚