The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood Remember how Margaret Atwood and I are besties? Remember how we totally enjoyed a cocktail together at the Rare Book Room in Strand Bookstore? Remember how I got my copy of The Blind Assassin signed by Her Majesty? Now that I've gotten the entirely exaggerated bragging out of the way... There is a reason this book was an international bestseller and winner of The Booker Prize (look guys! I can read too!) This is the tale of the utter d
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood “For The Handmaid’s Tale, the rule was that I wouldn’t put anything into it that people had not done at some time in some place. I brought them all together but each of the individual things had already been done by somebody at sometime,” -Margaret Atwood as I sat 8 feet from her at Book Riot Live And this is exactly what I've always loved about Atwood's work. So often it comes across to people as satire of a dystopia that we should be
Last Spring, I was staring at a website... obsessively refreshing even though I knew registration didn't open until 11am. And my c̶r̶a̶z̶i̶n̶e̶s̶s̶ persistence paid off when at 10:58am, I was able secure my spot at Book Riot Live. Book Riot has felt like my book spirit animal since shortly after it's inception. Finally a book site that wasn't trying to be highbrow, snobby or ironic. No hipster beards, manbuns or JFranz lovers here (alright, alright , I'm okay with the bear
As I'm mid-Getting Things Done, was in need of a new audiobook and was listening to (as I always do) the Book Riot podcast, I decided that I would download The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (author of Being Mortal). I had been listening to a lot of fiction on audiobook lately so it was about time for some non-fiction. And given my recent thoughts about organizing my life and the power of getting to-do items out of your brain and onto a piece of paper/app/some sort of
Although my week has kinda sucked (and it's only Tuesday), my luck somehow turned around just long enough for me to be able to say... If you're like me and you listen to their podcast, Reading Lives, Dear Book Nerd (occasionally) and wait with bated breath to know what Amanda Nelson, Rebecca Schinsky or Jeff O'Neal think about books, bookish news, bookish clothes, bookish places... you're well aware of Book Riot. And if you're not, well, that's just sad... because I'm totall
Yes Please by Amy Poehler On the BookRiot podcast, Rebecca Schinsky was recently singing the praises of this book so much, even though I've never seen an episode of Park & Recreation, I had to "read" it. it was the only saving grace of a 5 hour drive to Newport, RI for an hour long client lunch. Besides the amazing lobster mac n' cheese. That might've been worth the drive. The interesting thing about this book is, besides totally delivering on the funny that you expect fro
November 17, 2014 Listening to BookRiot's "Reading Lives" podcast yesterday, I was struck by something essayist Ashley Ford said about a book (Roxane Gay's An Untamed State): "That novel broke me apart and put me back together..." It got me to thinking... that's what we're usually looking for when we pick up a book for the first time, isn't it? A book that can break our heart but then proceed to fix all of the heartbreaks we have suffered in our lives. For me, that book was
On my way into work, I was listening to one of BookRiot's podcasts and came across this story that amused me greatly. Emily Schultz is an author. Emily Schultz wrote a book titled Joyland. Stephen King is an author. Stephen King wrote a book titled Joyland. And that's where things got messy. Emily Schultz started noticing that she was getting negative reviews on her Amazon listing. Apparently people who don't know how to spell Stephen King were purchasing her ebook, thinki
I follow a great blog called Dead White Guys and the author, Amanda, recently wrote a post for BookRiotthat had me staring at my monitor screaming "YES! So.much.this!"
Shit Book Snobs Say: Translations
These are so dead on. A few of my faves:
E-reading isn’t REAL reading. = I need my personal preferences about my hobby to be validated as the only right and moral way do to a thing.
I don’t have a TV because that would cut into my reading time. Did I mention I don’t