Archive for December, 2011

Best Audiobooks for Book Groups 2011

Best Audiobooks for Book Groups 2011

If there’s still room on your 2012 reading group lists, give some consideration to these outstanding titles on audio. Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson and narrated by Graeme Malcolm. A layered literary mystery full of dark charm and dry wit. Malcolm’s voicing of an aging actress on the verge of dementia is […]

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Covers You Remember

Covers You Remember

Cindy: I’m still digesting carbs from all the cookies I’ve consumed in the past week, but I am also chewing on the Cover Story blog post over at Booklists’ Book Group Buzz blog. Neil Hollands asks us to think about book covers that trigger memories or are iconic. I left a comment there this morning about how […]

20 trends for book groups

20 trends for book groups

As plans for next year’s book groups begin to gel, perhaps now is a good time to look at the titles selected and match them up with one of the 20 trends listed here. The folks over at Online Courses have gathered some ideas that may sound familiar, but we can always use reminding, refreshing, […]

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The best discussions of 2011

The best discussions of 2011

The majority of my reading during a year is for book groups. I manage three regularly scheduled groups and guest facilitate for community groups, local businesses and area libraries whenever asked. As Mary K. Chelton likes to say, “Have mouth, will speak.” I’ll add this addendum, “Have eyes, will read.” At the end of each […]

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Freebie: Rob Lowe Stories I Only Tell My Friends
By December 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Freebie: Rob Lowe Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Get ready for 9 hours of audiobook awesomeness. Lowe’s autobiography is a must-listen for memoir fans. It seems that Audible is on a freebie kick –  so add this title from Macmillan Audio to your account or start a membership to download this one before it disappears. Here’s the link: http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B006IT0K6Q&AID=10273919&PID=3512156&source_code=COMA0213WS031709

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Cover Story
By December 29, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Cover Story

OK, I know, you’re all playing with those new digital readers that you found under the Christmas tree, but put them aside for a minute. It’s time to enjoy something retro: Penguin has released a box of postcards that feature classic covers from its British paperbacks. You can sample a few more pictures here. Why […]

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Steve Jobs audiobook freebie from Audible
By December 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Steve Jobs audiobook freebie from Audible

What’s iLeadership? This 7 hr listen will help your 2012 resolutions for business management match the entrepreneurial leadership of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Today’s free audiobook link for The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation “shares the lessons that come out of Steve’s intuitive approach to show how the creative and technological brilliance of iLeadership can […]

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Nursery Rhyme Comics

Nursery Rhyme Comics

Lynn: “Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock,” is a rhyme most of us know from childhood.  Even in today’s too-busy-to-read-world at least some nursery rhymes are passed along to children.  Nursery rhymes have never been as much fun though as in Nursery Rhyme Comics:  50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists (Roaring […]

My 2011 Top Ten Reads
By December 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

My 2011 Top Ten Reads

2011 was a good year for reading. It felt as though many good books were published, but personally I just felt as though I enjoyed more books this year than in years past. On occasion, when assembling a “best” list I am struck with how few books I unequivocably loved. But this year was different and […]

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Free library downloads on Kindle Fire?
By December 26, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Free library downloads on Kindle Fire?

Ebooks & audiobooks via the OverDrive app are awesome. Here’s how to set up your shiny new Kindle Fire with the OverDrive Media Console app, allowing easy wifi download of free public library materials.  Once you download the app, tap the small menu button at the bottom-center of the Fire’s touch screen, tap “Get Books,” then […]

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