Twitter Tuesday Thursday – 2010/12/14

TwitterOk, I am a little late. But better late than never....

07-Dec-10
RT overlookpress On the 2nd day of Christmas Overlook Press gave to me: a signed BLISS, REMEMBERED by Frank Deford! RT to win http://bit.ly/eI94F4 #giveaway
On the Second Day of Christmas I entered the contest and won the book Bliss, Remembered!! Looks to be an interesting read. Have entered each days since but so far my luck has not been as good.

07-Dec-10
Just started listening to audiobook of Safe Haven by @SparksNicholas it is on my NYT#1 TBR list. http://bit.ly/eJawxl
First book I have listened to using the Overdrive Audio from my local library.

07-Dec-10
Amazon's new Kindle for Web allows you to embed 1st chapter of ebook on your site. http://amzn.to/fdtYxc Anyone considering?
May end up incorporating the Amazon or Google preview on the blog -- or maybe both of them!

07-Dec-10
Reading Challenge Dec.13-Jan.15 - Parents vs Children. Looks like fun, even has a coloring page http://bit.ly/esOsPA
This looks interesting but my kids are too old to want to do it with me...

08-Dec-10
Suggestions? Looking 4 WordPress plugin to display single tweets. Found QuoteTweets http://bit.ly/iMeQG & BlackbirdPie http://bit.ly/cTIV7c
I looked at all the plugins available but was not sold on them. Will continue to include tweets the 'hard way', like this post is formatted.

08-Dec-10
I read to learn. And I learn I don't know much. So I read more. Vicious cycle. #WhyIRead
Interesting meme. Why do you read?

09-Dec-10
RT harperbooks A #giftidea for the gloriously geeky: QR code gift tags send your loved one to a page jst for them http://bit.ly/dPHG6K (Via @rachelbotsman)
How geeky are you?

09-Dec-10
Just got email that will be receiving Three Seconds ARC from @FebruaryPartners Woot!
I do enjoy reading thrillers and now I have another one on my TBR pile.

10-Dec-10
#FridayReads Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink & Last Call by Daniel Okrent http://bit.ly/fgMNoP
3 good books. The audio of Safe Haven kept me riveted to my desk.

10-Dec-10
RT bookaliciouspam My husband refuses to buy me books for Christmas "Buying you books is like buying myself underwear".... #notfair
Can't buy my wife anything that plugs in to the wall and she can't buy me books :)

11-Dec-10
Started: Mr Toppit by Charles Elton. Catching up on some ARCs I received earlier this year.
What would it be like to be the son of a famous author? Especially if the main characters of his books is named after you...

Twitter Tuesday: 2010-12-07

TwitterNot everything makes it to the blog. Twitter is, of course, a great place to post links and thoughts as they occur. Weekly, on Twitter Tuesday, I try to pull them into a blog post and add some more substance to the 140 characters.

05-Dec-10
Reading in the Digital Age, or, Reading How We’ve Always Read http://bit.ly/fkSnez — Reading has always been social.
E-books may be all the rage but personally, I like to share my books, I like to buy them used, and occasionally I like to sell them. None of these things are possible with e-books.

05-Dec-10
Where Are You Reading? 2011 Challenge http://bit.ly/hiN8ke — Great idea to 'map' the books you read from @bookjourney
I plan on 'mapping' my book reading in 2011. It will be fun to see how much of the world I can cover between the covers.

05-Dec-10
A book is a perfect gift... Photo: http://bit.ly/fnE882 via BookshelfPorn
Books make the best presents. When my kids were younger we would pop into the Bookworm and they could pick up a used book. Memories. Another reason books are the perfect gift.

06-Dec-10
Comic: Confessions of a Book Fiend @kimthedork @ http://bit.ly/eBWVc2 ) — too true!
Ever wonder if your love of books has become an obsession? This cartoon will show you that it has.

06-Dec-10
It's a "Purely Christmas" Giveaway Time by @courtney_walsh http://bit.ly/i7YbnD
Courtney has put together quite a nice Christmas gift for one of her lucky followers. Everything from a book to candles and some great Starbucks to go with it.

06-Dec-10
P&R Publishing joins @NetGalley! http://tinyurl.com/2bdeu8t. — I put in request for Francis Schaeffer's A Mind and Heart for God.
I own quite a few books published by Puritian & Reformed Publishing and look forward to reading this book.

