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  • Heidi Fiedler 3:00 pm on 2015/04/30 Permalink
    Tags: a penny saved, frugality, , , the fault in our stars, the frugal gentleman   

    10 Ways to Save More Money to Buy More Books 

    There are an alarming number of things that can stand between a reader and her books. Children, work, social decency…they’re all legitimate concerns. But if the biggest obstacle in your path to literary decadence is money, there’s no excuse. If you’ve already tried a Pay Me to Read Kickstarter campaign and failed, fear not! We’ve got you covered. Here are ten ways to pinch those pennies so you can treat yourself to more books!

    1. Craft yourself one of these ultra-visual piggybanks and label it Mo’ Bucks for Mo’ Books. At the end of every day, add your loose change.

    2. Skip the sky-high prices at the Whole Foods salad bar and start bringing your own yummy lunch to work. (Then sneak out to a park to eat it so you can read in peace).

    3. Set up an auto deposit to move $20 from your Boring But Necessary bank account into your Books and More Books fund each month.

    4. Give up that costly gym membership and get hardcore literary with your workouts. Use heavy books as weights (work up to the OED), and scatter piles for circuit training.

    5. Amortize the cost across your budget. You’re going to decorate with your books, carve them out to make top-secret (super sneaky and super cheap) hiding spots, and upcycle them into cute clutches. Plus, books are your friends, right? It would be expensive not to have books.

    6. Invest in book plates so you can keep track of your favorites and won’t accidentally buy duplicates. A personal library kit can help you record the ins and outs of loaning books to friends. (You’re on your own for thinking up a friendly way to say “due date.”)

    7. Skip the movie and read the book instead. It’s nearly always better—and often cheaper!

    8. Tally up all the healthy things you do every day, and calculate how much you’ll save in the years to come. Flossing, running, doing yoga, and sleeping eight hours a night? You just bought yourself a deluxe Harry Potter boxed set. Don’t smoke? That counts twice! You saved money by not buying cigarettes, and you saved money on doctor’s visits.

    9. Recycle your cans and bottles. Every coin you hear clinking through the slots is another book on your shelf!

    10. Be frugal and romantic by skipping dinner at the new gastropub and staying home for date night. Light the candles, make a pizza from scratch, share a bottle of wine, and read poetry to each other in the backyard. You won’t regret it.

    What’s your favorite way to scrimp in the name of book love?

  • Melissa Albert 3:43 pm on 2015/04/10 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , teen fiction, the fault in our stars,   

    Before Seeing Paper Towns, Catch Up on Your John Green 

    Last summer, the adaptation of John Green’s tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars became a historic hit. This July, a second John Green book will make the jump to the big screen. Paper Towns is a love story, a road trip movie, and a cautionary tale. Like all of Green’s books, it’s the perfect blend of funny and sad, specific and universal, with characters that are relatable, articulate, and weird in all the right ways. After obsessing over the killer trailer, we’re more excited than ever to see this adaptation on July 24. Before you join us, catch up on the John Green canon.

    Paper Towns
    When dreamy girl-next-door Margo Roth Spiegelman shows up at his bedroom window late one night, Quentin’s sure everything’s about to change. The two embark on a moonlit revenge mission on Margo’s enemies before sneaking back into their bedrooms after dawn. Quentin’s ecstatic…until Margo doesn’t show up for school. After her parents report her missing, he becomes convinced she’s left a trail of clues leading to her whereabouts, and that she might be in danger. Armed only with a hunch, he and his friends race across the country to find Margo, never considering the fact that she may not want to be found. This is a must-read (or a must-reread) before the book hits the big screen this June.

