Where Did My Books Come From?

by Kim on April 17, 2010 · 27 comments

I saw this meme going around awhile ago where bloggers would list where their last 20 books came from. I just read my 20th book for the year, so I figured it was about time to check out those stats for 2010. Curious?

Diana Joseph on Essays

by Kim on April 20, 2009 · 4 comments

I’m a big fan of essays and memoirs, but I know a lot of people who don’t like them because they think an essay or memoir is self-absorbed. While sometimes this is true, the best personal essays that I’ve read end up not being self-absorbed at all.  And it’s these fantastic essays that leave me […]

I’ve been pretty negligent about Weekly Geeks as of late; however, I’m back for this weeks edition, written by Ali from Wordcupia, which is all about historical fiction. Ali had a lot of questions, but here are the ones I liked best: Do you have a favorite book that really pulled you back in time, […]

Thinking About Your Memoir?

by Kim on December 2, 2008 · 5 comments

If you’re thinking about writing your own memoir, or need some new memoirs to read, Entertainment Weekly has what must be an almost exhaustive list of memoirs written since 1995 (the year the memoir genre seemed to hit it big). I haven’t struggled thorough the Pillsbury Bake-Off (The Ungarnished Truth by Ellie Mathews) or spent […]

Autobiography versus Memoir

by Kim on August 5, 2008 · 10 comments

After reading and reviewing Blankets by Craig Thompson, I got started thinking about the differences between the genres of memoir and autobiography. I was discussing Blankets as a memoir, but a lot of the other things I’ve read call it an “autobiographical graphic novel.” Both genres have really similar qualities, but I wondered if there […]

Monday Tally: June 16

by Kim on June 16, 2008

Hooray, the second Monday Tally! Since I was paying attention, I have quite a few more articles and things to think about for this week. “Question of the Week: Going to journalism school – yes or no?” by Robert Niles at the Online Journalism Review — I subscribe to OJR, and read it once in […]

Harry Potter Reign Ends?

by Kim on May 14, 2008 · 3 comments

After 10-years at the top of various best-sellers lists, Harry Potter has finally been knocked off. While this story seems newsworthy in that it’s almost like the end of an era, I also think it’s interesting because of the way the Harry Potter phenomenon changed the way The New York Times did their best-sellers lists. […]

Steampunk and His Dark Materials

by Kim on May 11, 2008 · 1 comment

In my enthusiasm at starting a bookish blog, I began by bookmarking a whole bunch of other blogs in hopes that they would give me some ideas and things to think about adding to mine. What a great idea, because I already have topic! Jacket Copy, the LA Times Book News and Information Blog, just […]