Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Newsy Links and Stuff

I feel like there's a great assortment of stuff I've been meaning to pass on to everyone and haven't. For being unemployed, I am surprisingly busy.

Touching Home
Last year I reviewed Either You're In or You're in the Way by Logan and Noah Miller. I really enjoyed this memoir of making a film, and have eagerly been awaiting the film getting some distribution which has finally happened. It will open in select cities April 30th, and the trailer has been released which is not exactly the typical movie trailer, but check it out:

Fiddler's Gun Book Club
Still hoping many more of you will join the Fiddler's Gun Book Club! Don't forget to order your books from Kate, you'll get them for just 11 dollars!

You'll want to be sure to check out this awesome new website from Harper where you can:
Discover new adventures from middle grade authors like Frank Cottrell Boyce (Cosmic), Megan Whelan Turner (A Conspiracy of Kings), Herbie Brennan (The Shadow Project), Maryrose Wood (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place), Paul Adam (Max Cassidy: Escape from Shadow Island) and
Jon Berkeley (The Hidden Boy) and see the stories come to life with free online games, book trailers, podcasts, and more.

Other Stuff

5 Minutes for Books is heavily promoting Fireworks Over Toccoa. (I went to college in Toccoa!) Find out how you can nominate your book club to receive copies of this upcoming book!

Rachelle Gardner addresses the issue of Christian worldview which I often get asked about when I try to explain what I think "Christian" fiction is. I'm with her. I like hope.

This is a pretty interesting and insightful review of Crazy Heart. I think the reviewers liked it more than I did, but I did appreciate it.

If you're feeling sad, you should check out this picture of Finn.

I love this post on researching creative nonfiction by Beth.

I love this post about the nature of taste by Jason. It was seriously thought provoking for me in many ways.

This review of Peter Gabriel's Scratch my Back is the perfect example of reviews being sheer pleasure to read. (especially for the musically ignorant like myself)

And Other Stuff of a Different Kind

I want to give a shout out to my friend Thomas, a very special thank you for sending me a package of books from my wish list this week. Right now, I am unemployed and can't really be buying books, so it meant a lot to me! Also, my love language is gift giving so whenever someones does something thoughtful like give me a gift it makes me happy. (I hope he's not embarrassed!) But I know you all want to know what I got! :)

Last week, Damon Lindelof tweeted about Scalped. It's a graphic novel and looks totally different from what I normally like, but dude. DAMON LINDELOF recommended it highly. When one of the creators of one of your favorite stories ever recommends something, it must be read. At least, this is how I operate.

Oh it wasn't all books! I got Jars of Clay CD The Long Fall Back to Earth. This is a good step in the right direction of remembering that I love music as well as books!

Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace by Cathleen Falsani has been on my radar for ages, really looking forward to it!

Petals from the Sky by Mingmei Yip was a previous Waiting on Wednesday pick. This book is about a woman who wants to become a Buddhist nun. Books that deal with faith of any kind are very high on my list of what I want to read, so I'm looking forward to this one a lot.

What was the last book you got as a gift?


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