Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Suggested by Jennysbooks:
Something I’ve been thinking about lately: “What words/phrases in a blurb make a book irresistible? What words/phrases will make you put the book back down immediately?”
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I'm sure we've all been there. It's the end of a long hard week and the last thing you want is some super duper peppy happy book. It's the book equivalent of needing a sad song on the radio and a whiskey in your hand, or is that just me? Just like when you've had an awesome, spectacular week, the last think you'd want to read is some downer of a book. Well I have the solution for you! Funded by Opening the Book Ltd and populated by UK librarians there is this brilliant site called whichbook.net which matches books to your mood. Seriously. Fill out as many, or as few, of the sliding scales you want and they will give you many options of both current and older titles (yes American authors are included!) to match your mood. So what are you waiting for!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I'll just come out and say it, I am not someone who reads a lot of 'scary' books but since it is getting close to Halloween (and San Francisco is the one city I've lived in where adults celebrate it more than kids!) it's gotten me thinking, what are my favorite spooky books of all time? Note: I have a low tolerance for the spook! Here are my top 5.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
This article was recently posted on Telegraph.co.uk which had reported the results of a survey which asked, "Who do you think is the most romantic character in literature?" I thought this was such a great question! Here are their top ten results (starting with most romantic):
1. Mr Rochester of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre
2. Richard Sharpe of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series
3. Fitzwilliam Darcy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
4. Heathcliff of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
5. Rhett Butler of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind
6. Mark Darcy, of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones’ Diary
7. Captain Corelli of Louis de Berniere’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
8. Henry DeTamble of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife
9. Gabriel Oak of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd
10. Rupert Campbell Black, of Jilly Cooper’s The Rutshire Chronicles
For me, I first stepped out of the 'young adult' genre in 7th grade and became the voracious reader that I am today. This was the year that I read 'Gone with the Wind' and Rhett Butler therefore would be my original literary love. Who can resist a good cad and we all now our first loves always stay with us. I would also have to say that the Darcy's - both of 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Bridget Jones's Diary' - are current and probably perennial literary loves. For many of you, although I have never read them, I am guessing you are sad the love interest from 'Twilight' isn't on here! So who are your literary loves? Do you agree with the above list?
Friday, October 16, 2009
British publishing house Faber and Faber is turning 80 this year. For their anniversary they are re-releasing many of their past titles in beautiful new forms. One of my favorites that they are doing is the series called 'Faber Firsts.' Faber Firsts is a series of ten republished paperbacks of some of the publishing houses greatest debut novels, like Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar', which they have had contemporary designers create a cover for to match the era in which they were first published. I think the set is just beautiful and would make a great addition to any home library! You can buy them directly from the publishers website. Also, the British bookstore Waterstone's has the designer's inspiration for their cover art here which is also really interesting to read through. Happy shopping!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Black, White, and Read: Litquake’s Book Ball, 8 pm. Music! Dancing! Authors and more authors! Green Room, War Memorial Building. $19.99 including one drink and nibbles.
Getting Your First Book Published: A Publishing Industry Roundtable 3 pm. Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St. Free, but advance reservations required.
Mary Roach, author of Stiff, Spook, and Bonk, at noon and 7 pm. Center for Literary Arts, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose. Free. - If you haven't read any of her books yet you should, they are fascinating!
Christian Siriano, author of Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self, 7 pm., Book Passage Corte Madera. Free. - Who didn't love him on Project Runway? Fierce!
Amy Tan receives Litquake’s annual Barbary Coast Award at 8 pm. Tributes by her famous friends, music and mayhem. Herbst Theater.$25 general admission; $75 with post-event reception. - One of San Francisco's most famous authors!
With 80 events, there are plenty of other events and I hope you get out there and take advantage. If you do, I'd love to hear what you thought of it!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced today, with Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' (to be released stateside on Oct. 13th) as this year's pick. Coming in at 560 pages it's a biggie but you might find it's worth it. I don't know about you but anytime I feel I am in a literary rut the Man Booker shortlist is one of the places I turn to find some great new reads as there is always something a little different. 'Wolf Hall' is a historical fiction book set during the time of Henry VIII. I'll review it soon ... when I have some serious time set aside! Look here for a good synopsis on all the shortlisted books to add to your wish lists!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
I am a HUGE fan of author Nick Hornby ('High Fidelity', 'About a Boy', 'How to be Good', etc.!) and he will be in-person for a Q&A and advance screening of his new film this Wednesday 10/7 in San Francisco at the Embarcadero Center Cinemas! He is there for a special advance screening of AN EDUCATION (a feature film starring Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson, and Peter Sarsgaard), written by Nick Hornby. Click here for more details and to buy tickets! Sorry to those of you not in the Bay Area but his author website shows some book signings for his new book 'Juliet, Naked' which I hope to be reviewing here soon!