June 30, 2013

Top Bookish News Post

Here are all of the top bookish stories, blog posts, pictures, and videos I found this past week. I put this post up every Sunday so come back again next week for more bookish awesomeness. 
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I have an amazing, if I do say so myself, roundup of bookish news this week! I think it more than makes up for my lack luster post last week. Please read and share what you think below.


Amazon launched Kindle Worlds this week! I'm not even sure how I feel about this, but in the end I think it is pretty cool. Kindle Worlds is a place where fans can submit their fan fiction, and if it is approved it will sell on Amazon. Crazy right? I know there is a whole lot of ethical and legal issues with this but Amazon is supposedly doing it correctly. They have select companies/authors that agree to let them sell fan fiction based off of their work, whether it is a television show, movie, or book you name it you can have fun with it. They have some pretty big titles up right now that they are accepting fan fiction pieces for. There are a bunch of guidelines for each category on how far a fan can go with their work. This is all very interesting, especially with books such as 50 shades that was originally fan fiction and became incredibly popular. To find out more about this you should really read this article. I know I'm not explaining it very well so see for yourself.

As I've mentioned before my beloved Harry Potter books are getting a cover makeover. Luckily I love them! The new cover for The Prisoner of Azkaban was just revealed. What do you think?

I really get upset when there is a huge change in plot from the book to its movie adaptation when it is critical to the story, or just a big part of it. I know everything can't be the same and stay perfect, but there are some instances where the change is just too much for me to handle. Read this list of 11 Unforgivable Changes Made to Book Adaptations

We all judge books by their covers. Admit it. We also judge them by the synopsis, authors, and sometimes publishers. Well fear not! If you ever want to just find a book to read based soley from its writing then you must check out the website No Names, No Jackets.  Each post has only the genre of the book and the first chapter, or at least a good chunk of the first chapter for you to read. I think this is a very interesting idea and I will continue to check out this website.


Bookshelvers Anonymous introduced me to Better World Books. A great website to buy books cheap with free shipping. Sure I think most of the books are used, (but still new titles) but it tells you what kind of condition they are in and at these prices I'm not sure it matters. Did I mention that Better World Books gives back to literacy charities and donates books from their sales? Trust me, this site is worth taking a look at.

I was supposed to participate in a blog tour this week on Thursday, I had the post formatted and the review ready to go, until I received an email saying that the book was plagiarized. I was pissed. I was not mad at the blog tour host, this was not her fault, I was upset with the author. What a waste of my time. Sadly, I didn't even like the book so it was a super waste of my time. Why even write a book if you are just going to plagiarize huge chunks of it from other books? Sigh. Here is a post over at Bookish Treasures that talks about this huge big icky situation. The whole thing is a big joke if you ask me. I can't believe the "author" did that.

Have you ever written a discussion post and it wasn't getting any love? Or maybe you love reading discussion posts and can't get enough of them. The Fiction Conniption has a post up where people can share their discussion posts with others every week. I think this is a great idea and I will have to participate the next time I write a discussion post. (I've had a really good one in the works for a while and I think it may finally be ready to post, get excited!)

If you have every been in that sticky situation where you have to review a book but you really didn't like it, then you should read the Caffeinated Book Reviewer's tips and tricks post. Kimba makes some excellent suggestions on how to deal with negative reviews, and although I pretty much do all of that already it is a great reference! Luckily for me I haven't encountered this problem too much.

Intermission/Funny Photo

From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books

Book Riot recently came up with a list to see how well-read you are. I have posted the list below and I have crossed off all the ones I have already read. (33 total, a few of them that I didn't cross off that I have started reading before but never finished or can't remember if I have read them or not) Now, I'm not saying I agree with every book on this list, but I am a huge fan of lists and love seeing which books I have read from them. Sadly my number is small and sad. I guess I will have to change that. Several of these books are already on my TBR pile. :) How many have you read from this list?

So here’s the list, in alphabetical order:
  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  4. All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque
  5. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay  by Michael Chabon
  6. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  9. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  11. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  12. Beowulf
  13. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  14. Brave New World by Alduos Huxley
  15. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  16. The Call of the Wild  by Jack London
  17. Candide by Voltaire
  18. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  19. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  20. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  22. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  23. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  24. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
  25. The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
  26. The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor 
  27. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  28. Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  29. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  30. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  31. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  32. Dream of Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
  33. Dune by Frank Herbert
  34. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  35. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  36. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  37. Faust by Goethe
  38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  39. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  40. The Golden Bowl by Henry James
  41. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  42. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  43. The Gospels
  44. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  45. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  46. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  47. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  49. Harry Potter & The Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  50. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  51. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  52. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  53. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  54. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  55. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  56. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  57. if on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
  58. The Iliad by Homer
  59. The Inferno by Dante
  60. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  61. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  62. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  63. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  64. The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  65. The Little Prince by Antoine  de Saint-Exepury
  66. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  67. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  68. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  69. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  71. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  72. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  73. The Odyssey by Homer
  74. Oedipus, King by Sophocles
  75. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  76. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  77. The Pentateuch
  78. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  79. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  80. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  81. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
  82. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  83. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  84. The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner
  85. The Stand by Stephen King
  86. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  87. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  88. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  89. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  90. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  91. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  92. Ulysses by James Joyce
  93. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  94. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  95. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
  96. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  97. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  98. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  99. 1984 by George Orwell
  100. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James


  1. Great post! I like the new Harry Potter covers too, very cool looking. Kindle Worlds will be an interesting experiment in the book world for sure.

    1. I was nervous when I first heard about the new Harry Potter covers, but they are turning out to be really awesome. I think the whole idea behind Kindle Worlds is very interesting. :)

  2. Ummm, I totally loving the new HP covers (Prizoner of Azkaban is my fav so far!)!

    As for the Amazon thing, I'm not really sure how to feel about this. I think it's great if you're an avid fan-fic writer because it gives you better chances of seeing the fruits of your labour become published (per-say) and I guess if Amazon has the approval from the various authors/publishers, I guess I'm okay with it.

    I'm a total bookish purist so when it comes to film/TV adaptations, I tend to fare better if I view it prior to reading it. I'm more forgiving that way.

    And thanks SO much for sharing The Fiction Conniption link! I will be sure to post my discussions there as well!

    Hope you're having a great week so far, Kay! :)

    1. Oh I am loving the new covers too and I didn't think I would.

      Yea...the Amazon thing is interesting to say the least.

      That is a good point... watching before reading. Lately since all the book to movie adaptions have been done on books I have already read I didn't really get a chance. :(

      You are very welcome. I think The Fiction Conniption has a great idea there. I will have to post next time I have a discussion post.

      Hope your week is going well! :)

  3. New follower via bloglovin' :) Great post! I love lists as well, but sadly, I haven't read most of those. On a good note, a lot are on my TBR pile!

    Tina @ Pagesofcomfort.blogspot.com

  4. OMG I have not read many of those books. I guess I am not very well-read. (Whomp, Whomp) And I have to admit that I am partial to the original Harry Potter covers just because they are so classic and I grew up with them. These, even though they look pretty cool, blend in with every other YA book cover. :/ GREAT POST AS ALWAYS KAY! :D :D

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