24/8 Book Club

Best of 2008 Books from Barnes and Noble
December 30, 2008, 9:49 am
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It is enjoyable to check out the best of  book lists from sources all over.  As 2008 is drawing to a close we will be able to view more of these lists. Nice to see reads you would place on the list and then to discover new treasures you have somehow missed.

Barnes is sharing their favs in a number of categories that present something for everyone.  Some of the categories are:  Best Life Story, Favorite Haunting Historicals, and Best Stories on the Edge.

Once you visit this page you will be drawn in to check out the links to learn more about the featured books. So visit this link when you have the time to be absorbed, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/collection/list.asp?r=1&PID=20800.


Maybe a 2008 National Book Award winner for those gift cards you received
December 24, 2008, 6:23 pm
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today or will be receiving shortly during this holiday season.  Every year the National Book Awards are presented to recognize achievements in four genres: or will be Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. 

On March 15, 1950, a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the first annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner.  Their goal was to enhance the public’s awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general. The Winners, selected by five-member, independent judging panels for each genre, receive a $10,000 cash award and a crystal sculpture.

This year’s winners were announced in November they are:

Fiction – SHADOW COUNTRY by Peter Matthiessen

Non Fiction – THE HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO by Annette Gordon-Reed


Young People’s Literature – WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED – by Judy Blundell

Oprah has listed books on the O holiday gift list
December 21, 2008, 3:13 pm
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Oprah has done so much for the book world and we hope that she continues to do so for years to come. In her December issue of O she lists five books among her O List choices. The books are: STILLNESS S SPEAKS and A NEW EARTH both by Eckhart Tolle; TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee; THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison and THE STORY OF EDWARD SAWTELLE by David Wroblewski that has been topping all of the best of ’08 lists.

Thanks Oprah, a book is a great price point and it makes a great stocking stuffer too.

Happy Holidays!

Janet Evanovich Provides us a treat for ’09
December 19, 2008, 7:19 am
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PLUM SPOOKY will be released on January 6th and Janet will be makeing several appearances at Barnes and Nobles to sign her book. If you live in Tampa, Nashville or Charleston or nearby be sure to come out to come out and pick up your autographed copy of the latest in the Stephanie Plum series. Here is the schedule:

January 6th –Tampa
Barnes and Noble
11802 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
6 p.m. Signing

January 7th –Nashville
2501 West End
Nashville, TN
6 p.m. Signing

January 8th –Charleston
Barnes and Noble
1716 Towne Centre Way
Mt. Pleasant, SC
6 p.m. Signing

This is a belongs to the between the numbers series. All are enjoyable but why not just continue with the numbers, why the in between? Who cares, right? The series is so much fun, I am always delighted with each installment. But I am finally approaching current releases and that makes me sad. So if the in between books means they come more often because they are shorter then so be it.

To keep up on the comings and goings of Janet Evanovich viist her site, http://www.evanovich.com/index.html.  For fans of Stephanie Plum there is a cute 12 Days of Christmas video posted there. 


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HarperCollins is cleaning out the book closets and
December 17, 2008, 7:55 am
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you can really haul in the books if you win one of the six prize packages. The sweepstakes is easy and while you do have to sign up you can opt out of any further emails.

Why not find out about future book promotions?  These wonderful folks at Harpers are embracing the internet and always have a fun way to give you books.

Book to Movie: The Reader
December 10, 2008, 8:37 am
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It is the time of the year when movies that want to be considered for 2008 Oscar nominations are being rushed to the big screen.  On December 10th, The Reader, adapted from the best selling author Berhard Schlink will be releasted on a limited basis.  It will hit the big screen everywhere in Jan, 2009. 

To view a trailer from this upcoming movie click on the link, http://www.thereader-movie.com/.

Our friends at HarperCollins have put together a holiday guide
December 7, 2008, 10:42 pm
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Harper has made gift giving of books easy this holiday season. They have this handy website with all of the gifts organized by category. There are: Books for: The Romantic, Spiritual/Inspirational,The Woman Who Has Everything and more.

Another nice feature at this site are authors talking about memories of the holidays.  You can watch videos of authors discussing their holiday traditions, memories, and favorite gifts at HarperHolidays.com.

Jane Porter’s FLIRTING WITH FORTY premieres
December 5, 2008, 1:16 pm
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this weekend on Lifetime.  If you have a chance to watch or record this adaptation of her book with the same title please do. The great news about cable is that it will be on again and again for your viewing pleasure. 

We are looking forward to giving away FLIRTING WITH FORTY next week at 24/8 to celebrate Jane’s great succcess as well as featuring Jane on the site. 


Bring books to children in Africa
December 3, 2008, 8:35 am
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Publisher Barefoot Books and non-profit Books For Africa (BFA) are embarking on an innovative partnership to bring Barefoot Books into the hands of children in classrooms and libraries across Africa.  Since 1988, BFA has shipped more than 20 million books to 44 African countries and, with growing awareness of their organization and cause, plans to ship millions more in the coming years.  To help BFA achieve their goal this holiday season, Barefoot is offering its community the opportunity to purchase an African-themed title online at a dramatically reduced price which will be sent to a child in Africa.  Six titles are available, including We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania and Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya.

Barefoot Books CEO Nancy Traversy says, Barefoot is always looking to find like-minded partners who are making a difference in the lives of children all over the world.  We are so excited to be working with Books for Africa and the entire Barefoot community to help bring books to the African children who so need them.” 

“The beautiful books provided by Barefoot Books, which feature African themes, will be very exciting for our recipients in Africa to read,” says Books For Africa Executive Director Patrick Plonski.  “We really appreciate this partnership with Barefoot Books which will provide high-quality books for us to send to children in Africa , and will also provide funds to help ship these books.”

The Washington Post has some holiday ideas for book picks

It is that time of the year that we are all on the look out for the perfect gift for the family and friends in our lives. This year for most of us is going to be challenging but books should rise to the top of your list this year because there are treasures that give long past the holidays and have excellent price points along with a vast array of subjects sure to please everyone on your list. 

To that end, The Washington Post has put together a comprehensive list of coffee table books that spark their interest this season.  If you are looking for book ideas be sure to check out this link, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/features/2008/holiday-guide/gifts/gift-books/gallery.html.