After decking the halls, the tree, and even your bookshelves for the holidays, it hits you: what about the front door?! With holiday guests coming and going, you can easily welcome them (and yourself) home with a festive wreath made from (what else?) books! Check out this easy DIY project for a bookish winter.
January 2nd is unofficial National Science Fiction Day. Ever hear of a guy named Isaac Asimov? He was only one of the most famous science fiction writers of his time, which is why Sci-Fi Day is celebrated on his birthday! He also had some pretty impressive sideburns. Now, no one actually seems to be certain of the exact date he was born, including Asimov himself, but he chose to celebrate it on January 2nd and someone down the line decided to celebrate science fiction on the same day.
Questionable origins aside, what is one to do on a National Science Fiction Day? Read, of course! What could be better than dedicating a day to reading all those books you got for Christmas? In honor of Mr. Asimov and sci-fi writers and readers everywhere, here’s a list of my favorite sci-fi novels, as well as some sci-fi classics that I plan to pick up and enjoy on January 2nd.
Let’s just accept it: the bookshelf is the most important part of any room. And sadly, rarely do the shelves get any attention while we spruce up (sometimes literally) for the holidays. But not this year! Use these ideas to get started.
It's almost Christmas! That means it's time to start scrambling to try and figure out what each friend and family member wants to see wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning. With all the craziness of the holidays, though, sometimes it's easy for some of the most important people to fall through the gift-giving cracks—namely, your favorite fictional book characters. To make things easier, they've written their own letters to Santa mapping out what they would like for Christmas. See if you can make some wishes come true this holiday season!
It's always an exciting moment when advances of a new book arrive at the ol' Quirk Books HQ. Yesterday several boxes of The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook arrived, and they looked so lovely that I just had to take a couple of pictures to show them off. I'm really psyched to be working with an author as awesome as Kate White (@katemwhite), and this book is just a great, great addition to the Quirk library.
When the book's editor, the fabulous Tiffany Hill (@TiffanyLHill), came down to check out the advances, I asked her what she loved about working on the book:
"This book was so much fun to work on. Over one hundred of the best crime writers out there, all Mystery Writers of America members, submitted their recipes for it. Some are things their characters eat, some are things they make when they turn in a manuscript or when they're focused on a deadline, and some are simply their favorites.
The best part is, all of the contributors are storytellers, and even though a recipe is a totally different medium from a full-length novel, they're still telling stories. You really get a taste of the worlds they create, whether it's a murderer or a dinner party around the corner. I literally laughed and cried the first time I read the manuscript and different recipes. And afterwards, I added a lot of books to my to-read list!"
We’re here! We’ve finally made it! There are still so many unanswered questions, so many unrequited feelings, but we’re at the end, and it will all come together, I promise. Will you be satisfied with Northanger Abbey’s outcome? Will our dear Catherine Morland get everything she deserves? Read on to find out, and check out last week's in case you missed it!