Women Reading (Oct. 12)

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Founder: Sasha Soren (Random Magic)
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Edition: Oct. 12, 2011

Art and Quotes

Agnes Rauch, by Friedrich Willhelm Schadow
Come, and take choice of all my library,
And so beguile thy sorrow.
- William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus 
(c. 1584-1590), Act IV, scene 1, line 34

Discussions and Book Chats

Bookie Brunch question: Are you more of a book buyer or a book borrower, or a combination of both?

I am definitely a book buyer. I have a hard time letting go of any of my books.
I'm steadily running out of space as it is, but I can never let a book go. I loved the library as a kid, but I hated returning books. So much so that my favorite books at the library, I've now bought to add to my collection. I am definitely a shameless book hoarder and have no qualms in admitting it. I can't read fast enough to keep up with myself...but that doesn't deter me.  - Amanda (host), Story Wings (@StoryWings)

I absolutely adore buying new books, it is an addiction - a compulsion, even. I love pretty covers, I have absolutely no willpower and have to have them on my shelf. If you've seen my blog, you'll know that one of my catch-phrases is BOOKS MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER. - Emma, Book Angel Booktopia (@BookAngel_Emma)

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Events and Parties

Oct. 10-16, 2011: Visit or Contact - Historical Tapestry (@HistoryTapestryinvites you to attend Jane Austen Week. The celebrations will include interviews, reviews and some Jane Austen-related goodies.

Memes and Features
(Incl. reading challenges) 

Historical Fiction challenge: Visit or Sign up: Historical Tapestry (@HistoryTapestryinvites you to indulge your love for historical fiction by taking part in the Historical Fiction reading challenge. Blog sidebar displays monthly updates. Through December 31, 2011.

Pepca at Beyond Strange New Words (@StrangeNewWords) features tales from feline chronicles, in The Cat Diaries (shown above), updated every Sunday. Visit 

Tawni at The Bookworms (@TawniBookworm) discusses cool cover art every Monday, in Cover Crazy (shown above). Visit

Irena at This Miss Loves to Read (@MissIrenne) shares her love for all things magical and fantastic, in weekly meme, Friday is for Fairy Tales (shown above). Visit

Tina's Book Reviews (@BooksAtTinas) features an interview with an interesting indie author, every Saturday, in her Saturday Spotlight. Visit or sign up

Book Angel Booktopia (@BookAngel_Emma) has a monthly feature, Song of the Month, her pick for each month can be found at top of her blog. Visit

Videos and Vloggers

Shown above: Liddy at The Book Monster (a.k.a. Thee Book Monster, with an extra E) shares her review on Kindle e-reader (3G). Liddy was a Bookie Brunch guest at a discussion that featured links between books and music; that discussion may be browsed here: Books and Music

Shown above: Janine (@CurlyGirl11at The Book Nerd (blog) and Diary of a Book Nerd (video channel) discusses her favorite reading format, in a print vs. e-reader discussion at Bookie Brunch. 

Actually, she sings her opinion. Yes, it's kind of a mini-musical. If you don't want to miss that in a million years, well, here it is! The cute video is shown above, full discussion may be browsed here: Print vs. E-Readers

Shown above: My Book Place shares her reading format preferences and other topics for book lovers. A separate Bookie Brunch discussion which touches on related topics maybe be browsed here: Print vs. E-Readers

Book Adaptations and Media Marvels
(Incl. movies, music, games, tech, publishing news, other.)

Shown above: EuroNews clip covers an e-reader only initiative and explores the question of whether or not print books might be obsolete in education within the next few generations.

Movies featuring writers: Shakespeare in Love

Shown above: Trailer, Shakespeare in Love, written by Tom Stoppard. Trailer is an FMV (fan-made video), music track is by independent artist Loreena McKennitt. A clip of of one of her live performances was included on Random Magic Tour: Winterlong. McKennitt's latest album is called The Wind that Shakes the Barley and is available for purchase here.

Shown above: Movie clip, Shakespeare in Love
Clip from the movie. 'Christopher Marlowe' reference is explained here: Shakespeare and Marlovian theory

About: A young William Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (IMDB)

Goodies and Giveaways

WIN: Enter - Thru Oct. 21: Win a cute and quirky tote bag (shown above) - it's a bag, no, wait, it's a fish! - at Bookie Brunch (host: @snowdropdreams). Discussion theme is great magical or fantastical reads. 

