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Writer’s Guild Awards

Glee In addition to loving to read, I am also a big TV fan. I used to watch more than I do now, but I still manage to follow several shows a week, thanks to my DVR. And I just started a new job at Discovery Communications, home to the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, etc., so I am even more immersed in TV.

Just like in books, I always notice good writing on TV. I find it pretty rare, so when the writing is good, it stands out to me. I was therefore very happy to see that several of the shows I love were nominated for Writers Guild Awards this year: Mad Men, Glee, 30 Rock, Modern Family, The Good Wife, and The Office. Like Jennifer Amstrong of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "I’m a writing-first kind of TV watcher, so it makes sense that I’d like this list."

Did any of your favorite shows make the list? Any missing?

Thursday Book Links

For today, a collection of interesting book-related links. Check them out…

Here is a list of the Top 10 Coolest Independent Bookstores in the U.S. Of the list, I've been to Powell's, The Tattered Cover Bookstore, The Strand, the Elliott Bay Book Company and City Lights.

Did you read about the woman who reads a book every day? According to The New York Times, Nina Sankovitch, author of the Read All Day blog, has read a book every day this year. (Wow.) Her blog has some lovely pictures of her reading, and a list of all of the books read so far in 2009, linked to her reviews. She has some great choices on the list.

A few years ago, I was in a book club with some friends. After discussing the book each meeting, we'd cast the book as if it were a Hollywood movie, suggesting actors for all the main roles. My friend Larissa did that recently with Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You (reviewed here). Take a look at her post on City Sparkle DC listing her casting choices – I think she did a great job.

And finally, do you watch Mad Men? I love this post from author Rachel Shukert offering unsolicited advice to unhappy suburban housewife Betty Draper.