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Against Acknowledgments at the End of Novels

Against Acknowledgments at the End of Novels | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

"...the most irritating promotional addendum of all: the acknowledgments page."

 

A gratuitous supplement to the dedication page, acknowledgments can now be found at the conclusion of virtually every published novel, often running to as many as three pages and thanking scores of people.

 

 

 

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16 Books To Read If You Hate Valentine's Day

16 Books To Read If You Hate Valentine's Day | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I’m against love — it’s just that I don’t
enjoy the forced, canned version of romance that the holiday seems to inspire.
People who are in relationships feel obligated to buy bright red teddy bears
and cheap chocolates for each other, and people
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Varied reading list of books with non-mushy romance and friendship as well as a ghost story. 

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The book most people have lied about reading – and it's not War and Peace via @TelegraphBooks

The book most people have lied about reading – and it's not War and Peace via @TelegraphBooks | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

A study of the reading habits of 2,000 Britons commissioned by the BBC Store found that one in four bluffed about reading a classic when a TV adaptation of it was shown, with the most popular reasons being not wanting to miss out on the conversation and wanting to appear more intelligent.

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Sara's thoughts: Quite a diverse list....everything from War and Peace to 50 Shades of Gray! 

 

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What Makes Great Detective Fiction, According to T. S. Eliot - The New Yorker

What Makes Great Detective Fiction, According to T. S. Eliot - The New Yorker | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Paul Grimstad writes about T. S. Eliot’s reviews of detective fiction.
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Sara's thoughts: Really interesting to see that the controversy about whether or not detective fiction was a "lesser" genre goes way back. #NothingNew #tw

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Bookish Subway Tickets: Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets | @OpenCulture

Bookish Subway Tickets: Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets | @OpenCulture | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

“To celebrate World Book Day last April 23rd,” writes “future-forward online resource” PSFK, “[Brazillian publisher] L&PM gave away 10,000 books for free at subway stations across São Paulo. Each book came with ten free trips.” Riders could then recharge them and use the books again or pass them on to others to encourage more reading, an important public service given that Brazilians only read two books per year on average.


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Luciana Viter, Jim Lerman
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Sara's thoughts: Love this idea! #Multi-tasking. It's a book and a ticket! 

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16 Publishers Showcasing Their Books & Authors on Pinterest

16 Publishers Showcasing Their Books & Authors on Pinterest | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
To give you a sense of how publishers are using Pinterest — and to provide inspiration — we collected 16 examples from publishers’ Pinterest boards.
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Sara's thoughts: Books + #Pinterest? Yes, please. 

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Rocking Self Publishing - Weekly interviews with self-published authors

Rocking Self Publishing - Weekly interviews with self-published authors | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
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Sara: I had so much fun talking with Simon about books, writing, and publishing. If you haven't checked out Rocking Self Publishing, you definitely should--it's one of my favorite writing podcasts. :)

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Librarian Realizes That He Found Rare 19th Century Book After Sharing Image on Reddit

Librarian Realizes That He Found Rare 19th Century Book After Sharing Image on Reddit | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

When a Norwegian librarian posted to Reddit a map from a 19th century atlas he had recently found on the shelves while working, he didn't expect to find out he had m


Via Bookmarking Librarian
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Sara's insight: Very cool. Love the maps. 

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The power of the internet!!

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Fairytales much older than previously thought, say researchers via @guardianbooks

Fairytales much older than previously thought, say researchers via @guardianbooks | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Fairy stories such as Beauty and the Beast and Rumpelstiltskin can be traced back thousands of years to prehistoric times, with one tale originating from the bronze age, academics have revealed.
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Sara's insight:  It's always about story. :)

 

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Birthing the New York Public Library Lions via @mental_floss

Birthing the New York Public Library Lions via @mental_floss | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

Patience and Fortitude did not get a warm reception in 1911: residents thought they were "monstrosities."


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I can't imagine a beaver or a bison in place of the lions, but those were suggested. :) 

 

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10 underrated novels from great authors via @Shortlist

10 underrated novels from great authors via @Shortlist | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Recommending a great author is easy. Recommending a lesser known or overlooked classic in that same author's repertoire, on the other hand, considerably less so.So throwing caution to the literary wind, we've attempted to disinter the works by celebrated figures that just don't get the acclaim they so richly deserve, knowing that some won't agree, but that a shrewd few somewhere will stroke their chins in approval.You may want to get a pen and paper for this...

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Interesting list. May have to put some of these on my TBR list. 

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Ways to Organize Your Home Writing Cabinet (Infographic) — Omnipapers.com

Ways to Organize Your Home Writing Cabinet (Infographic) — Omnipapers.com | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
The infographic to help you organize a home writing cabinet for productive work. This cool cheat sheet gives a clearer picture of what you need.

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Digital highlighter! Want one. :) Some great tips here.

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Bestselling KWL Books of 2015 via @kobo

Bestselling KWL Books of 2015 via @kobo | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

As the year is coming to an end, we thought we'd look back over reader favourites. Here's our list of the bestselling KWL titles of the year: Thrillers          Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. What was your bestselling title on Kobo this year?

 

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Love these roundup articles, but one tiny quibble...no mysteries?

