Some of literature’s greatest opening sentences—now in punch-card form.
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Ten of our most read stories. Three awesome new ways to rock them.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker
The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
"One day in the subway, James saw a red cat with a wound to the leg that likely resulted from a fight with another cat. It was obvious that the cat needed help. James could not pass and took the cat to the vet. With a little medical treatment and prescription drugs, the cat quickly recovered. At that point, James found it impossible to say goodbye to Street Cat Bob. Bob followed James everywhere he went. As James played the guitar on the street and Bob sat nearby, revenues increased dramatically. People found it difficult to pass when they looked at the cute kitty. James went on to write a book describing their adventures in the street which was full of life – both dramatic and comedic. In the book, James says that he could not have imagined how meeting Bob would change his life. His friendship with the cat healed him from a life that had been very hard. Most likely, if Bob could speak, he would say the same thing.”
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omigod, the one on the train though :)
Happy Birthday, Sharon Creech!
Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter!
Today we celebrate the 148th birthday of the famous children’s author, Beatrix Potter, who is mainly known for writing The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Here at the University of Iowa, we are fortunate enough to have a copy of one of the first printings of this charming tale, which according to our acquisition papers, was previously owned by Potter’s niece!
This particular book was printed in a grouping of 250, and is widely believed to have been done so in 1901. However, the acquisition papers accompanying this copy state that the author’s records say it was privately printed in 1900, and later issued in 1901. This copy is also interesting as it contains the later omitted pages showing how Peter Rabbit’s father met his demise by way of pie.
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-Beatrix Potter aficionado, Lindsay M.
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yep, I identify with this.
10 Children’s and YA First World War Books
Did you know that 100 years ago today was the start of the First World War? World War One began on 28th July 1914 and lasted until 11th November 1918. It’s one of history’s deadliest conflicts, but there’s few children’s and young adult books set during it (you’ll find much more about WWII). The centenary has meant that a whole host of children’s books surrounding WWI were published this year, so here’s a selection that I’ve come across, some read, some just on my wishlist. Head over to my other Pretty Books to find out more about these books.
Finishing up the High Summer Read-A-Thon hosted by The True Book Addict.
I pretty much spent the whole week re-reading Game of Thrones. I read the ASOIAF series a couple/few years ago, but since the TV series has gotten huge I have been watching when I can (do not have HBO; I buy the boxsets). However, there are so many differences, it gets a bit confusing, especially when trying to discuss it with non-reader fans. So, I am reading each book, then watching its matching season. By the time I finish, I may be able to read the new one ;)
I also made 12% headway on a friend’s book that I have on the Kindle. I feel a bit bad about this one because I have had it for awhile and it gets great reviews, but I am not a huge fan of suspense and I only read the Kindle when I am away from my books. (It basically lives in my purse for reading emergencies:) So, I am really reading it slowly, but determined to finish! Especially since she has just signed a deal for 2 more books!
In non-fiction, I started The Planets by Dava Sobel which I have been wanting to get in to for awhile. I haven’t gotten far, but recommend it for bookworms who do/want to love science. She really turns non-fiction into a narrative so well, it’s easier to read than most science books.
And in audio, the kids and I finished The Goblet of Fire and moved on to Order of the Phoenix. Unfortunately, we cannot find the cassette version of books 6 & 7. Usually, they want to go right back to #1, but I need variety.
Looking forward to the FrightFall Read-A-Thon starting in September! If you like to read anyway and want a chance to chat and win prizes, check out http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com/
Literary Word Count Infographic: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/literary-word-count-infographic