Book Nerds Just Love to Procrastinate on This! [BOOK WEEK II]

Alas, we’ve reached the end of another BOOK WEEK. It’s been oh-so-fun and I can’t  wait to do it again next spring when my own book comes out. Also, we’re off next week for Thanksgiving, but will be back in the brightest of nerdy holiday spirit when we return on...

Rock You Like a Hurricane – With Books! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Last week, I went through probably one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. Hurricane Sandy was barreling towards New York and I was right in her path. Stuck inside my flooded apartment, I was forced by my boss to find an uncongenial means to get to work. Without power, internet, and...

The Cleverest Book Ends Ever? – One More Thing Before We Go [BOO...

Yes, yes, I think they are. Get any of these bookends for your own or your favorite fellow book nerd’s shelf at Knob Creek Metal Art’s Etsy page. [via The Mary...

Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Hell Yeah! [Booky McBookNerd] [Book Week I...

For Book Week. I am reading a book by National Book Award finalist, Laini Taylor, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone has renewed my hope and faith in fiction. It’s the story of Karou, an art student in Prague. Karou has just discovered that her first boyfriend, Kaz, cheated on her with a mutual...

Go Get Your Classic Book on this Weekend — In Movie Form –...

Apparently the latest ANNA KARENINA remake, which stars (the rather unappreciated by Ernessa) Keira Knightley and Jude Law ain’t half-bad! Check out the visually intriguing trailer, which I quite...

The Best Sci-Fi I’ve Read All Year – Bloggin’ on the...

I love literary novels, love, love, love them. But let’s face it, man cannot live on exquisitely-crafted prose alone. Also, the line between literary and boring is thin, and I’ve been burned bad — as in usually my “Worst Novel of the Year” pick is a book that has...

Your Poor Characters! – One More Thing Before We Go [BOOK WEEK I...

Makes me wonder about what my characters are gossiping about behind my back. Oh, who am I kidding, they’re probably complaining about how long it’s taking me to finish this...

Hot & Fast Quickies! – Ask Dr. Miro: What You didn’t Learn ...

Dear Dr. Miro, My partner and I have become so busy that “getting busy” never happens. I really miss our long sex sessions but it’s been forever and I’m not sure where we would even fit it in – pun kind of intended. We both love reading so maybe a book recommendation? I still find her...

Watch the First Official THE HOST Trailer Quick! Quick! Quick! –...

…before they yank it down, like they have on most of the other nerd sites. This trailer for THE HOST, the movie version of the book by Stephenie Meyer, looks halfway decent. I was wondering how they would to bring a novel that’s like 50% interior thought and arguments to the big...

These Bandages Will Make You Wanna Bleed! – One More Thing Befor...

…or at the very least get a very nasty paper cut. Pick up your Jane Austen bandages for $4.95 at Archie McPhee. [via Fashionably...

I Could Write a (Really Boring) Book about FMLA [HorroR Stories] [Book...

In honor of another Book Week at FaN, I will share with you Chapter 3 in my book entitled: FMLA, what the Fuck? Please buy it, please, please, please. I expect it to be on the shelves sometime in the next decade. There is nothing more confusing than leaves of absence. Ask anybody. In the...

LIFE OF PI Trailer — Procrastinate on This [BOOK WEEK II]

Finally! A movie that looks as good as the book it’s based...

The Best Self-Help Book for Writers Like Ever – Bloggin’ o...

I like to read at least one self-help book and one writing book every year. But this year I got lucky, because the best self-help book I read also happened to be a great guide to handling the uglier emotional aspects of writing like fear, doubt, and chronic procrastination. It’s called...

That New Book Smell [One More Thing Before We Go]

Last BOOK WEEK, we featured this $70 perfume which makes your e-Reader smell like an old-fashioned book for nearly the price of the e-Reader itself. But now there’s a much cheaper, $9.99, Axe-like aerosol e-reader spray called Smell of Books, and it comes in several different flavors...

Book Week: Psy Comm, and interview with the Author [Gamer by Design] [...

My regular readers know, I write about video game design, business, and sometimes the mobile app scene. For Book Week, I decided to read something equally nerdy. That would be the graphic novel Psy-Comm. I have the privilege of knowing the author, Tony Salvaggio. As you’ll see below, he...

Brad Pitt and His Family Are the Only Ones We Should Care About in Zom...

