My favorite thing this week is my daughter’s birthday! She officially became a teenager yesterday. I tend to gift books to those I love (in addition to things they crave) which is not an entirely selfless act. The book I chose for this birthday was Watership Down by Richard Adams. Adam’s classic was a favorite of mine in my teenage years. I have not yet reread it, but I always fondly remember the adventures of Fiver and Bigwig when I am reminded of the book. Sarah of A Rat in the Book Pile encouraged me to introduce it to my daughter by blogging about her experience reading it to her daughters. I was further encouraged by Max (Pechorin’s Journal) who was very enthusiastic about thirteen being a good age to introduce this “masterful children’s book“. I will let you know how one of the world’s newest teens likes it.
“A New KfC Contest: Pick the 2010 IMPAC Winner” Top prize is $100 towards books, second prize is $50 toward books. Get your entries in (and read the shortlist) before the contest closes June 16.
While you are at KfC’s blog, check out Mrs. KfC’s guest post: “The Financial Meltdown”
Only Words to Play With has an interesting post on Gogol (and, apparently, the author is literate in Russian). Gogol is a shortlist contender for my next book purchase.
Library of America’s Story of the Week is Rudyard Kipling’s “An Interview with Mark Twain”
Max has started in on Proust and gives us a Proustian Excerpt.
I am not sold on the idea of iStories. “An iStory is a short, dramatic narrative, fiction or nonfiction, up to 150 words long.” (Resolution and Debutantes are two examples). It feels a little like haiku.
If you enjoyed the Nicholas Sparks take-down in the Tournament of Books commentary, then you will like this Guardian article. It “read[s] like a bulletproof rationale to exile Sparks somewhere far away to a land without any typewriters.”
ANZ LitLovers LitBlog has an enticing review of Glenda Guest’s Siddon Rock. “…it’s a truly innovative book that’s a real pleasure to read…”
Buenos Aries has a “new…scheme to promote reading.”