Join Midtown Review at the Decatur Book Festival

For me, Labor Day is not the signal that fall is coming, or that school is back in session.  It’s not a last chance to go to the beach or joyfully prance about in white shoes.   No, no.  Labor Day is all about books and more specifically The AJC Decatur Book Festival. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival is [...]

By |2011-08-31T15:27:04+00:00August 31st, 2011|Books, Buzz, News|1 Comment


I know they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I often can’t help myself.  The cover art is there for a reason – to appeal to a certain demographic and to people who like a certain kind of book.  In the case of THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST by Anna Jean Mayhew, though the cover [...]

By |2011-08-29T12:56:06+00:00August 29th, 2011|Books, Buzz|1 Comment

Caught in a Bad Romance

Lady GaGa said it best when she said “Ga ga ooh la la”… or maybe not.  Today’s question, oh Lovers of Love is why so many romances have to be bad?  Not why guys are jerks, or why no one loves me, but rather why so many romance novels are so… so… well… bad.  (This is a book blog [...]

By |2011-08-17T15:42:55+00:00August 17th, 2011|Books, Buzz|0 Comments

The Truth is Changing Fiction

If you’re going to write a book about Osama Bin Laden planning to drop a nuclear bomb on the US on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 – you probably want it to come out a year or so before Bin Laden is killed rather than two days after.  Unfortunately that’s what happened to New York Times bestselling author Richard [...]

By |2011-08-15T15:34:05+00:00August 15th, 2011|Books, Buzz|0 Comments

Debut Spotlight: RULES OF CIVILITY

Debut author Amor Towles has definitely struck a chord with the critics.  His first novel,  RULES OF CIVILITY is getting rave reviews across the board and is definitely one you’ll want to add to your list of must-be-read books! Here’s a brief synopsis: Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed [...]

By |2011-08-08T17:45:10+00:00August 8th, 2011|Books, Buzz|0 Comments

Can You Review an Author Instead of a Book?

We think so! In today’s guest post, regular contributor Denise Neary talks about what makes a great author event and introduces us to an author who does it right.  If you haven’t read Melanie Benjamin yet, I think you’ll want to after reading this post.  I know I do. MELANIE BENJAMIN ROCKS! Melanie Benjamin represents EVERYTHING I love about [...]

By |2011-08-04T12:27:48+00:00August 4th, 2011|Books, Buzz, Reviews|4 Comments

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher?

Yep.  It's official.  Tom Cruise WILL play the character Jack Reacher in the movie One Shot based on the 2005 book of the same name.  The character, created by Lee Child, is described in the books as a six foot five inch tall blond dude who weighs in at around 250lbs.  Cruise is... well... none of those things.  Ah [...]

By |2011-07-20T19:35:54+00:00July 20th, 2011|Books, Buzz|2 Comments

Feeling Wicked?

Mark your calendars WICKED fans... Gregory Maguire will be back this November with the fourth and final installment in the Wicked series! The series starts with WICKED, and then moves on to SON OF A WITCH and A LION AMONG MEN.  It will close with OUT OF OZ, due out November 1st of this year.  (Of course you can [...]

By |2011-07-08T11:19:27+00:00July 8th, 2011|Books, Buzz|0 Comments

An Assault on Free Fun

In today’s post, regular contributor Denise Neary returns with a dilemma.  Should bookstores charge for author events?  Would you still go?  It’s a tough call for stores, and tough choice for consumers – especially in this difficult economy. I love free fun.  I live near Washington, DC, so I have great access to lots of amazing free fun.  Most [...]

By |2011-07-07T14:30:38+00:00July 7th, 2011|Books, Buzz|1 Comment

Finding the Perfect Book

There are some things that make no sense to me.  For example, I have a sister who doesn’t like chocolate.  And I have actually met people who don’t like sex.  I guess I can understand the chocolate thing.  It’s a specific taste and if that taste just doesn’t do it for you then okay.  The sex thing is different… [...]

By |2011-07-06T15:44:09+00:00July 6th, 2011|Books, Buzz|0 Comments