Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lit: Uniquely Portable Magic

When I discovered podcasts on my phone, I got a little carried away (okay, a lot carried away). So many great programs to listen to! The problem is you have to find time to listen to them, which I wasn't doing. One of the programs I hadn't listened to one episode of yet was Slate's Book Club. This week I've listened to two episodes and I'm here to tell you that those folks take this stuff seriously! They talk over each other, they argue, and they can get a little pretentious but these people really know their stuff.

Because I clearly have too much time on my hands, I want to know which podcasts do I absolutely need to start downloading (and maybe even listening to)? They don't have to be about books - one of my favorites is Radio Lab. Every time I listen to it, I wish a science teacher had been able to convince me how very cool science is when I was younger!

Have you read Margot by Jillian Cantor? It's the fictionalized diary of Margot Frank, sister of Anne Frank. The Huffington Post loved it and I'm definitely intrigued, particularly having just read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

I've been fighting with NetGalley and Adobe Digital Editions since I got my new computer, trying to get books downloaded onto my Nook. I cannot make it happen. Apple and Nook do not play nicely together. But, silly me, I finally remembered that we have an iPad. Install an app, open NetGalley on the iPad and download the books. So easy. I can't believe how much time I wasted. Now I just have to figure out how to wrest the iPad from The Big Guy's hands! First up, Nancy Horan's (Loving Frank) Under The Wide And Starry Sky for an upcoming TLC Book Tour.

With Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl currently being made into a moving, starring Ben Affleck, The Huffington Post thought it was a  good time to put together a list of marriage thrillers that will chill you to the bone. Gone Girl, of course, makes the list as does Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Broken Harbor by Tana French and Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret. Can you think of any they've left out?

Buzzfeed has a list of nine video games based on classic literature including Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. I'm not going to spend any time looking into this but the graphics that accompany this article look like the games were made for the original Nintendo system. Which makes it hard to believe this story is true. Any one know for sure?


  1. I don't listen to many podcasts now, but when I used to, I loved World Book Club. They had some awesome discussions going on there.

  2. I knew it was only a matter of time before Gone Girl was made into a movie. While not my favorite book since I like cleaner endings, it could be a really great movie. There's another book called Before I Go to Sleep that's quite the husband wife thriller with amnesia thrown in!

    I'm glad you got your Netgalley books up and running!

  3. I've been curious about Margot. Sometimes I get my undies in a twist when authors use classics for a spin off ;)

  4. I'm excited about the Gone Girl movie. I think it will translate pretty well and Ben Affleck is a perfect choice. I'll have to look at the marriage thriller list. I've read Rebecca a few times but none of the others.
    Glad you got Netgalley working. I hate when things just won't work like they're supposed too!