Saturday Morning Over Easy

imageNeed a date for Valentine‚Äôs Day? Try a blind date…with a book. Some libraries and small book shops have a selection of books for purchase or loan that are wrapped in plain paper, masking the identity of the book until you take it home.

You won’t be able to judge a book by its cover. A few descriptive words or phrases are your only hint at the subject of the story.

imageWe all have our favorite authors or favorite subjects, or maybe you are more of a mystery person, rather than science fiction or fantasy. Moving out of our comfort zone can be difficult. Blind Date with a Book is a fun way to encourage readers to choose something they normally might not read.

 

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Saturday Morning Over Easy

imageThe Golden Globes are this weekend. Several nominees (for movie, actress, or other) are based on novels: The Revenant, The Martian, The Danish Girl, Room. As bibliophiles, we know there is a very tenuous relationship to what we read or our favorite novel to that which is portrayed on the big screen. Some can be gloriously done (Lord of the Rings) while others barely resemble the novel at all (I, Robot). For me, reading the novel first is paramount. If I know Hollywood is making a film or television series of a particular story, I run out and read the novel first. In some cases, if the trailers for the movie look bad, I’ll avoid it altogether, deciding instead to keep the enjoyment of the novel intact.

What is your experience? Movie first or Novel first? What is your Best Adaptation of a novel? The Worst?

Penguin Random House Launches #GiveaBook Campaign

imagePenguin Random House has launched the 2015 edition of its #GiveaBook campaign, a social-media based initiative to promote books as gifts and give back to children in need during the holiday season. For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Facebook and Twitter between November 16 and December 24, PRH will donate one book to the literacy charity First Book (up to 35,000 times). In 2014, the debut campaign surpassed its initial goal of 25,000 #GiveaBook posts, which led the publisher to increase its commitment.