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text 2017-02-21 14:10
10 blankets to curl up under with a book

Since we know you love reading on a comfy couch, we bet these lovely bookish blankets will come in handy. Curl up, grab a book and create your own 24/7 cozy reading nook. Which one would be your pick for a reading night?

 

Feel free to post books of your choice that would make a perfect match for these blankets :)

 

1. Library Book Shelves Throw Blanket

For those who love showing the book spines of the book series.

 

Try it with Red Queen series:

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard Glass Sword (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard King's Cage (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard  

         

 

2. Big Books, Pajamas,Quiet, Wine Blue Throw Blanket

For those who love saying a weekend statement loud and clear.

 

Let's read these big books under it:

Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell  The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas  Jane Eyre - Q.D. Leavis,Charlotte Brontë  

          

 

3. Bibliobules Definite Fleece Blanket

For those who read too much. Wait, what?!?

 

More books to read underneath:

All the Birds in the Sky - Charlie Jane Anders The Light Between Oceans: A Novel - M.L. Stedman The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

        

 

4. Mermaid tail blanket

For those who'd like to feel a little bit of magic.

 

This one calls for the siren stories:

Siren - Tricia Rayburn Of Poseidon - Anna Banks Elegy - Amanda Hocking

           

 

5. Sleeved blanket

For those who love reading in bed. And in gloves...

 

These gloves are perfect for the crime stories:

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel - Alan Bradley The Trespasser: A Novel - Tana French Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben

         

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6. Bedtime stories blanket

For those whose TBR pile has just ended. That really happens?

 

Let's read 2017 releases under  it:

Carve the Mark - Veronica Roth The Winds of Winter - George R.R. Martin Caraval - Stephanie G. Garber

         

 

7. Arm-knitted throw blanket

For all those who love romantic books and huge cozy blankets.

 

Some lovely stories ready to be read:

The Help - Kathryn Stockett Me Before You - Jojo Moyes The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

        

 

8. Personalized love story blanket

For those who love reading in a duet.

 

Let's get emotional with those letters:

Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald - F. Scott Fitzgerald,Zelda Fitzgerald,Jackson R. Bryer,Cathy W. Barks Jane Austen's Letters - Deirdre Le Faye,Jane Austen 84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff

         

 

9. Grande punto blanket.

For those who love grande punto. Looks so chic, stylish and comfy!

 

Let's stay classy with these books:

Fifty Dresses That Changed the World - Design Museum,Michael Czerwinski Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution - Caroline Weber Royal Style: A History of Aristocratic Fashion Icons - Luise Wackerl

         

 

10. Book baby blanket.

For those who plan on passing a book love gene to their children.

 

Literary bites for big and small book lovers:

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss A Little Princess and the Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

         

 

P.S. The headline photo is a Read a book blanket

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review 2016-10-27 17:34
The United States of Absurdity
The United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories from American History - Gareth Reynolds,Dave Anthony,Patton Oswalt

See my full review (and more!) at Mystereity Reviews

The duo from The Dollop podcast have written a book full of the odd, the outrageous and all the funny stories that never made it into the history books.

This was a very humorous take on some of the lesser well-known stories that make up the fabric of our history. The presidential cheese story made me chuckle (What. A. Legend.) and the Lobotomobile story was outrageous, but the best story, and the reason I wanted to read this book, was the Kentucky Meat Shower story.

The stories are indeed hilarious and absurd, but not necessarily untold. I've seen a few of the stories in other places, and Reddit is full of Action Park stories (and even has its own subreddit, /r/actionpark, so check that out if you want more!)

Overall, The United States of Absurdity is a short and funny look at US history, great as a time-waster, side-splitting funny and a must-read for trivia fans and history buffs.

Thank you to Ten Speed Press and NetGalley, who provided an advance copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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review 2016-10-19 00:21
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks - Amy Stewart
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks - Amy Stewart

You don’t have to be a heavy drinker to enjoy this, although it’s probably best if you have an interest of some kind in booze. So many wonderful kinds of booze. There are recipes if you’d like to host a Drunken Botanist party, but largely a lot of very entertaining trivia about all the plants that show up in all the drinks, in so many ways. An amusingly different way  into the subject.

 

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review 2016-09-18 02:16
#CBR8 Book 103: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Joe Layden,Cary Elwes,Andy Scheinman,Rob Reiner,Christopher Guest,Carol Kane,Robin Wright,Wallace Shawn,Chris Sarandon,Norman Lear,Billy Crystal

The Princess Bride is my favourite film. Probably of all time. Ask me to name my favourite book, and I really wouldn't be able to choose, as that would very much depend on genre, my mood, the weather, what I'd eaten recently and I would frankly have trouble even narrowing down a top 10. But my favourite film is The Princess Bride. I have loved it since I first discovered it back in the late 80s (or possibly very early 90s, I can't say exactly), when we had a number of movie channels on cable and I first saw the film. Because it was one of those channels that would repeat the movies a few times over the course of a month, I made sure to record it on vhs, so I could watch it whenever I wanted. I was the only one of my friends who had seen this film. I had no one to share my adoration with.

