Sunday, November 22, 2020

BW47: Best of 2020

"Reading is like breathing in, Writing is like breathing out" ~ Pam Allyn     What a wonderful quote!  Reading to me is as necessary as breathing and writing has become much the same. I get grumpy without my daily dose of words.  I am ever so thankful for books and those who make them possible from the writers to the publishers to the online and brick mortar stores from whom I can satisfy my bookish sweet tooth.  Especially writers, as we are the beneficiary of  their creativity. They inspire, entertain, enrich our lives, teach us how to do new things, enlighten us with knowledge, make us laugh or cry, and ponder the meaning of history and life.  

From classic literature to comic books, there is a wide variety to satisfy every reading palate. As we head into the end of the year, the best of lists are being released and the desire is great to fill our shelves, both virtual and physical with those books we want to read. My year ends with an end of the year shopping extravaganza, before I institute a buying ban at the beginning of the new year.  Usually until April, sometimes longer, to give myself time to enjoy those which reside on my shelf for a bit before abandoning them to the temptation of the new. 

Ready for the best of the best?  Let's begin with New York Time's 100 Notable Books of 2020 and the 10 best books through time

According to Oprah, these are the best of 2020

Financial Times shares their 20 best from crime to history to economics.

Esquire presents 44 of the best books to elevate your reading list

Electric Literature offers up 20 Small Press Books you may have missed in 2020.

Five Books shares a plethora of  top 5 lists from award shortlists to audiobooks.

And let's not forget the Greatest Books  of all time. 

Stay tuned to NPR's Book Concierge who will be coming out with their year end interactive reading guide for 2020 in a couple weeks. Meanwhile 2013 to 2019 lists are available. 

Have fun following rabbit trails. 


Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!


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Sunday, November 15, 2020

BW46: Bookish Birthdays and Events




Happy Sunday! Today is I Love to Write Day so grab your pens or pencils and write a note, a poem, a letter, get back to work or start working on that novel you've been planning forever. Your muse is waiting for you.  Are you ready for an interesting exercise?  All you have to do is put pen to paper and answer the question, "Writing is like..." And no, writing isn't like a box of chocolates. *grin* 

Meanwhile it's time for another round of author birthdays.  

Nov 15: German novelist  Gerhart Hauptmann who won the 1912 Nobel Prize in Literature and poet Marianne Moore  winner of the1951 Pulitzer Prize.  

Nov 16 George S Kaufman, playwright and journalist as well as Portuguese novelist José Saramago, 1998 Nobel Prize winner, and Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.

Nov 17:  Dutch Poet Joost van Den Vondel and civil war historian Shelby Foote

Nov 18: Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood and British dramatist Sir W.S. Gilbert

Nov 19: Poet Allen Tate 

Nov 20: Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlöf, 1909 Nobel Prize winner, and South African novelist Nadine Gordimer, 1991 Nobel Prize winner.

Nov 21:  French Philosopher Voltaire,  and American feminist author, Marilyn French.


Celebrate Native American Heritage Month  with Everybody Reads 2020: Native Voices: Own voices memoir, poetry and novels by Indigenous people or 31 Native American Authors to Read Right Now

Many book events around the world have turned to celebrating online this year and The Miami Book Fair's special events starts today with many authors interviews available on demand.  As well as  Portland Book Festival (November 5th through the 21st.), the Gaudeamus Book Fair in Romania (November 16th to the 22th) and  Dublin Book Festival 2020 (November 27th through December 6th.)

The Baillie Gifford Prize 2020 longlist has been released for the best in Nonfiction with the winners to be announced November 15th and the winners of the 2020 National Book awards Longlist will be announced on November 18.  

World Philosophy Day is coming up on Thursday, November 18 and a perfect time to dive into the mind of the 12 Famous Philosophers and Their Guiding Principles.  Perhaps add one or two to your reading list for next year. 

Have fun following rabbit trails! 

Cheers! 


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Sunday, November 8, 2020

BW45: Ladies of Fiction bookology - Jayne Ann Krentz and Cherie Priest


 

This month you are getting two for the price of one with Cherie Priest and Jayne Anne Krentz.  I somehow missed highlighting Krentz last month so the two red heads get to share this month.  Both the ladies currently reside in Washington.  

Jayne Ann Krentz encompasses three different worlds writing contemporary romantic suspense as well as historical romantic suspense under the pseudonym of Amanda Quick, and futuristic paranormal suspense under her real name, Jayne Castle. Krentz has written many books under 7 different pens names over the years from the 80's to the present. I've read quite a few and all are very entertaining. 

Cherie Priest has written over two dozen books as well as multiple short stories in the steampunk, horror, and mysteries genres.  She is best known for her Clockwork Century series starting with Boneshaker which I have on my shelves and am looking forward to reading. 

There are a number of ways to complete the bookology challenge, including but not limited to:

Spell out the author's name - one book per letter from the title on the cover.
Read one or more books written by the author.
Read a book written in the country or time period of the author.


Cheers and happy reading! 


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Sunday, November 1, 2020

BW44: Non fiction November




 

Welcome to November and National Novel Writing Month, Native American Heritage month, National Caregiver Appreciation month.   This week we celebrate National Author Day, so if you have some time this week thank an author for all their wonderful words via email, snail mail, facebook, or twitter. We are also observing Dio De los Muertos, voting on U.S. General Election Day, if you haven't already, as well as letting our Men Make Dinner Day, and if you are like me, having a Margarita with my Nacho's on  National Nacho Day

We are celebrating all things non fiction this month from the practical to the literary and creative. Fill your mind with facts and figures, history and geography, cultural and biographical, or learn something new from cooking to woodworking. There is a wide variety to appeal to most everyone.

Annie Dillard on the Art of the Essay and the Different Responsibilities of Narrative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Short Stories

25 great nonfiction essays you can read online for free

Fiction v nonfiction – English literature's made-up divide

A Reading List for Stronger Creative Non-Fiction

Creative Nonfiction Magazine

100 Great Narrative Nonfiction Books

The Best Nonfiction Books of 2020

The Best Celebrity Memoirs to Read

50 Cookbooks We're Diving Into This Fall

11 Nonfiction books that read like fiction

Works of Nonfiction to Rival Any Great Thriller Novel

Have fun following rabbit trails.  ~Cheers


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