Gimbling in the Wabe – My Library Request Addiction

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Hi, my name is Sharon.  I’m a library request addict. It used to be that I would only request a few books a week from my local library.  Books I’d been wanting to read for a while or books that friends had recommended, occasionally a title I had read about in the Sunday “Books” section [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – It Bears Repeating

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This week, I’m copping out. It was a difficult week for many reasons, and as the deadline for getting something ready to post approached, I had to face the knowledge that I simply didn’t have anything worthwhile to offer.  In fact, I didn’t even have what felt like a winning idea.  So instead of stressing [….]

LitStack Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin Algonquin Books First Edition:  April 1, 2014 ISBN 978-1-61620-321-4 What a lovely gem of a book! A.J. Fikry is a recently widowed fellow who owns a struggling bookstore on tiny Alice Island, Massachusetts.  He’s only in his mid-thirties, but seems older due to a somewhat cantankerous manner [….]

LitStack Review: What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton

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What Makes This Book So Great Jo Walton Tor Release Date:  January 21, 2014 ISBN 978-0-7653-3193-9 Between 2008 and 2011, Nebula and Hugo Award winning author Jo Walton (Among Others) wrote a blog hosted on Tor.com, wherein she discussed various topics within her chosen genre of science fiction/fantasy.  Being a prolific reader throughout her entire [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Of Dogs and Books that Bind

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Of Dogs and Books that Bind It was pretty darned chilly at the off-leash dog park this morning.  The sky was overcast and a mean spitting of unexpected snow was pelleting those of us who were huddled near the picnic table as our dogs chased and romped, unconcerned with the elements.  “Colder than I expected,” [….]

Songs That Make Books Better

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Songs That Make Books Better A few months ago I wrote about some pretty general musical moments in fiction, basically because I think there’s a kind of cool connection between hearing a tune in my head while also reading someone else’s interpretation of said tune. I’d go so far as to say that it wouldn’t [….]

The Books We Can’t Wait to Read: February 2014

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There’s nothing quite like the thrill of getting our hands on a book we’ve been waiting to read. Kicking off our new “we can’t wait” feature here on LitStack, we begin with the books that we are eager to yank right off the shelf. These selections are far reaching…from SciFi and Fantasy to some of [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – My Favorite Reviewed Books of 2013

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Over this past year, I have reviewed 73 books for LitStack.  Many of these books have been absolutely fantastic; a few not so much.  I’ve read a number of other books, too, but was not able to write a review for them (often they were library books I couldn’t keep long enough to write an [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Too Many Books

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The other day, a wordy site I follow on Facebook, “Word Porn” (meh on the name, but hey),  gave me a word that actually resonated:  tsundoku.  It means (according to the site) “buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands”.  I quipped that since I had [….]

Derek Jeter Partners with Simon & Schuster to Launch Publishing Imprint

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NEW YORK, November 14, 2013—Simon & Schuster is proud to announce a multi-faceted, co-publishing partnership with sports icon Derek Jeter. Under the name Jeter Publishing, the program will encompass adult non-fiction titles, children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, and ready-to-read children’s books. Adult titles will be published in conjunction with the Gallery Books imprint and children’s titles will be [….]