Links I love

Links I love

Hello and happy Friday! What’s in store for your weekend? Around here we’re planning some needed nature time and reading up a storm.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • NetGalley Expands to Audio, Launches New App. Big news! Has anyone tried the app yet? (NetGalley is a service the provides digital (and now audio) advanced review copies to book reviewers, librarians, media, booksellers and educators. The MMD Book Club has a session on requesting Advanced Review Copies from publishers if you want to learn more.)

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  • I saw the sign. I don’t really believe in signs, exactly. But I do love hearing about the happy coincidences that make you wonder whether the universe is trying to tell you something.
  • 20 books featuring seasoned female protagonists. Readers are looking for good books featuring female protagonists who aren’t just in their twenties and thirties. Society may push older people—especially older women—to the sidelines, but must that be true in our books as well? Definitely not.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Susan Craig says:

    If you are looking for a smart & funny fantasy series, try Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. The Discworld is a whole world. Each book can be read alone, but there are also mini-series in the set. The first book in the series about the witches is called Wyrd Sisters. The first book in the Night Watch series is called Guards! Guards!

  2. Nancy Willard says:

    I tried the NetGalley App this week and “ read” Switch by Beth O’Leary. The App worked great and I enjoyed the book very much!

  3. Melissa Wiley says:

    The new app is great, except for when reading the books, you have to scroll vertically, rather than “turning the page.” I also haven’t figure out how to change text size. I’ve only tried it on my phone, though, so it will possibly be a better reading experience on a tablet. But the ability to play audiobooks easily is a huge bonus. I’m looking forward to trying the male-narrated Persuasion this weekend.

  4. Victoria says:

    Trader Joe’s gnocchi is not new. The very best, yummiest way to cook it is to sautee on the stovetop with a little butter or oil until it gets golden brown on the outside. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste. The outside will be crispy and the inside will be warm mashed potato. So good.

    Those tiny puzzles are the perfect answer to my small apartment. Thank you!

  5. sarah williams says:

    Thank you for the link to fantasy/sci-fi books. I’m a fantasy lover, and I appreciate you including more. From your recommendations, I have found and loved City of Brass (18th c. Egypt/Djinn world – big story), The Keep of Lost Things (subtly magical), and The House in the Cerulean Sea (Heartwarming, quirky, a favorite of this year). Fantasy can be as varied as any other genre.

  6. I’m having mixed results with the Netgalley app, at least for audiobooks. It seems to jump around and doesn’t hold my place, which is frustrating when I’m starting and stopping between errands. I don’t always check where I am when I stop the audio, so I was very confused when it restarted a few chapters ahead. I used it for the first time this morning, so I’m hoping it gets better or was just a fluke.

  7. Nancy Chamberlin says:

    I noticed beautiful delicate “Anchor Book Mark “……where can I find one? Beautiful book marks are easy to collect and give to someone special!
    Thanks, Nancy

  8. Tara Swiger says:

    I used the NetGalley app to listen to a few audiobooks and it worked ok, but is glitchy. Sometimes it would t continue playing at the end of a chapter, Id have to close the app and come back to continue. 😟

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