NEW JK ROWLING BOOK! REJOICE!

I know this is a little late, but hey, it’s better late than never.

Potter fans have been waiting since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for another book by the fabulous J.K Rowling, and on September 27th of this year we are finally going to get it.

It’s called The Casual Vacancy and, unfortunately, it is not about magic at all. It’s an adult book and a short synopsis of the book has been posted on Rowling’s website. It reads:

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

As a fan of JK Rowling I know I will be picking this book up on its release date despite the content, but lucky for me it actually looks like it will be a good read.

What about all of you? Are you (whether or not you are a fan of J.K. Rowling) interested enough in the book to pick it up and give it a read?

Let me know in the comments below and take this poll:

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Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Image taken from Wiki

Before I get into this review I just need to give you a warning that I read this book at the beginning of the year, so I may be rusty on some of the facts.

That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I thought it was a good, pretty standard teen novel. It was one of those super fast reads (literally..during the school year I only pleasure read on the Subway and it only took like 5 trips).

I loved Charlie and Sam’s characters, I was always looking forward to when they interacted. Charlie was a pretty unique character, in my opinion, because of the way he looked at things. His perspective on everything was a nice change from what we are used to. I know I will always remember the line: “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” It has probably been added to my list of favourite quotes.

I’m not going to go on rambling about the book, because honestly I don’t remember enough to do a full on review, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had a little bit of everything and I can not wait for the movie to come out (this may or may not have to do with the fact that Emma Watson will be Sam).

I’ll give this book four stars out of five (****) and I recommend it to people who are into teen novels or good quick reads.

If you have read it, what did you think about the book and are you excited for the movie? Leave a comment below and let me know!

E-readers are changing the book world, but not in the way you would think

What started as telling stories using spoken word has evolved over time and is now breaching the world of technology.

Electronic books (e-books) are the newest method of sharing stories and their popularity is steadily increasing. Indigo, Amazon and Sony, among others, all have their own versions of the electronic book reader (e-reader).

But these new and evolving e-readers bring to question the fate of hard copy books in places such as public libraries and used bookstores.

Anne Marie Aikins, the manager of community relations for the Toronto Public Library, says books downloaded through the library system went up over 100 per cent last year, but they still are not the top priority.

“Last year over 33 million items were borrowed and less than three per cent were e-books,” Aikins said. “It’s a growing market and it will continue to grow as more books become available. But not all books come out in e-book format and those that do may not be available to libraries.“

Aikins said the library is experiencing something very unusual when it comes to e-books. “The more popular e-books become, the more popular other library services are becoming, including hard cover books, which we hadn’t anticipated.”

Some bookstores are also finding they have to change their business to make up for revenue lost to e-books. For example, Chapters-Indigo has introduced more gifts and home accessories to their stores.

For used bookstores, this hasn’t become a viable option. Owner Katya Nosko works at The Great Escape, a used bookstore on Kingston Road in Scarborough. Katya hasn’t noticed any impact from the e-reader at her store.

“[The store] has seen no discernible change in our sales because of the e-reader,” Nosko said. “In fact, we may be doing better because ‘true book people’ feel at home here and their choices to go elsewhere are diminishing.”

People who are self-proclaimed book people have different experiences when shopping for books. For them it is not just about picking up a book to read, it’s more than that.

“The store is as much a destination for adventure as it is a place to pick up a good read,” Nosko said. “People often comment on the pleasant smell of old books and the fun of searching through the stacks.”

So whether you prefer reading from a page or off of a screen, books will always be around as a method of storytelling.

Aikins likens the evolution of books to another form of entertainment, the home movie.

“While the format of video has changed over the years from DVD to blu-ray, movies are still popular and we believe the same thing will continue with books,” she said.

[This is an article that was written by me that was published in the Scarborough Observer newspaper.]

This is a clip from one of the interviews:

Hunger Games reactions

Now that the movie has been out for a little over a week I figured we should compile a poll of your reactions to the movie (I personally LOVED it). So take the poll and leave a comment about your favourite part, least favourite part, what you would have changes etc.