BTW, the Times‘ book blog, Jacket Copy, has been featuring some of the authors who will be speaking at the Festival.
BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
Book reviews posted since last report:
Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask, by Jancee Dunn
Get Lucky, by Katherine Center (TLC Book Tour, April 20)
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees (TLC Book Tour, April 26)
New additions to TBR Purgatory:
None this week, but check back with me after the Festival next weekend!
BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading
Do certain locations seem more appropriate for certain types of books?
How do you refer to your favorite authors?
I’ve experienced this myself, and you probably have too: the order in which you choose what to read can affect your enjoyment of it
Would your TBR spreadsheet be easier to manage if you used a simple form to add books to it? Here’s how to build one!
International Incident of the Week: I’ve read the (lengthy) discussion in (many) comments, and it actually started out fairly civil and open-minded, but what was intended as a compare-and-contrast post regarding cultural differences between UK and US book bloggers stirred up a lot of rancor and provoked an apology from the blogger. If you decide to read the post, please take the time to read the comments as well and get the whole picture.
Somewhat related: are there certain “rules” you should be following if you call yourself a “book blogger”?
In closing, I usually include these bits in the Week-End Review on Fridays, but this one seemed to fit in better here:
Customer: “I’m going on a 25 hour plane ride, and I was just trying to find something to read.”
Me: “Okay, what kind of books do you read?”
Customer: “Young adult stuff, like romance stuff. OH! Or something with vampires.”
(I walk her over to the young adult section. And show her a series with vampires. There are six books in the series and each book is quite small–not even 200 pages.)
Me: “Well, you might like this series. They’re easy books to read, but really good. I’ve read them.”
Customer: *flips through book* “It seems boring.”
Me: “Oh. Well, I can assure you it’s not. They are quite action-packed.”
Customer: “I mean it looks wordy. Like, there’s a lot of words in it.”
Me: “Well, yeah…most books have words in them.”
Customer: “Hmm…I’ll think about it.”
(She ended up buying 3 teen magazines.)
Sigh. I’m glad to know not all teens are like this. Have a great reading week!