The Bookaholics’ Guide to Book Blogs

September 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , )

Title: The Bookaholics’ Guide to Book Blogs

Compiled by: Rebecca Gillieron & Catheryn Kilgarriff

Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers

Length: 254 pgs.

I promised a review of this lovely book, and here it is; and trust me: the redundancy of a blogged book review of a book about book reviewing blogs is not lost on me.  I suppose it goes without saying that I loved it.  I love the front cover, I love the blogging snippets, I love the things Rebecca and Catheryn had to say (and yes, I am speaking of them with first name familiarity because I’m taking the liberties of pretending to know them after reading about their likes and dislikes regarding my favorite corner of the world: blogs and books and book blogs).

Catheryn Kilgarriff is the publisher at Marion Boyars Publishers and Rebecca Gillieron is the Senior Editor.  This particular publishing company sounds relatively small, by their own descriptions, and cozy, and wonderful, and British.  Of course, I am now obsessed and plan to purchase anything and everything I see published by Marion Boyars when shopping at brick and mortar stores.  I also have dreams of one day being published by them, even though I live in Texas and the logistics of it may seem ridiculous.  Simply, they made me fall in love with their little office and want to live and breathe everything that they live and breathe.  Coincidentally, I already followed many of the blogs mentioned in the book, but the ones I didn’t already receive emails from on a weekly basis I hunted down so I can in the future.

Having been printed in 2007 and being about the internet world and e-books, it’s a little more than a bit outdated, but still completely worth the read.  The book is not so outdated to feel foreign, just outdated enough to say, ‘Yeah, that doesn’t work any more’ or ‘That’s not quite a true statement these days.’ When those phrases pop up in my mind, though, they surprise me because it’s just barely on the verge of being old news, like their whole chapter on the future of e-books.  I kept thinking, ‘Wow, I remember thinking that several years ago, but…’ the future is here, my friends, the future is here.

I think its wonderful how true Rebecca and Catheryn are to the things they like and appreciate.  For example, the cover art for their book is actually from a blog they discuss in great detail and length called  Dovegreyreader.  The very end of the book even includes all the links for their favorite mentionables.

My favorite quote:

“For book reviews pages are not read simply for pleasure, they do not serve only to sway the purchasing power of the reader towards a particular author or trend.  They are – in an ideal world at least – essential tools of cultural dialogue which stimulate informed debate, encourage new writing and shape the literary world.”

I read that, immediately unlined it, and nearly shouted: Yes, oh yes!

If you write a blog, read blogs, or love books or any kind of literary criticism, you should give this title a go.

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Goodbye Mr. Sendak

May 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm (Obituaries, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Photograph by Astrid Christie

I would be remiss as a blogger, book lover, mother, former child, dreamer, and all around human being if I didn’t post something about Maurice Sendak upon his passing.  Most famous for Where The Wild Things Are, Sendak has changed the lives of children all over the world since the early 60’s when Wild Things was first published.  So influential was this picture book that it was made into a major motion picture/ live action film, has been on baby registry lists since registries were invented, is a Caldecott Medal Winner, and has become the face of children’s sections and bookstores everywhere.  Just visit the Half Price Books in Rice Village of Houston, TX, there’s a huge wall mural honoring the beloved book and its illustrator (which I can’t find a photo of, so you’ll just have to go see it yourself!).  All the way to London where on Streatham Hill you can find an outside mural of the most well known monsters of all time! (Check out the blog of that photographer here: http://unravelcat.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/art-outdoors-streatham-hill/.

Sendak made it to a whopping 83 and his life will be celebrated by a posthumous publication of his most current work called “My Brother’s Book” which he wrote in honor of his late brother.  How fitting and beautiful that it will be his last new publication, and that he too will be gone for it.

Maurice Bernard Sendak was born June 10, 1928 and died May 8, 2012.  For a proper ode to his entire life work, please read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html?pagewanted=all

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