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Whether you read fairy tales as a child or whether you’re simply aware of them because you are a person who is alive and does not live under a rock, fairy tales have played a role in your reading experience.
December 5, 2013

Throwback Thursday: More Bang for Your Book!

Posted by emily
One of the great challenges of December is figuring out what gifts to get for your loved ones and postman. The best gifts come from the heart (or so your poor friends would have you believe), but if your heart's fresh out of ideas, then might we suggest books? Better yet, beloved books from our childhood? See where I'm going with this? Anyway, check out our latest TBT, and happy holiday shopping!
This past Friday, the 29 of November, wasn’t just a day for leftover turkey sandwiches and football. It was also the birthday of two fantastic authors, Madeleine L’Engle and C.S. Lewis!
November 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday: What Does the Turkey Say?

Posted by emily
On Thanksgiving Thursday, we clink our pumpkin-infused beverages and give thanks. For our family, for our friends, for our health and for the Kimye music video. And although Thanksgiving means a lot of things to a lot of people, a quick office poll* suggested that the thing we're looking forward to most is a big, home-cooked meal. So this pre-Thanksgiving Thursday, we decided to throwback to our favorite meals in books, although we did get a little carried away by our enthusiasm for all things mouth-watering (of the food variety, not the Hemsworth variety). So, much like our post-Thanksgiving waistbands, the theme was expanded to include any book that prominently features food. Before you willingly enter into a turkey coma next week, check out our TBT, and have a happy, delicious Thanksgiving! *I'll admit, I did initiate the conversation around lunchtime, so the data may be slightly skewed.
That’s right, fellow tributes, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters this weekend. The first film was released in March 2012, and if you’re like me and haven’t re-read the series since then, you probably need a refresher. No shame, even Jennifer Lawrence, in the midst of all her interview quirkiness, has been fuzzy on what’s in which movie and where we are now. To prep for the release, we’re reviewing what you need to know before you see it. Consider it part of your training. Don’t know what I mean? Then you definitely need to read.
Last Wednesday night, I attended the HarperTeen Author Dinner at the National --- a super chic bar and restaurant in midtown east --- as a representative of The Book Report Network, specifically TeenReads and 20SomethingReads. Now, I’ve been to author events before (how glamorous am I?), but I’d never been to a full-blown dinner before. The natural first step in preparing for a dinner honoring three people who have written books is to actually read their books, which I did with pleasure.
This week, we’re going big. Really, really world-changing big, and I don’t mean world-changing as in it touched the hearts and minds of millions and inspired a little girl somewhere in rural Kansas to become an English major (no one should need inspiration for that anyway). This week I’ve picked 10 books that caused significant, widespread and lasting change to the world we live in. Ten books that cover politics, religion, philosophy, advanced physics and everything in between. Ten books worth knowing about.
Hundreds of fans --- mostly in their 20s --- gathered to hear Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of DROWN, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, and THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER) interviewed by Publishers Weekly and PW Comics editor Calvin Reid on Friday night in New York City. The gorgeous United Palace in Washington Heights hosted the event, which was sponsored by community bookshop Word Up.
November 16, 2013

Gotham City Moves West

The bat signal shines against the orange pillar of the Golden Gate Bridge as Gotham City’s villains traveled west to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting City by the Bay. Thankfully, in the far reaches of Siskiyou County, the message was received, calling forth Batkid from his secret lair in Tulelake. For this pint-size superhero, fighting crime alongside Batman is a dream come true.
November 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday: My Heart is an Autumn Sunset

Posted by emily
The question on everyone's mind this Throwback Thursday is whether or not there's a non-cheesy way to post a picture of the sun setting over the city to the Internet. Well, friends, I may have found history's greatest loophole! There's nothing that inspires nostalgia quite like a lovely, late-autumn sunset, and today's was no exception. So enjoy our short and sweet** throwback as the sun goes down here and wherever you may be. And enjoy my picture of the setting sun, and try to pretend I'm not a dork.  **Loosely defined