Top Ten Bookish Websites, Organizations, and Apps

This week, I’m highlighting my top ten bookish websites, organizations, apps, and so on (excluding book blogs). So without further ado… 10. Google Reader Technically, Google Reader isn’t limited to bookish endeavors, but that’s certainly what I use it for. Here I can keep track of all my favorite blogs and sites. It can be really interesting to watch trends in reading and writing when all the blogs are side-by-side. 9. Paperback Swap I have a lot of books, many of them []

“Fodor’s Thailand” by Hana Borrowman

Back in February, Jack and I spent two fast-paced weeks in Thailand on vacation. When we decided to travel there, we checked out from the library two guidebooks on the country: Lonely Planet Thailand and Fodor’s Thailand. We decided to buy our own copy of the latter to bring with us.

My Mailbox: Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Mark Salzman, and More

Note: Sorry this video is so overexposed. But I heard the vampire look is so hot right now. Books! American Gods (And The Graveyard Book and Coraline) by Neil Gaiman Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield Housekeeping Vs. the Dirt by Nick Hornby True Notebooks: A Writer’s Year at Juvenile Hall by Mark Salzman The Bridge: A Journey Between Orient and Occident by Geert Mak

“Wanderlust” by Elisabeth Eaves

To say that Elisabeth Eaves has caught the travel bug is to put it lightly. She is obsessed with seeing new places and meeting new people. She begins her travels by babysitting for a summer in Spain, where she has a short fling with a young waiter named Pepe.

Happy Father’s Day!

The great folks over at Open Road Media have put together several Father’s Day videos, including this one on growing up with literary fathers. More from their site: [W]e’ve assembled four original videos featuring insightful commentary about growing up with literary fathers from the sons and daughters of Andre Dubus, Stanley Elkin, William Styron, Terry Southern, John Gardner, and James Jones. Catch glimpses of these great twentieth century literary giants through the eyes of their children, listen to tales of their filial []

My Mailbox: Harold Bloom, Gretchen Rubin, Suzanne Collins, and More

Books I mention: An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake by Tom Horton Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, edited by John Biewen Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production by Jonathan Kern The Polysyllabic Spree and Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby The Best American Travel Writing 2010 by Bill Buford How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to []

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the wake of World War I, the U.S. economy boomed, and bootleggers amassed fortunes during the Prohibition of the raucous Roaring Twenties. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic portrayal of the Jazz Age (as it was also called), encapsulates the optimism and prosperity of this technologically advancing generation.

“Sideways on a Scooter” Event Review

“I was determined to be more than a casual visitor to India,” Miranda Kennedy writes in her new memoir, Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India. “I’d been saving everything I earned at my job as a producer at a public radio show so that I could pick up and go overseas to try my hand at becoming a freelance foreign correspondent. The lack of transcendent, transformative experiences in my life so far had disappointed me: My days seemed a []

Good news!

I was just accepted into the Master of the Arts Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University! I will be focusing on nonfiction; hopefully you’ll see a marked improvement here in my reviews! I’m hoping to branch out into freelance writing, and I’ve already placed one article at chinadialogue.net: “Bikes are green, but in the red.” Check it out!

48-Hour Book Challenge

Friday, June 3 11:03 a.m. I’m looking forward to a weekend of reading on the beach! For this reading challenge, I’m hoping to finish several books that I’m in the middle of right now. In no particular order: The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy A pretty diverse collection! I have no idea much time I’ll have to myself []

Another Reading Weekend

Aww snap. I must’ve pleased the gods of reading challenges, because they are granting me a second chance after I couldn’t give the Spring 24-Hour Readathon my all. Mother Reader is hosting the sixth annual 48-Hour Book Challenge (#48HBC on Twitter) on June 3-5. More from her site: The weekend is June 3–5, 2011. Read and blog for any 48-hour period within the Friday-to-Monday-morning window. Start no sooner than 7:00 a.m. on Friday the third and end no later than 7:00 a.m. []