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Lists for all you taphophiles: lots of books about cemeteries

I remember a trip through New England where I made a point to stop at virtually every cemetery I passed on a single day. I don’t have a morbid bent but if you’ve ever seen a New England cemetery, you know how beautiful they can be. The sense of history is awe-inspiring. Of course my visits were during the daytime.

In one of those incidents that could be construed as nothing other than perfect timing, I came across this blog post from Publishers Weekly just as my sister an I are planning the funeral for our mom, who passed away on Wednesday. This post is dedicated to my mom, Betty P. Orsini, 1/8/1929-8/31/2011.

Literature Graveyard: Which Cemetery is the Most Literary?

Last month, we posted an article detailing some very strange ways that authors have met their end. The morbid side of literature got us thinking about the final resting places of authors, so we did some research and uncovered the cemeteries that can boast the most about the literary quality of their residents. Read on for more gloom.

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About a month ago, I did a post featuring a list of lists of kinds of books. Books about nurses, hermits, grandmothers, beekeeper, pirates, US presidents, and more. Since this post is about cemeteries in literature, I thought I’d give you a few lists of books about cemeteries.

  • This first list, at shroudeater.com, is a thorough list, albeit a fairly esoteric collection of largely European titles. According to the site:

Unlike the type of vampire that we meet in novels and films, traditional vampires hardly ever live in a castle. The kind of undead that we are interested in, are said to “live” in their graves. Sufficient reason for us to also have a strong interest in churchyards, crypts, ossuaries, cemeteries, funeral customs, burial methods, etc., etc. This section concentrates on books about churchyards and cemeteries. Titles related to funeral customs and burial methods can be found in our DEATH section.

  • Next up was Authonomy.com, with a list of “books tagged with ‘cemetery.'”
  • After that, we have Potifos.com, with a list of “books about cemeteries (in association with Amazon.com).”
  • Lastly, there’s the blog post “For Love of Cemeteries,” posted at MurderBlog: “In honor of the release of Melissa Marr’s book Graveminder, here are some of my favorite books featuring cemeteries…”

If you have any interest in cemeteries or books about them these lists should give you a good starting point.

Happy haunting!

Laura

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Authors, your readers would love to know what YOU’RE READING! A list of lists…

The other night, I came across a wonderful list of books about dragons. The list maker, obviously a huge fantasy fiction fan, had painstakingly drawn up an extensive list of dragon books, including cover shots. Now I loved the movie Dragonslayer and even thought the lady dragon in Shrek was cute, but I’m not much of a fantasy fiction fan. Nevertheless, I found this list compelling enough to share on my Facebook page.

It also got me to thinking about who creates such a list and what the value might be in doing so. I’ve been subscribed to GoodReads.com almost since its inception, but beyond the first dozen or so books I listed, I’ve never added a title nor paid much attention to it. I suppose I read what I want, whatever strikes my fancy (or need) at the time, but I seldom seem to consult others for ideas.

I worked with a guy a few years back, though, who read only thrillers. Not only that, he read only thrillers by authors he already knew. Seriously. I couldn’t believe someone would be so limited in their reading choices, but the only way this guy would try a new author was if they were strongly recommended by someone he trusted, and even then, he did so with great skepticism.

The fact is, some people just prefer to have someone recommend titles to them, perhaps because it’s easier than staring at the millions of books on Amazon or the gazillion titles in a book store or library and trying to choose one.

I think this can benefit authors, because one thing your readers always want is to know more about you. And what better way to do that than by sharing your own reading list? If you don’t have one, maybe you could compile one around a topic of interest to you.

The dragons list compelled me to look for other lists. Not all are as well done as the dragons, but some are much more exhaustive. Perhaps my list of lists will give you a jumping off point for creating your own list.

Books about NURSES

Books about HERMITS

Books about GRANDMOTHERS

Books about BEEKEEPERS

Books about PIRATES

Books about PLAYWRIGHTS

Books about U.S. PRESIDENTS

Books about DOGS

Books about the CIRCUS

Books about GHOSTS

Books not about, but by SCIENTISTS

Books by DEAD AUTHORS

Writers writing on the topic of WRITING (not necessarily books)

Happy reading and list-making!

Laura

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