    Looking for Alaska (B&N Exclusive Collector’s Edition)
    When Miles Halter leaves his “minor life” behind to attend boarding school in Alabama, it’s with the intention of seeking, in the famous last words of poet François Rabelais, “the Great Perhaps.” What he finds is Alaska Young. She’s funny, beautiful, smart. She’s also damaged, elusive, and prone to self-destruction. On his way to falling in love with Alaska, Miles comes under the benign sway of his hardheaded roommate, the Colonel; takes part in a prank war between the Colonel’s gang and the school’s arrogant rich kid faction; and collects more famous last words to live by. The book is told as a countdown to an unknown event, ratcheting up the tension from page one (“one hundred thirty-six days before”), then counting back upward on the other side of an occurrence that will rock Miles’ world. This exclusive edition includes a letter from and a Q&A with Green, plus new endpaper art.

    An Abundance of Katherines
    Former child prodigy Colin Singleton is always the one getting dumped—and each and every time, it’s by a girl named Katherine. His Katherine obsession (or is it fate?) started at a tender age, but it’s only Katherine #19 who really manages to break his heart. He hits the road with his best friend, Hassan, in an effort to leave all his Katherine troubles behind, and ends up waylaid by a curious tourist trap in the tiny town of Gutshot, Tennessee: the alleged resting place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Colin and Hassan get jobs in Gutshot as collectors of residents’ oral history, and Colin’s Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability is tested by a Gutshot girl named Lindsey, who just might break the Katherine curse.

    The Fault in Our Stars (B&N Exclusive Edition)
    This is the YA juggernaut that launched a thousand public ugly cries, as well as a hit movie. But behind the celebrity casting and best-seller status is the story, a clear-eyed, brimming-hearted romance between two teenagers who’ve been dealt a bad hand by fate. Sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster’s terminal cancer has metastasized to her lungs, leaving her largely homebound between hospital visits and support group meetings. It’s at her support group that she meets charming, hyper-articulate Augustus Waters, whose cancer is in remission after the amputation of his leg below the knee. The two fall for each other the old-fashioned way: by swapping their favorite books. This beginning leads first to love, then to Amsterdam, where they track down the reclusive author of Hazel’s favorite novel, determined to find out what happens after its abrupt final page. Every twist in their love story is colored by illness and the fact that they can’t have forever—but what Green does with the book’s “little infinity” will astound you. This edition features exclusive endpaper art and redesigned jacket, plus a Q&A with the author.

    John Green Boxed Set
    For the John Green completist, this boxed set combines his four solo titles, from debut Looking for Alaska to most recent bestseller The Fault in Our Stars. We recommend pairing this gift with a box of Kleenex, a pillow to hug, and a journal, because reading all Green’s books in one go might cause an excess of feels.

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  • Kathryn Williams 4:30 pm on 2014/12/29 Permalink
    Tags: candide, , , , , the fault in our stars, the luminaries, ,   

    Literary Astrology: Sagittarius 

    SagitarriusWe come full circle on the Literary Zodiac this month with Sagittarius. Represented by the archer, more specifically a mythical half-horse humanoid archer, Sagittarians (November 22–December 21) are generally good-natured, optimistic, and generous, despite the fact that they’re always given birthday-slash-holiday gifts. They’re known to be philosophical and honest to the point of bluntness. Loving freedom and prone to restlessness, they are travelers who can be both careless and irresponsible and, sometimes, superficial. Sounds a little to a lot like these five literary characters.

    Leopold Bloom (Ulysses, by James Joyce)
    Like his Homeric inspiration, Leopold Bloom, Joyce’s everyman Odysseus, is a wanderer. Ulysses follows Bloom’s movements around the city of Dublin one June Day in 1904. Bloom has a robust appetite and curiosity about the world, even if his philosophizing is a bit bougie. A lover, not a fighter, he is an exceedingly good-natured man, allowing not even a cheating wife or an anti-Semitic slur to get him down—although we have to wonder if this has more to do with a tendency toward the superficial than some inborn equanimity. In his extreme Sagittarian, shall we say, openness, he tends to reveal a little too much about (and of) himself.

    Pangloss (Candide, by Voltaire)
    Voltaire’s naive protagonist could be Sagittarian, but it’s his mentor, Pangloss, who delivers the very definition of optimistic philosophy: the belief that ours is “the best of all possible worlds.” Pangloss clings to this positivity through syphilis, a shipwreck, an earthquake, his own hanging, and a chain gang. And nothing is quite as irresponsible as watching your friend drown because that’s what the bay was made for.

