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26. The Chameleon Shop, by Teresa Schulz

Who can resist a mysterious old English bookshop? The scent of them and the mysteries they hold.

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27. Sources of Light in Literature: INFOGRAPHIC

Roald Dahl BFGWhat sources of light do you recall from your favorite books? The team at solarcentre has created an infographic to showcase “Memorable Lights From Literature.”

The image features references to The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and The BFG by Roald Dahl. We’ve embedded the full piece below for you to explore further—what do you think?

Lights From Lit Infographic (GalleyCat)

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28. Maybe Black Tower Ought To Try This?

Interesting post here by Adrian Chen at Gawker.com http://gawker.com/5874304/japanese-department-store-may-want-to-look-up-the-word-fucking?sidebar_promotions_icons=testingon&utm_expid=66866090-67.e9PWeE2DSnKObFD7vNEoqg.2&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com      

 I wonder....did Mr Dilworth offer to translate-?

Apologies to the Sensitive in advance.

Japanese Department Store May Want to Look Up the Word 'Fucking'

Japanese Department Store May Want to Look Up the Word 'Fucking'
If only we could have sat in on the meeting where the marketing team for this Osaka department store came up with the idea for their "Fuckin' Sale," spotted early this month by a reader of Jake Adelstein's Japan Subculture blog.

-There should be some cool English words on these signs.
-How about "Fuckin' Sale?"
-What's that mean?
-Fuckin' means, like, really good. So it's a really good sale.
-And there's no other meaning to "fuckin'? Nothing at all that might embarrass us on the internet? Remember what happened with our Save-a-Shit-Ton promotion…

Ahhh, now there is the follow up by Chen:

Mortified Japanese Department Store Cleans Up 'Fuckin Sale'

Mortified Japanese Department Store Cleans Up 'Fuckin Sale'
An Osaka department store's Fuckin Sale was one of the classic Engrish gaffes of our time. But the funny signs were quickly taken down after the internet freaked out about them.
According to a post last Saturday by the Japan expat blog Super Happy Awesome, the store, Gallerie, caught wind of the global snicker in the final days of the Fuckin Sale:
the sale is still on until Monday, but I spoke with the people from Gallerie earlier today (hurray, my Japanese is getting better!) and apparently they've decided to take down the fuckin' signs.

They also apologized for any offense taken over their hilariously offensive sign.
Why apologize? Those signs brightened the days of countless miserable office workers here in the states.
Super Happy Awesome also discovered the real reason why there was a "fuckin sale" in the first place. Apparently fuckin is an unfortunate pun on fukubukuro—"lucky bags." It's a New Years tradition for Japanese retailers to put their overstock from last year into big grab bags and sell them at a discount. (We had hypothesized a foul-mouthed American chef brought fuckin to Japan's shores.)


Dilworth's Osaka Brutal never predicted this!

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29. Cass Sunstein to Write ‘The World According to Star Wars’ Book

Star WarsCass Sunstein, a Harvard professor, has signed a deal with the HarperCollins imprint, Dey Street Books. Sunstein plans to write a book entitled The World According to Star Wars.

According to the press release, this book will feature “an exploration of George Lucas’s masterpiece as it relates to the arc of history, rebellions, politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture. Sunstein will demonstrate that the Star Wars series is all about serendipity and freedom — about the clouded nature of the future, the dismal failures of plans, and the inevitability, in our lives and our society, of ‘I am your father’ moments, which cast a new light on everything that has gone before.”

Julia Cheiffetz, an executive editor, negotiated the deal with Sarah Chalfant of the Wylie Agency. The publisher will release the book in May 2016.

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30. Peilin Chou Will Head Up Oriental DreamWorks’ East-West Creative Fusion

A veteran of Hollywood companies like Disney and Nickelodeon, Peilin Chou is the new exec heading up Oriental DreamWorks’ big plans for the future.

The post Peilin Chou Will Head Up Oriental DreamWorks’ East-West Creative Fusion appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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31. Thanksgiving Greetings

watercolor illustration of animals having thanksgiving dinner by Jessica Lanan

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope that wherever you may be you have plenty to be thankful for.

