The Review: 2012 Reading Challenges

As the year comes to a close, so does the 2011 Goodreads Reading Challenge. (For those who do not know what a reading challenge is: it is a challenge set, usually by bloggers, to read a set amount of books on a certain subject, in a specific genre, from a particular region etc. by a specific deadline.  Think of it as a triathlon for bookworms).  … Continue reading The Review: 2012 Reading Challenges

AmazonCrossing

*sigh* I’m always the last person to know.   But just in case there’s someone even more out of the loop than I am, I’ve just discovered AmazonCrossing.  In 2010 Amazon.com launched the imprint which specializes in foreign language books translated into English. The books chosen are determined by “customer feedback and other data from Amazon sites to identify exceptional works that deserve a wider, … Continue reading AmazonCrossing

The Little Convict by Yoram Gross (a.k.a. – “Toby & The Koala” stateside)

I can’t believe I found it! This is up there with The Bugaloos, Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, The Dark Crystal & The Wookie Christmas Special on my list of Things-That-I Remember-As-Being-A-Whole-Lot-More-Awesome-Than-They-Truly-Are. (I’m still going to try to order a copy from Amazon). Continue reading The Little Convict by Yoram Gross (a.k.a. – “Toby & The Koala” stateside)

5 Last Minute Non-Book Gift Ideas for the Reader Who Has Read Everything

A Subscription to a literary journal, magazine, newspaper or some kind of periodical.  (An extra bonus is that many of these are available digitally on multiple platforms).  I recommend looking for one with more words than pictures.  The New York Review of Books, Granta, Times Literary Supplement, The Paris Review, The New Yorker and The Economist are all perennial favorites.  NewPages.com is a great resource … Continue reading 5 Last Minute Non-Book Gift Ideas for the Reader Who Has Read Everything

Book trailer for YOU comma Idiot looks pretty good period Who knew question mark

I’m not a fan of book trailers. That’s a gross understatement.   I hate book trailers.  I think the whole concept is kind of stupid.  I mean, why would watching a video convince me to read a book?  That’s like someone encouraging to ride my bike by driving me around the block in their brand new Nissan LEAF (I like it in blue ocean, in case you … Continue reading Book trailer for YOU comma Idiot looks pretty good period Who knew question mark