24/8 Book Club

Geraldine Brooks is criss crossing the country

on tour with her latest release PEOPLE OF THE BOOK.  Her last book MARCH, received the pulitzer prize, yes that is right the pulitzer.  She is obviously talented and has an amazing background.  PEOPLE OF THE BOOK takes Geraldine back to a place she once called home, Bosnia.  Follow the history of a rare book and the clues that Hanna Heath a rare-book expert. finds in its pages.   

Definitely a fascinating author to come out to meet and her about her newest book.    To learn more about her tour dates go visit both links:  http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Events/EventSearchProc/1,,sapid_1000052201,00.html and http://www.geraldinebrooks.com/events.html.  It is clear this book will be another great read, so much so it caught the eye of  Catherine Zeta Jones who scooped up the film rights to the book.  So pulitzer or not, hopefully we will see the story on the screen.

The Bookfool has her best of 2008 list posted
January 3, 2009, 2:38 pm
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A new friend of the 24/8 community the Bookfool has posted her favorite reads.  We said this is the time of year the lists come crawling out of the woodwork but that is why it is such a paradise for avid and recreational readers alike. 

As the Bookfool has read 142 books, which is her new personal best,  she has plenty of material to select from compared to the rest of us.  Pretty amazing indeed, looking forward to checking out a number of those listed on her blog, http://bookfoolery.blogspot.com/2008/12/2008-reading-year-in-review.html.

 Happy Reading

USA Today list of the best books of 2008
January 2, 2009, 2:28 pm
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See if those on list are titles you have read or if you agree with their selections, http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/2008-12-17-meyer-10-picks_N.htm?csp=34.  Many of the  best of lists posted include the same titles by the same authors but there is always one pearl that is unique to each list so keep looking.

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.

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. 


1/2 of the 24/8 Book Club Team

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/.

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.

We are thankful for the Benjamin Button Preview
November 28, 2008, 4:13 pm
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It was a cold night in the city of the Chicago but a full house came out to see the advanced screening of THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.  On its face you knew this was something special from the trailers and itsstars Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt.   

This movie is a must for an Oscar nomination and if you are like me, and like to see those nominated films come Oscar night this is a must see.  I would not surprised to also see many nominations for those starring and appearing in supporting roles. 

It is interesting to me that someone selected this story for the big screen,  it is definitely a bit unusual.  The result was a beautiful movie, with a mesmorizing soundtrack but with a very slow pace.  There are no surprises which contributes to the long feel but is was lovingly crafted and certainly one of the best films this year.  We will all have to go back and pick up a copy of the short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald to see how this was adapted for the big screen.   

24/8 would love to hear from you if you were present at the screening.  If you did not have the chance to see a trailer or the movie, you can visit the office website,  www.bejaminbutton.com.

We are so thankful to be part of this experience and look forward to the next one. 


James Patterson has a new arrival

and a very special mission for kids and reading.  If you are a James Fan loyalist you will want to pick up his latest, CROSS COUNTRY.  This is the latest edition of the extremely popular Alex Cross series.  to learn more about this book or others series the he writes visit the official James Patterson website.

But what you might not know is that James Patterson, inspired by his son’s lack of interest in reading, has made it his mission to get kids reading.  Visit Read Kiddo Read to view reading recommendations for kids of all ages which is a great place to start. Why not sit down this weekend and get your kids involved in picking out a book on this site.  Leave it to James to take it a step further he has a series devoted to the adolescent reader, Maximum Ride.  He targets this series for 8 years and older but the reviews are in for those in the 24/8 world that they are great.

Have you been reading Alexander McCall Smith’s

latest novel on line?  Yes, you read that correctly, best selling author Alexander McCall Smith is serializing his next novel, CORDUROY MANSIONS, on line and letting us read it as he goes.  There are currently 48 chapters completed and ready to view.  The most interesting part of this delightful idea is that we can comment on the novel and who knows it might influence how the story unfolds. 

This is another great idea brought to you by a very popular author.  To view the chapters on line at, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/exclusions/alexandermccallsmith/nosplit/alexandermccallsmith.xml.  There is even a contest that might let you be the next serial novelist on line.

24/8 wants to thank you Andrew for letting avid readers and fans follow along as the next book takes shape.  It is a novel concept and we applaud you for taking this journey.