Congratulations to Priscilla Alpaugh, for winning a signed copy of The Story I’ll Tell. Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing.

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32. ‘Pretend You’re Mine’ Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List

Pretend You’re Mine: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score continues to lead the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top e-books in two major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups.

Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of November 25, 2015

1. Pretend You’re Mine: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score: “Luke Garrison is a hometown hero, a member of the National Guard ready to deploy again. Strong, sweet, and sexy, he doesn’t have a girlfriend and doesn’t want one. When the wildly beautiful Harper stumbles into his life, though, he realizes that she’s the perfect decoy. A fake girlfriend to keep his family off his back until he’s out on another mission.”

2. Push by Joanna Blake: “I’m not just a high class escort, I’m a world class escort. My latest client doesn’t know who or what I am. I’ve been hired to take her innocence, give her an heir and steal her heart. I’m getting close. All she needs is just a little PUSH…”

3. Roommates by Erin Leigh: “Life is full of expectations. For Brady Coldwell it’s always been about the game. Hockey is and always will be, his life. His family sacrificed everything to get him here and he won’t let them down. He knows what’s expected of him.”

4. Undercover Love: A Billionaire Romance by Lucy Score: “Despite being smart, sassy, and driven, Ashley finds herself left out in the cold thanks to her fiancé Steve’s career. During a disastrous cocktail party, Ashley’s finds herself all alone after being ignored by Steve and humiliated by his ice queen colleague Victoria.”

5. Some Sort of Crazy by Melanie Harlow: “When a psychic tells Natalie Nixon her life is about to be upended by a mysterious stranger, she laughs it off. After all, she has everything she’s ever wanted—a successful bakery, the perfect boyfriend, and the keys to her dream house.”

6. A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest: “On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.”

7. The Lover’s Surrender by J.C. Reed: “Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, is sure of one of thing. She should never fully trust someone who has secrets. Especially when said bad boy is the sexiest man walking on earth. She is running away and has no intention of ever returning to him. But when a friend is killed and the one man she thought she would never meet again is accused of murder, she knows the story doesn’t add up.”

8. Shifters of Silver Peak: Mate for a Month by Georgette St. Clair: “One minute, city girl Eileen Pennyroyal is running in terror from a bear – so scared she even forgets that she can turn into a wolf. The next minute, she’s being rescued by the handsomest, rudest shifter she’s ever seen. Does Marcus even know how to speak, or does he just grunt when someone tries to make conversation?”

9. Box Set: The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod by Tracy Ellen: “Treat yourself, or gift your family members and friends with the perfect present of laughter and love this holiday season. Tracy Ellen is offering The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series, Volumes I-V, in a special Holiday eBook Collection. The box set contains the full-length eBooks: A Date with Fate, Courted by Karma, In Love by Design, Adieu to Destiny, and Family & Fortune.”

10. The Dragon’s Surrogate: A Paranormal Pregnancy Romance by Angela Foxxe: “When Tasha applied to be surrogate mother for a wealthy client she was just seeking a huge payout for 9 months of work but she was set to get much more than she bargained for.”

Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of November 25, 2015

1. Methods of Pulse Differentiation and Assessment 辨脉平脉法 Biàn Mài Píng Mài Fǎ 

2. Private Practice Preparedness – The Health Care Professional’s Guide to Closing a Practice Due to Retirement, Death, or Disability 

3. Negotiating for Success: Essential Strategies and Skills by George J. Siedel

4. A Guidebook to Inks,Paints And Functional Inks 

5. Balancing the Equation 

6. Naturally Flawless: A holistic approach to clear skin 

7. The Generous Qur’an: An accurate, modern English translation of the Qur’an, Islam’s holiest book. 

8. Credo – Economic beliefs in a world in crisis 

9. Aesthetic Resistance Programming 3 

10. Supercapacitors 101 – A home Inventors Handbook 

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33. Unpublished Faulkner Play Published Posthumously

cover47webIn the early 1920s, author William Faulkner wrote a humorous play called Twixt Cup and Lip. The play is being published for the first time in the latest issue of The Strand Magazine.

