Book news, reviews, and musings 1 October 2010

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News and features

This week is Banned Books Week.

The popular childrens series 39 clues is to be given a second outing, with 7 new books on the horizon. Author David Baldacci will be one of the contributors to the new series.

Are you participating in the Orbit Books Orbit Quest? You should, as participants are in for a chance to win every Orbit book published in 2010.

Were running a giveaway of Jandy Nelsons fabulous The Sky is Everywhere. Click here to enter.

Dont forget to check out our newest posts: competition round ups, new releases, book reviews, and more!


Journalist Anna Krien chats with Alan Attwood, editor of Australias The Big Issue, about her new book Into the Woods.

Author and physicist Marcelo Gleiser chats about life and the universe in this fascinating pair of videos from the Melbourne Writers Festival.


The Broke and the Bookish review Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt, and cant say enough good stuff about an historical romance novel that enjoys slumming it a bit.

The Guardian reviews The Small Hand by Susan Hill, and likens this accomplished ghost story to poetry.

Aus Spec Fic in Focus looks at The Way of Kings by fantasy author Brian Sanderson, and says that despite the cover, this book is a sheer delight to read.


Romance is Not Dead, a Mills & Boon site, gives us a list of their favourite romance heroines.

Author Sam Sykes tells us how the notion of the perfect protagonist completely changed the way he approached writing.

Book to the Future gives us an interesting account of one bookshop customers reading material, and what this revelation meant to her.

At the Book Blog Cafe, Nancy Anne Moore ponders the books that she loves to re-read. Are you a re-reader, or do you feel like lifes too short to indulge in a book a second time around?

Just for fun

Literary Death Match. Oh yes.

Author birthdays

Happy birthday, Tim OBrien!

Quote of the Day

You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty. ' Sacha Guitry

Beautiful book cover of the day

 Book news, reviews, and musings 1 October 2010(well be reviewing this later today, and with a great competition to boot, so stay tuned!)


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  1. Great collection of articles and posts! Enough to keep me busy reading and checking things out for awhile :) Thanks.
    Amy recently posted..September Reading Wrap-Up amp WotS Halifax Recap

  2. Stephanie /

    Thanks, Amy! :) Im glad youre enjoying these posts.

  3. Thanks for mentioning our review! Love this recap idea! Will be checking out some of these links!

    -Jamie at The Broke & Bookish and The Perpetual Page-Turner
    Jamie recently posted..200 Followers Giveaway!!

  4. Stephanie /

    My pleasure, Jamie. :) I love to read this stuff over my morning coffee, so I figured others might, too! Feel free to let me know if ever you have a review or other content that youd like to have featured, and Ill pop it in. :)

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