A quick personal note: As we have for 7 or so years, my kids took part in our local library’s Summer Reading Program — for my family, it’s never actually increased our reading, but it’s a fun little thing for the kids to do (and it gets them a free book). The last few years, they’ve added a program for adults — also, doesn’t do anything to increase my reading, still I like to participate. Turns out that I won one of the drawings from the program this year — a Kindle Fire — and a free book (Fannie Flag’s The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion). I’d like to give a shout out to the Nampa Public Library as well as a hearty thanks for my new tablet. Remember to support your local library.
Just a couple of odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- Italo Calvino Offers 14 Reasons We Should Read the Classics — This review of an essay from the 80’s offers some very compelling reasons to read (or re-read) the classics. I need to do better at this, and I have more reasons to do so now.
- The Phantom Tollbooth took me into fantasyland — Lucy Mangan describes how Juster’s fantastic classic changed her.
- 8 Famous Authors On The First Book They Ever Loved — we all started somewhere. Kinda interesting to see where these first loves took them.
- Rainbow Rowell’s Best Book Quotes on Love — One of my worst kept secrets is my Rowell fascination. Here’s some great lines that help explain it.
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells — the sequel to the promising, but not as good as I’d hoped, Dirty Magic
- We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory — this could be a fun and trippy read