Friday Round-Up

I’m going to be trying this new weekly post where I collect all the (mostly book-related) articles/websites/book recommendations from around the web/life in a given week and post them on Fridays. We’ll see how well this goes. Here’s this week’s Friday round-up:

Children’s Books

Lemony Snicket Recommends – this link kills two birds with one stone by introducing you to a fantastic blog, Dinner: A Love Story, and to David Handler’s (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, author of the Series of Unfortunate Events) summer reading children’s picture book recommendations.

Christopher Walken reading The Three Little Pigs. An oldie but a goodie.

Book Trailer for Hugo, the movie based on the best-selling, Caldecott-winning Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Go read the book. Then watch the movie.

Samuel L. Jackson reads the children’s book Go the Fuck to Sleep.


Name the missing word in the book title quiz
I answered 38 of 42 missing words in these titles in 2 minutes, and can honestly say I’d never heard of the 4 titles I didn’t know. How did you do?


“The Broship of the Ring” – a hipster take on The Lord of the Rings – on the art blog of Noelle Stevenson, A Girl and Her Demons

Better Book Titles
Discovered this a while ago and then forgot about, this blog is brilliant in summing up a book by giving it a new title. For instance, instead of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, blog creator Dan Wilbur suggests “Are We There Yet?” as its “better book title”.

Persephone Magazine
-“a daily blog focused on topics of interest for modern, intelligent, clever women”


Flavorwire‘s “Take a Dip: Literary Greats in Their Bathing Suits” (not nearly as racy as I’d hoped).

Salon‘s “The Greatest Books That Never Were” (and basically any other article written by Laura Miller).

Not really book-y, more just nerd-y, but a fascinating article from GOOD on how technology is saving dying languages: “How Do You Save a Dying Language? Crowdsource It.”

The Guardian‘s Top 10 Iranian Books list, as put together by author Kamin Mohammadi.
While you’re at it, check out Ms. Mohammadi’s new book, The Cypress Tree, which uses three generations of women — Ms. Mohammadi, her mother, and her grandmother — to tell Iran’s history. Sadly for the Americans, it’s only out in the UK right now.

The Guardian‘s “Famous for the Wrong Book” article, by John Self.
Okay, yes, obviously I love The Guardian‘s book articles. But, to chime in with my opinion, despite loving High Fidelity and Juliet, Naked, I actually prefer Nick Hornby‘s non-fiction, book-review-ish essays collected in a three-part series of books beginning with The Polysyllabic Spree. And though she’s best known by Anthropology undergrads for her more academic treatise, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, my life would not have been complete without Anne Fadiman’s essay collections, Ex Libris and At Large and At Small. Last but not least, though it’s not quite the same, I will forever treasure Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley, the authorized sequel to Gone With the Wind, above and beyond anything Margaret Mitchell ever wrote.

Watch This

PBS documentary, Biblioburro: The Donkey Library about one school teacher’s determination to bring books to children living in very rural, very remote, very dangerous parts of Colombia.

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