In a strange coincidence, a bunch of movies based on books I’ve actually read are coming out this winter, and it’s BOOK WEEK II. So yeah, my job is pretty easy this week. First up, WORLD WAR Z, which I read this summer off a recommendation from CH. I was wondering how the movie...

Buy the Book [Tall Drink of Nerd] [Book Week II]

There are probably around a dozen books in my library that I either haven’t started or haven’t finished. It’s a shame, sort of. A few are loaners from family that I’ll get to when everything else around me is exhausted. Several I purchased because I love the author,...

Procrastinate on This! [BOOK WEEK!!!]

Oh, guys, it’s been yet another wonderful BOOK WEEK, and I can’t wait to do it again in the fall. Sadly, we’re off for the next two weeks — those Olympics ain’t gonna obsessively watch themselves– but do come back to read or re-read the best blogumns...

Thank You, Jimmy Fallon, for Your Thank You Notes Books [Kicking Back ...

Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for turning one of your signature bits into a series of hilarious books.  Thank you, also, Jimmy Fallon, for allowing your newest book to play music! Late night talk shows have been a big television network battleground for ratings and advertising dollars since...

A Writer’s Plea – One More Thing Before We Go [BOOK WEEK]

Ugh! I hate when I do this: send myself a link, with no reference as to who to thank for or ~via. But this “Writer’s Plea” is awesome, so if you’re a friend of mine and you posted this on your blog or FB wall, consider yourself...

Accepting Thirst: Edward Field’s Kabuli Days [Hippie Squared] [B...

A travel journal is a kind of quest tale. In 1970 poet Edward Field journeyed to Afghanistan questing for Sufis (as a Gurdjieff fan); “sex, as all travelers are;” and “a little hotel clinging to a rock in the middle of a rushing river” which he saw in a National...

This Ad Will Make You Want to Read a Physical Book – Procrastina...

I love my e-reader to death, but every so once in a while, even a tech-lover like me gets the overwhelming desire to read a physical book — especially now that we’ve imposed a “no handheld tech downstairs” rule. This Hachette Australia ad made me want to pick up all...

Sisters in Strange (to Me) Places – Bloggin on the ETC [BOOK WEE...

Since moving to a walking neighborhood almost two years ago, the quality of our overall lives have gone up, but sadly the quality of my reading life has gone down. I barely drive any more, so there’s no chance to listen to audiobooks. And now that my daughter is in pre-school, I can...

Make Your Own Secret Lair with a Hidden Bookcase – One More Thin...

Either that are you can just use this $3000 bookcase, which folds in half by by sliding on steel tracks, as a door to your office or nerd cave. Burglars will never find the good stuff! [via...

Composite Sketches of Fictional Characters – Procrastinate on Th...

Yet another way technology is bringing books to life. As an author who doesn’t care for a ton of physical description when it comes to my characters, I weirdly find this concept fascinating and off-putting at the same time. To see more sketches like the featured image of Oyster from...

40 lines about 20 audiobooks by CH [BOOK WEEK] Jul25

40 lines about 20 audiobooks by CH [BOOK WEEK]

I listen to audiobooks all the time. Here are some thoughts on 20 of them.   Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi This could only happen in Hollywood. Great story, love the sci-fi real world mashup. Redshirts: A Novel in Three Codas by John Scalzi The secret life of expendable characters...

Make your E-Reader Smell Like a Real Book – One More Thing Befor...

First we had a software program that makes your computer sound like an old-fashioned typewriter, and now we have a $70 perfume that will allow your E-reader to smell like a good ol’ fashioned book. The Future for the (retro) win! [via...

The HR Manager with the Dragon Tattoo [HorroR Stories - BOOK WEEK]

In honor of Book Week at F&N, I will be suspending my usual Q&A. Keep sending questions, you can post them in the comments or email them to: askhorror@gmail.com. And as always, confidentiality will be preserved. Now that’s out the way, so…Book Week, eh? I have to admit when they first...

Best Writing Tool Ever? – Procrastinate on This [BOOK WEEK]

I think it this “Noisy Typer” software just might be, and it’s totally free. Oh, my goodness! [via LikeCool]...

Give Me A Sex Guide! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn't Learn in Health Cl...

Dear Dr. Miro, I’ve been looking for a good reference book on sex stuff but I don’t want some dense college textbook. Any suggestions? Sincerely, Randy Researcher Dear RR, I highly recommend The Guide To Getting It On by Paul Joannides (http://www.goofyfootpress.com/). “The...