 

When I went to the US, on a language exchange trip before I was about to start high school, in 1995, I discovered that not only did most American teenagers my age know about the film, they loved it and could quote it pretty much verbatim (as evidenced when we watched the movie in our dorm during my stay there) It was an eye-opening and absolutely wonderful experience and I was also told about the book it was based on, and bought my first paperback copy (I now have the book in both paperback and hardback, as well as the 25th Anniversary edition, which includes the first chapter of the unlikely to ever be finished sequel, Buttercup's Baby). I have owned the film on VHS, multiple versions of DVD (because of new extras), and while I have yet to get round to buying it on Blu-Ray, it's only a matter of time. While initially, none of my Norwegian friends had seen it, I made it my life's mission to show it to as many as possible, and I still cannot wholly trust a person who doesn't see what a magical film it is. I don't require them to love it as much as I do (cause that's not likely to happen), but they need to at least like it. This was an important test early in my relationship with my now husband, just as we would have had serious difficulties if I hadn't really liked Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. 

 

All of this is to explain why once Cary Elwes' book came out, it was a very natural present for my husband to buy me. Now, because I have literally hundreds of actual physical books (even after my big and very necessary purge when moving house a year ago, I think I have more than 700) and closer to twice as many if you count all my e-books, I gratefully accepted my pretty hardback copy, flicked through it and looked at some of the pictures included, put it on a bookshelf and sadly forgot about it. Then in August, this was an Audible Daily Deal and I picked up the audio book (because having the book read to me by Cary Elwes seemed a pretty good thing) but it wasn't until fellow Cannonballer Beth Ellen actually reviewed the audio version that I decided that enough was enough. 

 

Cary Elwes was a young and relatively unknown actor when he was cast in The Princess Bride. Because his American step-father worked in publishing, he had read and loved the book and couldn't believe his luck when he was cast as Westley. He talks about the casting process, the months of intense fencing training he and Mandy Patinkin had to go through to manage the stunning fencing scenes. He recalls the camaraderie among the cast, how much fun everyone had making the film, everyone's absolute love for the project and their disappointment at how badly marketed the film was upon its initial release, causing it to bomb at the box office. He also talks about how despite his long and varied career, and that of many of his cast members, most will always be remembered for their part in the movie, because it is now such a well-known and deeply loved phenomenon. As well as Elwes' own recollections, there are stories from most of the other cast members, as well as input from Rob Reiner, the director and William Goldman, the author and script writer. 

 

If you're looking for juicy celebrity gossip, this is not the book to go for. Elwes is glowing in his praise of the whole experience, and it seems that not a single person involved with the filming had anything negative to say either (if anyone did, they certainly haven't been included in the book). I loved hearing about the kindness of Andre the Giant, how Elwes broke his toe while in the middle of shooting, or was literally knocked out during filming (both incidents you can see in the film if you look closely). How Billy Crystal came up with the mannerisms and look of Miracle Max. How after months of gruelling training, Elwes and Patinkin were so skilled at fencing that the originally planned fencing scene was over far too quickly and they had to go back and rehearse an extended, much more impressive fight. I don't want to reveal too much, but if you like the movie and/or novel, this is absolutely a behind the scenes book that's worth checking out.

 

Judging a book by its cover: It's Cary Elwes at his hottest, dressed as the Dread Pirate Roberts, holding a sword. What more do you want from a cover? 'Nuff said.

Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/09/cbr8-book-103-as-you-wish-inconcievable.html
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review 2016-08-10 01:39
This Is the World: A Global Treasury - Miroslav Sasek
This Is the World: A Global Treasury - Miroslav Sasek

My brother owned a copy of This is London as a child (perhaps he still does). Along with his copy of Anatole, these were highly coveted objects. In the London book there is a picture of a man, in a park, up a tree, and he's sawing off a tree branch: the one that he's sitting on!

How quaint that seems now. I'd love to have all the original books, or reprints of same, in theory. I'm worried that the judicious choice of snippets for this book might have some possible basis in the idea of excising images or text that would be broadly offensive now. There is an emphasis here on Anglophone interests, and nothing, I think, on the native people of any location. Really, it can't deserve the word "world" without anything from Africa, Asia, or South America, just to name a few glaring omissions.

Anyway, I loved it. The art is so sixties, and so cool, even now it remains distinctive and attractive. It may be a safe nostalgia, but it was good.

Library copy

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