Reviews and Blog Posts: reviews

A Civilized Discourse on iPhone v. Android

Ok actually this is more of a rant than a discourse. I tried to be civilized but got all riled in the writing of it. Read on, though, read on- albeit ranty, it is fair and balanced in that I’ve given them both an equal shot at impressing me.

 

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Introducing Personalized Reading Lists

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Looking for a great book to read? We're here to help! Connecting readers with books to love is something we’ve been proud to do for a long time. And this week, we’re pleased to introduce a new online service that makes it easier than ever to request a personalized reading list.

Click here to access the request form. Let us know a little bit about your reading tastes – your favorite (and least favorite) books and authors, and what kinds of books you’re in the mood to read. A readers’ advisory librarian will create a custom booklist for you based on your responses. Your list will include up to five titles and will arrive by email within a week.

While you’re waiting for your list to arrive, you can take advantage of the other resources we offer for readers:

Write to Win!

Review books on the Summer of Reading website from Friday, June 22 through Monday, July 30 and you could have a chance to win prizes including an iPod Shuffle!

Here are some questions to think about when writing your book review:

The Plot & Characters
Is the story exciting and believable? Is it a story you can get involved in? Are the people in the story believable? Are you interested in finding out about them? Can you picture the characters in your mind?

Is it a Good Read?
Once you’ve read the beginning, does it make you want to read more? How do the characters talk to each other? Does it seem real?

What it Looks Like?

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 17-23

Teen Read Week Sticker by Talia, age 12

The theme for Teen Read Week 2010 is Books with Beat. Why is it important to celebrate teens and reading October 17-23 (and the rest of the year)? For a lot of reasons!

"Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce." - American Library Association

Check Out the New Lambda Literary Web Site!

Lambda Literary

On March 1, the Lambda Literary Foundation unveiled their newly designed web site. This is the place to go for anyone interested in reading or writing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) literature.

Lambda Literary is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1987, and its mission is to nurture, celebrate, and preserve LGBT literature. It does this by hosting the annual Lambda Literary Awards, putting on workshops for emerging writers, and promoting the visibility of LGBT books and publishers. The new site is a one-stop place to go for book reviews, articles on trends in LGBT literature, events, and interviews with writers and publishers. It is also a place for writers to find calls for submission, publishers, and agents.

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