    Tom Sawyer (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain)
    Unlike his lower-class friend, Tom Sawyer has been raised in a comfortable, middle-class home, where all he wants for is adventure, which he will get by hook or by crook. What else could he know but optimism? On the negative side, Tom takes his privilege for granted, resulting in pretty careless, if not downright cruel, treatment of those around him (Aunt Polly, Aunt Sally, Becky, and most notably Jim).

    Thomas Balfour (The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton)
    The Zodiac is a central motif of Catton’s Man Booker Prize–winning novel, where astrological signs characterize twelve principal characters. Thomas Balfour’s sign is Sagittarius, and Catton does a faithful job in sketching him as an Archer. Once a “restless boy,” Balfour is now a shipping agent and has come to this corner of New Zealand as part of an 1860s gold rush. He has a “relaxed sense of entitlement that comes when a lifelong optimism has been ratified by success” and a “generosity of spirit,” though in comparison to a more cultivated associate, he’s described as “blunt as a doorstop.” Ptolemy would approve.

    Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green)
    Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: Unflagging optimism in the face of terminal cancer is sexy, which is why YA readers can’t get enough of Augustus Waters, honorary Sagittarius. While Isaac and Hazel might bitch and moan (for good reason and mostly with a sense of humor), Gus remains unwaveringly upbeat, resolute that he and Hazel will travel to Amsterdam to meet her favorite author. This blind optimism does not produce results as expected, but in the end, Gus’s is a harsh but lovely emotional honesty. At times irresponsible, he does nothing, however, without care.

    Who are your bets for literary Sagittarians?

  • Rebecca Jane Stokes 5:30 pm on 2014/06/27 Permalink
    Tags: book titles, , , , , , , , , , , , , the fault in our stars, ,   

    Honest Book Titles 


    Someone excellent at penning clichés once wrote this: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” I would argue that this person had only a limited understanding of books and the saucy trappings that hold them together; in my opinion, very often all you need to judge a book is its cover. After all, everything you need to know is there! The art tends to hint at the story inside, and the title, well, the title is the key to unlocking the story you’re holding in your hands. At least, it should be. Except that unfortunately, sometimes a title can be vague—or, worse still, just plain deceptive. Think about how much easier it would be if some of the more confusing titles just spelled it all out for us. For your edification, here are 8 books and their “honest” titles:

    1. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

    Honest Title: British People Who Confuse Sexual Attraction With Rudeness

    2. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

    Honest Title: Cancer Is The Worst

    3. It, by Stephen King

    Honest Title: The Only Thing Scarier Than a Clown Is a Demon Clown

    4. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

    Honest Title: Trains Are Not Playing Around, You Guys

    5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

    Honest Title: Women Be Straight Trippin’

    6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson

    Honest Title: Sexual Violence, Snow &  Some Ads For Pricey Electronics

    7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis

    Honest Title: Four Children and their Imaginations Partake In a Massive Religious Allegory

    8. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon

    Honest Title: Bigamy & Time Travel in Scotland

    What other honest book titles should there be?

  • BN Editors 4:30 pm on 2014/06/25 Permalink
    Tags: , , a lesson before dying, , a thousand splended suns, animal dreams, , , , , , , , harry potter and the deathly hallows, , , , , , , , , , one hundred years of solitude, , , , , sandman slim, , still life with woodpecker, , the fault in our stars, the fellowship of the ring, , the glass menagerie, the mysteries of pittsburgh, , the things they carried, the watsons go to birmingham 1963, ,   

    43 Great Quotes From Literature We Forgot to Mention 

    TKAMLast week we collected 10 of our favorite lines in literature, but it appears we have forgotten some. Embarrassing! To those of you who weighed in on your own favorites in the comments: thank you. They were fun to read. And here they are!

    “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” —The Princess Bride (Sharon F.)

