Did you SEE the memo about this?

10th January 2012

And for those of you out there without an encyclopedic knowledge of the cult flick Office Space, please click below for your viewing pleasure:

Yes, ladies and gents, it’s all business today, as I have some news of different sorts to share with you all in the forms of links and things.

First up,the 2011 Indie Lit Awards Shortlist is up. This award is nominated and chosen by book bloggers. I nominated my choices a couple of months ago, and unfortunately, Galore by Michael Crummey wasn’t chosen. However, there are still some really great books on these lists, and I urge you to check them out, especially if you like lists. Also, if you’re a blogger, read up on the Indie Lit Awards and get involved next year.

Next up, last year I watched in envy as many UK bloggers participated in World Book Night. I thought it was such a fantastic idea, and this year they have extended it to the US. Givers are chosen to give away 20 copies of their favorite book from the list, and givers are tasked with giving books to non-readers. I signed up and chose The Book Thief, so I hope I get chosen. If you are interested, head to the World Book Night and sign up!

Also, you guys know I don’t read a ton of young adult, but I’m a big fan of Sherman Alexie. He’s a great writer, and he’s funny. Lately, there has been a lot of scrutiny of young adult literature and its violence/sex/gender content. Alexie writes a great article about this on The Wall Street Journal website.

Yesterday, I found Priscilla from the Evening Reader when she left a comment on the blog. I visited her site and found a great post about the idea of the Great American Novel and her thoughts on it. Head on over and join the discussion.

My friend Daniella shared this video with me, and it was too cool not to pass on. What happens at the bookstore after closing time….


And this last is not bookish, but you have to make this apple pie in an apple. It’s fast, easy, and delicious. I’ve been trying to trim down, and I make this minus the pie top. Yum.

Last but not least…. I want to announce the winner of my giveaway for A Discovery of Witches. Thank you all for indulging me and sharing your literary crushes. Congratulations to Tasha of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books!

That’s it for today. I’d love it if you have any interesting links/bookish news to share.

  • Thanks for the mention! TPS cover sheet…*shudder*I swear, I worked for that guy’s evil twin, right down to the coffee cup.

    • No problem And yes, I think there’s a bunch of those people running around…

  • Yvette

    I love these sorts of posts, Jenn. Fun info in a fun form. The books I nominated for Indie status didn’t make the cut either. Oh well, next year.

    Watched the video of the bookstore after dark and shared it on my Facebook page. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m reading INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS by Imogen Robertson and for whatever reason, if you haven’t read it already, I think you’ll like it. I’m loving it and will be reviewing it for Monday.

    DISCOVERY OF WITCHES coming up next!

    • Well good, Yvette. I might have to start doing one of these each week.

      Thank you so much for the recommendation. I just looked it up, and it sounds fantastic.

  • World Book Night has come to the US?! *squees*

    • I know! SO cool.

  • Anonymous

    I won?!? Yay!!!!!!!

    Oh, I’m thinking about participating in World Book Night, too. It sounds so fun!

    • Oh duh! I forgot to email you last night. I’ll email you in a minute.

  • Yes, I saw the memo. I was wondering where my paycheck is. And this is my stapler, and (unintelligible)…

    If you get chosen, will you give me a copy of BOOK THIEF? I still haven’t read it. I’d sign up but really, my place is so overrun with books right now, it’s a nightmare. I’m afraid if I participate and receive TWENTY copies of something, I will freak out, even if it’s my favorite book. And if I can’t give them all away, I’d be stuck with them or be lurking around bus stations leaving them on random benches and the police would question why I keep hanging out there harassing strangers and forcing books on them.

    On that note, I hope you get picked!

    • You’re hilarious. Now all I can picture is you as a bag lady, running around SoCal shoving unwanted books on people and unintelligibly murmuring SWINGLINE. That’s MY Swingline.

  • Hahaha, Office Space. Love that movie. When the work phone just WON’T STOP RINGING, I think about how I’d love to call Office Space on it like they do the fax machine ๐Ÿ™‚

    That bookstore video was cool… but seriously, someone has way too much time on their hands! lol.