First, my IRL (InRealLife) friend Marie just started a lovely blog, mostly to show off pictures of her grandchildren. It's lovely so please go check it out. But here's the cool part - she's having a giveaway already! Now Marie is not a book blogger (sorry!) but she is a very crafty person and she's giving away ACEOs. Ever heard of them? Me neither. Come to find out, an ACEO is an Art Cards Editions and Originals ... basically a really lovely, fancy card ("Who Knew?!"). To the right is an ACEO that Marie made - lovely, right? Click here to enter the contest, and here for more details. If you drop by, please let Marie know that you came because of this post on my site. :) FYI this contest is open to anyone no matter what country you live in, and the winner will be drawn on Aug. 26.
Second I finished reading The Beekeeper's Apprentice Monday night (review coming tomorrow!) and the discussion questions and author interview in the back. Two things to point out ...
1 - Has anyone else notice that the discussion questions in the back of most books are often "leading" questions? I mean, it's like they WANT you to answer in a particular way. Whenever I come up with questions for my book club I work really hard to make them completely open ended and not to give hints about MY opinions in the way that I word the questions; I want to know what the girls think, not influence their opinions. Yet the discussion questions provided by the publishers oftentimes hint strongly at the "correct" answer, just by the way they are worded. Agree? Disagree? It can't be just me that's noticed this!
2 - I could possibly be the last person in the world to know this (and maybe it actually said it in the book, but I can't remember now) but did you know that the title of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" comes from a famous Sherlock Holmes quote?! The author mentions that quote in the interview. It goes like this:
"But the dog did nothing in the night-time.""Who Knew?!" Seriously, did you know that line? I can't ever remember reading it, nor did I realize the connection when I read Mark Haddon's book, but it SO makes sense now!
"That was the curious incident."