Writing in books: good or bad? We recommend The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Fram by Steve Himmer.
Ann is just back from New York where she saw the stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was produced in a unique way to capture the flavor of the book. I’m very excited to hear that a local theater in Providence has adapted and is producing a stage version of Barry Unsworth’s Morality Play, a book I love. Broadway goers can look forward to seeing Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca on the Great White Way.
Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich, narrated by the author, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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Notation or Desecration? (09:04)
Jeff, a BOTNS listener recently started a thread on our Goodreads group about writing and underlining passages in books. He usually reads e-books where he can use the highlight or note feature, but is worried about actually writing in a physical book. Where did the stigma of writing in books come from? Can underlining sentences, or writing notes to yourself enhance your reading experience? If so, do you underline beautiful or striking sentences? Do you note how something in the story makes you feel? Do you speculate on what an event might mean?
One way to highlight a passage in a book without actually marking up the book is to keep highlighted photos in Evernote (I first learned about this via this blog post. And, while searching for that original post, I also came upon this post: 8 Evernote Tips for Book Nerds.) You can also enter favorite quotes into Goodreads, or copy them into a commonplace book.
Ann also discovered a blog post by Laura Miller, called “How to Write in a Book,” which includes a very in-depth marking-up system by C.S. Lewis.
Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (25:17)
Ann recommends The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, a compelling thriller she “literally couldn’t put down.” Rachel, the main character, is an unreliable narrator who’s nearly always drunk. But, she thinks she’s seen events that led up to a crime, and she can’t help but insert herself into the mystery.
Full disclosure: Fram is written by my friend Steve Himmer. Steve was a guest at our very first BOTNS retreat (before it was even called Booktopia!). His new book follows Oscar, an employee of the Bureau of Ice Prognostication. His job, which, to this point, has been all about fabrications, has just become all too real. He’s no longer in his safe, quiet office, and he really has no idea what is happening to him. This was a fun, literary adventure that I highly recommend!