Wouldn’t it be ironic if the on-going Writer’s Strike resulted in people watching less TV and reading more books?
If you are getting tired of TV reruns and are looking for something good to read, I’ve run a cross a couple good sites to help you make a selection. One is http://bookopinion.com/. This is a fantastic site with Book Reviews from the New York Times, The New Yorker, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Amazon, etc. Some of the reviews offer a “First Chapter” which allows you to read a bit of the book before investing in it.
You can read interesting articles not only about books but also about topics relating to them. Such as the one I read on the top ten most literate cities. According to the article, Minneapolis, Minn. ranked first; Seattle, Wash, second; St. Paul, Minn. came in third. Alas, no city in Florida made the list.
They also offer a Book Finder list that enables you to search through 600,000 of the top books available by author, title or blog and to compare prices between booksellers.
The other site is http://www.shelfari.com/, which features reviews from readers. This site allows you to set up your own bookshelf, join a group discussion (or start one) about a particular book, or find out which books other readers have enjoyed.
Before you get too busy selecting a book to read, I want to remind you that today (January 18th) is the LAST day to submit your entry to the “when will The Ride be released” contest. Simply be the first to guess the date nearest to the actual release date and win a personalized signed copy of The Ride. E-mail your entry (month, day and year) to me at email@example.com or see http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com/2007/12/exciting-new-contest.html for more details.
If you find yourself reading more since the Writers strike, I’d love to hear from you (for my own personal research). And, if any of you would like to recommend a good read, let me hear from you too.
Thanks for stopping by,
Jane Kennedy Sutton
Author of The Ride (to be released by ArcheBooks Publishing)
Tags: The Ride, Archebooks, contest, writers strike, bookopinion, Shelfari