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Friday Field Notes 082115


Is it just me or did this week seem to be two, possibly three weeks rolled into one? It seemed to stretch on forever. Of course, the weekend will probably fly by–I’ve entirely too much to do. But whatever my schedule, I have got to find time to read—it would behoove me and everyone around me. Things get ugly when I go two weeks in a row without turning the page of a book. No one needs to see that.

Now, on to bookish news . . .

Boston’s pretty proud of its House Slam, poetry slam team—and for good reason. With their National Poetry Slam win last weekend, they became “the first venue in history to simultaneously hold the country’s three major slam titles,” according to Poetry Slam, Inc. (The Artery). Congratulations all around!

Apparently, there’s a book on Amazon’s best-seller list that makes kids fall asleep in minutes—which is just what their parents want (Fortune). The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep employs word and sentence structure to lull kids to sleep—something like hypnosis. I’m not sure how I feel about it . . . but I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures.

Here’s an intriguing way to get people to read—offer anyone reading a book on a city bus, a free ride. That’s exactly what the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca did this summer (Good magazine).

If you’re like me, you’re counting the days ’til autumn (31!).  With that in mind, Amazon gives us their 20 favorite fall book picks. Warning: if you are a true bibliophile, you may want to steer clear; the titles are pretty fluffy.

Did you know that R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series, doesn’t read nonfiction? In his words: “I never read it. I hate anything real.” This tidbit and more in this week’s By the Book (The New York Times). P.S. I can understand this line of thinking. After all, you live life–why do you need to read it, too? However, in the interest of full disclosure, I do tend to enjoy the nonfiction works I read; they’re just rarely my first choice.

And here we go again.  Rumor has it, a new movie plans to turn Jane Austen’s life into a romantic comedy (The Guardian). I’m trying to remain optimistic, but . . .

1 Comment

  1. Another Cormoran Strike book this fall! I’m looking forward to it

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