Exciting news… I’m going to be on the radio.
A woman named Robin Kall who hosts a radio show called Reading With Robin (oh the similarity!) stumbled upon my humble blog and reached out to me. She hosts a talk radio show based in Rhode Island about authors and reading and books, which she learned to love from her mom. She really likes the idea of my Reading for Robin project and now we’re going to talk about it.
So, next Saturday, December 11th, at around 7:30am I’m going to call in and chat with her on the radio. Should be interesting seeing as how I get nervous doing these things. I was once interviewed for a video project at journalism camp (I know, I know, nerd) and it did not go well. But hopefully I’m better on radio than I am on video. Here’s hoping!
If you’re up that early on a Saturday, which I most certainly am not usually, and you’d like to listen, I believe it streams live at http://www.920whjj.com/main.html. Otherwise, I will probably be able to post a link to the recording after the fact. That is if I’m not too embarrassed to have anyone listen to it. Wish me luck!
Don’t worry, not major changes. But I’ve decided to stop posting over the weekend. It’s been a busy summer with lots of trips and such (and another one coming up this weekend), so it has become difficult to find time to blog on Saturdays and Sundays. And as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing authors’ tweets and interesting links from the week, as my dad says, those are the posts you can skip. However, I’ll still stalk the authors on Twitter and keep an eye out for fun links and update you as I find great things. Nevertheless, I apologize if your Saturdays and Sundays are a little drearier, but I hope I make up for it Monday through Friday.
In the meantime, I couldn’t leave you going into the weekend without some exciting publishing news. Another member of The Office crew is writing a book! Okay maybe that’s just exciting publishing news to me… Anyway, two weeks ago I told you that Mindy Kaling (aka Kelly Kapoor) scored a book deal. Now the actress who plays her friend on the show, Ellie Kemper will have her own book too. That would be Erin the receptionist. (Little remembered fact: Her real name on the show is Kelly, but when there was confusion over two people named Kelly she opted to go by her middle name Erin.) She’s really funny on the show so hopefully that translates to the page. And now I can’t help but wonder who will be next from the Scranton gang to write a book. Kevin? Stanley? I’m looking at you guys.
So I was browsing the internet (or frantically searching “books” in Google News for a blog post idea) and came upon a mention of an iPhone app called BookLover, which can handle your reading list for you.
PC World summarizes the features:
Electric Pocket released BookLover on Wednesday, an iPhone application that allows you to keep track of the books you’ve recently read and remind yourself of ones that you’d like to read. It also features some sharing options for you to recommend books to your friends and a handy feature for keeping track of whom you’ve lent your books to.
It sounds useful, but it just seems amusing to me that there’s such a high-tech way to keep track of your reading list. My mom did that for years on just a piece of paper in her purse. When she upgraded, it was just to a Word document that she then printed and kept in her purse. Fancy, eh?
I’ve done her one better and created a Google doc for myself where I keep track of the books I want to read (that aren’t on Robin’s Reading List and therefore kept track of here) and the books I’ve read. But these days I also keep my mom’s list in my purse too. It seems fitting. Though my mom must have had a much more organized purse (no question there) because the list has taken a definite beating on the bottom of my bag.
Anyway, this BookLover app certainly takes the idea of the reading list to a new level and I kind of like the idea of it… especially the sharing features, since that’s something a traditional list can’t do. And thank goodness there’s technology to remind me about books I can’t seem to remember on my own.
Too bad I don’t have an iPhone. Actually it’s not too bad since I did have an iPhone and it dropped every single one of my calls. But too bad I don’t have a hypothetical iPhone that isn’t on an AT&T plan. Then I’d be all over this BookLover.
In the almost four months since I started this project, I’ve read nine of the books on my mom’s list. That leaves 48 to go if I’ve counted correctly. Even at this relatively early juncture people often ask me to rank my preferences or ask for a recommendation. Instead of just telling them to read my reviews (read my reviews!), I generally offer them my humble opinion. So what book on Robin’s List is on the top of my list?
That would be The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The first book from the list I’ve read also happens to be my favorite so far. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why except that it was original, heartfelt and endearing. The characters are all quirky and the main character, Juliet, is witty and the perfect person to tie this story together. I’ve definitely suggested this book to more than a few people and even bought it for a friend. I’m so glad my mom’s former book club has just read this book too. I’m looking forward to hearing what they thought of it.
(For those who are curious, I think my runner-up for favorite book may be The House on Fortune Street.)
Whether she cares or not is another question…
To back up a little, a few weeks ago my parents’ friend Ronda commented on this site that, should Reading for Robin ever make it to the big screen, she thought Susan Sarandon would be perfect to play the role of my mom. That sparked many discussions about who should play who in this Reading for Robin feature film. George Clooney as my dad! Natalie Portman as me! Zach Efron as my boyfriend Andrew! We dreamed big, flattered ourselves and spared no expense.
Now fast forward to Friday night. My brother was in town and a group of us headed to this bar SPiN. The bar is full of ping pong tables and just happens to be co-owned by Susan Sarandon. While watching an intense match of ping pong, we spotted Susan sitting across the room. This was it!
My roommate Carley decided to go for it. She borrowed our friend Maggie’s business card, wrote down the URL for Reading for Robin and approached Susan. Carley told her about the blog and her potential role as my mom. I’m not sure Susan was exactly engaged in the conversation, but she did tell Carley that she was flattered and took the card. That’s more than I could have hoped for!
So Susan, if you’re reading this, we love you and if you’re interested, feel free to get in touch! A girl can dream, right?