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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!


Gorgeous carved book landscapes by Guy Laramee.

Salvador Dali illustrates Alice in Wonderland.

Feeling both betrayed and excited: former librarian and independent bookstore advocate, Nancy Pearl, presents Book Lust Rediscoveries, a series published by (ew.).

Amazing idea of the week! Weller Books is doing a huge “book drop” around the city to advertise their grand re-opening. Read about it here.

Absolutely beautiful covers for the e-book versions of Michael Chabon’s works by designer Connie Gabbert showcased on The Casual Optimist.

Obviously this travel bookcase is what I’ll be taking on my next vacation. Ms. Crowe – is this how you do it?

“We all read in the Yellow Trolley Bus” in Bulgaria. This cool public library housed in an old trolley bus on a deserted city street is right up there with the Book Barge in the UK for its unique idea and brilliant execution.

Read this article about book landscaping.

Digital Rights Showdown! Harper Collins vs. Open Media


Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves (with pictures!)

The PageTurn, the website/blog by HarperCollins’s School and Library Marketing team.

Book Lists

Book Dirt offers “8 Famous People You Never Knew Wrote Mysteries”. I know I’m putting Hugh Laurie’s on my TBR.


I’m in love with Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, the main character in the Raylan Givens series by Elmore Leonard, in the TV show Justified:

Children’s Books

Cinder (a debut YA novel about Cinderella as a cyborg) author, Marissa Meyer, writes about reimagined fairy tales in “Twice Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Brain Pickings‘ article of the week: “Seven Nonfiction Children’s Books Blending Whimsy and Education”. My favorite is a tie between The First Book of Jazz by Langston Hughes and The Serif Fairy by Rene Siegfried.

Publisher’s Weekly reports on Chicken House – the children’s publishing company begun by the man who discovered JK Rowling’s Harry Potter in the UK – expanding to the Netherlands in “Chicken House Goes Dutch”.


It’s that time again! (I say that like I’ve done this before. I haven’t.) “It is time to announce the contestants, judges, and brackets for the original, one-and-only, full-combat, oddly-predictive-of-the-Pulitzer-Prize, eighth annual TMN Tournament of Books, coming March 2012, presented by Field Notes.” Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check it out here.


Moment of silent appreciation for the Kansas City Public Library.


“The Learning Network” at The New York Times has some fantastic suggestions for encouraging book discussions, particularly between multiple classrooms in “Reading With Strangers: Ways to Study Literature Collaboratively”


Despite the bizarre choice in music, this video is a cute montage of library scenes from movies and T.V. shows:


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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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