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Welcome back, readers! Hope you all enjoyed your long holiday weekend and had ample opportunity to express your freedom and wear red, white and blue non-ironically and watch the most beautiful fireworks ever (because aren’t the ones you’re watching always the most beautiful? --- there’s a casual life metaphor for you). Hopefully, you’ve slept off your hot dog coma by now, and you’re ready to get back to Telling It Like It Is business with me.
Espionage is not a new theme in the suspense genre by a long shot, but Joseph Finder puts a twist on the classic spy thriller in PARANOIA. Adam Cassidy, the bright but lazy protagonist, pulls a stunt one night that costs his telecommunications company millions --- instead of firing him, they offer him a deal: spy on the competition and hack into their undercover project or face serious time in prison.
July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Sex, Love...and a Hatchet?

Posted by nicole
Hi readers! It's been a while, huh? Hope you all enjoyed your long holiday weekend, and took the opportunity to exercise all of your personal liberties (read: drink a lot of beer). Over the break our intern, Anthony, left us, and we will miss him dearly, and Carla couldn't make it in this week, so our ranks have diminished quite a bit. But time marches ever onward, and we must continue to throwback even in the face of great hangovers and great loss. Here are our picks this week:
Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the Children's Department Director for Books Inc., a group of independent bookstores in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this blog post, she gives us the inside scoop on a term you may not have heard of before, but is super important for all book lovers.
Hey guys, so I decided this week that this whole book thing is pretty stupid. I mean, you spends hours, days, weeks, even, looking at a bunch of tiny words on a flimsy piece of paper (or eBook screens if you’re feeency) and putting them together to make some kind of meaning in your already overwhelmed brain. Frankly, I’d rather keep trying to beat the 114th level of Candy Crush, because let me tell you --- that’s some lasting sa-tis-faction.
It's been a hot week over here at the TBRN headquarters. Everyone settle down, I meant because of the humidity. There are hot summer days and then there are HOT summer days --- the kind where you can't even bear to do anything but curl up in front of a high-powered fan and just indulge in some good old-fashioned comfort reading. So we were all very excited to get back to throwback business. We have a bunch of real hard-hitters for you --- so crack open a frosty beer, turn your AC way, way up and enjoy! Third time's a charm, amirite?
After watching the limited release Tiger Eyes, based on the Judy Blume novel of the same name, I got to reminiscing. The name Judy Blume has been out of my cycle of readable authors for a while now, but after watching the film I wondered why. I loved Judy Blume growing up --- and even read her for girl questions and advice, which I found more than enough of in her novel FOREVER.
Hey guys, maybe you’ve heard or maybe you’ve been living under a rock without internet access last week, but Kim and Kanye finally welcomed their (shockingly) tiny bundle of joy into the world. Of course, everyone over here at The Book Report Network is thrilled, and kind of obsessed. So in honor of little North West, I have no choice but to break down the Dickens classic, GREAT EXPECTATIONS for all y’all. I know it’s a little bit of a stretch, but we have nothing if not big hopes for the daughter of such talented megastars (I’m thinking she’ll have mad flow, charisma aaand…really pretty hair?) Anyway, welcome to the good life, baby Nori!
June 20, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Here We Go Again!

Posted by nicole
Welcome back to our second installment of Throwback Thursday: Books Edition! This week, we were so excited to write about our favorite books from when we were kids that some of us went a little overboard. So, without further ado (is that still a thing people say?), here’s our throwback, round two!
In his novel LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN, Colum McCann claims that “one of the beauties of New York is that you can be from anywhere and within moments of landing, it is yours,” and he’s right. New York is my favorite city in the world. I came here for college two years ago (all the way from a small town outside San Francisco) and I never want to leave.