I was sent this fantastic infographic from Penguin and couldn’t help but post it! Every parent is looking for the perfect gift for their child this time of year. Using this chart, you can find a book for even the most reluctant reader! Check it out below!
YouTube channel sensation, Improv Everywhere, has never had a bad idea in their lives, it seems. Their latest viral video follows a boy dressed as Harry Potter traveling to ‘Hogwarts’ via Penn Station in New York City. Seeming a bit lost, he pushes his cart full of luggage and a cage holding little Hedwig through the station asking “Do you know where I can find Platform 9 3/4?”
This is one video full of cuteness that you just have to see for yourself.
Written and designed by award-winning author/artist Warren Lehrer, A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an incredibly original exploration of one man’s use of books as a means of understanding himself, the people around him, and a half-century of American/global events. It celebrates the mysteries and contradictions of the creative process, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.
A LIFE IN BOOKS is an illuminated novel containing 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. Each of the 101 books within is represented by its first-edition cover design and catalog copy. More than a third of the books are excerpted. The resulting retrospective contrasts the published writings (which read like short stories) with the confessional memoir, forming a most unusual portrait of a well-intentioned, obsessively inventive (if ethically challenged) visionary. Lehrer acts as the book’s editor, presenting Bleu Mobley’s “life in books” to the public.
Here is what others have to say about this book:
“In A Life In Books, Warren Lehrer has written a profound commentary on this nausea-inducing unique moment in the grand transition from Silly Mind to Machine Mind. Amusingly and smartly enough, he may have helped transition ‘the last great American novel’ to the first ‘great illustrated novel’ which is how novels started. A Life In Books is brilliant, beautiful, delicious for eyes and mind.” -Andrei Codrescu poet, novelist, journalist, public radio commentator
“For anyone who has ever resisted judging a book by its cover, now’s your chance: In A Life In Books, author and graphic design visionary Warren Lehrer crafts a vivid kaleidoscopic odyssey that frames one man’s life through not one, but one hundred different books—and book jackets. In this quirky, yet unmistakably modern evocation of the illuminated manuscript, Lehrer’s book reminds us that we are what we do. And, for that matter, what we publish.” -Jessica Helfand, graphic designer, writer, educator, founding editor of Design Observer
“In the era of cookie-cutter books and rubber-stamped stories, Warren Lehrer’s A Life In Books is fresh, original, idiosyncratic, beautiful, and important.” -Rabih Alameddine novelist and painter, author of Koolaids, The Perv, Hakawati, and I, the Divine
“A Life In Books is unique, incredible, affecting, meticulous, the perfect hide-and-seek game, and honestly, one of those works that seems so obvious and fertile as a structure, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been done before. Am I gushing? I just love it. This is an important book.” -Stephen Farrell design innovator, Vas An Opera In Flatland and Toc: A New Media Novel
As a follower of John Green on Twitter, as most everyone is seeing as he has over one million dedicated followers, I tend to follow him pretty closely. This morning, he came out to speak a few words on the negative response that Allegiant, which released Tuesday, has received by readers thusfar. And I couldn’t agree with him more. I’ve even told my friends this same thing, but John has a voice so hear him out.
Hey guys! I am pleased to announce that we are looking to add a few more reviewers and writers to our team! Listed below are the positions we are looking to fill as we expand our site to be able to cover even more! The possibilities are endless! So if you are interested in joining a blogging team with a few years of experience already under their belts and an established audience to boot, here’s what we are looking for:
Middle Grade Reviewer:
Do you love reading middle grade fiction? Our middle grade section is ever growing and we would love someone who is passionate and always reading that would be interested in joining us! You will be directly under our Middle Grade Editor, Jennifer. You will be required to write at least one review each week and help out with blog tours that we take on.
Young Adult Reviewer:
Novel Thoughts began as a YA blog and has continuously outgrown these boundaries. We are looking for a reviewer who loves Young Adult fiction to add to our team that loves reading all genres encapsulated within YA. We receive an overwhelming amount of requests for reviews that our current team can’t handle but would still love to tackle. This is where you come in! You will be required to write at least one review each week and help out with blog tours that we take on.
Adult Fiction Reviewer:
We are excited to be branching out into Adult fiction more! If you love reading adult fiction (romance, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, etc.) than this position is for you! You will be required to write at least one review each week and help out with blog tours that we take on.
Graphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga Reviewer:
We love graphic novels and comic books here at Novel Thoughts but just don’t have the time to review as many as we would like. And with so many releasing each week, it’s just too much to keep up with. If you are already an avid reader of graphic novels, comic books, or manga books, we would love to hear from you! You will be required to write a weekly themed post/review.
