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!
The 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)
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.