Items about books I want to read, #26
Posted January 2, 2012on:
First of all, a Happy New Year to folks out there. May 2012 be a good year for you. This is the first of these lists for 2012, and I have a bit of everything. I continue to enjoy reading about books and finding that I want to read them at some point. As the old saying goes, so many books, so little time. By the way, if anyone out there reads any of these, or they would like to suggest something to read, feel free to leave a comment.
- Melissa Donovan at Writing Forward recommends this book for a little writing inspiration: The Pocket Muse.
- Via Letters & Journals magazine, a review of Writing Personal Notes & Letters by Jennifer Williams. I will admit that, aside from sending out Christmas cards, a birthday card here or there, and a rare thank-you note, I have not written much personal correspondence. I do find the art of letter writing to be fascinating, and it is something I do miss. I also think it is a skill that people do need to have not just for keeping in touch but as an issue of good manners. One should know how to write a thank-you note, a condolence note, etc. In the end, there are some things one should know how to write with pen and paper.
- Likely Stories briefly reviews a book out of the television show Archer. Personally, I am not a fan of the show, but the book is a bit of a humor novelty, so that is enough for me to be curious and add it to my reading list. Though I may not get to it right away. The book is How to Archer, the Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written (record to publisher since there is no complete WorldCat record just yet).
- I do not usually read books based on video games, but once in a while I may make an exception. The last book I read based on a video or computer game was Blood Ravens: The Dawn of War Omnibus, though I read that one more because it was a Warhammer 40,000 book than because it was based on a computer game. That was a book I enjoyed, in large measure because, as it turns out, the Space Marines Blood Ravens Chapter is made up of scholars, and their librarians are awesome. Guys Lit Wire review a book based on the Guild Wars video game, a game I am not too familiar with. However, the review sounds interesting enough to make me curious about the book. The book is Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon.
- Via PhiloBiblos, a small review of the book The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World.
- I am not a big YA reader, but once in a while a novel that is classified as a YA book catches my eye. The reason I tend to stay away from the genre is that, to be honest, I really don’t care much about teenagers and their issues when it comes to my reading. However, if a book promises an interesting premise, I may take a chance. This book reviewed at Guys Lit Wire sounds promising enough. The book is The Inquisitor’s Apprentice, and it is a novel that takes place in an alternate New York City where magic is a reality.
- I am not a big fan of the zombie genre. To be honest, I think it is starting to get saturated, and I am not particularly interested in yet another zombie apocalypse tale. However, the premise of this book– a vampire that wakes up during a zombie apocalypse– does sound interesting enough I would willing to take a chance on one more zombie tale. I just hope it lives up to expectations. The book is Chuck Wendig’s Double Dead. It is discussed over at My Favourite Books.
- Katherine Dacey, The Manga Critic, reviews the first volume and the second volume of Drops of God. She compares these books to works like Oishinbo, which I have read and enjoyed. The books provide a glimpse into the world of wine, which is an added incentive for a wine drinker like me.
- Books about books and reading are a favorite genre for me. PhiloBiblos reviews the book Books: A Living History.
- Seattle Tammy, writing at the blog Jesus’ General, points to the book Make the Bread, Buy the Butter. The premise of this book is pretty simple, or seems simple: what things you should cook from scratch and what you should buy.
- Here are a couple of books about cocktails and drinks, via Liquor Snob. First, they look at the book The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion. Yes, it is a book of cocktail recipes, but the idea is to match the right drink to the right occasion. Next, they look at a book that is mainly a history but has a few other interesting things. The book is Bitters: A Spirited Look at a Classic Cure-All.
- Website for Forgotten Bookmarks, one of my favorites, now has a book out: Forgotten Bookmarks: a Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Via The Prosen People, a small list of books on “Yiddish, Mitzvahs, and Cooking.”
- The Dirty Librarian’s book list for November 2011 has some book titles I would be interested in reading, especially the graphic novels.
- The Arabic Literature (in English) blog offers some reading material on Palestine that U.S. presidential hopefuls should probably read to better understand the region and the issues. This may be a good list for just anyone interested on the topic.
- List of winners for the Rainbow Awards for LGBT fiction and nonfiction at Elisa’s blog. A hat tip to BiBrary Book Lust.