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Confession: Literary Tattoos

I have a bit of a confession… I’m intrigued by literary tattoos. When I told a coworker his reaction was You, get a tattoo. Really? Apparently, I’m so not that person.

My best friend has decided that when she turns 40 she’s getting a tattoo and apparently, I am too. Or so I promised her a couple years back. (I Have no recollection of said promise so I can only guess this was during a girls weekend and wine was involved.)

So as it is nearly 2AM and I can’t sleep I was pursuing tumblr and came across a site devoted to Literary Tattoos. And even better yet, they have a a book, The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide. So now I have a new source for ideas.

I love the idea of getting one with a quote from Gatsby or Fitzgerald. What about you? Do you have a literary tattoo? Are you thinking about getting one?



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Happy Haul-idays from Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books is hosting a Happy Haul-idays contest for bloggers and readers of blogs. To check it out head over to Chronicle’s Happy Haul-idays website for all the details but basically you make up your dream wish list from Chronicle’s listing up to $500 and you and a lucky reader can win those books. Thanks to for bringing this to my attention.

So on to my choices:

By Cokie Roberts, Susan Stamberg, Noah Adams, John Ydstie, Renee Montagne, Ari Shapiro, and David Folkenflik
“Always put the listener first” has been NPR’s mantra since its inception in 1970. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, NPR’s programming attracts over 27 million listeners every week. This beautifully designed volume chronicles NPR’s storied history, featuring dozens of behind-the-scenes photos, essays and original reporting by a who’s who of NPR staff and correspondents, transcripts of memorable interviews, and an audio CD of the most memorable programming throughout the decades. Beyond an entertaining and inspiring tribute to NPR’s remarkable history, this book is an intimate look at the news and stories that have shaped our world, from the people who were on the ground and on the air.
I love NPR. It keeps me company on the commute to and from work (baring pledge week when I skip because I’m a high fidelity member). I think this book would be very interesting to review.
By Lisa Nola Illustrations by Nathaniel Russell

List-makers rejoice! This quirky and imaginative guided journal is the ultimate tool for creating a unique autobiography entirely in list form. Some lists are obvious (greatest accomplishments, best friends, favorite food), others obscure (guiltiest pleasures, greatest acts of kindness, personal fashion trends), and each list is accompanied by hilarious illustrations. Listography is perfect for getting down all the details of a life less ordinary.

I love these books! I bought them for friends and they loved them. This seemed liked a perfect fit.

Friends Listography

By Lisa Nola Illustrations by Maria Forde

Fans of our Listography journals (over 120,000 copies sold) have told us how much they enjoy sharing and creating lists with their friends. So, here it is: Friends Listography—the perfect journal for parties, school or the office! With list topics that range from the ever-popular (favorite movies) to the unexpected (predict your friend’s fortune cookie), each page is organized for maximum friend-making, team-building, and list-making fun.

I love the idea of a Friends Listography. This could be a lot of fun. Like playing that “name 6 people you would invite to a dinner party” game.

Fortune-Telling Book of Dreams

Inspired by a vintage book, this delightful guide deciphers dreams to predict the future. It compiles over 1,000 dream symbols and reveals what they portend for the dreamer. This gilded, faux-leather book is irresistible to pick up; its content is so compelling, it’s impossible to put down.

It’s been a while since I’ve actually remembered a dream but I always loved reading into the symbolism behind people’s dreams. It’s usually surprising.

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ebooks and reading

“I will never stop loving the printed book,” Mr. Connelly says. Yet, “I am very interested in this world. E-books are here to stay.” He adds, “There is the advantage of being able to carry multiple things. I travel a lot—believe me, I notice the weight.”

Mystery and thriller author Michael Connelly

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about e-readers and how the devices are causing people to read more.  In fact the study found that 40% of the respondents said that they now read more than they did with print books.

AMEN. Finally a study identifies a trend that I noticed with my own reading habits and supported by several of my friends. (Yes, I did notice that it was commission by Sony, a maker of an e-reader.)

I LOVE my kindle. The ability to tote around many books at one time without all the bulk is a huge benefit.  When I’m stuck in the longest line in Target, the grocery store, or the post office all I have to do is pull out my iPhone and I can continue reading.  (I’ve also been known to do the same thing when I’m stuck at work waiting for a meeting to begin.)

I don’t understand people who are vehemently opposed to ebooks. Why can’t we find a place for both?

As much as I adore my kindle, I haven’t stopped buying printed books. I’m just more choosy about what I want in print vs electronic. Because, space is an issue. I live in an apartment. There are only so many book cases I can add and I just can’t find it upon myself to get rid of books. Even when I loan them out it is just that – a loan. I want that book back.

The only thing that has slowed down my ebook purchases has been the insanity by the publishers. I don’t buy MacMillan ebooks because their prices are usually insane. I purpose take them out from the library or get them from a friend. I’m not supporting a company that routinely charges consumers more than what is reasonable. I realize publishers are running a business and have to make a profit. But I shouldn’t have to pay the same amount as a paperback or hardcover. The paper, printing, and distribution charges are much higher for print than ebooks. I do feel guilty about this because it means the author isn’t getting any payment from me. But I would gladly send the author whatever portion they would have received and skip greedy publishers.


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Flavorwire has an interesting post on what you’re reading in public says about you. I have to admit, I loved this one:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: You never read The Da Vinci Code, and you’re not going to feel left out this time

Because it seems like the books have taken on a life of their own. I have yet to read any of them but friends all tell me I’ll love the book. Even though they can’t quite explain why they love the book.

The post reminded me one of the reasons I love my kindle is that people can’t tell what I’m reading so that can’t make any judgments.  (No looks of disdain if I happen to be reading ::shock:: a romance. ) So instead of questions about what I am reading I end up fielding questions about the kindle itself.

Occasionally I end up in a debate about ebooks vs paper. “How can you read ebooks? It’s just not the same.” That’s true. Since I’ve bought my kindle I think I’m reading more and I feel like I’m reading faster. This may or may not be true. I like the convenience factor. When I travel for work, I have access to a bunch of different books in the space that one takes up. But I’ll never give up on paper books. I’m just more choosy. If it isn’t something that I want to later display on a book shelf, I go ebook. That new book on Chicago, bought the hardback.

And speaking of ebooks… I love that Kristan Higgins made the USAToday list today at #102 for her ebook edition of All I Ever Wanted. As Jane from Dear Author noted, There are other (E) editions on the list.  I think this is a real sign of the ebook penetration. I hope we see more ebooks on the list and then maybe publishers will stop fighting it. (I’m talking about you MacMillian.)

Side note: If you haven’t picked up All I Ever Wanted, I recommend it. It’s a good read.

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