The Ultimate Gift for Your Favorite Booklover?

Book light

This may be the affordable, portable book gadget we’ve all been waiting for.

And it costs less than $60!

Surely, O Friend of a Booklover, you can afford to splurge and buy this for your best book-loving friend?

Found via Bookstr’s Facebook page


Totebags for the Bookish

Read-Books-Scrabble-BagSooner or later, most bibliophiles end up realizing that it just makes sense to have on hand at least one – if not more than one – sturdy book-carriers for transporting multiple books from Point A to Point B.

At Book Riot, librarian (and YA biblioblogger) Kelly Jensen recently showcased a half-dozen of her faves.

Social Networks for Avid Readers

Responding to the controversial sale of GoodReads to earlier this year, ThirdScribe recently summarized the features of almost a dozen reader-centric social networks.

Not covered in ThirdScribe’s survey is yet another new social network for readers (which we saw mentioned at The Paris Review) called Riffle. An article describing Riffle is posted at Publishers Weekly.

You’ll find links to all these book-recommending, book-discussing, reading tracking/personal library-cataloging networks in The Atlanta Booklover’s Blog’s “Booklover’s Toolbox,” under the heading Social Networks (Title Recommendations, Book Discussions, Blogs, and Book Inventory Software) .


The Books Most Esteemed by Book Writers

Top Ten Books Cover ImageJ. Peter Zane, author of The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books (2007) and Remarkable Reads: Writers and Their Adventures in Reading (2004), has created a website that continues the work of publicizing the favorite books of over one hundred American and British writers.

The website includes the annotated lists from the 2007 book, as well as lists garnered from authors since then. The site also includes a master list of every title mentioned in any of the lists, a list of every author cited, a list of titles divided into categories (for example, “The Top Ten Books by Russian Authors”), and top-ten lists selected from the site’s readers.

Zane’s website – especially because each reading recommendation is annotated – could be a handy tool for booklovers wanting guidance for picking their next book, and especially for the subset of booklovers who have decided that the most rational solution to the “too many books, too little time” dilemma is to focus their reading solely on classic or at least highly-recommended titles. Although you’ll find many citations of The Usual Suspects on these writer-recommended lists, you’ll also find passionate recommendations for titles you’ve never heard of.

Mary Kalfatovic recently posted to The Committee Room blog her fascinating article about Zane’s project to gather and publish writers’ favorite titles.

Because we think Zane’s website is so potentially useful for booklovers everywhere, we’ve added a link to his site under the heading “Reading Recommendations” in our Booklover’s Toolbox.

Found via a Facebook post written by booklover (and Atlanta bookstore manager) Al Cotton

GoodReads, A Resource for Booklovers

Earlier this month, the New York Times posted a story about Goodreads, the most popular book-centric website on the Internet.

If it’s reader-written book reviews you’re after, Goodreads has 21 million of them. Plus a lot of other features and tools for the avid (computer-owning) booklover.

Mentioned in the story are two similar book-focused social networks, LibraryThing and Shelfari.

Authors Who (Also) Blog

WordPress – the outfit whose software makes The Atlanta Booklover’s Blog possible – recently posted a list of a few published authors who also publish WordPress blogs.

Our personal favorites of the blogs selected by WordPress are the ones written by:

For the booklovers among us who have in an interest in (and can sometimes even find the time to read!) what some of our favorite authors are thinking and writing about (besides the fate of their published or soon-to-be-published books), there are lots of blogs to choose from.

In fact, so many writers blog these days that there are even several lists of author blogs to help you find them – although of course Mr. Google can instantly tell you whether or not your particular favorite (living) author has a blog.

I’ve added to the Booklover’s Toolbox (under the heading Author Blogs, Lists of) the following links:

Happy blog-hunting! (And let me know if you discover additional lists I should toss into the Toolbox.)