My week in books (#2)

My week in books is a  semi-regular feature where I share things I’ve found interesting from the past week that concern books, literature and all things book blogging.

This week the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2013 was released, featuring both established authors and new kids on the block. Aside from anything else, it’s given me a new list of books I want to read. The full list can be found here.

Radio 4’s Saturday Review had a really interesting discussion this week about Tampa by Alissa Nutting. I’ve not read it, but it’s attracted attention for its explicit descriptions (which start on page one) and documents the relationship between a female teacher and her 14-year-old male pupil. I was really intrigued by the discussion – at one point one of the reviewers said the book is so bad it would not have been published had the teacher in the novel been male and the pupil female, but publishers have been desperate for a Lolita-like novel with the male and female roles swapped for so long that it got the green light. You can listen here (the discussion about Tampa starts roughly 17 minutes in).

Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer posted a helpful list of 12 websites this week that are invaluable when blogging. You can find that here.

And finally, Bloomsbury, to promote Canada by Richard Ford, are asking people to share their favourite first lines from books. They’ve made a cute little video here, and you can share your favourite lines on Twitter @BloomsburyBooks using the hashtag #firstlines. I wouldn’t know where to start with this, so would love to hear your favourite first lines in the comments below.

Have you discovered anything new this week when it comes to books? Share in the comments.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Trish Hannon says:

    I love the first two lines of Warm Bodies – immediately makes me curious and then laugh when I think about what he is saying 🙂

    “I am dead, but it's not so bad. I've learned to live with it.”


  2. I've not read Warm Bodies (or seen the film).

    I have no clue where to start with favourite first lines – there are the classics which spring to mind like the start of Dickens' Hard Times or Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    I need to think about this some more.



  3. That's the prompt for Tuesday's Top Ten meme: What are your favorite beginnings of books? I haven't written mine up yet…hope to work on that tomorrow.

    And I definitely need to take a look at the helpful websites for bloggers. Thanks.


  4. Oh no, I really am going to have to get my thinking hat on now! Thanks for the warning.



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