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August 29, 2013

Throwback Thursday: That’s What She Said!

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Hey hey hey! It's been a slow week over here at the Book Report Network, what with half the staff out on vacation, and the other half  making a huge dent in the beer stock in the office fridge (jkjkjk) --- we're one "that's what she said" joke away from a nice, long holiday weekend. But despite being seriously short-staffed, we have a really great TBT turnout for you. So check it out, and take it easy, because Labor Day is as ironically titled as ever (look it up).
August 26, 2013

Just a Heads Up...

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Welcome back from a weekend that was one for the books! Fortunately, for those of us over here at The Book Report Network who had friends over to play VMA drinking games (the shot-per-twerk rule was rescinded, oh, about 10 minutes in so we wouldn’t DIE), it’s a quiet, pre-holiday week in the office.
August 22, 2013

Throwback Thursday: A Case of the Thursdays

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Idk what's going on today, but everyone around here seems to be in a downright contemplative mood. Maybe it's the darkened city skies; maybe it's that summer's end is drawing ever closer; maybe we're all just ready for a long Labor Day weekend --- whatever it is, the Book Report Network staff is getting into some deep, dark stuff (although, rest assured, it's nothing like the deep, dark stuff that's growing on my shower floor). We've got blurred lines (the abstract kind AND the Robin Thicke kind), a hovering Cowboys quarterback cardboard cutout, more than anyone's fair share of fantasy (NOT the Robin Thicke kind) and some truly crazed sports fans. It's another TBT: Books Edition™ you don't want to miss...but you may want to sit down for.
It happened. The fateful night when the season six finale of "True Blood" overlapped with the second episode of the last season of "Breaking Bad," leaving all viewers on their toes. Over the past several years, it's come to my attention that the Sunday Night 9pm TV slot is definitively award-winning. Viewers have spent the day relaxing (Sunday Fun Day), doing all the things they don't have the time to do during their busy workday schedules.
When TBRN founder Carol attended the launch/delayed book party for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK back in June, we knew something interesting would come of it. Carol came in the next day saying that we had to get our hands on some copies immediately. Within a few minutes, I had sent someone over to Random House (a few blocks away from our offices) to pick some up. Emily and I started reading that very night as the series was being released on Netflix in early July.
Ain’t life good now that “Breaking Bad” is back? Walter White a.k.a. Heisenberg a.k.a. The One Who Knocks and Co. kicked off the second half of the final season about a week ago, and we’re not ashamed to admit that their return kind of gives our week just the right television-axis it needs to spin smoothly (that’s a universal feeling, right?). We’re still reeling from the highly anticipated (but still no less shocking) confrontation in the season premiere, and cannot wait to see what kind of end awaits our favorite drug kingpin. “Mr. Chips to Scarface” is right, but we still can’t help rooting for Mr. White, despite all the murders and condescending speeches and consistently bad underwear choices. So in honor of our favorite antihero’s return to Sunday nights, we’ve put together a list of the top five literary villains we can’t help but root for. We’d *gladly* let any of these guys send us to Belize.
Your best and worst breakup stories are in! Thanks so much for sharing with us in honor of our NATHANIEL P. contest. We laughed, we cried, we empathized (read: ate our own body weight in Ben & Jerry's) and, ultimately, we --- like those cruel gods of fate --- picked 15 winners. And just remember: Better to have loved and lost than to have never won a free copy of THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P. at all.
August 15, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Stranger Than Fiction

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This week's TBT, aptly titled (if I do say so myself) "Stranger Than Fiction," brings a few new voices to the Throwback Melting Pot™, in addition to some of the more familiar ones. Fellow staffers Liz and Josh have been participating in spirit since the inception of our favorite weekly series, but were finally moved (read: manhandled) to put their fond reminisces into website-worthy copy. This week, we have an existentially bewildered murderer (obviously Nikki's choice), hot prep school boys (obviously Emily's choice?), high school hookups and --- I kid you not! --- funny nonfiction. So join us, friends, old and new, as we celebrate Thursday in the sacred and (relatively) time-honored tradition of the Internet: Throwback Thursday (#hashtag!).
Hello! I’m Austin. It's my first time contributing to 20SomethingReads.com and I'm happy to offer my trials and tribulations on this month's blog topic --- dating, inspired by THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P. by Adelle Waldman, a novel about a young man puzzling out his romantic life in the modern day.
In honor of Shark Week 2013, we're doing picture books for Throwback Thursday Flashback Friday (read: We completely forgot about Shark Week 2013 and we're hoping you'll indulge us this one, desperate non-sequitur)! Sharks are kind of like picture books, if you really sit down and think about it --- they both come in lots of shapes and sizes (but not that many), move faster than you'd think and kill fewer people every year than pigs do? Seriously though, picture books were our earliest books, and definitely made us into the wonderfully inquisitive and thoughtful readers we are today. So join us for the ultimate throwback, brought to you at the end of the ultimate (shark) week. Also, we recommend listening to this as you read.