WIN: Enter - Thru Oct. 21: Win a fascinating book about the mysterious and sometimes unexpected connections between music and the human mind. This book is part of a Bookie Brunch discussion about books and music at The Book Nerd (@CurlyGirl11).

WIN: Enter - Thru Nov. 21: Win this charming miniature of a late-20th-century perfume that wears like an older, more glamorous classic. Launched by design house Givenchy (founded by Hubert de Givenchy), Amarige is classified as a sharp, oriental, floral fragrance. Created by master perfumer Dominique Ropion. This timeless fragrances is a brunch gift, part of the Bookie Brunch discussion about favorite classic novels at This Miss Loves to Read (@MissIrenne).

Grapevine, Last-Minute News and Misc. 

Alex at Electrifying Reviews has launched an ongoing campaign in appreciation of independent authors. He invites readers to show their support by displaying the project badge (shown above) on their blog sidebar. Read Manifesto - Grab Badge

Tina at Tina's Book Reviews (@BooksAtTinas) has a grapevine call out (shown above), she'd like to find some teammates for her blog. Reply

Seen around: A Life Bound by Books (@BoundByBooks): Blogger-provided bio: I'm a proud bibliophile. I enjoy reading and reviewing a variety of different books within the Young Adult (YA) genre. I occasionally review adult titles as well. Visit

Seen around: Pretty Books: Blogger-provided bio: I run the Pretty Books Tumblr blog,  sharing photos of beautiful books (shown above). I also post book reviews, quotations, recommendations, discussions, and articles on my review blog. Visit 

Interesting places for people who love books: The Library Hotel 

There are all kinds of hotel themes out there, but not many geared to book lovers in particular. Then there's The Library Hotel (shown above), in New York City. The offbeat hotel offers its guests over 6,000 volumes of books organized throughout the hotel by the Dewey Decimal System. 

There are 10 floors in the hotel, each dedicated to a specific category: Social Science, Literature, Languages, History, Math and Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts, Religion. 

Shown above: Love Room and adjoining terrace

Each of the rooms are furnished with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic within a particular category. For example, guests staying on the eighth floor can select from rooms with themes like law, mystery, money, fairy tales, erotic literature or classic fiction, among other themes.

Shown above: (from top image to third image) Poetry garden, writers' den with fireplace, reading room

The hotel guest rooms aren't the only spaces dedicated to the love of books - guests can also enjoy the writers' den, reading room and poetry garden. While the rates are predictably stiff, given the prime location (midtown Manhattan), The Library Hotel does have a discount suited to the hotel's theme and decor. The deal: Book a stay at 10-20% off regular rates - but the deal only applies to book lovers. Browse

Oct. 1-31, 2011: Visit or Contact: Rhiannon at The Diary of a Bookworm invites readers to enjoy some Halloween happenings with Giving me the Creeps October. There's no event schedule available, but per Rhiannon: Goodies to win every weekend, costume kittens every Friday, other posts unscheduled.

[New] Book Nooks

Source: Daily Dose


Oct. 16, 2011: Visit - Bookie Brunch, hosted by Velvet at vvb32 Reads (@vvb32reads). Current Bookie Brunch is here

Oct. 23: Upcoming: There's also a Bookie Brunch Halloween party coming up, for the week of Oct. 23, more details will post later in the week, in this space. Contact

Oct. 22, 2011: Visit or Sign up - Host Vanessa V. of A Fanciful Twist invites you to join her in a Halloween celebration with a post of your own, in honor of the holiday

Oct. 30, 2011: Visit - It's time again for a little time out from the modern world as eloquence and wit are given free rein for 24 hours, in Talk Like Jane Austen Day. As a worldwide event, the festivities aren't always scheduled - most are spontaneous and totally unannounced, but here's the official page: Talk Like Jane Austen Day (Official)

Dec. 16, 2011: Visit or Contact - Let The Austen Games begin! In honor of writer Jane Austen's birthday, book lovers are invited to Twitter-collaborate on an Austen-inspired online tome, The Austen Games. (Tip thanks to @LiederMadchen)

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