Christmas is two weeks from today. Did you read that….Christmas is two weeks from today!
OH CRAP. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BUY? Who knew Christmas actually came on December 25 this year?
But don’t despair. 101 Books has some gift suggestions for you today, at least gift suggestions for the book lovers in your life.
So if you’re buying for any of these people, here are my suggestions:
Yes, grammatically, the title of this post should be “Whom do you write like?”
I thought this little widget is interesting, though I have no idea how accurate it is.
Copy a couple of paragraphs from your writing, paste them into the text box on this page, and the “I Write Like” site will tell you what famous author you write like.
According to these guys, I write like Cory Doctorow. I don’t know what to think about that, as I’ve never read his work. I do know I wasn’t a big fan of his dad’s novel, Ragtime.
So, hooray, Cory Doctorow.
Anyway, who do you write like?
Welcome to the first edition of the 101 Books Mailbag!
On Monday, I asked you guys if you had any questions for me about books, blogging, writing, and so on–and you actually did! Who knew?
I didn’t get to all of the questions (I’ll save some for next time), but I did answer six of them.
So let’s mailbag it up.
Sometimes, I highlight a passage and then get all wordy about how awesome it is and how beautiful the writing is and how the author must be an angel of the pen.
Today, though, I won’t do that, even though I just kind of did.
Today, I present to you a passage from Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep–a passage completely out of context, completely foreign if you’ve never read the book. But, obviously, the passage provoked strong emotions in me or I wouldn’t be sharing it with you.
Here’s the passage:
You know I love lists. That’s how this blog got started. And I love kids. I have two of them. So when Amy Smith from the blog Motherhood and Miscellany approached me about a guest post revealing her top 101 picture books, as well as her inspiration for creating the list, I couldn’t resist accepting the offer. Take it away, Amy.
I am an avid reader of fiction, both for myself and with my daughters, ages four, three, and 18 months. In April, I got a set of 10 brochures, each listing 100 picture books to read before kindergarten, organized into categories (Caldecott winners, Sports, Funny,etc.).
My Mom is a children’s librarian in a small town and put the 1,000 books together out of those available in the library where she works. One of the categories was “100 Must Reads.”
I immediately gravitated toward that list and focused my energies on obtaining and reading every one of the 100 books on it with my kids as quickly as possible. I finished them somewhere in the middle of the summer, having found many gems that my kids and I both loved reading, as well as several books that I hope never to see again.
I decided to make a new list, including the great titles we had discovered from my Mom’s, and adding our favorite books to create an official list of the “Top 101 Fictional Picture Books.”
While researching Henry Roth, author of Call It Sleep, I found his obituary as it appeared in The New York Times on October 15, 1995.
One of the more curious aspects of Roth’s career, as described in the obituary, was his absence from the literary world for nearly 40 years. He wrote Call It Sleep in 1934, when he was 28 years old. The book was well-received but only sold 4,000 copies and it soon went out of print.
Roth wrote 75 pages of another novel, but eventually succumbed to “writer’s block” and never finished it. He wouldn’t write another novel until the 1970s. As The New York Times puts it: