Showing posts from December, 2015

Great Advice for 2016


Happy 2016!


Useful Tool

This one has been around for a long time:  Long URLs, or addresses, are much easier to send by e-mail after being condensed. This is site is particularly helpful in sharing links like those to specific blog posts or specific journal or newspaper articles.

Best Picture Books of 2015

Minh Le creates a nice list of 2015 picture books for The Huffington Posthere.

Christmas from Authors

"If my Valentine you won't be, I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree." ~Ernest Hemingway, 88 Poems "The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood." ~Richard Paul Evans, The Christmas Box "Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone." ~Charles Schulz, Peanuts “CALVIN:
'This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn't make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery?
If the guy exists why doesn't he ever show himself and prove it?
And if he doesn't exist what's the meaning of all this?'
'I dunno. Isn't this a religious holiday?'
'Yeah, but actually, I've got the same questions about God.'”  ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! “The Christmas tree is a symb…

Christmas Eve in Iceland


Best of the Best-of Lists 2015

The Wall Street Journal has a Best of the Best-of Lists 2015:  A Compilation of Books Cited on Multiple Year-End Lists on their site.  Books are organized by category, and you can click on the individual book cover for more information, including review links and which best-of lists the book made. 

The best-of lists consulted for the compilation are, in alphabetical order:


Barnes & Noble


The Economist



Library Journal

The New York Times


Publishers Weekly

The Telegraph

The Washington Post

Quote on Reading


Useful Tool

Tired of printing a page from an online site only to waste your ink cartridge on ads and other fillers that you don't need?  Try using Print Friendly to print only the information you want.

Book Recommendations--Ask a Manager Blog

At the Ask a Manager blog, a great site for work-related advice from HR guru Alison Green, all of Green's book recommendations for 2015 are now available in one post.  Each entry includes an author, a title, a direct link to Amazon, and a reason or two why Green appreciated the book.  I added more than a few of her suggestions to my TBR list as she posted them throughout the year.

The Top 10 Movies of 2015 from Slate Magazine

The list actually runs to 14, as Slate Magazine includes four runners-up with their 10 Best Movies of 2015.

How many of these movies have you seen?  I've only seen one, Spy.

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

Jane Austen (December 16, 1775-July 18, 1817)
Links of interest: Jane Austen Center  Books by Jane Austen at Project Gutenberg
How Jane Austen's Emma Changed the Face of Fiction by John Mullan, The Guardian
Jane's World by Martin Amis, The New Yorker
I Learned Everything I Need to Know About Marriage from Pride and Prejudice by Karen Swallow Prior, The Atlantic
The Secret of the Jane Austen Industry by Alexander McCall Smith, The Wall Street Journal

Quote on Reading

"Preaching to the choir," of course, but I still like this quote.

NPR's Book Concierge

A good tool for finding interesting reads from 2015 is NPR's (National Public Radio) Book Concierge.  They included 260 titles from this year.  Browse by categories along the side of the page, or hover over the covers of assorted books on the main page to link to the full text of the recommendation. 

There are also links to the NPR Book Concierge selections for the years 2008-2014.

Plenty of reading for every taste and mood!

Call for Entries--Poe Fans!

Free Romance Books

One free romance book a month, downloaded from iBooks.  The 2016 authors are:

Alessandra Torre

Carly Phillips

Jasinda Wilder

Julie Richman


JS Cooper

Vi Keeland

Kendall Ryan

Marie Force

Penelope Ward

Rachel Van Dyken

Register your e-mail address here to join the book club.

Audrey Hepburn Quote


NYT's 10 Best Books of 2015

The year's best books, according to the editors of The New York Times Book Review.  Go to their site for the cover and a blurb about each book.

The Door by Magda Szabo.  Translated by Len Rix.  (Fiction)

A Manual for Cleaning Women:  Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin.  Edited by Stephen Emerson.  (Fiction)

Outline by Rachel Cusk.  (Fiction)

The Sellout by Paul Beatty.  (Fiction)

The Story of the Lost Child:  Book 4, The Neapolitan Novels:  "Maturity, Old Age" by Elena Ferrante.  Translated by Ann Goldstein.  (Fiction)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  (Nonfiction)

Empire of Cotton:  A Global History by Sven Beckert.  (Nonfiction)

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.  (Nonfiction)

The Invention of Nature:  Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf  (Nonfiction)

One of Us:  The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad.  Translated by Sarah Death.  (Nonfiction)

Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Books of 2015

With 3,007,748 votes from registered readers, here are a few of the winners:

Fiction:  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Mystery & Thriller:  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Nonfiction:  Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Learn more about these and other winning titles on the Goodreads site.