@Bookies is a space for book discussions ONLY. It is not a place for self-promotion or to send marketing links. Board members will warn self-promoters once, and then block any user who does not respect the ethos of the group. Note to publicists: You may contact the Editorial Board by using the "Contact @Bookies" information to the right for review requests or ARCs. The Ed Board evaluates requests and assigns reviews only for those books that will have strong potential appeal to our readership.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Official @bookies List of Best Book Titles!

We asked @bookies members "What is the best book title you ever heard?" The responses are amazing, hilarious and varied. We have not checked to see if these are real books, but since many are well-known we can only assume they are. This post will be updated with additional titles, so keep your suggestions coming!

Can This Elephant Curtsy on Cue?
Silent Spring
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
A Great & Terrible Beauty
What I Saw & How I Lied
Reusing Old Graves
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir
Last Flesh: Life in the Transhuman Era
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
What Puts me Down, is Not the Life, but the Days Between
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
All Day Permanent Red
See You in a Hundred Years
No Country for Old Men
Stupid, Ugly, Unlucky and Rich
With the First Dreams of Fire They Hunt the Cold
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Days Between Stations
Sex, Murder and a Double Latte
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I Still Miss My Man But My Aim is Getting Better
When You are Engulfed in Flames
This is Life, Not a Dress Rehearsal
The History of Love
The Southern Belle Primer: Or Why Princess Margaret Will Never Be A Kappa Kappa Gamma
Is That All He Thinks About?
He Knew He Was Right
All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well
Love Warps the Mind a Little
Deep in the Shade of Paradise
The Pugilist at Rest
Enormous Changes At The Last Minute
Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
What Narcissism Means to Me
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Raising the Home Duck Flock
Apathy and Other Small Victories
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The @Bookies Best Books of 2008

We asked followers of @Bookies to name the best book they read in 2008. We've collected the responses and list them below. Don't see your favorite read of 2008? Share your recommendation with other Bookies by it in adding a comment.

Thanks for those who suggested additional books through the comments. We've updated our list by adding these at the bottom.

Happy Reading!

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
The Father by Sharon Olds
Johnny Got his Gun by Dalton Trumbo
Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
Where Rivers Change Direction by Mark Spragg
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Likeness by Tana French
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce
Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson
Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault
Black Out by Lisa Unger
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
March by Geraldine Brooks
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessi

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

The Orphan's Tale by Catherynne Valente

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

The Ha-Ha by David King

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Question of the Day Summary: Jan. 11

Question of the Day
How do you keep track of your reading wish list? Zillions of pieces of paper, in a spread sheet, on your blog?

Bookies use a number of systems to keep track of their reading wish lists. The winner is Good Reads, followed closely by Amazon. But there doesn't seem to be a consensus -- individuality rules!

Here are the tallies*

16 Good Reads
14 Amazon (wish list or cart)
11 Bookshelf or book pile at home
10 File or database on computer
7 Zillions of pieces of paper or sticky notes
5 Blog
4 Shelfari
4 Journal or notebook
4 Library Thing
4 PDA or phone
3 No system
2 Evernote
2 In one's head
1 Facebook
1 Wishpot
1 World Cat
1 E-mail
1 Google Notebook
1 Public library site

*Note that some people mentioned more than one method, so the total doesn't reflect the number of individual responses.

If you missed the Q of the day, leave a comment and tell us how you keep track of your reading wish list.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Welcome To The @Bookies Blog

Calling all book lovers!

The @Bookies blog has been created to be a fantastic resource for books. The executive board of the @Bookies all met online at Twitter and found one thing we had in common- books. We want to invite anyone who loves books to be a part of this community. Chat with us live on Twitter at @bookies. Keep up with the community happenings and find other great book bloggers here on the blog

Do you have a book blog? Let us know. We'll post it in our blogroll.

Looking for great book reviews? We'll have them here.

Have suggestions for The @Bookies? Go to the "comment" section at the top of the page and drop us a note.

We're excited to be here. We're excited you're here. Together, we'll build a GREAT community for book lovers.

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