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10 Books to Celebrate Jane Austen's Birthday | @Bookriot

10 Books to Celebrate Jane Austen's Birthday | @Bookriot | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Celebrate Jane Austen's 140th birthday with these books about and inspired by her life and beloved books.
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Excellent list of #Austen-related reads...and ample evidence that Austen is a cottage industry for publishers. :) 

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Bookish Gifts for Romantics on Valentine's Day via @bookriot

Bookish Gifts for Romantics on Valentine's Day via @bookriot | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Get your Casanova on with these Valentine's Day gifts for every stage of your relationship.
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Fun list! 

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Bookish Valentine’s Day Cards via @Bookriot

Bookish Valentine’s Day Cards via @Bookriot | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Torn between your love of books and that special someone? Here are 20 Literary Valentine's Day cards.
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74 Ways Characters Die in Shakespeare’s Plays Shown in a Handy Infographic: From Snakebites to Lack of Sleep

74 Ways Characters Die in Shakespeare’s Plays Shown in a Handy Infographic: From Snakebites to Lack of Sleep | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
In the graduate department where I once taught freshmen and sophomores the rudiments of college English, it became common practice  to include Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus on many an Intro to Lit syllabus, along with a viewing of Julie Taymor’s flamboyant film adaptation.
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Sara's thought:  Filing under "Future Book Plot Twists Ideas." I particularly like "pursued by a bear." :) 

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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work

Via Sharon Bakar
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Sara's thoughts:  really interesting article on mindset and how it impacts work.

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Penelope's curator insight, February 3, 8:52 PM

 

There are several theories espoused in this article. One is that procrastinating writers were the best English students. That isn't my problem, since I barely eked out a "C."

 

“Work finally begins,” says Alain de Botton, “when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.”

 

At least we writers know we're in the majority when we head to the refrigerator instead of writing.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/02/why-writers-are-the-worst-procrastinators/283773/

Chris Simon's curator insight, February 4, 4:01 AM

Non, vous n'êtes pas le seul à procrastiner ! ;-)

Helen Teague's curator insight, February 5, 8:15 AM

"Forced into a challenge we're not prepared for, we often engage 'self-handicapping': deliberately doing things that set us up for failure." By

Megan McArdle

 

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28 Lessons We’ve Learned from Pride and Prejudice via @GillespieKarin and The BlueStocking Salon

28 Lessons We’ve Learned from Pride and Prejudice via @GillespieKarin and The BlueStocking Salon | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Today marks the 202nd anniversary of Pride and Prejudice’s publication, a cultural milestone that almost never was thanks to a dismissive publisher who rejected Jane Austen’s manuscript First Impressions in 1797. Sixteen years later, Thomas Egerton bought the rights to Pride and Prejudice for just £110…and the rest, as they say, is literary history. So…
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5. There are worse things than being single…like being married to Mr. Collins.
21. When it comes to a man’s library, size matters.

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Whit Stillman’s Long-Awaited Jane Austen Adaptation Is Here via @VanityFair

Whit Stillman’s Long-Awaited Jane Austen Adaptation Is Here via @VanityFair | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

saraThe cult director of contemporary and contemporary-ish Austen-inflected fare discusses Love & Friendship, his adaptation of a little-known comedy of manners, bowing at Sundance this weekend.

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Sara's insight:  Sounds interesting. I will have to check this one out. 

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99 Ways to Spread the Word About a Book You Love

99 Ways to Spread the Word About a Book You Love | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Ways to get the word out about a book you love
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Great ideas in this post! 

Must also check out #35, hotdudesreading.com :) 

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How well do you know Edgar Allan Poe – quiz @GuardianBooks

How well do you know Edgar Allan Poe – quiz @GuardianBooks | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

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‘Even in the grave, all is not lost.’ Today is the birthday of gothic author Edgar Allan Poe. How well do you know the man behind all that is macabre and mysterious? Take our quiz

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Sara's insight: Tough quiz! 

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We asked 15 typographers to describe their favorite letterforms. Here's what they told us.

We asked 15 typographers to describe their favorite letterforms. Here's what they told us. | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Typographers not only enjoy drawing certain letters more than others, they are also, it turns out, more than happy to discuss their predilections.
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I love looking at different fonts, but had never thought that typographers might have a favorite letter/symbol in a certain font. :) 

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Top Time-Saving Tip for Writers

Top Time-Saving Tip for Writers | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
How writers can save time and increase productivity using IFTTT to manage social media.
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My favorite way to streamline #social media tasks. 

 

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Shakespearean tragedies visualized through character interactions @ebookfriendly @GrandjeanMarti

Shakespearean tragedies visualized through character interactions @ebookfriendly @GrandjeanMarti | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Take a look at the visual summaries of the eleven most famous tragedies by William Shakespeare. Are the Shakespearean characters isolated or…
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I love bookish #infographics. More please. :)

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24 Jane Austen Quotes That Still Ring True Today

24 Jane Austen Quotes That Still Ring True Today | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
We're celebrating the author's 240th birthday on December 16th with her words of wisdom! What are your favorite Jane Austen quotes?
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I always love #Austen #quotes. 

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