Are the French Better Parents than We Are? – Bloggin on the ETC ...

Like a lot of American moms, I’m always on the lookout for the next great parenting book. This can be a frustrating mission. More often than not, parenting books make me feel like I’m doing a terrible job, that their advice doesn’t fit in with my lifestyle — or any...

This Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again – One More Thing Befor...

Portrait of a small boy reading. [via LikeCool]...

Read to Me [Tall Drink of Nerd - Book Week]

My parents read books to me. They were pretty busy people, Dad was a farmer and ranch hand, working up to 22 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mom had five kids to care for out in the middle of the country, but they read to me. Since I was the fifth of those five kids, and a late surprise at that,...

Apparently Harry Potter Didn’t Turn Out So Great – Procras...

In this newish web series, HARRY POTTER AND THE TEN YEARS LATER, the eponymous wizard is wasting away at his dead end job, and Hermione and Ron are having serious marital problems. Call it the “more likely” epilogue to J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster series. [via...

Graphic Novels For People Who Don’t Like Graphic Novels – ...

I adore graphic novels. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love them for two reasons: 1) You don’t have to spend a lot of time wading into the material, the artwork just pulls you right on in to the story. Perfect for the busy mom, attempting to get her read on...

Procrastinate on This! [BOOK WEEK 2 Edition]

First, thanks so much for celebrating our 4th super-fierce-and-nerdy BOOK WEEK! We can’t wait to do this again next summer. Til then, here’s a ton of bookish procrastination to tide you over… 1. Salon did a great article on African-American fantasy writers, which includes,...

Michael Scotto Is So Over Vampires [Fierce Anticipation]

Greetings! I’ve come to announce the release of my debut children’s novel, Latasha and the Little Red Tornado, which came out earlier this week. It tells the story of Latasha Gandy, a precocious eight-year-old who cannot wait to grow up, and her mischievous puppy, Ella Fitzgerald,...

The Innocence of a Book [FRANKIE SAYS...]

Frankie says… Try to pretend every now and then. I heard this author speaking about her most recent book on NPR the other day. She was saying how her four main characters were so different, but were all really just pieces of her. I envied her ability to make things up, her obvious grasp on...

You, Not You [Hippie Squared]

Flannery O’Connor once said that the only way to write successful autobiographical fiction is if you are able to look at yourself as a fictional character. In other words, if you can look at you as if you were not you. Autobiographical or not, your fictional characters are not you....

THE WINTERS IN BLOOM by Lisa Tucker and BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett: Boo...

Alrighty, we’re down to my last group book report for BOOK WEEK 2, and we’re ending it with two ensemble pieces. My second book was an ensemble, so I was kind of shying away from these for a while. But my third book, which I’m currently working on, only has two main points...

Eating and Reading: Yes, I’ve Got Crumbs in My Pages [Fierce Foo...

Reading while eating is luxurious habit but not easy to accomplish, at least not if you like creamy, yummy treats and the pages of your books unstained and unspotted.  My favorite books to read while eating are books about eating and cooking: John Thorne’s Outlaw Cook, Laurie Colwin’s Home...

You don’t have to read the book. [On The Contrary]

Happy Book Week! Here’s why you don’t have to read books anymore. I’m kidding, but only a little. Like many people who choose to write things for the Internet that exceed 140 characters, books are and have always been an important part of my life. Books are the ultimate comfort form of...

Isn’t It Romantic(a)? Books 33, 34, 35, and 36 of 2011 [BOOK WEE...

So you guys know I likes to mix it up, and I’m try to throw out a few hottie mm-bottie book reports from time to time. Well here are four romantica (romantica = explicit sex and language with a traditional HEA) novels guaranteed to steam up your e-reader. THE SWEET SPOT by Kimberly Kaye...

The Last Book I Finished [Secret Life of an Expat]

Hey everybody, after a somewhat longer than intended leave of absence, I’ve come back to Fierce and Nerdy. Upon my return, I was both pleased and worried to learn that my first column in months would be for Book Week. Pleased because, well, who doesn’t like books? And worried because I...

Wherein I Avoid Facing the Loss of My Childhood Hero [Hyperbolic Tende...

This past May, Sixkill by Robert B. Parker arrived in bookstores. It’s the thirty-ninth book in Parker’s Spenser detective series and I’ve read each of the previous thirty-eight at least a half dozen times. The day it arrived I hauled my ass down to the local Barnes and Noble and bought a...

