Mar 28, 2012
What's your reading speed? The Hunger Games in print on screen, and recommendations for The O'Briens by Peter Behrens and Deep Zone by James M. Tabor.
Two Booktopia updates: Manchester Packets with the full schedule should be going out to all registered attendees within the next few days, so watch for those. All registered Oxford attendees, plus those on the waiting list, should have received an email announcing the authors. For those who can't make it, but want to read along, you can see the full list here.
A recent app on the Staples website lets you gauge your reading speed. I've always claimed I was a slow reader and now I have proof! My number was somewhere around 260 words per minute and Ann's was 487. It's hardly a scientific test, after all its sole purpose seems to be to sell you e-readers, but it's a fun exercise. Feel free to share your speed in the comments below!
Hunger Games mania has gripped the nation! Ann took her daughter and friends to see the movie opening night (thereby contributing to the movie's $155 million weekend). Like most adaptations, Ann still thinks the book was better, but definitely thought the movie was pretty darn good. Lots of stores and websites are creating lists of books to read once you've devoured The Hunger Games. Here's one such list that seems to be good and diverse. Ann also mentions Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (a book for adults, or very mature teens), and recommends Feed by M.T. Anderson and Divergent by Veronica Roth.
Some of you may remember that I loved Blind Descent, a non-fiction look at extreme caving. Now, James Tabor, the author of that book, has returned with The Deep Zone, a thriller that follows a young woman as she leads an expedition into a super-cave in Mexico to find a cure for a virus threatening to turn into a pandemic. I haven't read it yet, but it's something I'm saving for summer vacation. Ann recommends The O'Briens by Peter Behrens, a sequel to The Law of Dreams, one of the first books ever written about on Books on the Nightstand. In The O'Briens, we follow a family of Irish immigrants during the first half of the twentieth century as they make their way from Canada to California.