Andrew Gulli, managing editor of the Strand, discovered the lighthearted work in in the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small special collectionsThe Guardian has more about the work:

Twixt Cup and Lip was written by Faulkner in the early 1920s, when the author would have been in his 20s. A one-act play, it is set in the apartment of a “well-to-do bachelor”, and sees two friends of around 30, Francis and Jim, each vying to convince the 19-year-old Ruth to marry them.

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34. Artist of the Day: Mak Ying-Ping

Discover the art of Mak Ying-Ping, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

The post Artist of the Day: Mak Ying-Ping appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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35. ‘Einstein100 – General Relativity’ by Eoin Duffy

A short film celebrating the centennial of Einstein's theory of General Relativity.

The post ‘Einstein100 – General Relativity’ by Eoin Duffy appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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36. Inventing a Language

When you create a language for your fantasy novel, you want it to sound as if it were real.


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37. Chris Riddell Illustrates a Neil Gaiman Poem

Gaiman Riddell Poetry (GalleyCat)Artist Chris Riddell has taken it upon himself to create illustrations for a Neil Gaiman poem called “Locks.” Follow this link to see a digital album with all 11 of Riddell’s artistic pieces.

According to Gaiman’s Facebook post, he wrote this poem for his daughter Maddy back when she was a toddler. It was later featured in his short fiction collection, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders.

Click here to listen to Gaiman perform a reading of this poem. In the past, the two have collaborated on several of the United Kingdom editions of Gaiman’s children’s books. Earlier this year, Riddell illustrated an “artist’s creed” that Gaiman wrote in honor of the terrorist attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

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38. New Midnight Gulch Story

snickerofmagic130Hello, STACKS readers!

We have a special Thanksgiving treat for you! Natalie Lloyd, the author of A Snicker of Magic, has a brand-new story set in Midnight Gulch—a magical town full of mystery and enchanted ice cream.

If you liked A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll love this “spindiddly” story featuring Jonah Pickett (a.k.a. the Beedle). If you haven’t read A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll still love this sweet, heartwarming story.

Start reading “Becoming the Beedle.”

Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading!

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39. Two Mice

Two Mice. Sergio Ruzzier. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence:
One house
Two Mice
Three cookies.
Premise/plot: Readers meet two mice and follow them through MANY adventures. The text is simple. And there is a definite pattern to it. One, two, three. Three, two, one. One, two, three. Three, two, one. And so forth. Because the text is so simple, in my opinion, most of the story is communicated through the details of the illustrations. For example, note the expression on the face of the mouse who only gets ONE cookie while his roommate gets TWO cookies. (The one with two cookies did get up earlier than the other mouse.)

My thoughts: I see this one as having again-again appeal for children. That is just my opinion or best guess. But there is something fun and playful and perfect about this one. I loved it. I really, really loved it. And the "really, really" was added after I read it several times. The first time I thought it was cute, it was good. But the third or fourth time through it was LOVE.

I loved everything about it. The jacket flap reads, "One house. Who lives there? Two mice. What's on their table? Three cookies. How many mice are needed for a big adventure? Two mice! You can go with them--it's as easy as one two three!" That has to be the best jacket flap I read this year. If a prize could be given for best jacket flap, this book deserves the win!!!

The story begins even before the title page. So DON'T skip past it. The story itself is wonderful and clever.

The illustrations are GREAT.

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 10 out of 10

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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40. Marvel's Jessica Jones - Official Trailer - Only on Netflix [HD]

So, I'm guessing the Purple Man is the baddie here?

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41. Publishing Jobs: Texas Book Festival, Taylor & Francis

This week, Texas Book Festival is hiring a literary director, while Taylor & Francis needs an editor. Parallax Press is seeking a publicist, and Cambridge University Press is on the hunt for a marketing assistant. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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42. It's live!! Cover Reveal: South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Happy Wednesday, YABC! Are our US readers ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow?!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SOUTH OF SUNSHINE by Dana Elmendorf, releasing April 1, 2016 from Albert Whitman & Company: AW Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Dana:

