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Two more days to join our challenge!

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Two more days left to sign up for and fill out your bracket for our March Madness reading challenge! We hope you join in because no only can you win a great bookish prize but the challenge is a lot of fun.

What is the challenge? We have linked books (nominated and voted on by you, our readers) to college basketball teams in the tournament. You get to fill out a bracket and root for your favorite teams or books. You get points by making the right predictions and reading strategically.

Our brackets are live and need to be filled out before the start of basketball games on March 16. You can find all the details along with links to the CBS bracket pool and our book bracket on the challenge page.

Sign up today if you want to join us!

 

Join our March Madness Reading Challenge

Book bracketOur books have been ranked and our book brackets are ready. On Sunday night when the basketball team rankings will be released it will be time to fill out your bracket and play along. Want to join the challenge? Here’s what you have to do… Read more

Non 1001 Book Review: The Devil’s Prayer Luke Gracias

Looking for a thrilling escapist read? Book Worm may have the book for you. Check out her review of The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias. One reviewer calls it a “faustian tale on steroids.”  Read more

We Need your Help: March Madness Challenge

We are looking for your help in ranking books for our March Madness challenge. Several participants have nominated books and now we need to rank them so we can include them in our challenge bracket. Please help us out and take 15 minutes to complete our book survey. At the end of the survey we will randomly select one of you to win a $15 Amazon gift card as a thank you.

Our March Madness challenge is a reading challenge where we pair books with basketball teams and participants fill out brackets and read books for points. The person who reads for the most points will win a box of bookish goodies and a gift card to the Book Depository (all together worth ~$200).

You can join our reading challenge which officially starts with the March Madness Tournament. Read more about our game on the challenge page here.

If you are willing to help us out, please click on this link: March Madness Survey.

 

February Monthly Recap

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Time for our our February monthly recap! Find out which books were favorites and which were duds. We’ll end our wrap up with a a list of books due out this month and a glimpse of our upcoming content. We also want to hear from you so let us know what you read this month and what you look forward to reading in March.

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Judge a Book by its Cover

Welcome to a new feature we’ll be adding that is all about judging a book by its cover. I’m probably being a bit of a jerk to add this feature and fully showcasing my inner book snob but sometimes the snark needs an outlet. Plus I’m at home sick again because my house is a putrid petri dish of kindergarten-created germs.

While lying in bed hacking up a lung, I just so happened to stumble across this fabulous book cover. I laughed hysterically which promptly turned to wheezing thanks to my current plague/infection. Here for your viewing pleasure, the next great literary masterpiece for your consideration — available on sale for only 99 cents:

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This fantastic cover says it all. This motorcycle-riding brown bear clearly becomes smitten with this beefcake who for some strange reason is standing half-dressed in the moonlight. Does this mystery man typically wander around in the moonlight, without a shirt, looking for adventure and hoping against hope that he will strike the fancy of a biker bear? Does he know that he just so happens to be standing in front of this giant bear of his dreams?

Without looking it up, what do you think this book is about? I admittedly looked at the synopsis and it’s just as good as the cover. You can read the synopsis on Amazon (and snag it for yourself. I kid you not, it gets almost 5 stars)

2017 March Madness Reading Challenge

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We had such a good time last year with our March Madness challenge that we are hosting it again this year. We hope you join in. If you want to join, send in your book nomination by March 5th. Here’s how it will work… Read more

Non 1001 Book Review: The Terranauts by Boyle

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The Terranauts by T.C Boyle
Published in: 2016
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: ★★★.5
Find it here: The Terranauts

This ARC was provided by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: A powerful, affecting and hilarious deep-dive into human behavior in an intimate and epic story of science, society, sex, and survival, set in the early 1990s, from one of the greatest American novelists today.

It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, forty miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the “Terranauts,” have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. Their sealed, three-acre compound comprises five biomes—rainforest, savanna, desert, ocean and marsh—and enough wildlife, water, and vegetation to sustain them.

Closely monitored by an all-seeing Mission Control, this New Eden is the brainchild of eco-visionary Jeremiah Reed, aka G.C.—“God the Creator”—for whom the project is both an adventure in scientific discovery and a momentous publicity stunt. In addition to their roles as medics, farmers, biologists, and survivalists, his young, strapping Terranauts must impress watchful visitors and a skeptical media curious to see if E2’s environment will somehow be compromised, forcing the Ecosphere’s seal to be broken—and ending the mission in failure. As the Terranauts face increased scrutiny and a host of disasters, both natural and of their own making, their mantra: “Nothing in, nothing out,” becomes a dangerously ferocious rallying cry.

Told through three distinct narrators—Dawn Chapman, the mission’s pretty young ecologist; Linda Ryu, her bitter, scheming best friend passed over for E2; and Ramsay Roothorp, E2’s sexually irrepressible Wildman—The Terranauts brings to life an electrifying, pressured world in which connected lives are uncontrollably pushed to the breaking point. With characteristic humor and acerbic wit, T. C. Boyle indelibly inhabits the perspectives of the various players in this survivalist game, probing their motivations and illuminating their integrity and fragility to illustrate the inherent fallibility of human nature itself. Read more

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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Today it is president’s day in the United States and many of us had the day off of work. If you are looking for an appropriate novel to read on this day, I have the perfect book for you: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Read more

Read Around the World: South Africa

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Our next stop in our world tour of literature is South Africa. Join us as we explore some of what South Africa has to offer in terms of literature and find out which book we selected. We hope you will help us in generating a comprehensive list of South African literature for our readers. Scroll down to the bottom to check out a slide show of photos from beautiful South Africa, courtesy of my friend Oliver and his travels. Read more