Erotic Scrap Book: Ask Dr. Miro [What You Didn't Learn In Health Class...

Dear Dr. Miro, My boyfriend’s birthday is in a few weeks and I have NO extra money. Things are so tight that I won’t be able to pay rent AND get him something as meaningful as he deserves. My guy is so thoughtful and giving and I want to do something amazing to show him how...

READY PLAYER ONE and THE MAGICIAN KING: Books 31 & 32 of 2011 [BO...

2011 wasn’t just a good year for books, it was an AMAZING year, just an embarrassment of riches as far as reading is concerned. And unless something else ridiculously wonderful comes along, I’m fairly sure that I’ve nailed down my top three books of the year. One of them is...

Film is Dead [Gamer by Design] for Book Week

If you read my column on the regular, you probably know that it’s a video game industry look at games. So with that being said, it was an interesting challenge to keep it game related during book week. So I decided to talk about a topic that, in this day and age of kindles and nooks and...

Book Report: I Married You for Happiness [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Reading this book, I was reminded of being halfway through a bath; It’s warm, but cooling off, you’re already clean and at this point just sitting in your own dirty water. Ok, mostly it’s just the luke warm thing. I Married You for Happiness, a novel by Lily Tuck (who won...

I’m Looking Out for a (Blind) Hero: Books 28, 29, and 30 of 2011...

I know, I know: “What the eff, Ernessa? Why no book reports since the summer?” All I can say is that things got just ridiculously busy, but I do fully intend to get my full 52 reports in by the end of the year. I’ve actually been reading tons to the point that I’m...

Procrastinate on This! BOOK WEEK Edition

Hey-o, It’s me, Ernessa. I’m taking PoT! Friday back over for most of the summer — you know why, right? Right? Of course you do. It’s because the 32 CANDLES paperback releases next week, so that means you have to put up with me schilling again. So… I’ll be...

Amy Brown Won’t Read Anything That’s Been Made into a Juli...

Oh, Fierce and Nerdy!  How I’ve missed you.  Thanks for letting me visit you again — this missive comes to you from the west coast now, where I am fiercely anticipating the start of a new job in Los Angeles.  As a reader I tend not to delay my gratification (actually, that’s pretty much...

Your Life as My Novel: The Ryan Dixon Line [BOOK WEEK]

I have a problem. And like most of my problems, I was the last one to know about it. In fact, I had considered this problem an attribute until last Saturday night when I was strolling through the outdoor shopping and dining district of Old Town Pasadena enjoying a fruitful, funny conversation...

20 Awesome Literary Tattoos: One More Thing Before We Go [BOOK WEEK]

I don’t have any tattoos, but if I did, it would probably be a literary one. So, though I don’t know any of the people that made Buzzfeed’s “20 Awesome Literary Tattoos” list personally, I know I would get along with all of them — save for the dude or chych...

Reading BOSSYPANTS Is Fundamental: Tall Glass of Shame [BOOK WEEK]

Alright readers, this past week I couldn’t make up my mind about which book on my nightstand I wanted to review more for Book week. The two books I picked were just so similar in scope. Tina Fey’s new memoir BOSSYPANTS and Roger Ma’s THE ZOMBIE COMBAT MANUAL: A Guide to...

SHIP BREAKER Book Trailer by Diego Gonzalez: Procrastinate on This [BO...

I can probably count on my hands, the number of book trailers I’ve seen that actually move me to consider reading the book. This is one of them. From io9: Concept artist Diego Gonzalez created tons of art based on Paolo Bacigalupi’s dystopian young adult novel Ship Breaker, and...

Daddy Goes Berserk: Stay-at-Home Nerd [BOOK WEEK]

Don’t get me wrong, I love books – have all my life, but if you took my quiz last time (and by the way you really should) then you would know with some degree of certainty that the last book I had read at the time of the posting was HIPPOS GO BESERK by Sandra Boynton. I’d like to say that the...

THE FRUGALISTA FILES by Natalie P. McNeal: Book 24 of 2011 [BOOK WEEK]

Coming upon this book was a bit weird for me. Usually, non-fiction books have to work really hard to make it onto my TBR list, but just when I committed to my self-proclaimed YEAR OF THE BUDGET, so many book bloggers started talking about this THE FRUGALISTA FILES by Natalie P. McNeal. Here...

