Apr 26

Litsy, Book Awards,  plus, don’t you forget about 84, Charing Cross Road and Nobody’s Fool.

Ann and I are both on Litsy, a new photo-focused book-based social media app (usernames AnnKingman and mkindness). The one problem we’re encountering is posting about a book that we’re reading electronically in manuscript form; they’re not very photogenic!
So, check out Litsy and let us know what you think!

audiobooksAudiobook of the week (04:17)

Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha HuntMr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt, narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Emily Woo Zeller, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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A New Batch of Book Awards (07:42)

Unlike movie awards, awards for books seem to be given out throughout the year. Recently announced were the Indies Choice Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards for 2016, both of which were voted on by Independent Booksellers around the US. The full list of winners and honor books can be found here. Below are the winners we mentioned on the podcast.

Congratulations to all the winners and the runners-up!


Don’t You Forget About Me (18:36)


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Within the past few weeks, posts from two different book lovers wrote statuses that showed in my Facebook feed. They had each read, for the first time, 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. It’s something that all book lovers should read, and a book I only read myself a few years ago.

Though it’s an older book, Ann only recently read Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo. On paper, Donald “Sully” Sullivan doesn’t seem like a character you’d fall in love with. He’s a drinking, gambling, womanizer who lives in a dying town in upstate New York. But Ann says he’s a character that you’ll long remember.

  • melissabooknut

    Oh you MUST read Mother Bruce. Not a play on Mother Goose (the nursery rhymes) but instead a funny and heart-warming story about how family doesn’t always come in the usual packages. The illustrations are hilarious! (And keep an eye out for the sequel, Hotel Bruce, which is just as much fun!)

  • Biblioholicbeth

    Sadly, I cannot be a Litsy user – nothing for android. 🙁

  • mistyks

    I’m am really enjoying the “Don’t You Forget About Me” segment. There are a lot of resources that discuss new releases, and the annual book awards get a lot of hype, too. So it seems I hear about the same books over and over through the course of the year. My TBR is growing exponentially with the number of book related podcasts that I listen to.

  • Benelegere

    Hanff wrote a charming-if-different sequel called The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, where she finally gets to meet some of the people she corresponded with all those years.

    And just a note about the movie version: the only available version on DVD is full frame (cuts the original widescreen to fit the not-widescreen TVs of not so long ago). If you’re not a purist about that kind of thing then no big deal, but you’ll have to buy/rent it digitally from the usual online suspects if you want the original widescreen version.

    • Bookworm9798

      I didn’t know about The Duchess . . . and I’m such a huge fan of 84 Charing Cross Road!!! Just ordered it!

      • Benelegere

        Woo! There is another book she wrote (“Q’s Legacy”) that is also autobiographical (it explains why she was reading all those books she was buying from England) but ranges wider in her life. Seems to be different than the first two (I haven’t read it yet!). I’m waiting for the perfect weekend to read all three and watch the movie.

  • Mitzi Adams

    Thanks for the recommendation. I picked up 84, Charing cross Rd this weekend.
    What a great little book!

  • I discovered your show a little too late, but I’m really enjoying going back through the archives. The book by Helene Hanff sounds great, thanks for recommending it.

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