Publishing News Writer:
If there is one thing that is constant, it’s news from the publishing world. We are looking to add a writer to our team that can quickly write up posts as publishing news is announced/released. This includes book cover reveals, book sales, trailer releases, etc. This position requires someone that is quick on their feet and can be ready to post at a moments notice.
Entertainment News Writer:
Just like the Publishing News Writer position, this one requires someone who can update and follow movie and television news that involve book adaptations. You will be required to type up posts linking to sites and articles related to the news. We are not a fansite so we won’t be covering everything but your job will to follow fandoms and other fansites in order to keep our site up to date on the latest book-to-screen news!
So if you are interested in writing for us, please email Jeremy at email@example.com with the subject being the position you’re interested in.
In the body, please be sure to fill out the following questions:
Position applying for:
Why would you like to write for NT?
Last 3 books read:
Links to writing/reviews:
Links to social media/website:
Reading frequency (what’s an average month for you):
As well as a little bit about yourself!
These positions are unpaid but your reviews and posts will be shared throughout all of our social media sites and site readers.
We look forward to hearing from you!
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
With production wrapping and the cast taking Comic Con by storm, Divergent has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind as the movie event of next year.
As one of the most popular book series ever for teens, Divergent is one of those books you just can’t miss. And now, you can buy the paperback and read for only $5 on Amazon!
May is full of fantastic book releases and this week is no exception! There are a ton of contemps out there for those of you contemp fiends out there along with plenty of others! Here are some of the book I’m most excited about:
Middle Grade Releases:
Check out this week’s episode of New Release Tuesday from our YouTube channel for a few more titles!
Which releases are you most excited for? If we didn’t mention the one you’re looking forward to, feel free to share it in the comments below!
While browsing through my Kindle store this morning, I discovered some great deals on books you can’t miss. So I want to create a way to share these deals with you guys! I actually read on my iPad but as long as you have the Kindle app on any phone, reader, or computer, you can still receive these great readers for cheap!
Middle Grade, $2.99:
So go now and feed your reader. I picked up a few of these deals and you should too! Let me know which ones you think others should get too and be sure to share with your friends so they get a deal too.
It’s been officially confirmed what we’ve all known for a while now. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is being expanded into Universal Studios park and will act as a bridge between them and Islands of Adventure. At this point, I think Universal Studios should just change it’s name to Harry Potter World and Other Stuff.
In a press release from Universal Orlando, this is what they had to say:
Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world.
Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.
And – just like in the books and films – guests will be able to travel between ‘London’ and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express.
Work on the new area is already underway. When complete, it will feature shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank – all directly inspired by the fiction and films.
More details on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be released over time.
They also released the highly anticipated concept art for the project which has already been under construction for a while now. And boy does is please they eyes. Take a look!
I remember when the first images of the Wizarding World and being completely blown away. And this one definitely doesn’t let down. I personally can’t wait to ride the Gringott’s ride. This is one of the things I’d speculated years ago when they were first announcing building a HP park but unfortunately didn’t happen so when it popped up on the radar again for this expansion, I was pumped.
Another thing I can’t wait to ride is the Hogwart’s Express. Getting to be engrossed in such a huge part of the books and movies is going to blow me away even more than it did the last two times I visited the park. Check out this great post on Hypable, 7 Secrets and Clues about Diagon Alley, that goes into more detail about the image.
They even share my same guess as to the Hogwart’s Express being covered in screens so it looks like you’re riding through the countryside to Hogwarts. I even speculate that it will be a completely interactive ride. Imagine riding to Hogwarts on the train and the entire thing stops suddenly then begins to rock…you look out the window and they start to freeze before the lights start flickering…Dementors have boarded the train. See? How cool would that be?
I can’t wait to see more information regarding the park expansion and you better believe I’ll be traveling back down the Summer it opens!
Thanks to Theme Park Insider for the update!
If there is one thing that I can’t get enough of, it’s books. I mean, I have an entire wall devoted to them in my bedroom and when I move to New York soon and with other book nerds, that collection is going to TRIPLE!
But what is better than books? FREE BOOKS! Reading can be an expensive hobby. With so many books being published each week, it can be hard to keep up and not go broke. So I’m here to help you keep some money in your pocket little bit longer!
Thanks to my friend Cheryl at Appliances Online, an awesome UK retailer for pretty much any appliance you need in your apartment or home. I just wish they had a US division so I could use them when I move next month!
They have graciously offered up a $50 gift card for one of our followers and now is your chance to win! You don’t even have to use them on books if you don’t want to. It works for anything your heart desires.
Big thank you to Cheryl at Appliances Online (go check them out if you are in the UK!) and best of luck!