The Judgmental Bookseller Ostrich: One More Thing Before We Go [BOOK W...

The funniest thing about the Judgmental Bookseller Ostrich tumblr which has been going strong since the beginning of the year is that I’ve never met a judgmental bookseller. The vast majority just seem to be happy that you’re reading and buying physical books from their stores. I...

Women Don’t Ask, But They Should! [Political Physics]

I was recently offered a new job.  It is an amazing opportunity and I am honored to have been offered the position.  Plus I have been incredibly unhappy in my current position for some time.  So it took everything in my power not to just leap at the idea of taking the position when it was...

A Tale of Two Twins by Yuanjian Luo: Procrastinate on This [BOOK WEEK]

Relativity and a short story combine to make the below video a very worthwhile way to spend five minutes of your day. ~via LikeCool A Tale of Two Twins from Yuanjian Luo on...

Sexy Bookworm: Ask Dr. Miro – What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class [B...

Dear Dr. Miro, I would like to read some lesbian erotica but everything I find is too blech. Please suggest something I can read to my girlfriend on our summer vacation that isn’t so explicit I can’t say it out loud but sexy enough that it makes me blush. Sincerely, Lesley Bookworman Dear LB,...

THE PEACH KEEPER by Sarah Addison Allen: Book 23 of 2011 [BOOK WEEK]

If you’ve been keeping up with my book reports, you already know what a big Sarah Addison Allen fan I am. I read and loved her debut, GARDEN SPELLS, and have read and loved every book she’s written since. So here are my thoughts on her latest, THE PEACH KEEPER. What’s It...

Thought Chuck: Humble Beginnings Edition [BOOK WEEK]

Hugh Hefner assembled the first issue of Playboy on the kitchen table in his Chicago apartment in 1953 at a cost of $600.

Making Reading a Part of My Life Again: NewlyNested [BOOK WEEK]

I’ve always found that my writing is better when I am reading even more than I am writing.  I am ashamed to say that both have recently fallen through the cracks.  The truth is I wasn’t really raised with books.  I’m sure that my parents read to me, but reading and writing was something that...

The Making of a Book Cover: Procrastinate on This [BOOK WEEK]

It’s funny, I love book covers, but after watching this two-minute video, I realized I had been taking them for granted, because I didn’t realize just how much work goes into making one. Guaranteed after watching this, you’ll never look at a book cover the same way again....

My Kindle vs. My Conscience Pt. 1: Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewilde...

I never wanted a Kindle. Now, three Kindles and an iPad later, let me explain why. The novelist in me was intrinsically against the very idea of an eReader like the Kindle– even before I knew that writers make less per book if purchased through Amazon. No. Others may shell out their...

THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Heidi Durrow: Book 22 of 2011 [BOOK ...

Oh, I am so embarrassed about reporting on this book so late. I actually downloaded it to my then-Kindle when it first came out in January 2010. Then I got an iPad and somehow it didn’t transfer over or maybe I didn’t do it right. I don’t know, but weirdly enough, I...

Charge Your iPhone in the Most Literary Way Possible: One More Thing B...

Big thanks to Friend of FaN, Cynthia Bechold Hawkins, for letting us know about this $55 charging dock, which allows you to just look extremely clever while charging your iPhone. With classics like PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY available, we say put this on your holiday...

My Super-Spy Dad: Single White Nerd [BOOK WEEK]

Growing up, I read books.  A lot.  Three or four books a week.  They were mostly science fiction and fantasy books.  The occasional bit of literary fiction.  Fathers in these books were taciturn, secretive, violent, absent.  Maybe the hero’s dad was King Arthur in disguise.  Or a space alien....

Most Romantic Commercial Ever [Procrastinate on This]

As a nerd who can’t even fathom falling in love with a non-nerd who doesn’t overanalyze the sci-fi they love, I just going to go ahead and call this the most fucking romantic commercial I’ve ever seen. ~via Topless...

Book Club for Dudes: California Seething [BOOK WEEK]

The rantings of a non-driving theatre professional living in altogether the wrong city Let’s get one thing straight right now, I’m not a Woman trapped in a Man’s body. I’m not even a Particularly Well Groomed Man trapped in the body of a Slovenly Oaf. I am simply as I appear — an...

THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS by Randy Susan Meyers: Book 21 of 2011 ...

