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Each and every morning, I hop into my car and drive 45 miles to the office and spend a minimum of an hour if I'm lucky. Double that for the return home, five days per week, and I get a solid 10-15 hours weekly with my trusty Audible subscription. When I first started this heavy commute four years ago, I was overambitious and tried to listen to heavy nonfiction titles, only to find that some topics just don't keep me awake enough at 6 am. After much searching, I discovered that the best books for commuting were 1950s robot-heavy sci fi (Asimov FTW!) and contemporary fantasy. Being relatively new to fantasy, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of work and feel generally a bit late to the party. That being said, not all were created equal.
Below are four series that I began and/or finished in the past year and just some of my thoughts about them. In an effort to avoid spoilers, I am purposely a bit vague about the plot lines but do hope that you will check them out on your own and let me know what you think. Remember: these are all just the opinions of one guy.
For those of you who are like my and enjoy HP Lovecraft all year long, not just at Halloween, I thought you may enjoy a quick read of his most famous Irish tale: "The Moon-Bog". I hope you enjoy the story and stay safe today. Cheers, Buzz.
Any given day, I am probably in the middle of at least 3 books. Today, I can confidently say that something's holding my place in "The Worm Ouroboros", "The Table Comes First", and "Dune Messiah" until I get back to each one in turn. And, apart from my own #TreatYourShelf bookmarks, I'm always scrambling for scraps of paper, business cards, and old receipts to mark pages. As a semi-professional reader (not really but I can pretend), it feels like I should maybe stock up on some legit bookmarks. Below are some legit ones I found across Etsy that seemed worth sharing.
Christmas and New Years Eve have passed. Valentine's Day has come and gone. Unless you work for the post office, you probably don't even have a long weekend coming up until Memorial Day. How will we all survive??? Well, I'm here to help bring some excitement with a little retail therapy. I browsed my shelves and picked a few choice titles to offer up for auction. Why pay full price when you could get a steal on a collector's piece like one of the books below? If you don't see what you want, check out the rest of the books in my collection as well.
Happy 2017! It's only 11 days into the New Year and the book release calendar is shaping up nicely. Looking through the 18K+ titles set to be released in the next 3 months, I picked nine of the ones I'm most excited to check out. Take a look and let me know if I missed any.
Thanksgiving is a day for appreciating all that you have, immediately followed by Black Friday - a day for feeling like you can never have enough. A bit cynical? Nah, not really. If sellers are willing to put stuff on sale, it makes sense for all of us buyers to wait for that day and then load up. While it's a great day to start knocking things off your Christmas list, it's also a great day to be a little selfish and treat your shelf to some nice new (old?) things. I've pulled together a list of the best places for the book lovers to load up on solid discounts the weekend after Thanksgiving.
I need to collect them all.
For a long time, I've been aware that Frostbeard makes a candle that smells like old books. As someone who lives in a house full of old books, this is definitely appealing but not at all necessary. Who wouldn't want their house to smell like old books?
One of the ways I disseminate my book-related content is through a social sharing platform called Triberr. For those of you not familiar with the site, it essentially is a way to connect with other publishers of similar content for the purpose of cross-sharing to each other's social media channels. This post is not about convincing you to use it or anything like that; rather, it is in response to my own inability to find the answer to a simple question: "Which tribes on Triberr have the greatest reach?"
Amidst all the hustle & bustle of Halloween, election season, and brilliant falling leaves, I wouldn't be surprised if you'd gotten a little behind on your book news. Below is a quick recap of the most popular book-related links from the past month so you can quickly get up to speed. Enjoy, booknerds!
Over the weekend, we busted out the child-sized pumpkin carving tools and attempted to make some passable jack-o'-lanterns. My wife made a successful witch carving using one of the patterns in the kit. I, on the other hand, went rogue and tried to make a pig free hand. It went...ok. Not pictured here for oh so many reasons. While I wish my pumpkin carving game was a bit stronger, there are true artists out there playing in a realm I could never achieve. I have collected a bunch of literary/book themed pumpkins that really impressed me. Hopefully they'll inspire some of you to up your game and create an Infinite Jest-inspired tennis/drugs pumpkin or a Dune-inspired desertscape. Me? I'll probably just try to pass my pig off as "Charlotte's Web".
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