Pattern Recognition, Interesting Stories from the Book World

I want to go get a self help book, but I want someone to go with me.
— Jay Estes

Pattern Recognition

Here was my not-so-deep deep thought of the day: I think it's exceptionally strange to think of your favorite books as words organized into a particular order to form a sentence. And then those sentences are arranged in a specific order that constitute our favorite books. Therefore, our favorite books are merely exact patterns of words that appeal to us for some reason. Words in an order telling a story. Jumble those words, the entire plot dissolves into nothingness. Strange. What if our favorite authors become our favorite authors merely because we somehow subconsciously enjoy the order of their word pattens. Their words and sentences have a rhythm we are accustomed to. We have a built-in pattern recognition which makes their writing familiar and reassuring. So, even though a writer releases a new book, we as readers of their work, can still pick up on the hidden beats within the pattern of their words; like hearing a new song from your favorite singer...new music around the lyrics, but the voice is there and that's what we love. Or maybe, as my friend Andy suggested, I need to stop drinking the bong water. Here's some interesting stories from the book world:

Interesting Stories from the Book World

On Tuesday, Nigerian-American writer Tomi Adeyemi succumbs to tears as she holds a copy of her first novel, Children of Blood and Bone, for the first time.


Capsule Beds Tucked Behind The Bookshelves

If you've ever wanted to curl up and get cozy in bed while still inside a bookstore,  then Book Tea Bed is for you.  Read your favorite book plus get a cup of herb tea to help you relax.

There is a place in Tokyo where you can enjoy this amazing and unique kind of accommodation! Book Tea Bed has two branches within Tokyo where you can stay and experience this totally relaxing place.


The Latest Craze: Book Trailers

Book trailers are becoming more and more prevalent and popular. Video is the main reason more and more of us are becoming illiterate, so it's refreshingly ironic that video is the platform of choice to get more peeps to read. Many of the book trailers I've seen are hilariously awful, but some are disturbingly entertaining as well and get you to actually want to read the book! Discover your next read on TrailerShelf.com. Here are a few I like:


Italy's Mud Angels

 Courtesy: Andrea Belgrado

Courtesy: Andrea Belgrado

In November, 1966, disaster befell the city of Florence. The Arno – the river that runs through it and that is traversed by the city’s historic bridges – flooded its banks. Some of the worst areas of flooding were in Florence’s historic center, damaging national treasures such as the Piazza Santa Croce.

During the flooding, many documents that recorded the city’s history going back nearly a thousand years were immersed in water that not only contained the mud of the river’s banks, but also oil and other pollutants. In 1966, people observing the damage and knowing the threat to the history of the city, and, therefore, Western Civilization, descended on the city. These “Mud Angels” were thousands of young people who were motivated to try to help.


Book Notes Music Playlists by LargeHeartedBoy

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton EllisKate ChristensenLauren GroffT.C. BoyleDana SpiottaAmy BloomAimee BenderJesmyn WardHeidi JulavitsHari Kunzru, and many others.


New Career Choice: Literary Jeweler

My only options coming out of college with a mass communications degree was "DJ", "Junior Copywriter" or kind of any entry level job ever. So many options. But I had no idea "literary jeweler" was even a thing. If only I had known. Jeremy May takes layers of vintage books and transforms them into wearable works of art.


Books On Vinyl

HarperAudio, the audio imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, will produce a series of vinyl and digital audio titles in 2018, responding to the success of previous vinyl publications Yes Please by Amy Poehler and Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. The vinyl series will be distributed by Wax Records, an independent record label that specializes in unusual vinyl releases.

The series launches April 18 with the publication of Wild Horses Vinyl Edition + MP3 by Joe Hill, performed by Nate Corddry. Other vinyl editions scheduled for this year include A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni, and The Monarch of the Glennand Black Dog (American Gods sequel novellas) by Neil Gaiman.


Book Your Calendar

Keep up with the latest and greatest in books. The New York Times Book Review has curated a calendar of must-know literary events in 2018, including new books, festivals, film adaptations, and more. Just enter your phone number, get a text, click subscribe and all the literary events for the year are added to your calendar.


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