Category Archives: Books

{Article} Throw Away Your TBR List

Below is a interesting look into a bookworm’s TBR list and why do we really have them at all.

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The longer I work in books, the more I’m asked how I keep track of what I want to read. Every reader knows that the options are overwhelming–there are more books being published than ever before, and readers have more options for accessing them–and nobody knows how to manage it. So we ask each other. We build tracking tools and apps and social networks. We sign up for reading challenges. We join book clubs. We’re willing to try just about anything that claims to offer us a way to make order out of the chaos that is the unending flow of book recommendations that come at us every day. And if/when we wrangle our received recommendations into some kind of system, what then? How do we, given the finite nature of our lives and our free time, decide what to read, and when?

Continue reading the original article at Bookriot

{Random} Goodreads Choice Awards 2013

Announcing the winners of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year! (1 953 770 votes)

Fiction: Khaled Hosseini – And the mountains echoed

Mystery and thriller: Dan Brown – Inferno

Historical Fiction: Kate Atkinson – life after life

Fantasy: Neil Gaiman – The ocean at the end of the lane

Paranormal fantasy: Jim Butcher – Cold Days

Science Fiction: Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam

Romance: J.R. Ward – Lover at Last

Horror: Stephen King – Doctor Sleep

Memoir and Autobiography: Malala Yousafzai – I am Malala

History and Biography: Brian Jay Jones – Jim Henderson

Nonfiction: Temple Grandin – The Autistic Brain

Food and cookbook: Tequila Mockingbird

Humour: Allie Brosh – Hyperbole and a half

Graphic novels: Beautiful Creatures

Poetry: J.R.R Tolkien – the fall of Arthur

Debut Goodreads author: Emma Chase – Tangled

Young Adult Fiction: Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park

Young Adult Fantasy: Veronica Roth –  Allegiant

Middle Grade: Rick Riordan – The House of Hades

Picture Book: The day the crayons Quit

{Random} Book Dedication: Her Vampire Husband

This has to one of the best book dedications I have seen in a while. It is taken from ‘Her Vampire Husband by Michele Hauf’. (ISBN: 978-1921-68570-5)

To Jeff: Because I know you would slay a dragon for me.

You are the only knight I will ever desire. Love You.

But really? Because that dragon carcass in the front yard could get just nasty, not to mention you’d always complain about having to mow around the tail. And do you think I’d let you hang the dragon’s head on the living room wall? I don’t think so. Thought we could have a grand backyard BBQ. And just think of the money we’d save on the grocery bill, not to mention our new dragon leather attire.

{Random} Dinosaur Sex Stories?

I seriously don’t know what to make of these, but the article is an interesting read none the less. Have a look for yourself and see what you think about it.

{Random} The avant-garde art of book stacking in stores of Japan

Below is a link to the art of book stacking in some Japanese store. Some of these are pretty amazing.

“With bookstores in Japan overflowing with manga, novels and non-fiction, it takes a lot to stand out and get noticed. However, with the advent of the three styles of book stacking we’re going to show, it’s impossible for passersby not to stop and take a gander at these literary works.”

Below are 3 images of the basic styles that they look at in the article. Enjoy!




{Random} How do you organise your bookcase?

Below is a link to a blog about how John Crace organizes his bookcase and why do we really need to organize them at all.

{Image} Teen non-fiction?

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I always knew there was some truth in these stories, I just didn’t realize it was all true.

{Website} What should I read next?

You finally close the book that you were so totally connected with, only to look up from it and wonder ‘where do I go from here?’ You look in your personal book collection, visit a library or two or even ask friends and family for recommendation, but still nothing is taking your fancy.

I know this feeling so well. I own way too many books according to many people I know (but it still doesn’t stop me from buying more), only to stare at the bookcase for a long time wondering what to read next. So as I have been known to do from time to time, I Googled my problem and stumbled upon this site:

It’s nothing overly fancy, but it does give you a few hint based on the book you have just read or a favourite author, what you might like to read next. You can even sign up and save your searches.

For example: I just finished reading the Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith and entered that into the search bar. Below is the results of that search

  • Alyson Noel, – The Immortals: Dark Flame
  • Alyson Noel, – Night Star
  • Alyson Noel, – Shadowland
  • Cecily Von Ziegesar – Gossip Girl #1: A Novel (Gossip Girl Series)
  • Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
  • Rachel Caine – Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires, Book I (The Moganville Vampires)
  • Alyson Noel, – Blue Moon: The Immortals
  • Darren Shan – Cirque Du Freak (Saga of Darren Shan S.)
  • Alyson Noel – Evermore
  • Rachel Caine – The Dead Girls’ Dance: The Morganville Vampires, Book II (The Morganville Vampires)

You may or may not find something you like, but it is still a handy little site to have just in case you get lost in all the books out there.

{Random} 20 Amazing Outdoor Libraries and Bookstores From All Over the World

{Random} Beautiful Title

Just noticed that the last few books have the word ‘beautiful’ in the title. Thought it was bit stranger really. My next book will have to be something that doesn’t have ‘beautiful’ in the title, I think.