First, are you following Awful Library Books? If you are not, follow that link and rectify the situation immediately, as ALB is a truly hilarious blog that spotlights books that somehow have not been pulled off the shelves of public libraries yet. While it's funny that these books exist, the librarians behind the project, Mary and Holly, provide fair and well thought-out reasons for these books to be weeded from library collections. If one of the goals of the public library is to provide accurate information to its users, then having some of these stinkburgers on the shelves is counterproductive in the extreme.
Holly and Mary were on Jimmy Kimmel this past week with some exemplars of Awful Library Books, and here's their segment, for your viewing pleasure:
I'm happy to announce that Blog With Bite now has its very own Ning social networking site!
Head on over and sign up for more Blog With Bite excitement. Did you know that reviews for our current selection, Queene of Light, are going up as we speak? Check out the MrLinky on the Blog with Bite site to read people's reviews, and get ready to sign up for our next book, Ballad!
I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but brave women read romance. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books had an excellent post last week that explains more.
Leviathan is everywhere these days; I don't think I need to remind anyone how much I liked the book. One of the best things about it is it that it serves as a great introduction to the genre of steampunk, where historical fiction is blended with futuristic technology to provide a new take on stuff that's already happened. The Compulsive Reader was talking about that very concept this past week and she recommends two other books as good examples of steampunk that are frequently overlooked. I put both of them on my TBR list though!
Bella at A Bibliophile's Bookshelf had a great Sunday Salon Post wherein she states that in 2010 she will no longer be taking ARCs and review copies of books, focusing instead on books she's acquired herself and wants to read. I think, in light of the discussions that have been held lately about ARCs and the blogging community (to which I'm relatively new, don't get me wrong) that it's good to know and be able to articulate your reasons for writing and posting. Staying true to yourself is always a good thing.
If you've missed out on all the hoohah surrounding ARCs and the ridiculous things people do sometimes to get them, there's an excellent post calledAdvanced Readers Copies- What you need to know over at The Story Siren. It's a very informative post indeed.
Tynga at All Things Urban Fantasy is hosting the First Annual Urban Fantasy Cover Art awards! Head on over to see the categories, request a nomination form, or just follow along and discover some books with excellent covers (and great stories between them!)
And finally, just in case you haven't had enough controversy, this post, from YA Fabulous, about how being critical of a popular book seems to get you treated like crap by other book bloggers, will get your juices flowing.