Hey, YABC! I’ve waited for this day for so long, and now I finally get to share SOUTH OF SUNSHINE’s cover with y’all. I have so much love for this story and my characters.  LGBT romances are so underrepresented, and I’m glad my book is finding a place in the world. The overall feel of the cover perfectly captures the romance and southern setting. The title treatment is absolutely gorgeous. And I’m so glad my publisher made the decision to put two girls on the cover. It’s done in such a classy way, and I couldn’t be prouder.
~ Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE, Albert Whitman & Company: AW Teen)



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by Dana Elmendorf
Release date: April 1, 2016
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company: AW Teen
ISBN: 978-0807575680
About the Book
What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love? And what will she risk for acceptance? 
In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson. 
Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

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Born and raised in small town in Tennessee, Dana now lives in southern California with her husband, two boys and her tiny dog Sookie. When she isn’t exercising, she can be found geeking out with Mother Nature or scouring the internet for foreign indie bands. After her family’s needs are met, you can find her dreaming up contemporary YA romances with plenty of kissing.

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I have two new paintings in a collaborative show.
this is one.
Angel of Grace

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44. and the “groundhog’s dilemma” giveaway winner is . . . [ahem cue drum roll please].


Congratulations to Buffy Silverman! You’ve won your very own copy of Kris Remenar’s debut picture book GROUNDHOG’S DILEMMA. I’m so happy for you! This adorable book will be available in early December, so I’ll pre-order your copy and have it sent your way quick as a bunny on Red Bull.

Bushels of thanks to everyone who visited Frog on a Dime and offered such kind, encouraging comments for Kris. You’re the best! Honest. Cross my heart, hope to die, stick my finger in my nose, I mean, pie.

P.S. Pssst. Buffy, please send me your mailing address and I’ll whisk your prize to you as soon as its available.

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By Kris Remenar, Illustrated by Matt Faulkner, Charlesbridge Publishing


Though the groundhog and crocus creep into their holes
It’s Spring, and the almanac shows it;
Though a polar wave over the continent rolls
It’s Spring! And we don’t care who knows it!
~ Robert J. Burdette, “March,” c.1888

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45. Happy Thanksgiving!

pumpkin pie

pumpkin pie

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving at my house tomorrow. It will just be Bookman and me. Since we’ve been vegan for over twenty years, we have created our own traditional Thanksgiving feast that does not center around turkey and stuffing and gravy. We make vegan enchiladas filled with tofu and vegetables and vegan cheese that we make from almond butter and other ingredients. On the side is brown rice and beans and tortilla chips.

We used to make these enchiladas several times a year but as they became our Thanksgiving feast we gradually stopped eating them at other times. Now it is a rarity to make them except at Thanksgiving. Because of this they have become something extra-special and we both start talking about them in anticipation as soon as the calendar turns to November.

We also have homemade pumpkin pie. The pumpkin was grown in our garden, adding an extra layer of satisfaction. Pumpkin pie is my most favoritest kind of pie. We used to buy graham cracker crusts but a few yeas ago Bookman learned how to make his own traditional pie crust and elevated our pie to even higher deliciousness.

While Thanksgiving is a great day for food, what makes it most special is sharing it with Bookman. Because it is just the two of us, it is a quiet, leisurely day. I keep him company while he is in the kitchen, read him poetry or silly magazine articles or just chat about this and that. It is one of the few days in the entire year that we give ourselves permission to not worry about chores or projects or errands, things that need to be done. Time is so often short and attention divided, to be able to give these things to the person I love most and also receive them in return fills my heart with joy and gratitude. That’s what Thanksgiving is about to me. It reminds me of how blessed I am and how much I truly have to be thankful for.

Allow me to spill some thankfulness on all of you. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, thanks for adding to my reading piles and lists, thanks for making this little part of the internet a fun and happy place, and thanks for your friendship and always being such kind and generous people. Whether or not you are celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, I hope your day is filled with love and gratitude and joy.

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46. Heroes and Villains Unite in a Trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Series

The CW has unveiled a new trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow series. The video embedded above offers glimpses of a group made up of heroes and villains from The Arrow and The Flash television shows.

