Reading Wrap-Up: June 2015

I think summer reading suits me. Well, summer reading when I’m not working, to be clear. I don’t have secret magic powers, just way more time than usual. The good news on the work front is that I’ll be doing more research on the same project in the Fall, continuing to teach online classes, and (hopefully!)…

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Who Should Get ARCs and What Are They Really For?

If you’re not following Melville House through your various social media accounts, you probably should. It will put you on the sidelines for their tweets with @HarperPerennial, but you’ll also be able to catch first glimpse of some great blog posts. Yesterday, Mark Krotov and Alex Shephard posted a fascinating discussion called Have We Reached Peak ARC?, which raised dozens of really…

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Top Ten Books of 2015 (So Far)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is focused on the best books of the year so far. With six months behind us, it seems like an appropriate time to take inventory of what we’ve read and pit books against one another in that mean way we can’t resist. I’m going to be a super jerk here…

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It’s Monday, June 29th. What Are You Reading?

It’s been a whirlwind of a week, ladies and gents, but mostly a great one and I’m pretty thrilled with all this reading. After news of James Salter’s passing last week, I decided to set down This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! (it has a very light tone that just wasn’t working for me at…

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The Perfection of the Paper Clip by James Ward

  Writing in a brand new notebook. Organizing a desk drawer. Shopping for office supplies. If you have a smile on your face 1.) you’re not alone, and 2.) you probably need to read The Perfection of the Paper Clip by James Ward. I’m sure there are readers out there who would find a book…

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Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County by Kristen Green

  Following the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, America’s public schools were instructed to work toward desegregation “with all deliberate speed”. However, in Prince Edward County, Virginia, the law was intentionally ignored through the closing of the county’s public schools. Rather than desegregate, White leaders in the community gathered together to…

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Just My Style: Finding the Perfect Imprint

Before I started blogging, I had no clue who published the books I was reading. The names of the big five (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster) were familiar, but inconsequential. Recently, though, I’ve come to realize that the specialization of individual imprints can be extremely helpful in finding titles best suited to my reading taste….

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It’s Monday, June 22nd. What Are You Reading?

I was so glad to see a call put out for a #flashreadathon this weekend—it was much needed. Between a stack of library books and some great bookmail, I had a ton of books eyeballing me and waiting to be read. I was able to finish up: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by…

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