Happy Birthday, Blog! Top Picks from Three Years of Blogging about Books

 

Book Thoughts from Bed is 3 years old this month. I have truly enjoyed interacting with new friends I’ve met through the blog and old friends that I have reconnected with (some from high school and college!). To all my blog readers, thanks for indulging my need to talk about books! Continue reading

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Reader Rec’s Page Is Updated!

I get some fantastic recommendations from you, my blog readers, and they can be found on the Reader Rec’s tab. It’s updated once a year (thanks to my right hand gal, Alison), and with the latest additions there are about 130 books on the list. I have also added links to my blog posts if I’ve read a book on the list. And after going through that exercise it’s clear that I have a lot more reading to do!

Hope you find it to be a handy tool for picking out your next great read! You might even want to bookmark it. 😉

6 Books-to-Screen I Might Actually Watch in 2019

 

 

There are a bunch of movies and TV series being released in 2019 that are based on best-selling books. I’m not much of a movie person. For some reason, I can spend 4 hours reading a book, but after just an hour watching a movie, I start to get restless. But there are a handful of upcoming movies (and TV series) I think I can easily muster up the attention span to watch – three of them are based on books I’ve blogged about and three are based on books on my TBR list. Continue reading

12 Months of Reading Goodness

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Have you ever seen those reading lists “52 Categories of Books to Read this Year”? They are populated with categories like “Read a book that takes place in China” and “Read a book published in the 1800s”, and then the idea is to tick one category off each week of the year. They are fun to look at, but maybe a little too restrictive to follow. And a book a week is an ambitious pace. Continue reading

15 Fabulous Gifts for the Book Lovers on Your Christmas List

Finding gifts for book lovers is easier than ever. There are a ton of products on the market – clever, beautiful, practical, whimsical – something for everyone. I have tried giving people books as gifts, but that has met with mixed results. For example, when Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson was published several years ago, I bought it for my husband for Christmas. My husband has a business degree, used to make a living as a techie and is a voracious nonfiction reader. I thought that gift was a slam dunk! But when he opened it I could tell he didn’t like it. Turns out he hated Steve Jobs. Ugh! Continue reading

Five Interesting Things I Learned Because I Read “Things Fall Apart”

“Things Fall Apart”, by Chinua Achebe, was on the syllabus for my daughters’ (yes, plural) world literature class. As I like to do sometimes, I read it with them. First published in 1958, it tells the story Okonkwo, a respected warrior, and his village in Nigeria as they both struggle to adapt to colonization. I’m not going to review it because I feel silly reviewing classics. I’ll just say I’m glad I read it and I encourage you to read it, too. It’s a short book and written in simple, but meaningful, language. It doesn’t require a big time investment and you’re likely to learn some interesting things. Continue reading