Would You Read a Book in Chunks?

Between work and family, my life is pretty hectic.  I honestly love it, and I’m not complaining.  But it takes me forever to read books and magazines, since pleasure reading falls right to the bottom of the to-do list.

I was intrigued by this website – DailyLit – that was mentioned in Smashing Magazine’s email newsletter.  You sign up on their website, pick a book, and they’ll email it to you in short instalments every day (or however you set up your frequency settings).  The theory behind DailyLit is that you can probably find five minutes (or less) each day to read a small part of a book, and then eventually, you’ll finish the masterpiece you said you’d never have time to read.

Because the service is free (and they’re featuring books under Creative Commons licenses), it’s mostly classical literature, but there are a few newer titles there too.  I might give it a try.  What do you think?  Would you read a book in chunks?

[image of José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City from IsAboutWords]

New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See

I know, I know, I wrote something about New York yesterday.  But I just saw this in my daily Fast Co Create email, and had to share. There’s a new book out called Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See. The book was compiled by the New Yorker’s art director, Francoise Mouly, and features some covers that were never published (and never seen, not even on Mouly’s blog, also called Blown Covers).  I like Mouly’s commentary on the covers, and her explanation why a cover didn’t work.  Apparently that commentary is in the book too.  Neat.

[via Fast Co Create]



Jenny Lawson Wrote a Book (And I Can’t Wait to Read It)

Oooooooh yes.  Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, has written a book.  Let’s Pretend it Never Happened comes out April 17 (just in time for my birthday).  If the book is even remotely as funny as this blog post about buying a 5-foot tall chicken made out of recycled oil drums, naming it Beyonce, and giving it to your husband as an anniversary present, then I’m so in.

Add To The Reading List: Michael Ian Black’s Book

Next up on my Kobo Touch reading list (after I finish the third book in the Hunger Games) is Michael Ian Black’s new book, You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations.

Comedy fans will know Michael Ian Black from Stella (his comedy troupe with David Wain and Michael Showalter) and one of my favourite movies of all time, Wet Hot American Summer (which is rumoured to be have a sequel in the works).  Two random facts about Michael Ian Black – his real name is Michael Schwartz (German for black, so that makes sense), and he also writes children’s books.

I Have A Little Secret…

I’ve been reading The Hunger Games.  And I like it!  I purchased the first book on my Kobo while on holiday, as a quick beach read.  I blew through it pretty quickly, and am now reading the second book in the series.  And now that the movie has come out (and it’s getting surprisingly good reviews), I want to see that too!

Have you indulged in a guilty pleasure read lately?  Do tell.  Also, Mad Men is back this Sunday!  Have a great weekend.

[image of cat reading the Hunger Games c/o Glamour]

36 Hours In… A Book!

I love the 36 Hours column of the New York Times Travel section. Every week, they cover a different destination, giving you a breakdown of the best way to spend a weekend there.

150 of the best 36 Hours articles from Canada and the US have been published in a gorgeous book by Taschen.   Of course, you could just read them all online here. But imagine curling up on your sofa with a glass of wine, poking through the book, dreaming of weekend trips… delightful.

This book is now on my birthday wish list.

Domino is Coming Back!

Holy guacamole – this is the best news I heard all weekend. Domino Magazine, the wildly popular but eventually doomed  and out-of-print shelter mag, is coming back.  There will be a “Quick Fixes” issue on newsstands April 17.  That is definitely confirmed.  But, there might be more… I’ve seen rumours circulating online that there will be another special issue coming in Autumn 2012, and there might even be regular issues published again starting in 2013.  Yipppeee!

After Hours at Type Books

This is the coolest video. It’s a short stop-motion film from Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp, showing what really happens after hours at Type Books.  It made me smile (and also had me wondering how long this must have taken to make!)

[I embedded the video below, but if you’re having trouble viewing, click here to see it on YouTube]

[via BlogTO]

Good Read: A Visit From the Good Squad

Since Clara was born, it takes me forever to read a novel.  But I’m glad I stuck it out and made it through A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.  It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2011, and I really really really liked it.  Read more about the book here on the Pulitzer website, or read the NY Times book review here.

Gift Idea: Great Reads

A good book always makes a great gift.  Three titles I’m coveting this holiday season are:

1. Design Sponge At Home by Grace Bonney
One of my all-time favourite blogs is now a book.  Say no more.

2. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan, illustrated by Maira Kalman
Eating well is simple.  And beautifully illustrated!

3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Even if you don’t know who Mindy Kaling is (and you really should, her Twitter feed is hilarious), you’ll probably enjoy this book.