Amazon’s Best Picks for Books this February

Business Insider published an article this morning on Amazon’s best book picks for the month of February.  Some of the books that had already made it to my “To-read” list were also on Amazon’s list — Paul Auster’s novel  4 3 2 1 and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  I’ve never read a book by either author, but both have been on my radar for some time.  If you are a Book of the Month Club member, you may want to chose Pachinko, an epic novel that follows several generations of a Korean family.

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Reading More in 2017

Although I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, I have resolved to read more in 2017.  Last year was a bust for me.  Only twelve books made it on my “Read” list.  This is probably a personal low for me, so you can understand why this year I might resolve to read more.  So far it is working out well.  Three books have made it to my “Read” list — at this rate I am well ahead of 2016.

Bustle posted an article yesterday entitled “5 Ways To Read More Intentionally in 2017.”  One of the more interesting ways was to keep track of the year’s book releases with a weekly calendar.  The Booklover will explore this option and try to help its readers keep track of book releases in 2017.  Watch for a new feature on this Website!

One of my favorite ways to read more is to always carry a book with me.  This is easy if you read on a smartphone, but if like me you prefer a paper book, it is one more thing to carry.  It is so worth it though!  With this habit of many years, I find that my list of book “To-read” gets whittled down (only temporarily until something new is added!) and my “Read” list gets longer.

Happy reading in 2017!

Book Reading 2016

In June 2009, the very first post on this blog was entitled “Do you love reading or do you love books?”  The post was about which “book” format was preferred by readers.  In the seven years I have been writing The Booklover not much has changed.  It appears that in 2016 readers still prefer books.  Results of a new study conducted by Pew Research Center show that while Americans are increasingly using digital media to read, they still prefer a print book.  You can read the entire study here.

How long did it take to write the world’s most famous books?

PrinterInks.com put together an infographic of how long it took authors to write their literary masterpieces.  It took Victor Hugo twelve years to write Les Miserables and John Boyne only three days to write The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.  Check out the infographic and see how long it took to write your favorite book!

Best Books This August

Business Insider just posted an article about Amazon’s best books for August 2016.  The best books according to Amazon are:

  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • I’m Supposed to Protect You From all This by Nadja Spiegelman
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  • Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller
  • Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
  • To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
  • The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
  • The Last days of Night by Graham Moore
  • Good As Gone by Amy Gentry
  • Christodora by Tim Murphy
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Check out the book covers and descriptions at Business Insider!

Penguin Drop Caps

If you are a fan of Penguin’s collaboration with Coralie Bickford-Smith, then you are going to love their newest collaboration with type superstar Jessica Hische.  Ms. Hische’s work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. to Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin’s own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility.

Penguin Drop Caps is a new series of twenty-six collectible and gift-worthy hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet.  Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley have created a series design that encompasses foil-stamped paper-over-board cases in a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six book spines and a decorative stain on all three paper edges. The series debuts with an “A” for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a “B” for Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and a “C” for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, and continues with more classics from Penguin. Of course, there are 26 books in the series.

You can buy the entire set from Amazon for $379.24.912z4lts5l-1024x890