06-Dec-10
Received Francis Schaeffer's A Mind and Heart for God ePub from @prpbooks via @NetGalley. Not a fan of ebooks but am of Schaeffer
Not even counting the 5 volume 'Works of Francis Schaeffer' I have many of Schaeffer's books and even have read most. I remember seeing the movie "How Should We Then Live" in High School and the impact it made on my life.

06-Dec-10
Book Trailer: "It's A Book" by Lane Smith http://youtu.be/x4BK_2VULCU Might have to buy it for myself ( via @nonsuchbook )
Looks like WalMart has it for about $7. Would be a good 'office' book.

06-Dec-10
Books "for-life, liberatedness, and the pursuit of eclecticism" via So Many Books:
The more I think about e-books the less I like them. Although the above articles gives ways that e-books could be successful, I may just be too much of a Luddite to ever give up the feel of pulp in my hands.

06-Dec-10
RT @overlookpress On the first day of Christmas Overlook Press gave to me: Nonesuch CHARLES DICKENS' CHRISTMAS BOOKS! RT to win
Go check out the blog, they are giving away more books!

Fonts & E-Books

Matthew Carter is a famous font designer, that is if you know fonts; fonts like Microsoft’s Georgia and Verdana. His work had The Economist label him “The most-read man in the world,” a nice play on words. I appreciated his thoughts about e-readers:

In fact, Mr Carter doesn’t own an iPad, Kindle, or other reading device, as he is waiting for them to mature. (He does own an iPhone.) He frets that, as things stand, reading devices and programs homogenise all the tangible aspects of a book, like size or shape, as well as font. They are also poor at hyphenation and justification: breaking words at lexically appropriate locations, and varying the spacing between letters and between words. This may sound recondite but it is a visual imprint of principles established over the entire written history of a language. “Maybe people who grow up reading online, where every book is identical, don’t know what they’re missing.”

I am torn about e-readers. Sure, they might make things easier, to be able to carry a backpack full of books with you on a trip, but I am not traveling so much that 1 or 2 books will keep me occupied while I am away from home.

My books line many shelves at home. My kids see my books and are enticed to read themselves. If they were on an e-reader they would never know what I have read let alone be tempted to pull down Dante’s trilogy and read them for themselves. As a matter of fact, I would not even be able to lend my books to my kids without handing over my whole library.

The one reason I would be tempted to get one is to be able to read e-books from the library, yet I enjoy the feel of a book in my hands.
E-readers and e-books seem to be equivalent to a mass market paperback that has quarter-inch margins designed to fit between pretty covers.
Reading is an experience and I just don’t think an ‘virtual’ book can provide it.


Source: Shelf Awareness: Font Matters: A Dreary E-World ‘Where Every Book Is Identical’

Starting: Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition



Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
I was intrigued as I listened to an interview with author, Daniel Okrent, about his new book on NPR Fresh Air podcast. I thought I knew something about Prohibition but listening to the interview I realized how wrong I was. It was quite an alliance, "a mighty alliance of moralists and progressives, suffragists and xenophobes," each with their own goals that banded together hoping to make us a better nation.

In his new book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Daniel Okrent explores how a confluence of political and social trends led to America's dry era. Okrent explains how both the suffrage and anti-immigration movements helped in the shaping and passage of the 18th Amendment and how Prohibition served as a stand-in for several other political issues.

"Prohibition became the same sort of political football that people on either side would use trying to struggle to get it towards their goal, which was control of the country," Okrent tells Terry Gross. "You could find a number of ways that people could come into whatever issue they wanted to use and use Prohibition as their tool."

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"Somebody said at the time of Prohibition that the difference between the pro-Prohibition and the anti-Prohibition groups in the years leading up to the passage of the 21st Amendment was that the pro-Prohibition people were out there marching and organizing and voting and the anti-Prohibition people were too busy drinking to do any of those things," Okrent says. "I think that's a joke of sorts, but not entirely. That is to say, we don't fight to keep things the way they are; we fight to change things. And I think we're seeing that again today. We're seeing groups that want to change the way we live our lives in America and very few who are defending existing means of government."

As the USA Today review states, this book is "a not-so-dry history of Prohibition."

I just picked this book up at the Library and look forward to reading it!