About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Most Unusual Book

I only recently became aware of a most unique literary work, simply entitled S. When I had the good fortune to see an interview with its creator, J. J. Abrams, I knew immediately that this was a work that no self-respecting librarian/English teacher could ignore. I had to have this fascinating piece of literature.

I will attempt to describe this complex piece of writing, describe being a more apt verb than review at this point since I have not fully read the book. I have in fact barely begun, not yet having completed the first 50 pages that I usually allow myself before I determine whether or not it will be worth my time to continue reading to the end. I am quite certain I will finish S., but it's going to take some time, not because it is overly long (a bit over 400 pages), nor because the text itself is difficult, but because S. is an incredibly complicated work with more layers than good baklava.

Friday, December 13, 2013

New Take on Classic Authors

Classic literature and female authors? It's no secret that to be taken seriously as writers, 19th century women faced an uphill battle. My favorite classic novel, Silas Marner, provides a great example. Mary Anne Evans obviously felt it necessary to use the male pseudonym George Eliot. Some say these inequities have not yet been completely overcome even today. This video adds a bit of humor to the dilemma of the female author. Enjoy.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Repurposing Books for the Holidays

Kudos to the Menlo school library in California where a makerspace day was held to create some gorgeous decorative items by repurposing old books. Word is they had so much fun that a second day is planned. Take a look at some pictures of the activity that were posted on Pinterest:

Repurposing old books

Interested in trying it for yourself? Just Google "repurposing old books," and you will find plenty of help and information. And if you're squeamish about destroying literary works, think about using old phone books or catalogs.

Have fun.