Reading by mood. Connecting with authors. 10% Happier by Dan Harris and The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go.
In the Mood… for Reading
Three Hares Publishing in the UK has started publishing books by mood, using what they’re calling a “moodbar,” indicating what sort of state of mind you can expect from a book. It’s a cool idea, and there are several books about reading this way, including The Novel Cure, and 1001 Books for Every Mood.
World War Z: The Complete Edition by Max Brooks, narrated by a full, all-star cast, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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Connecting Beyond the Page (08:19)
Just back from Booktopia, we realize the importance of authors and author events, especially those that feature the author discussing his or her book, rather than just reading. That sort of author experience allows readers to connect with books through the writer.
Every author at Booktopia did a wonderful job of sharing info about their book, whetting appetites for those who hadn’t read the book yet, and even causing those who had read to want to re-read. As always, we recorded the Celebration of Authors, so you’ll get to hear the authors speak.
In the meantime, here’s your assignment for 2014: try to attend an author event, even if it means driving out of your way to do so. We’d love to hear about your event experiences, especially if you haven’t been to one before.
Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (22:01)
10% Happier by Dan Harris is the funny, accessible story of his journey to find balance in his life after an on-air panic attack while reading the news on Good Morning America. It’s a skeptic’s guide to meditation, that I’m finding incredibly real and honest.
Ann recommends The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go, one of our Booktopia Boulder authors. It’s the story that moves between World War I, early attempts at summiting Everest, and today, where a man will inherit a fortune if he can prove his connection a WWI soldier who died on Everest.