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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Which is Better – the Blog or the Book?

“Show me a successful blogger, and I’ll show you a successful book” appears to have been the mantra of book publishers over the past several years. We live in an interesting age where digital and print media increasingly intersect and inform each other. Being a successful blogger, with a built-in audience, seems to almost always lead to a book deal. This genre has been so popular that in 2008 the New York Times predicted it would reach its zenith soon. Yet blogs turned into books continue to be popular and new titles appear every year--a win-win for publishers and readers alike.

Check out these recent picks at Fairfax County Public Library. Which do you prefer – the blog or book? What is gained or lost in translation to the printed page? Do these books make you more likely to follow the blog? Let us know!

Humans of New York – Photographer Brandon Stanton attempts to create a “photographic census” of New York City and “ordinary New Yorkers in their most extraordinary of moments.”

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, and Other Things that Happened – Blogger Allie Brosh’s musing on her childhood, accompanied by her crudely drawn comics, have garnered her legions of fans. And her candid depictions of her struggles with depression and anxiety, which led her to abandon her blog for more than a year, have also struck a chord with many.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook – Self-taught home cook Deb Perelman delivers a cookbook of favorite recipes from her blog Smitten Kitchen. Even non-cooks may want to check out this book for its gorgeous photography.

Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update and Show Your Home Some Love - Bloggers Sherry and John Petersik chronicle their home renovation and design projects on their hugely popular Young House Love blog. Look through their book for your own design inspirations.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir – Jennie Lawson, The Bloggess, recounts her childhood in rural Texas in this irreverent book that will leave you in tears from laughter.

And one of the first from this genre, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, and 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen - Julie Powell blogged about her attempt to cook her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and produced this title. The movie version of the book stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

- Ginger Hawkins, Centreville Regional Library

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