Should you buy this person a book?
How to Give Someone a Book They Actually Want -
First, we need to talk about the two cardinal sins of book giving:
NEVER give someone a book just because you thought it was the VERY BEST BOOK EVER OF ALL TIME.
It is adorable that you think everyone else likes exactly what you like. But it probably won’t score you very many points in the gift-giving department.
NEVER give someone a book just because it has a similar plot, topic, or genre as something else they liked.
I know… what?? But trust me. Just because someone liked three books about international crime espionage starring lesbian vampire spies does not necessarily mean they will like a fourth. Say it to yourself over and over, like a holy bookish mantra. Once you’ve internalized this, you will be SO much better at giving books.
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What Are the Best Books of 2013? -
We’re hard at work on our list, and we want to hear from you! Pop over to complete our last reader poll of 2013.
Simply put, it’s okay to like things. You know why? Because books are good, man! — In Defense of Liking Books
What Do Kids Want to Read? (A Scientific Analysis) -
Rioter and resident librarian Rita Meade asked a bunch of kids these questions:
1) Do you like to read?
2) What kinds of books do you like to read?
3) If you were going to write a book, what would it be about?
Here’s what she found!
Announcing the winners of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers.
Just me or the the fiction winner a bit of a surprise. A name author, but the book itself has seemed pretty quiet. Perhaps further proof that what the literary world is talking about and what readers care about are often strikingly different.
Quebec announced on Monday that the province intends to introduce legislation to limit the discount of new print and digital books to 10 per cent.
“I am proud to announce that the government is going ahead with this measure will protect the identity and culture of Quebec,” Maka Kotto, Minister of Culture and Communications, said in a statement.
Apparently, cheap books are the Visigoths of culture.
“I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later. Everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well. That is my idea, but the fans and the studio [Universal Pictures] will benefit from the double dip,” Brunetti told Collider.
I’m really not looking forward to this. Not the hype, not the inevitable controversy, not anything anything at all.