I’m a book nerd (and probably a librarian in a past life), so am frequently tickled by literary content on the Web. A few things that have caught my fancy this week:
Readitfor.me does, in fact, do just that (and I love it)
Let me preface this by saying that I was that judgmental girl in high school / college who looked down upon the Cliff Notes readers. Don’t get me wrong, I bought them too – but used them as study guides after reading the books because I am just that nerdy. Who am I kidding, I am still that girl.
Readitfor.me functions in much the same way, with the added benefit of helping me screen which new books I actually want to spend time reading all the way through. It is a monthly subscription (about $30 for a personal license – worth it, seriously) that gives you a STUNNING recap of recent and important books that you should know.
But it’s not just a recap, it’s a learning tool to help you cram in the greatest books out there in your hungry brain segmented into four parts:
- Learn - a gorgeously illustrated video (awesome for the visual thinkers out there, like me) that summarizes the book’s core concepts
- Experience – fill out a handy workbook to make the ideas you’re learning actionable
- Memorize – use the ‘memory palace’ memorization technique to commit the book’s highlights to memory
- Act – a call to action to put a plan together to DO something with your new knowledge and tell a friend to hold you accountble
Letters of Note keeps the art of letter writing alive
This charming letter from Kurt Vonnegut to a fan is particularly interesting – self portrait and all. Another site favorite of mine is Jimi Hendrix’s letter to Reprise Records about his Electric Ladyland cover art and notes.
This quote from Judy Blume on how to get kids to read the books you want them to:
“I’m saying to parents these days, ‘Be careful.’ You know, you all want them to read the books that you read when you were growing up — often my books — and I say you will turn them off. The best thing to do is leave the books around the house and from time to time say, ‘I really don’t think you’re ready for that book.’ ”
A Christie for Christmas – sort of continued by someone completely different, maybe
I wish we had as prolific (and awesome) of an author to continue on the ‘Christie for Christmas’ theme from decades past - imagine getting to look forward to a salacious new mystery novel every year under the Christmas tree. Maybe I need to start the tradition in our house.
This new book, entitled Death At Pemberton is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice and general homage to Jane Austen. What better stocking stuffer could you possibly find for a mystery novel loving book nerd? In NPR’s words: Think Pride and Prejudice meets “Clue.” Yay.
Kindle Fire is pretty hot
I’ve been avoiding getting an e-Reader because I am so fearful of having a different relationship with books and reading. I love the intimacy, the tactile experience (can I be weird and mention how in love I am with how books smell? LOVE IT) and all the space to scribble with whatever writing implement I have handy. But man, am I hearing rad things about the Kindle Fire “>Kindle Fire – it’s quelching my burning iPad desire in a big way. Double whammy!
Just as I use the Kindle app on my iPhone now for more ‘throwaway books’ (mostly fiction and easy reads that I don’t want to take notes on or keep a book around), that’s what I anticipate using a Kindle Fire for as well. Just a larger screen with some more capability than an older e-Reader. I still intend on having overflowing bookshelves, just devoting that extra shelf space to art books, graffiti magazines and cookbooks instead of onetime read books.