Here’s more from The Wrap: “The newest trailer delves deep into the backstories of each of the team members and their adventures through time. Darvill’s character, Rip Hunter, gets particular focus as he’s the man who assembles the eight-member team in order to stop Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), a supervillain who takes over the whole planet unless they go back in time and stop him.”

The cast includes actors Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein, and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance. The premiere episode is scheduled to air on Jan. 21, 2016. (via Tor.com)

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47. La Aparición / I


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48. ‘Paddington’ Triumphs Over ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Shaun the Sheep’ at BAFTA Children’s Awards

"Gumball" and "Gravity Falls" also earned BAFTA Children's Awards.

The post ‘Paddington’ Triumphs Over ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Shaun the Sheep’ at BAFTA Children’s Awards appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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49. ‘The Guilty’ Leads the iBooks Bestsellers List

61EfKEqrcjLThe Guilty by David Baldacci leads the iBooks Bestsellers list this week.

Apple has released the list of Bestselling iBooks from the week of 11/22/15. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich is No. 2 on the list and The Crossing by Michael Connelly is No. 3 on the list.

We have the entire list for you after the jump.

iBooks US Bestseller List- Paid Books Week 11/22/15

1. The Guilty by David Baldacci – 9781455586417 – (Grand Central Publishing)
2. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich – 9780345542984 – (Random House Publishing Group)
3. The Crossing by Michael Connelly – 9780316225892 – (Little, Brown and Company)
4. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham – 9780385539449 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)
5. One with You by Sylvia Day – 9781250109316 – (Macmillan)
6. See Me by Nicholas Sparks – 9781455520596 – (Grand Central Publishing)
7. The Pharaoh’s Secret by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown – 9780698191266 – (Penguin Publishing Group)
8. Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah – 9780345486356 – (Random House Publishing Group)
9. Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade – 9780062338310 – (William Morrow Paperbacks)
10. Monster Prick by Kendall Ryan – No ISBN Available – (Kendall Ryan)
11. The Martian by Andy Weir – 9780804139038 – (CrownArchetype)
12. Troublemaker by Leah Remini & Rebecca Paley – 9781101886977 – (Random House Publishing Group)
13. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende – 9781501117008 – (Atria Books)
14. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 9780698185395 – (Penguin Publishing Group)
15. The Survivor by Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn – 9781476783475 – (AtriaEmily Bestler Books)
16. All Dressed in White by Alafair Burke & Mary Higgins Clark – 9781501108570 – (Simon & Schuster)
17. Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – 9781455525935 – (Grand Central Publishing)
18. Hustle by Ashley Claudy – No ISBN Available – (Ashley Claudy)
19. The Promise by Robert Crais – 9780698146280 – (Penguin Publishing Group)
20. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn – 9780804188982 – (CrownArchetype)

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50. Open Mic Wednesday - welcome

I'm passing the mic to my friend Troy Kent this morning.  So happy he is with us today.  Introducing ...

Troy Kent has been a high school English teacher for over two decades. He is a graduate of Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Troy currently resides in Long Sault, Ontario, with his wife Robyn and their five children. He is the author of the endearing children's book titled The Reading Promise as well as the whimsical children's book titled Stinky Blinky.

