Check out my friend Nikki’s letterpress business, Barn Owl Press! She makes all sorts of beautiful paper crafts, from hand-bound books, to prints, to wedding invitations.
Here’s a little “Would You Rather” game for book lovers to start off the year!
Click on the image to see the link!
“THE BOOK THIEF” WANTS YOU TO IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT WORDS, STARTING WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES
This is a pretty bold piece of advertising for the film adaptation of The Book Thief. I like it. It makes a point about what the absence of words would be like, even in a world that increasingly relies on the visual.
I found an interesting article from the Huffington Post the other day called “The Power of a First Sentence.” It talks about the importance of the first sentence of a book and lists 14 great first sentences of the author’s choice.
It got me thinking about my favorite first lines. Here are two of my favorites:
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” —Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” —Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
What is your favorite first line?
Now here’s a video game I would play!
I’ve got a couple links for you all today:
“The Art of Famous Book Covers”
This one is from Publisher’s Weekly, and shows 9 book covers and the artwork that the covers came from.
Travel Better London
And this site is the official Tumblr for the “Travel Better London” initiative in which poems were used to remind people to be courteous commuters and to avoid travel faux pas! It’s a pretty fun idea, check it out!
I’ll admit, I tend to struggle with poetry. Sometimes a poem will stick with me but most of the time I feel like the lines are going in one ear and out the other. Here’s an interesting blog post about reading and connecting to poetry:
Beyond Reading: Other Ways to Connect with a Poem
Yesterday was J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthday! In honor of their birthdays, here are the new Harry Potter covers that Scholastic is releasing this fall:
(Photos courtesy of Scholastic.com)