November 9, 2012

Weekly Bookish Discoveries and Shout-Outs

Bookish Discoveries

It's been kind of a crazy stressful week for me personally but I am trying to get it together.  Reading has been really difficult since I can barely concentrate.  Each time I begin to read I begin thinking of all the things I am stressed about and I can't shut off my brain and escape for a while.  Ugh!  Frustrating!  Does that ever happen to you?  I've had to use TV.  It's both visual and auditory, which makes it enough to fully distract me.  Hulu has been a godsend this week. 

I have not, however, let this deter me from reading your posts!  You guys have written some good ones and I am determined to show you off. :)

Bookish News

1. 3 years ago homosexuality was illegal in India.  Today LGBT Literature in India is getting to "come out of the closet".  Yay, for progress!

2. Study says that School textbooks shape national attitudes, with (spoiler alert!) religion the growing area of dispute.

3. Our beloved BEA is hosting a day for consumers at the conference in June in order to connect more with buyers. Consumers even get to wear badges that read "Power Readers."  Sweet.

4. Macmillan Dictionary to go digital.  I'd say that is good news for libraries, researchers, and ordinary bad spellers alike.

5. NBC has optioned the rights to the book Slouching Towards Adulthood by Sally Kaslow, about a generation of "adultescents" struggling to adjust to grown-up life.  Hmmm...I thought that was everyone.  No?

Blogger Posts Worth Reading

1. I enjoyed Book Riot's post of 10 Kick-Ass Secret Passage Bookshelves.  This being my favorite:
It doesn't hurt that it was also the largest.  

2. Peter's discovery of Edgar Allan Poe made my week.  Poe kicks literary ass.

3. Amy @ My Friend Amy starts a movement for commenting, encouraging us all to comment on at least a few friends' posts every day.   It is a great way to keep bloggers motivated- I know it helps me- and to let everyone know that we ARE reading!  (Look at the bottom of this post for a shout-out to my own commenters who are helping me get back in the blogging world!)

4. I published my Weekly Links last week just before J.C. published her take on the Penguin/Random House Merger, as well as her thoughts on where in the world are the editors anymore??  I had to definitely include it this week.

5. Did you know the term "teenager" has only been around since the '30s? I didn't until Kailana wrote about why she loves slang @ Historical Tapestry.  From flappers with too much "vamp" to "I'll be jiggered" and "spifflicated", Kailana's post made me want to discover more about slang words myself!  That and I will be finding a way to slip the word "spifflicated" into conversations now.

My TBR is Going to Topple Thanks To...

1. BookNAround introducing me to Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus in her Waiting on Wednesday post.

2-4. The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton, Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck, and I Am Venus by Barbara Mujica thanks to Tanzanite's Castle Full of Books.  She wins the prize this week, lol.

5. One again, Jen @ Devourer of Books adds to my TBR list- this time with her review of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.

6. Vera @ Luxury Reading interested me in The Cracked Slippers by Stephanie Alexander, a retelling of what happens to Cinderella after the ball.  I was excited to get a free download of the book, as well!  Another free download is in December, check out the link to find out the dates if you are interested.

7. I added Black City by Elizabeth Richards thanks to the refreshing review at Katie's Book Blog.

8. Julie @ Booking Mama is as fascinated with apes as I am and she shared a book about bonobos called Endangered by Eliot Schrefer that I simply MUST read.

Thank You to All My Wonderful Commenters This Week!

heidenkind (Tasha B.)
Vasilly (Natasha)
Caspette (Mandy)
Ana @ things mean a lot
bermudaonion (Kathy)
Kimberlee @ Girl Lost in a Book
Gina @ a book dragon
Kim Ukura
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Stephanie (Eclectic Books and Movies)
Tif (Tif Talks Books)
Jenners (Life..with Books)
Xe Sands

You all have helped me feel welcomed back into blogging and I really appreciate it!  You guys rock. :)


  1. Great links! You were one of the first book bloggers I met when I started, way back when I was blogging at Laughing Stars (aka Stark Raving Bibliophile) years ago. I am so glad to see you back in full swing!


  2. I love the slang and colloquialisms in historical fiction as me, it makes the story that much more realistic :) I love these posts by the way :)

  3. I loved that post by Amy. Such a great idea!

  4. Fantastic post, Becca! I only just found your blog thanks to your comment, but I'm definitely sticking around and stalking you in the future :) Thanks for a lot of great links :)

  5. I'm really curious how the BEA day with Power Readers will go. I think it's cool they're trying to reach out to consumers and generate buzz about books, but I'm curious how all of it will go together. It will be interesting to see!

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  7. I just adore your blog -- love your bookish posts, including this one! I hope you get some time to relax soon!

  8. Awesome! I am so glad you came by! I am stalking you, too, so it's okay ;)

  9. Thanks for all of the comments you leave me, by the way! You rock :)

  10. Thanks! I will keep them coming, then! I agree about the historical terms. It helps put me in the setting.

  11. Oh gosh! It's so good to see you! I lost track of some people so I am glad you found me so I can visit you. Hope you are doing well!

  12. LOVE those hidden passages! I want one!!! :)


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