Amy Schumer’s Got Some Good Luck

In 2012 she signed a book deal with HarperCollins for $1 million. Back then she wasn’t the star she is today. It was set to be a book of essays that never really transpired. She ultimately decided to return her advance to the publisher to cancel the contract last year.

Fast forward to 2015. There was recently an auction for her book and guess what it sold for? $8 million. Yikes. She’s had quite a bit of success in the last two calendar years and now she’s on everyone’s radar. The reason for originally canceling the previous contract was that she was simply too busy to focus on it. She wasn’t trying to play some game with the publisher, although she did get them to match another offer. She wasn’t even betting that she could get a larger sum of money. Now this auction happened.

I’m honestly not a fan of hers and have no idea what her Comedy Central show is like, but I do know her name. And I imagine many people know much more than that. So good for her. Not that she needs any money, but she’s gone about the whole thing pretty well if you ask me.

Are you familiar with her work? Interested in her forthcoming book?

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Places in Books

Do you read stories mostly set in one city? I don’t. If I had to guess I’d say I’ve read the most books set in Boston. Followed closely by Los Angeles. They could be switched. I’ve also read books set in Chicago, Michigan, New York, Atlanta, and Alaska that I know off the top of my head.

This isn’t about where the books you read take place. I’m wondering if you’ve ever read a book set someplace you’ve never been and wanted to visit after your reading. I pretty much want to go everywhere imaginable. But no books are the reason for that. I’ve just been stuck in one place the last (almost) 24 years.

Ever read a book and felt the need to book a trip shortly thereafter?

I Bought my First Writing Book

Not On Writing. But one that looked pretty detailed and informative. I don’t think it’s going to make me Michael Connelly anytime soon, but this is a good sign. Somewhere inside me I’m still thinking about resuming my writing at some point. And maybe this book will help a bit with that. Especially since I know absolutely nothing. I just go with the flow right now. Ha.

I’ve already written about writing books before. So I won’t be asking specifically what you think of them or if they’ve helped you. But don’t you think just about any book with good information would help someone like me?

The Most Anticipated Week of the Year has Arrived

Which is that? Banned Books Week! Duhh.

First off, I never wrote my post back in April when 2014’s most banned books were initially announced. So here’s the list:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

And Tango Makes Three by Jason Richardson and Peter Parnell.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley.

Saga (comic book series).

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier.

These were the most challenged books last year. And I’m sure you recognize most or all of them. The best part about Banned Books Week is that events are going on all over the country in support of these books and others that have been challenged.

I haven’t been reading lately, so I won’t say I’m going to read one of these this week. But I think it’d be great to show your support for these books and authors in some way this week. Read a book. Tweet something. Write a blog post. Something.

What are you doing for Banned Books Week?

If you Could Only Recommend one Book…

What would it be? Think of a world in which you could only recommend a single book to others for the rest of your life. Then tell me what it is.

I’m not doing this because I’m looking for new books. I’m really wanting to see which ones are repeated. I can probably think of 50 that I’d expect to see here. But I know mine without having to think about it.

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.

There are so many things to be learned from this book, and it’s one of two I’ve read that I believe appeal to any person with a conscience. Recommended it today to a coworker, actually.

So tell me the one book you’d recommend to anyone regardless of their reading tastes or preferences.

Books Aren’t Scary

Books aren’t scary. Fact. I know some of the top authors today are horror writers. But that doesn’t mean the work is actually scary.

Watching a movie is rarely a frightening experience. Which means reading a book is less so, in my opinion. You’re lying in bed or you’re sitting on the couch reading. What’s scary about that? I’ve cried reading books. And I’ve been on the edge of my seat. But I’ve never been frightened. That’s just weird. It’s a book. There’s no one lurking in your closet. Unless there is, then oh well.

I think horror stories could easily be described as something besides scary. But what do I know? Have you ever been frightened while reading a book?

Wrong Again

Not me, of course. But many others. How many times have you heard about the decline of the book? Or that people aren’t reading anymore? Or that eBooks will put an end to print books?

New sales numbers just released prove otherwise. EBook sales are down year over year roughly 10 percent. Paperback sales are up more than 5 percent. The Kindle hasn’t killed anything. And Amazon hasn’t killed or taken anything over. People are still reading. And it appears that the ridiculous prices of eBooks are turning people off of buying eBooks when the paperback version is almost certainly cheaper, and the hardcover version is just about the same price.

What do you think about eBook sales now stalling for multiple years in a row and a relative resurgence happening with print books?