Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rest in Peace Salinger

On Wednesday, January 28, 2010, J.D. Salinger passed away at the age of 91. He was renowned for his  contributions to the literary community including "The Catcher in the Rye" and "Nine Stories."

"The Catcher in the Rye" is one of my favorite books. During my teenage years, I definitely related with the character Holden Caulfield.

"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

NY Times Article

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Book Recommendation Generators

If you're having trouble deciding what book to read next, check out these two websites:

what book should i read next logo

What Should I Read Next is a website that generates recommendations based on "collective taste." To receive more customized recommendations, you can create an account and make a list of all the books you've enjoyed.

book seer logo generates its recommendations from both Amazon and LibraryThing. Plus it has very sleek web design!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

More Book Covers

The Book Cover Archive is--you guessed it--a website dedicated to archiving book cover designs.

On a related note, check out this article about the 50 Most Captivating Covers of All Time and this article titled 45 Beautifully Designed Book Covers.

I have always been partial of the cover of The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger's other works also have the same design).

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Invisible Bookshelf

Pretty nifty, eh?

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to install your very own invisible bookshelf (warning: it involves sacrificing a book).

This is another tutorial that doesn't involve cutting up a book.

Or you can also buy a kit from

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Redesigned Classics

As the old saying goes, "don't judge a book by its cover." But sometimes you just can't help it. Check out these visual reinterpretations of literary classics.

See more by Mikey Burton here.

A group of artists have teamed together to design posters for books they've enjoyed.

See more by the Kitsune Noir Poster Club here.

If only all books were this well designed...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Starting the Year Off Right

Here's something for all you library patrons. The Overdue Book Calendar provides an easy way to keep track of which library books are due to be returned. This is perfect if you want to avoid those late fees.

Buy it here.