I was very lucky to be introduced into a fantastic writer’s co-operative by a writer friend. Many books by these fellow authors are on my super long TBR list, including THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS by Randy Susan Meyers. But then I made the mistake of reading the first eleven pages of...

Procrastinate on This! Bye-Bye BOOK WEEK 2! [December 3, 2010]

Oh! I’m so sorry to see BOOK WEEK 2! end. It feels like it went by soooo fast. But there’s always next year. Until then, do enjoy this special BOOK WEEK 2! edition of Procrastinate on This! 1. I loved this list of Worst Television Versions of Science Fiction and Fantasy Books....

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Christmas Classics and the Books We&...

Remember when times were simpler?  When the names Rudolph, Scrooge, the Grinch, and even Jesus could put a smile on your face?  As a kid, they were all a part of Christmas and can be found in just about any bookstore this time of year.  But, sadly there are a couple books from my childhood...

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: December 3-5 [BOOK WEEK 2!]

Fierce Anticipation’s 1st Annual Macabre, Morbid, Miserly, and somewhat Murderous Christmas Reading List of 22 Books Selected at Random by Me, Ryan Dixon Need a gift for that not-so-special someone? Read on to discover the perfectly inappropraite book for every Christmas occasion after the...

Hello Friday: 10 DAYS TO MORE CONFIDENT PUBLIC SPEAKING by Lenny Lasko...

So I thought I’d end BOOK WEEK 2 with the book that —  let’s face it — has probably helped me more than any other in my book promotion journey. It’s a plain little volume and doesn’t take long to read. So here are my thoughts on 10 DAYS TO MORE CONFIDENT...

Thought Chuck: December 2, 2010 [BOOK WEEK 2!]

“WORDS, WORDS, WORDS” EDITION A copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio sold at auction in 2006 garnered a record-breaking $6.85 million. featured image credit:...

Secret Life of an Expat: The Hunger Games [BOOK WEEK 2!]

Maybe I’m not as smart as other people, or maybe I just get bored reading about normal people’s lives, but I’ve always had a preference for young adult fiction. I suppose it brings me back to that blissful time when I thought I could do anything, be anyone, the world was at my feet, waiting...

Procrastinate on This! Best Bookstore Ad EVER! [BOOK WEEK 2!]

I’m declaring this the below The Best Bookstore Ad Ever. There wasn’t whole lot of competition for this title, but still … you know, kudos. ~via...

Dear Thursday: COME TO WIN by Venus Williams and Kelly E. Carter [Book...

Wow, only 10 more books to go before I meet my goal. And today’s book is a whole lot of awesomeness. I finished it yesterday, and I’m still a little sad about it. Here are my thoughts on COME TO WIN by Venus Williams and Kelly E. Carter . Why I Decided to Read It: Well, long story...

Fierce Foodie: The Secret of My Mother’s Amazing Mashed Potatoes...

I love the potato in all its forms: fried, mashed, boiled, baked, scalloped, whatever.  I can truthfully say I have never met a potato I did not appreciate, down to the flaccid, oily French fry at the bottom of the bag.  This is not a love ingrained by my cultural background, however, in fact...

Procrastinate on This! STORK M.I.A. by Sandro Isaack [BOOK WEEK 2!]

As someone who plans to explain IVF to her kid when she gets of age, I find the concept of the stork off-putting. But then again, my husband is still trying to convince me that we need to get on the Santa Claus and tooth fairy bandwagon, so maybe I’m just a scrooge. Either way, this...

On the Contrary: Kindle is not the end of books [BOOK WEEK 2!]

Happy book week, Fierce & Nerdy! This being the holiday shopping season, books are on my mind even more than usual. That’s because bar none, hands down, books are my favorite gift to both give and receive. This opinion might soon be antiquated, however. Electronic reading devices like...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! FIND YOUR FOCUS ZONE by Lucy Jo Palladino

What’s that you say? I haven’t done a self-help book in a while? Well, let’s see what we have in the old hopper. Oh, here’s one! Without further ado, my thoughts on FIND YOUR FOCUS ZONE by Lucy Jo Palladino Why I Decided To Read It: After losing a few hours that I...

Thought Chuck: November 30, 2010

“THE GOOD BOOK” EDITION The most recent sale of a complete Gutenberg Bible took place in 1978, with the volume fetching $2.2 million. featured image credit [Jerome's Epistle to Paulinus]: Rodrigo...

