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Friday, May 6, 2011
|We prefer this French Kiss.|
GTL, baby. G-T-L.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
s post to share the love, and proclaiming that you will indeed ROCK THE DROP!
* Print a copy of the bookplate below and insert it into a book (or 10!) that you'll drop on April 14th. Drop a book in a public spot (park bench, bus seat, restaurant counter?) and you're done. Lucky finders will see that the book is part of ROCK THE DROP!
* Snap a photo of your drop and email readergirlz AT gmail DOT com with the pic -- we'll be posting lots of pictures of drops happening all over the world at the readergirlz blog, and our friends at Figment will also be featuring the event!
Imagine people around the globe finding copies of amazing books in unexpected places, gifted out of love for YA lit. Everyone can participate to raise awareness of the day!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
|Offer: Candace Bushnell's 'Four Blondes'|
I have to ask: What the hell was this person expecting?
Ah well. If someone goes to pick up the book, they should leave a 4 Non Blondes cd/cassette behind.
As least we can be sure Bushnell will never respond to this woman's review. Or if she does- it won't be like this.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
|John Lennon and Cynthia|
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In this show we discuss the "F-Word".
That's right: FEMINISM.
Kim, Rose and Megs discuss what feminism means to us, what it may mean to others, and what it means for the books we read this week: John by Cynthia Lennon and The Girl with the Dragon Tattooby Stieg Larsson. We shake our heads at John Lennon's antics and gasp aloud at a revelation about Lisbeth Salander. We also announce which of the hosts is going to Africa!
New feature: Literary trivia! Question: Agatha Christie wrote some books under a different name. What is the name?
Put the correct answer in the comments!
We also tell you how to get a free audio book from Audible.com (hint: http://www.audibletrial.com/thelibrary).
Upcoming books are Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and A Shore Thing
by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi for the Celebrity Scribes Review.
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Music Credits: Alex East, Toto, John Lennon (dubstep remix), Paul Johnson
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Free books. Free NEW Books.
I don't in any way condone stealing copyrighted works, so we're not going down that path- but I've compiled a list of ways anyone can read for free (or "cheap as free").
-First Reads: Free book giveaways: This combines the joy of reading the unknown with the adrenaline that comes from entering the lottery. That's right, you can join Goodreads.com, and then enter to win a pre-release book that's been listed by an author or publisher. The variety of books is extensive, and there's a big reading/discussion community on the site as well.
-BookCrossing: An awesome and incredibly unique book sharing experience that I can't wait to try! Step 1: Label a book from your collection with one of the special bookcrossing barcode. Step 2: "Share" the book by either giving it away to a stranger or friend, leaving it on the table at a coffee shop or on the train, or any other way you wish to release it into the wild. Step 3: Follow the book online to see where it's going and where it has been. According to the website, over 850k people registered nearly seven million books which are traveling around 130 countries. That's awesome, free, and fun. Try it!
-Kindle eBook Lending: For 14 days you can lend an ebook to another friend who has a Kindle, or has the Kindle app for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, or Android. Sounds awesome, yeah? Only drawback? Not all books are lendable, AND the lender can't read the book during the loan period. This leads us to...
-BookLending.com: If your friends don't have e-readers yet, or you're just looking for a wider variety of choices, BookLending.com is the place for all e-reading people to come together and loan out their books. The site matches borrowers with lenders at no cost.
-Free-Ebooks.net: It's the posting place for a lot of indie authors who just want to get their work out there, or booksellers who want to provide samples. You can read on your computer, iPad or iPhone.
-BooksFree: Despite the name, it isn't entirely free, but it is very inexpensive. For about $11 USD per month, you can check out two books at a time. The price is low, but the selection may not be the best if you're looking for mainstream, popular novels. I'll also point you to...
-Bookswim.com: It bills itself as "The Netflix for Books", and that's a pretty accurate title. The selection is good, but the pricing plans start at $23.95 a month for 3 books at a time OR 1-book-a-month for $9.95+3.99 shipping fee. Yeah, it's cheap-as-free over time, but there's always the totally free option, like...
-The Library: this is a big "duh" for some, but I've come across many people who don't realize their local library has an extensive New Release section. Most library systems in the US allow you to browse their catalog online, and reserve a book- so you can get in and out of the quickly. As long as you return the book on time and keep up with your library card-- it's the free-est and easiest option available.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
This is perhaps my favorite vlogbrothers video. If I could ever put my thoughts into words as elegantly and articulately as John Green does - well, I'd be able to capture a little bit of my understanding of the world and share it with others. Maybe someday.