First of all, I’d like to thank Marilyn for asking to me to be a guest blogger.  It is certainly a thrill and an honour!
When she invited me to write something, I was told that it didn’t matter what I wrote about. The choice was mine, so I decided to write about something that I’m passionate about, which is reading!  With that in mind, I’d like to call this Just Ten Minutes.
Ten minutes is all it takes to make a connection with your child that might affect him/her for the rest of your lives.  I wrote lives because the experience of reading to your child can be as rewarding to the parent as it is to the child.  I believe that many people don’t take the time to read to their children because they just don’t have the time (or the energy) after a tiresome day at work.  Many parents are of the view that it requires 30, 45, or even 60 minutes.  The truth, however, is that you only need to devote ten minutes to this endeavour, especially in the beginning, and it could end up being the most rewarding minutes of your day/life.  
Katherine, the young protagonist in my children’s book The Reading Promise, wants to do something special for her child, but her choices are very limited due to her financial circumstances.  Luckily, Katherine discovers that by reading to her son nightly she can give him something special – something that money cannot buy.  She gives him the gift of reading, but she also gives him the gift of herself.
I wrote that book in attempt to capture and share the special bond that can, and usually does occur, between a parent and child through regular reading. It’s also important to emphasize the need to engage the child while he/she is being read to, and when possible make the connection to real-life events and situations.  It’s also necessary to pick topics that are of interest to your child, not just yourself.  I regularly tell parents that they need to pay attention to their children while they are reading to them in order to determine what interests them, and where their curiosities lie.  Once you are able to determine those things, you are well on your way to creating a lifelong reader and learner! 
As mentioned above, make an attempt to read things that captures your child’s interest, and this isn’t as hard as you might think.  Quite often, children will indirectly tell you while you’re reading to them through facial expressions and verbal responses.  For example, my young protagonist learns that her son has an interest in dinosaurs while reading to him one night, so she took him to a museum and he got to see real dinosaur skeletons; he was mesmerized! Imagine what goes though children’s minds when they get to see something almost “come to life” that they just read about.  Books can open eyes that were previously closed.
I called this Just Ten Minutes because that is all it will take to get your reading program off the ground, and by starting off small, new “reading parents” are more likely to stick with it, especially after they start seeing the results.  It’s very similar to exercising.  When you’re just starting off, keep it easy and keep it short in the beginning, and slowly increase over time. 
I previously talked about engaging your child and the need to satisfy their curiosity with real-life connections, but it’s also important to meet them at their level with their interests in mind.  As long as the reading material is age and subject appropriate, it does not matter what they are reading.  If they want to read comics, read comic books with them.  If they like sports, read books about sports with them.  Keeping in mind my disclaimer about the age level and subject matter, it does not matter what they read, as long as they read!  Their reading tastes are like most things: they will change over time.
This is especially crucial with young boys, as I know that some of them can be very reluctant readers.  As an English teacher of over twenty years, I know how challenging it can be to motivate a reluctant (male) reader.  I’m not saying that females are always eager readers right from the get-go, but my experience, along with many studies, show that many males are still lagging behind their females counterparts.  It’s not hard for me to pick out the students who were not engaged readers at an early age.  Fluency in reading is especially important in this new, technological (electronic) age that we are entering, as it requires adequate literacy skills more than ever. As parents, we need to provide whatever advantages we can to our children, and as early as possible. Reading to our children is one of the most important and least expensive gifts we can give them.
My second book, Stinky Blinky, illustrates this point very effectively.  It is a humourous book with a simple rhyme scheme that is directly aimed at that young (reluctant) male reader.  I made sure that the illustrations in this book were a gas (pun intended) as I knew it would take amazing illustrations and a humourous storyline to catch the attention of that reader.  The problem, however, is that too many parents want their kids reading what they like, versus what the child likes.  I tell parents of young boys in particular, that are refusing to read, to go out of their comfort zone a little and try a book that they might have otherwise passed over.  Eventually, they will discover “that book” that starts the chain reaction, or one that stimulates the lifelong reader!
So, just ten minutes of insightful, engaged reading (with books that interest your child) is all it takes!
Troy Kent, a graduate of Acadia University, has been a high school English teacher for over twenty years. His first book is titled The Reading Promise, and it was published in 2014. It recently won a 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, a 2015 National Indie Excellence Award, a 2015 BookChoice4U Book Award (England), and a 2015 Mom's Choice Award (Gold).  He has already published a second book, Stinky Blinky, and his third book is coming out soon.  Troy was recently featured on CBC Radio One during a live interview, and he has been asked to be a guest author/speaker during the 60th anniversary of The Michigan Reading Association’s annual conference in March, 2016.  A father of five, Troy also enjoys coaching high school football.
For more information, please visit www.troykent.com

And let's not forget his other book...

I just want to say a huge thank you to Troy for his guest post today and congratulate him on his book "The Reading Promise."  He has been picking up awards many awards as it is recognized for it's powerful message, one that has made a great impact on the reading world for sure.  I am so proud of his work and the recognition his book is receiving and rightly deserves.  If you haven't read it yet, please do, it's a winner indeed.

Read on and read always!

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