Book Simple: An Empire State of Art [BOOK WEEK 2!]

In economics, we believe that consumers are rational agents who consume subject to the constraints they are given.  People would buy and buy and buy – buy until the store shelves were empty – if they didn’t have the nagging knowledge of their bank accounts dwindling with every purchase....

Procrastinate on This! Single-Sentence Animation Project [BOOK WEEK 2!...

Looks like I complained too soon about Americans not doing artsy things to promote books. Check out the animated sentence released by the literary journal, Electric Literature. And find out more about the single-sentence animation project at...

Ask Dr. Miro: Getting Off in the Library [What You Didn’t Learn In Hea...

Dear Dr. Miro, I’ve always wanted to get off with someone (besides myself) in the library. How can I get my boyfriend to do this? I am totally up for returning the favor but he’s really shy. All those shelves of books with everyone being so serious and having to be quiet and studious and,...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: SPECIAL DELIVERY by Heidi Cullinan [Book 40 of 2010]...

Well, as you might have noticed if you follow Fierce and Nerdy in real time, today’s post is hours late. Long story, but I basically had a writing deadline and woke up this morning to discover I had used all the time I had left on my travel internet — yes, I have travel internet...

One More Thing Before We Go: Your Last Chance to Get a 32 CANDLES T-sh...

Hey Guys! Friendly reminder that DECEMBER 1 is the last day to leave an Amazon Review and get a free T-shirt! We’ve managed to net 100 reviews so far, which is just beyond awesome. However, we’re running out of supplies. So after leaving your review, email me at etc at...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Your Book to Movie Docent [The Girl Who Played Wit...

I am The Girl Who Translates Stieg Larsson Movies for Her Husband.  After stumbling across the first movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on Netflix Instant queue, I got hooked into the intricate storyline and decided to read the last two books.  From Larsson’s prose I found out the people...

Procrastinate on This: Even Gritty Books Can Be Pretty [BOOK WEEK 2!]

Normally I’m not a big fan of book defacement, but I’m making an exception for this awesome New Zealand Book Council commercial by Anderson Studios. Seriously, America, why aren’t we putting out book ads like this??? ~via...

Dork Lifestyle: I Love Books! [BOOK WEEK 2!]

I love books! I always have. I drew this comic inspired by some of my favorite books. I hope you might be interested in these books, too. Just click on the book to buy it...

Philosophical Monday: THREE JUNES by Julia Glass [Book 39 of 2010]

Welcome to BOOK WEEK 2 everyone! Here’s the dealy: I have 13 more books to read and review for you by December 31 — totally doable; I assure you. So every day this week, I’ll be bringing you my thoughts on a different book. And all of our other posts will be book-centric,...

Sensational Saturday: BAYOU (vol. 1) by Jeremy Love [Book 24 of 2010]

Aa most of you know, I don’t usually  blog on the weekends, unless someone has died — BTW, RIP Jose Saragamo. You can read my review of his novel, BLINDNESS here. I’m making an exception to my usual blogging rules, b/c I’m bound and determined to catch up on this...

Procrastinate of This! BOOK WEEK Edition

What a lovely, lovely week this has been! Our Fierce and Nerdy bloggers more than delivered, and I’m thinking we’ll have to do this again next year? But what’s our first themed week without an afternoon cap of a huge ole chunk of (book-based) procrastination? Oh, and...

Three Line Lunch: So the Wind Won’t Blow it All Away [BOOK WEEK]

a yearlong diary in three-line poems by Jeff Rogers, day 298 So the Wind Won’t Blow it All Away by Richard Brautigan Had to read the book very slowly. Every line so beautiful and sad, So known and understood, that over and over and over again It broke my fuckin’...

Three Line Lunch: Pavlov’s Harp: The Books Written in My Brain [...

a yearlong diary in three-line poems by Jeff Rogers, day 297 Pavlov’s Harp: The Books Written in My Brain Any book anywhere anytime: spine straight, open in a lap, hefted in my hand, Splashes resonant redolent chord of music down library concert halls of my brain, revs Neuron harp...

Dear Thursday: BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK by Helena Andrews [Book 22 of 20...

Remember how I promised you that I would eventually review a non-marketing piece of non-fiction, because I wasn’t completely self-absorbed and could in fact read non-fiction that didn’t either 1) directly benefit me or 2) teach me how to do stuff. You probably didn’t believe...