Through the ages there have been many irreverent uses for books, especially in a pinch. I have fond childhood and adult memories of books used in unusual ways. I’ve put my books to every use listed, with the exception of #2. I abhor those who do interior design with books especially in home of those who don’t even read books, but alas it’s commonly done so it earned #2.
What uses are on your top ten list?
Please share them, leave a comment.
Illustrations by K LeRosier, photographs from Wikimedia Commons
Posted by klerosier on 08/09/2011
Amazon’s Kindle Editors listed their for top 10 Favorite Kindle Book Picks for 2011 so far (released the first six months of 2011.) Half of the books were written by debut Authors. Congratulations.
Please Look After Mom
by Kyung-Sook Shin
In this Korean bestseller, she tells the story of a mother–and her family’s search for her after she goes missing–in four richly imagined voices: her daughter’s, her oldest son’s, her husband’s, and finally her own.
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
The Art and Science of remembering Everything. Captivated by competitors’ secrets, science journalist Joshua Foer participates in the U.S. Memory Championship and tells the tale.
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep, and her husband Ben is a stranger to her.
22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
By the end of World War II, Silvana is a ghost of the wife Janusz once had. She and their seven-year-old son travel from Poland to England to reunite their family, separated for six years.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey’s debut chronicles the differences between male and female comedy writers, her cruise-ship honeymoon, and advice about breastfeeding, getting to the heart of why this charismatic comedienne remains universally adored.
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips
This novel includes Shakespeare’s lost King Arthur play in its five-act entirety and explores the tension between storytelling and truth-telling, the thirst for originality in all our lives, and the act of literary myth-making.
Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
Gabrielle Hamilton’s debut book tells her tale of her journey as a chef or “The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Love, terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin .William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in 1933.
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
In a post war Balkan country a young missionary doctor arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea where she searches for stories of her grandfather’s life.
Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
A true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of world
Posted by klerosier on 07/19/2011
Amazon compiled a list of 20 cities based on their sales of printed and Kindle format book, magazine, and newspaper sales for the first 5 months of 2011. Only cities with populations over 100,000 were used.
Amazon’s rather arrogant assumption is that their sales data reflects the reading habits of all American readers, including library users and others who do not buy reading material from Amazon but do indeed read regularly. Perhaps their data does represent a liable random sample similar to the Nelson ratings, perhaps not. The problem is better data is not available since,
Book Publishers and Bookstores are notoriously
stingy with statistical data for the buying habits
and demographics of their consumers.
If Amazon is the only one compiling and sharing data, then their statistics are all we have to use. (Just another nail in the coffin for traditional publishing practices.)
So on with my Top Ten Tuesday List:
1. Cambridge, Massachusetts
2. Alexandria, Virginia
3. Berkeley, California
4. Ann Arbor, Michigan
5. Boulder, Colorado
6. Miami, Florida
7. Salt Lake City, Utah
8. Gainesville, Florida
9. Seattle, Washington
Cities 11 through 20 on Amazons list; Knoxville, TN; Orlando, FL; Pittsburgh, PE; Washington DC; Bellevue, WA; Columbia, SC; St. Louis, MO; Cincinnati, OH; Portland, OR.
Posted by klerosier on 07/12/2011
Top Ten Kindle Jokes
The fact that Kindle Jokes even exist is an indication of how mainstream eReaders are becoming. I couldn’t find very many to chose from so please forgive me, some of these were so lame I was tempted to break format and make it Top 3 or4.
Blonde: I could barely squeeze two books into my luggage. How did you do?
Brunette: Won’t be a problem. My Kindle is small but can hold over three thousand books.
Blonde: Maybe it will fit in your suitcase but how are you going to LIFT it?
Brunette: What do you use to charge your Kindle?
Blonde: My VISA!
Q: What kind of dog reads on a Kindle?
A: A Golden eReader.
Kindle: An eBook reader that is very popular.
Nook: Where you hide your kindle from your kids.
Bookworm: Have you ever tried one of those Kindle eBooks?
Second Bookworm: Yep, but it had a funny taste.
First Bookworm: Maybe it was a joke eBook.
A sign of the times, I swore at the judge
and he downloaded the eBook at me.
Overheard: I bought a cool camouflage cover for my Kindle. Now I can’t find it.
Q: What do you call your book shelf after you buy a Kindle?
A Beagle dropped the Kindle he was biting and said to the Boxer,
“Go ahead take it. Call me old fashioned but I still prefer a real book.”
Robber: Your Kindle or your life.
Man: Did you say life or wife?
The majority of these jokes were adapted from the Kindleboard.
Posted by klerosier on 06/28/2011