Have you ever considered how many trees are needed to print the billions of books that are sold every year across the world? In our growing awareness of climate change it is important that the book industry ensures they are considering the planet’s resources which lets us enjoy the stories from our cherished and much loved authors. Eco-Libris is a green company working to green up the book industry by promoting the adoption of green practices in the industry, balancing out books by planting trees, and supporting green books. So far Eco-Libris balanced out over 145,000 books, which results in more than 158,000 new trees planted with its planting partners in developing countries.
Here is a little about the campaign and how you can join in if you are a blogger…
Last November, as part of our efforts to promote books that are printed in an eco-friendly manner, we initiated a Green Books Campaign, where over 100 bloggers simultaneously published reviews of more than 100 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. This campaign also involved 40 publishers from the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
The campaign last year was very successful – more than 15,000 readers were exposed to the campaign and it received very positive feedback from publishers, bloggers and readers. Therefore, we decided to run the campaign again this November, but this time with 200 bloggers! Also, this year we are also collaborating with Indigo Books and Music, the largest book retailer in Canada to increase the campaign’s impact and reach.
Just like last year, the idea is to have 200 bloggers, who review books on regular basis, to simultaneously publish their book review of a “green book” of their choice on Wednesday, November 10 2010. Our goal also hasn’t changed: To use the power of the internet and social media to promote “green” books and increase the awareness of both readers and publishers to the way books can be printed in an eco-friendly manner.
And we still have room for bloggers who want to participate! Are you a blogger who review books on regular basis and interested in participating? Send us an email to email@example.com with your details.
In support of the campaign ReaderIReadIt is reading Road to the Dales: The Story of a Yorkshire Lad by Gervase Phinn. Click on the book cover to get your copy and support the world we live in.
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Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius has been suggested by Mary Mayfield for this week’s MidWeek Pick. The Synopsis really sets the scene for this harrowing tale.
Rome, one January afternoon in 1943. A young German woman is on her way to listen to a Bach concert at the Lutheran church. Innocent and naive, the war is for her little more than a daydream, until she realizes that her husband might never return. This is a mesmerizing psychological portrait of the human need to safeguard innocence and integrity at any cost – even at the risk of excluding reality. Moreover, it’s a compelling and credible description of a typical young German woman during the Nazi era. If we can relate to her we come close to understanding the forces that were shaping an entire generation. The literary masterpiece by one of Germany’s most renowned contemporary writers was published in 2006 and immediately reprinted three times within the first couple of months.
This is a good book if you are looking for something different to read for Europe as part of our Around the World Challenge.
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A real treat for bookworms this week with a novel which is set to storm the bestsellers lis., A Tiny Bit Marvellous is pend by one of Britain’s national treasures who has entertained us on stage and screen including The Vicar of Dibley, Murder Most Horrid and is half of French and Saunders.
Hoping to achieve the success seen by Dear Fatty her memoir published in 2009, Dawn French’s debut novel tells the story of a modern dysfunctional family and their imminent journey to meltdown. With a great selection of characters this sharp, witty but poignant tale is one that is not to be missed. Oh and don’t forget the dog!
This is a real treat to look forward to so click on the cover to get your copy.
Will it be third time lucky for Peter Carey or will the award go to the youngest author in the shortlist, Emma Donoghue? The shortlist has been announced with six selected novels all contending for the Man Booker crown. No strangers to nominations are Damon Galgut, previously shortlisted in 2003 and Howard Jacobson who has previously been longlisted twice. Making up the six are Tom McCarthy and Andrea Levy both with a books worthy of winning the prize.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 12th October and will recieve a cheque for £50,000 along with recognition around the literary globe.
||Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America
This may be Carey’s third novel to take the Booker Prize. The story follows a French Aristocrat and his servant on their travels to the new world.
||Emma Donoghue Room
A boy imprisoned in a tiny room for his whole life begins to learn about the world outside his prison.
||Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question
A book all lovers of travel and adventure should pick up
||Tom McCarthy C
A story of sound and imprisonment
||Damon Galgut In a Strange Room
Friendship between a radio producer, a Jewish philosopher and their former teacher
||Andrea Levy The Long Song
Jamaica, the end of slavery and the beginning of freedom
Tell us what you think about the shortlist, which books you are surprised haven’t made it, which one you think will win or even what you would do with £50,000.
Time for something to life a spirits and give you the ‘feel good’ factor. This month’s Read & Watch is designed to fit the purpose. Eat Pray Love became an international bestseller and has now been adapted for screen starring Julia Roberts in the main role. After the turmoil of divorce and feeling there is a gap in her life, Elizabeth Gilbert chronicles her travels around Italy, India and Indonesia determined to discover that missing ’something’ in her life whether it is spirituality or carbohydrates.
Click on the cover to start the book, watch the film and tell us your thoughts in the forum.
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Watch the trailer below to give you a little taste of what to expect.
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…will haunt you till the last page
Not the obvious ghost thriller but more a tale of hauntings that have more impact than bumps in the night. This sophisticated feel to the story gives credit to Andrew Taylor’s new novel The Anatomy of Ghosts.
It is the sighting of Lady Whichcote, recently drowned in the grounds of Jerusalem College, Cambridge, which sends Frank Oldershaw into the asylum. Desperate to salvage her son’s reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw hires the services of John Holdsworth, author of a book discrediting the spirit world, to make sense of the matter. When Holdsworth discovers there is more to Sylvia Whichcote’s death and that she is not the only young lady to die upon College Grounds, the mystery unravels. The realisation that it is not just the physical sighting of ghosts that can haunt the human soul is a lesson learned by both men.
Taylor creates the perfect backdrop to this haunting tale in the confined colleges of 18th Century Cambridge. As we follow the character’s movements around the streets and waterways, a world of secrets, power struggles and the darker side of privileged life emerges. The language, the characters the setting all add to the mood of the novel making it not only an entertaining read but will grip you in suspense throughout.
It was tempting to put this book cover up without any introduction and although it doesn’t need it, it is fun to share the excitement with you all. This new autobiography of the lesser known years of Stephen Fry’s life is guaranteed to become one of the bestselling books of 2010. The Fry Chronicles is due for release on 13th September but you can pre order your copy by clicking on the cover.
Now there is nothing left to say apart from Enjoy!