Hello Library friends!
On the last episode of The Library Show we discussed Looking for Alaska, by John Green. We touched briefly on the fact that this book is often considered controversial. I wanted to give us some space here to discuss such controvery.
The website safelibraries.org frames Looking for Alaska as pornographic, supposedly alerting parents to the dangers within its pages. It counts the number of times inappropriate words are used within the book, not distinguishing any sort of gradient for the level of inappropriateness – so words like “hell” and “fuck” are counted as the same. Thus safelibraries.org has calculated that Looking for Alaska has 1.3 inappropriate words per page. (Of course personally, that just makes me proud of this book) The website then goes on to list a few passages from the book – the two sex scenes that it contains. Of course these scenes (just like the inappropriate word list) are given no context at all. Out of context, I can see why these scenes might scare some parents… sex seems to be treated so flippantly.
However! Anyone who has read the book knows that these scenes are quite different from each other – one is decidedly unsexy (that is the whole point) and the other, while being significantly less explicit, is quite a bit sexier. This brings me to my entire point of this post – context matters. All of the pages and words surrounding these passages and the words listed in the inappropriate word list make it so that we can see, and understand, why these elements are in this book. We can see why it is necessary to tell this story with these words – why it matters that Pudge’s friends at Culver Creek drink, smoke and talk about sex all the time. We can see how a book that uses the word sex 28 times, apparently, is not actually about sex at all, but about emotional relationships and coming to grips with love and loss. Without these elements the story, and the wonderful themes that we can draw from it, would not be possible.
With that said, were you surprised at the content of this book? Did it ever make you feel uncomfortable that a “Young Adult” novel would contain characters that drink and smoke and talk about sex? Or rather did you feel as though these things grounded these characters and made them more real for you?
Also, for your viewing pleasure, I feel like it is appropriate to share John Green’s video blog regarding this subject. Personally, I feel he is well spoken and inspiring as ever:
Soooo, what do you think?
Saturday, February 12, 2011
The machine had been invented a few years ago: a machine that could tell, from just a sample of your blood, how you were going to die. No dates, no details. Just a slip of paper with a few words spelling out your ultimate fate -- at once all-too specific and maddeningly vague.
A top ten Amazon Customer Favorite in Science Fiction & Fantasy for 2010, The Machine of Death is an anthology of original stories bound together by a central premise. From the humorous to the adventurous to the mind-bending to the touching, the writers explore what the world would be like if a blood test could predict your death.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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Friday, January 21, 2011
So it begins.
It's the first episode of The Library, your portable, virtual, wonderful book club podcast! We (Kim, Jen, Rose, and Quinn) will be reading only the best and the worst books available and bringing our comments straight from our heads to your ears.
The idea of this show is simple. Twice a month we'll read a new book, and then get together to discuss it in depth and/or make fun of it. Each show we'll assign a new book to read, and then we'll discuss it on the following show. You don't HAVE to read along with us... but just know that every show is going to be full of two things that may get your goat: spoilers and opinions. We won't apologize for either of these things, but we will try to always entertain you, and also give you a chance to rant to us via voicemail, blog comments or email.
"Everyone who has been on television for two weeks in a row has a book deal."
"...WHO is buying these books?"
We introduce our first, and possibly the best segment, devoted to celebrities and their sometimes terrible, sometimes incredible literary offerings. Each show at least one member of the cast will be reading a book penned by one of the beautiful people*, and explain their journey to the center of a reality show star's thoughts and feelings.
This week, we talked about Snooki's successful book launch, and preview the upcoming book. Want to read along? Kim, Rose, and Jen have agreed to read Lauren Conrad's L.A.Candy.
The Top Shelf : "Candle Cove" by Kris Straub
"It gave me nightmares..."
For this week, being the first show, it felt silly to review a book that there was no chance you would have read before, so we decided to do a short story that you may have heard of-- or you may not! It's called "Candle Cove".
Read it here: http://www.ichorfalls.com/2009/03/15/candle-cove/
Kim sent the link to the hosts this week, with absolutely no explanation, and asked for their opinions. Of course, they were more than happy to share.
Nothing this week, because it's our first show- but we expect to hear from you by episode two!
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*in the eye of the beholder
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