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Friday Round-Up

Each week I round-up all the (mostly book-related) articles/blog posts/book reviews/websites/videos that entertained me during the week. Enjoy!


IndieBound Reader App!

My heart cries with Egypt: “Thousands of Rare Books, Journals, Writings Burned at Institute d’Egypt In Cairo”

My favorite type of list: “The Most Overrated Books of 2011”
My second favorite type of list: “The Most Overlooked Books of 2011”

David Foster Wallace showcases his early writing talents in a response to a fellow Amherst College student’s Letter to the Editor back in the 80s: “Stick Them In Your Ear”

Suggested Chanukah romance novel titles, to compete with the onslaught of Christmas romance novel titles (sadly none of these actually exist): “Love Among the Latkes”

“Favourite covers of 2011” post from The Casual Optimist.

Book Fetish gift guide on BookRiot – what to get the booklover in your life. I’m going to ask the Chanukah armadillo for this literary pin-up calendar.


Okay, okay, I know – two weeks in a row of something not entirely book related, but I think I should just add “cartography” to the list of “other” things that might be mentioned on this blog and be done with it.

Matador has a great article featuring this blog that features amazing maps. That is all.


Thanks to Molly over at Adventures of a Blonde Librarian for recommending this quiz: Famous Female Heroines (in children’s books). I got 9 out of 10, having never read the final book on the quiz. Obviously now I’ll have to pick up some Robin McKinley.

Which Austen Heroine Are You?

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!


Book TV – Top Nonfiction Authors and Books – premiers on C-Span this Saturday.

My personal favorite book trailer of the week.

Also, both of these things are not like the other – book reviews.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


ReadIt1st is a website where you can sign up to receive newsletters about what movies coming out are adaptations of books. You can pledge to read the book first or read the book whenever you want, but either way, read the book and get the news about the movies.

BookSneeze is a way for bloggers to receive free books in exchange for a book review. While not for everyone, it IS another way to get some free books. The catch is you have to blog your review, whether good or bad, stating that you received it from the publisher, and you have to post it on a commercial site, and send these links back to BookSneeze. Lots of Christian/Religion/Spirituality-focused books, just FYI.

Ryan Gosling Works in Publishing

Ryan Gosling Likes Libraries

Ryan Gosling Reads YA

For New Yorkers: is a new website dedicated to bringing you “all things New York for readers and writers”. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it’s the online offshoot of the former brisk & mortar in Rockefeller Center, as well as the online stomping grounds of Barbara Cohen, former owner & operator of said bricks & mortar.

The English Spelling Society. I want to be supportive, but reading over the site, I’m more than a little confused what exactly it, ya know, does. Maybe it’s just me, but I was actually a little put off by its aggressive, almost anti-English, tone. Or perhaps I was oddly sensitive the day I discovered it.


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Loving the #Halloween book display @quailridgebooks!
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Gorgeous illustrations pop with foil pieces that highlight the words of this simple book, perfect for even the youngest reader. The sweetly lyrical text leads the reader from one - a tree - to many - the forest - and beyond, with each turn of the page showing more and more complex scenes through fall, winter, spring, summer, country, city, morning, and night, until we reach the end where the whole world is shining. I immediately wanted to read it again. For all ages, but especially 1-3-year-olds.
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Does not disappoint! Another solid read in the In Death series by JD Robb. I've been reading this series since 2013, since before she came out as Nora Roberts, and I keep expecting the next book and then the next book and then the next book to dip in terms of quality of style and content and originality, but it just doesn't (thank goodness!). In #46, Dark in Death, JD ROBB almost makes a play on her own life in ways, as Eve is after a murderer who finds inspiration in a specific author's murder mysteries. Robb literally pays homage to the master of the meta, Hitchcock, with mentions of Psycho and Dial M for Murder, and I'm pretty sure the author she describes is modeled after Robb herself (physically). The plot is pretty tight and focused, but we still get glimpses of Peabody & McNab; Leonardo, Mavis, & Bella; Somerset is still off on holiday; and there is just a peek at the growing romantic interest in Nadine's life, as well as a preview of Nadine's next best-seller based on Eve's police work. I'm looking forward to a future book of Robb's that I'm sure will go into further detail either about Nadine's upcoming Oscar nomination for the first book/movie or the publication and what I'm sure will be subsequent movie of the second book. Enjoy! Weekend road trip, book 1! One of my favorite murder mystery series by the prolific JD Robb aka Nora Roberts. I discovered NAKED IN DEATH (#1) in 2003 and have been reading it ever since. So excited to see what adventure happens in #46! Pub date: January 2018
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