Fun Blogs

Sometimes I struggle to write more than a sentence or two about a book. I either didn’t have a strong reaction to it, or one so strong I can’t properly put it into words. Yet a wonderful book blog has a fun approach to books you don’t want to write about–new titles that more accurately describe the plot: Better Book Titles

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Better Book Titles describes itself as the blog “for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences. I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image. Now you can read the greatest literary works of all time in mere seconds!”

The Crucible

Each post comes with a book cover, new title, and original title. New titles are posted every weekday, and reader submissions are posted on Friday. And more often than not, the new “better titles” are pretty accurate descriptions, all in less than a sentence. I’ve shared three of the ones that instantly caught my eye here (click on each image to go to the original blog), but there are dozens more.

Pride and Prejudice

Do you think the new titles are better than the original? I’m pretty sure Pride and Prejudice and The Crucible are true!

The other day I was playing around on Twitter when a Portland-based account shared the most amazing story–a local woman was running a library for the city’s homeless, who didn’t qualify for a regular library cards because they had no home address. I’m a firm believer in the power of reading (and I would assume my readers are too!), but it had honestly never occurred to me how homeless people get books. Of course they may have other things to worry about (food, shelter for the night, season-appropriate clothing), but I think it’s wonderful she is providing a service we all take for granted to people in need.

Street Books (photo from the website, click-through to see the post)

Street Books is run by Laura Moulton, an artist and writer here in Portland. She started the mobile library in June, with donated books. Books are checked out and returned using a card catalogue system, and books are hauled around in a cart attached to a bike. The website for Street Books is wonderful, featuring library patrons and the books the check out. Along with a photo of the person and their book(s), Laura often includes a little bit about the person and why they picked those books. She has also highlighted some donors and sponsors of the project, and includes a donation page so anyone can help fund Portland’s mobile library.

As you all know, I’ve got a rather large collection of books. I’ve been going back and forth on what to do with all the ones I’ve read–keep them, sell them to a used book store, donate them somewhere, ect. With all these books and such a great cause, I may just go through my collection and see if I’ve got any of the requested books that Street Books patrons have requested!

The other day I found my newest online obsession–Bookfessions. It’s a Tumbler blog dedicated to the confessions and thoughts of book lovers, and in one sitting I got through the first 25 pages and agreed with most all of them! These are just a few of my favorite bookfessions so far:

(I only had to do this with my cookbooks)

(This is how I first became friends with my boyfriend, the book was The Inferno)

(They really, really do!)

(I may have done this a time or two…)

This isn’t about a book, sadly I’ve started two fairly long books since I finished the Dresden Files book so it may be a few days until my next post.

But I did find a new website that recommends what book you should read next, courtesy of a friend in my Campaign Planning class. It’s called The Book Seer. It’s pretty simple: you put in the title of the book you just finished reading and the author, and then it gives you two lists. One is from Amazon, and the other is from The Library Thing (not 100% sure what it is, but it has good recommendations). At the bottom of the page is a link to local independent book stores and libraries which is unfortunately useless to me as I’m not in the UK. But it’s a nice idea.

It’s a very basic looking website, but I like that. And I love the fact that the first part of the “what did you just read?” sentence changes every time you go to the page. So far my greetings have included “Ambassador,” “Sir!” and my personal favorite, “Oh great magician.”