    “It is a truth universally that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” —Pride and Prejudice (Shelley H.)

    “Have a biscuit, Potter.” —Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Megan B.)

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” —A Tale of Two Cities (Mary Ellen R.)

    “My dear, I don’t give a damn.” —Gone With the Wind (Michelle C.)

    “Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.” —Brave New World (Amber D.)

    “By the time we arrived, as evening was approaching, I felt as sore as a rock must feel when the waterfall has pounded on it all day long.” —Memoirs of a Geisha (Sunny H.)

    “Neighbours bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbour. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives.” —To Kill a Mockingbird (Shirisha T.)

    “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” —The Gunslinger (Rob B.)

    “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit em, but remember that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” —To Kill a Mockingbird (Kristy E.)

    “And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” —The Great Gatsby (Caitlyn S.)

    “I think of my life as a kind of music, not always good music but still having form and melody.”—East of Eden (Jessica H.)

    “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.” —The Outsiders (Laura M.)

    “And in that moment, like a swift intake of breath, the rain came.” —Other Voices, Other Rooms (Madalaine B.)

    “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents!” —Little Women (Peggy C.)

    “When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’—you’ll ken it was because I didn’t have time.” —The Fiery Cross (Sharon T.)

    “Hey, boo.” —To Kill a Mockingbird (Theresa M.)

    “I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents.” –East of Eden (JA R.)

    “I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!” —Horton Hatches the Egg (Carlie B.)

    “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” —The Fellowship of the Ring (Mel F.)

    “Tomorrow I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” —Gone with the Wind (Carla M.)

    “If this typewriter can’t do it, then f@#$ it, it can’t be done. —Still Life with Woodpecker (Dan E.)

    “Sometimes you have to keep on steppin’.”—The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 (Mary D.)

    “There are few people whom I really love and still fewer of whom I think well.” —Pride and Prejudice (Pauline S.)

    “Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.” The Things They Carried (Kristy C.)

    “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” –Anna Karenina (JA R.)

    “Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.” —Slaughterhouse-Five (Heather R.)

    “Marley was dead as a doornail.” —A Christmas Carol (Colleen D.)

    “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aurelio Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon that his father took him to discover ice.” —One Hundred Years of Solitude (Janice S.)

    “What fresh hell is this?” —Jane Eyre (Katie D.)

    “Heart like shale. What you need is a good fracking.” —MaddAddam (Anna L.)

    “Always.” —Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Aimee U.)

    “Everything’s profound when there’s guns and zombies.” —Sandman Slim (Caroline R.)

    “To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.” —The Bell Jar (Veronica F.)

    “For one last time, Miriam does as she is told.” —A Thousand Splendid Suns (Barbara W.)

    “And that’s all we are Jefferson, all of us on this earth, a piece of drifting wood. Until we—each of us, individually—decide to become something else. I am still that piece of drifting wood, and those out there are no better. But you can be better.” —A Lesson Before Dying (Emily K.)

    “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” —The Fault in Our Stars (Jen P.)

    “‘Nobody run off with her,’ Roscoe said. ‘She just run off with herself, I guess.’” —Lonesome Dove (Cindy A.)

    “At the beginning of the summer I had lunch with my father, the gangster, who was in town for the weekend to transact some of his vague business.” —The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (Arthur M.)

    “What keeps you going isn’t some fine destination but just the road you’re on, and the fact that you know how to drive.” —Animal Dreams (Liz M.)

    “He was dancing, dancing. He says he’ll never die.” —Blood Meridian (Reed M.)

    “We’re all damaged, somehow.” —A Great and Terrible Beauty (Caitlin P.)

    “He’s more myself than I am.” —Wuthering Heights (Cortina W.)

    “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” —The Princess Bride, Betty D.

    “You know it don’t take much intelligence to get yourself into a nailed-up coffin, Laura. But who in hell ever got himself out of one without removing one nail?” —The Glass Menagerie (chelseyam)

    What great literary quotations did we STILL forget?

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