Friday Whatnot: April 4

Since I try to keep the daily newsletter to something that’s quickly readable, by Friday I end up with an accumulation of unused material. Rather than let it go to waste, I’m wrapping it into one piece of whatnot.

IndieNext nominations for the June 2014 list are due today. Also due later this month (on April 15th) are nominations for the Summer 2014 Kids’ List. Nominate via email or through the online nomination form. If you haven’t downloaded your shelf talkers for the April 2014 list, they can be found here. Or the ShelfWiz shelf talkers are available here.

I’m pleased to welcome Brian Seemann to our team. This week he reviewed The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson, which he says, “manages to be both poignant and humorous without slipping into sentimentality or slapstick.” Read his review here.

Earlier this week, Open Culture explored the best sentences in novels in their piece, “Lists of the Best Sentences–Opening, Closing, and Otherwise–in English-Language Novels.” 

Today, Salon featured an article titled, “The independent bookstore lives! Why Amazon’s conquest will never be complete.” Here’s a link to the article as well as an instant tweetable.

And finally, over at BuzzFeed, Kevin Smolker explored the unlikely relationship between video games and books. He found 9 video games based on the classics.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay