At Literary Ramblings, a truly epic review of War and Peace (both the book and the miniseries) has gotten me even more excited to take the plunge into that sea of words myself. And I have to give honorable mention to Majoring in Literature, for summing up Eugene Onegin in “one really terrible sonnet.” (Actually, it was pretty impressive!)
Here are some of the other interesting links and lists that I’ve come across lately:
- New England author John Irving’s top ten list has some of my favorites on it (hooray, Robertson Davies!).
- Leo Tolstoy’s list of books that influenced him most offers some serious food for thought.
- Brain Pickings compiles a lifetime reading list based on the work of Oliver Sacks.
- A list of traveling-with-family memoirs from Bay State Reader’s Advisory has some very tempting titles.
- And this list of alternate history mysteries from By Singing Light just sounds like too much fun.
- For Valentine’s Day, a wonderfully eclectic list of books with “heart” in the title from Books on the Table.
- For her 400th post, Views from the Tesseract has put together a great list of 100 SF/F books that influenced her, with some wonderfully obscure titles along with the big names. (Is there anyone else out there besides me who has read Under Plum Lake?)
- Beth Fish Reads points out seven recent releases that riff on classic authors and heroines. I haven’t read any of these, but I would like to!
- And for those who long to find underrated masterpieces of the past, here are 10 female coming-of-age stories you’ve never heard of.
Tips for Book Clubs
- For a good discussion, don’t try to please everyone, advises River City Reading.
- If you’re looking especially for coed book club suggestions, here are some from Sarah’s Book Shelves.
- And if you’d like to win over your book club to nonfiction, here are suggestions from the Massachusetts State Book Awards, courtesy of Bay State Readers Advisory.
- Why are children’s books so tough on parents?, at What Me Read, is an interesting look at a well-known literary phenomenon.
- Should there be a genre between fiction and nonfiction? at Educating Alice. I think that would be very helpful!
- What are the things to keep in mind while reviewing? For those of us who still write book reviews, Calmgrove has some very helpful thoughts on this question.
- A look into the creation of the new picture book Swap!, from Seven Impossible Things.
- Mirabile Dictu visits the university library and finds some marvelous murals by Grant Wood.
- An exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology examines the intersection of fairy tales and high fashion.
- When is a book not a book? Another NYC exhibition of fabulous fake books opens at the Grolier Club.
Image of the Month
Shared in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer