Archive for September, 2014

Box Cutters and the Art of Opening Book Bags
By September 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Box Cutters and the Art of Opening Book Bags

Box cutters have been on my mind lately. First of all, I’m reading Near Enemy, Adam Sternbergh’s fine follow-up to his superb debut, Shovel Ready, in which series antihero Spademan is a killer for hire. His weapon of choice: a box cutter. More conventional weapons are in short supply in Spademan’s world—a postapocalyptic New York […]

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News You Can Use: Audiobook Roundup
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News You Can Use: Audiobook Roundup

Lots of links of interest. First up: Cory Doctorow says “Amazon vs Hachette is nothing: just WAIT for the audiobook wars!” This BoingBoing blog post says what many in the audiobook world have been thinking about the changing marketplace. A FABULOUS three-part series on Teenreeds.com by Shara Zaval that provides an incredible, in-depth look at […]

Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Cindy: Have we run the course of characters with Asperger’s Syndrome? The new trend just might be characters who are blind. Last fall, my first blind student, Maria, arrived at one of my middle schools and she read more books last year using our audiobook collection than most of my sighted students got through. This year, I […]

Book Cover Roundup: Sharpening Your Business Skulls
By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Book Cover Roundup: Sharpening Your Business Skulls

Despite our editors’ voracious appetite for the written word and passion for rock-solid reviews, some Booklist issue spotlights are just easier to craft than others. The July Spotlight on Business is notoriously tricky, not only because we receive fewer books about penny-pinching than we do zombie-slaying, but also because—let’s face it: we’re word people. Statistics? […]

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Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins
By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins

Hostile Questions is, of course, known for its questioning, which is of a hostile bent, but something strange happened when I met up with Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. There I was, bitter beyond my years, when we […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Horrorstör

Many of us are familiar with a certain Scandinavian superstore whose name rhymes with “I’ll see ya!” Some of us might even love spending a whole day there, blissed-out on minimalist design, open-faced sandwiches and how good our Swedish is starting to sound! For some, though, a trip to I’ll-see-ya! is below a trip to the […]

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The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge
By September 25, 2014 6 Comments Read More →

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge

It’s hard to believe that the first 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge was -> five -> long -> years -> ago. You know what I could have accomplished in five years? Why, I could have a strapping five-year-old child by now. Or two-and-a-half two-and-a-half-year-old children—is that how it works? Or five deformed fetuses floating in mason jars? Whatever—point is, I’ve spent every year since 2009 cramming […]

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Jan Karon’s Father Tim and Other Characters I’d Make Up the Couch For

Jan Karon’s Father Tim and Other Characters I’d Make Up the Couch For

Reading the review of Jan Karon’s new Mitford book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, brought a smile to my face. Father Tim is not a character, he is an old friend. I have been mad at him, I have been jealous of him, I have been moved by him. There are old friends that you mute […]

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National Reading Group Month: Great Group Reads
By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

National Reading Group Month: Great Group Reads

The Booklist Reader is proud to once again partner with the Women’s National Book Association for National Reading Group Month. Every October, the WNBA supplies a list of Great Group Reads—and this list could not come at a better time of year for many book-group leaders. This is the month when many of us are […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

It’s been a while since our last Webcomics Wednesday post, and with the bold new look of our blog, we decided to make a bold new move and . . . do something we did a long time ago! But there’s never been a better time to pay attention to webcomics. More and more comics […]

Posted in: Graphic Novels