Items of Interest: Links that Caught My Attention Last Week

Jen over at Devourer of Books reviewed the YA novel  Bad Girls Dont Die, by Katie Alender. Besides the fact that the title grabbed my attention, I enjoy reading YA and this one looks like a good ghost story.

Beth at Beth Fish Reads reviewed Great Dream of Heaven, a book of short stories by Sam Shepard.  I love Sam Shepard.  Not only is he a great actor but he is also an accomplished playwright and author.  I have had the pleasure of seeing one of his plays, but I had no idea that he wrote short stories as well.  What a renaissance man, though I guess these days we would say that he is a multi-tasker.

Swapna at S. Krishna Book’s kicked off a series that with the 411 on all the different trading/swap sites for books.  Check out her first post in the series where she gives an overview of trading books online, and then check back for more as she gives you the scoop on the ins and outs of all the different sites like Bookmooch, Paperback Swap, and Swaptree.

Shelly at Write for a Reader is hosting a giveaway of The Real Real a YA novel by the authors of the Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus .  I never read the Nanny Diaries, but their YA offering looks interesting so check out Shelly’s review.

And speaking of giveaways, you have to check out Ms. Bookish and her mondo book giveaway round ups.  Talk about one stop shopping! Big List of Book Giveaways, Fiction – Part 1. Big List of Book Giveaways, Fiction – Part 2. Big List of Book Givewaways,  Non-Fiction. If you can’t win a book from her links then I think it must definitely be you!

Carrie at Books & Movies lists her favorite memoirs.  I think I must love memoirs, I have read so any of them this year.  They just go right to the heart of the great and defining moments in a life , and I am always curious about other people- their backgrounds, upbringings and how it informs their world view and shapes how they handle experiences.  I haven’t read any of the ones Carrie has listed, but Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City by Anna Quindlen sounds interesting.

I was joking around with Kathy of BermudaOnion on Twitter that I had so many books that  would have to start making furniture out of my books so that I could fit them into my apartment, and lo and behold I saw a post about making furniture out of books. Well, I can make speakers anyway, but it’s a start. I can apparently also make my own book buddy. Who knew?

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    1. That’s the only one that I had heard of before. I’ve read Anna Quindlen’s fiction before and enjoyed so I would love to see her doo something different.

    1. Thanks for including my giveaway on your list. I’d like to see if I run into something else besides speakers, although it would be nice to disguise mine.

  1. Those speakers can’t sound very good inside hollowed-out books can they? Although I am certainly no expert in the area. I don’t even own speakers that could be put into books!

    I am a big fan of memoirs too! I really like how you explained the attraction of them. Well put.

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