Feb 04

Retiring a few books. Finding more time to read. And recommendations for The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon and One More Thing by B. J. Novak.

We’re Retiring… a few things

It’s time to say goodbye to the three Books on the Nightstand books we published through Northshire Bookstore’s publishing program. But, you’ve got one more chance to order.

Because Northshire now outsources their printing, a minimum of 25 copies is needed to keep prices reasonable. Between now and March 15th, head on over to the Books on the Nightstand author page at Northshire.com, for your last chance to order Two Books I Can’t Wait for You to Read, Living in Booktopia, and Two Books I Can’t Wait for You to Read, Volume 2. Any book that has orders of at least 25 copies by March 15 will be printed, and ready for pick-up or shipping on Booktopia weekend, April 11-13. Money will be refunded to anyone who orders a book that does not get reprinted. I know of a few folks who gave some of these books as gifts last holiday season. Order now if you’d like to do the same!

audiobooksAudiobook of the week (05:19)

time machThe Time Machine by H. G. Wells, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.

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Stealing Minutes to Read (08:12)

In “14 Books You Could Read in the Time it Takes to Watch the Super Bowl” NPR writer Kristin Miller discussed… well, the title pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Ann took it a step further, and, using Forbes magazine’s statistics of an average reading speed of 300 words/minute, and an average 250 words/page, figured the following:

  • You can read 702 pages instead of watching a 13-hour season of a TV show
  • You can read 216 pages instead of going to the movies (travel, and refreshment purchasing time included)
  • If you’re the passenger on a 24-hour drive (factoring in sleeping and distractions from bickering kids in the back seat) you can read 1296 pages
  • If you take the day off from work you should be able to read a 432 page book.

This put me in mind of the blog post Ann wrote six years ago (!) called “10 Ways to Find More Time for Reading.” Those ten reasons are all still valid today so check that out as well.

Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (18:56)

winterpeople     one more thing

I recommend The Winter People by Booktopia author Jennifer McMahon. It’s a creepy tale set in a small town in Vermont, where some people are unable to say goodbye to their loved ones who have died. You’ll never look at a snow-shrouded forest the same way.

Ann raves about One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak. You may know Novak best from his role as Ryan on the US version of The Office, but he also studied creative writing at Harvard, and is a real writer whose stories are funny and moving. This collection is earning him critical acclaim. You can read, and listen to, several of the stories via this NPR page.

  • Carol Kubala

    Michael described Winter People by Jennifer McMahon to a tee. I just finished this and can’t wait to meet Ms. McMahon at Booktopia Vermont. Michael describes it as creepy; there may be no other word that fits it as well. A key element of further thought for me is the idea of what a grieving person will do to bring back a loved one. Winter People has been called a ghost story. It is much more than that. I do have a few questions for the author. How did I miss her? I plan to go back and read her other books.

  • Carol Kubala

    Whew! Glad to hear Ann & Michael are not retiring!

  • Robin

    All my life I looked for those precious spare moments to read. My absolute favorite is reading in the bathtub. Does reading in line at the coffee shop count?

  • Melissa

    I take a book with me wherever I go, so I can try to sneak in as much reading as possible!

  • tcheer4life

    I take a physical book with me to read in lines at the post office and the grocery store. I was peeved earlier this week to discover a TV in the waiting room AND the work room where I have PT (prime reading time used to be a doctor’s office). I even take an appropriate book to church to read prior to the service. I’ve always felt fortunate that I seem to be one of the few who can read in a moving car (when my husband or son is driving). If I’m driving I listen to audiobooks. I’ve started downloading audiobooks to my iPad to listen at work or while I do chores, like dishes, around the house. I even have a dedicated book for what my mother used to euphemistically call “the library”.
    I find myself watching less and less TV, but I won’t give up Downton Abbey (which is only on for 3 more weeks : > (

  • Rachel

    Audiobooks are the number one way that I find more time to read. I listen to books while I clean, cook, grocery shop, do laundry, iron, etc. It’s amazing (or sad) how quickly I can get through audiobooks just from listening to them while doing chores.

  • Laura Brennan

    Derek Jacobi could read the phonebook and I’d listen. I’ve listened to him reading both Sherlock Holmes and the Odyssey – awesome.

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  • Shooflypie

    I love sports, so I’m not going to give up watching them. However, I do read when they are in commercial breaks and when the action has stopped for replays or what have you. A couple pages at a time adds up.

  • Claudine

    Just wanted to let you guys know that I just finished listening to the BJ Novak audiobook on your recommendation–I had had it on my list in print form for a while, but didn’t know that there was an audio version. It was wonderful!! I really enjoyed it so, so much. I finished it 2 days ago, and I find myself not being able to stop (a) thinking about some of the stories (the humor and/or poignancy or whatever that makes them memorable) and (b) hearing everything in my head in BJ Novak’s voice. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, because it amuses me. Being as though I’m in obsessive love with the British version of The Office, I’ve been too snobby to watch the American version–but knowing he’s on the show (as well as a writer) may now convince me to give it a try.

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