- I came across a website yesterday that prompts me to launch a reading challenge and related blog. Full details forthcoming shortly.
Blog Headlines of the Week
- New planet compared to disposable coffee cup
- Irritating Side Effect of Cocaine Vaccine: It Causes Users to Take 10 Times as Much Cocaine as Before
Blog Line of the Week
- “The First Amendment does not guarantee you a right to be free from being mocked when you act like a toolbag.”
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- The Books of the Century compiles by year the top ten bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction, as determined by Publishers Weekly, the main selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, founded in 1926, and “[c]ritically acclaimed and historically significant books, as identified by consulting various critics’ and historians’ lists of important books.”
- I’m pleased to see that among 45 manly hobbies, “there couldn’t be a manlier hobby” than reading. I must admit, though, that aside from blogging, I am close to a “fail” on the other 44.
- Every Man Dies Alone, my novel of the year choice, is on the longlist for the 2010 Best Translated Book Award. Four others are (horrors!) in my TBR shelves and I’ve been eyeing three others most of last year. I am also currently reading one of the books on the honorable mention list.
- Kirkus Reviews evidently will survive. (Via.)
- Move over, Oprah, and make room for Sam. Sam’s Club is launching a national book club. The first selection is a book I’ve not heard of, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. (Via.)
- Green Apple Books, my favorite book store in the country, lists its top sellers for 2009.
Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.
Albert Camus, Happy Death