It’s been awhile bookworms, and for that, I am sorry. I wish I had more time to write here, and specifically more time to write actual bookish things, like reviews, instead of just curating semi-interesting news. But free time? I haz none. At least not these days. And that’s likely to continue for quite awhile. At any rate, please enjoy what will likely be the last book news of 2014 and I promise to try to come up with an end-of-the-year wrap up post. Those faithful of you who have stuck around deserve it.
- Me? I’d read all the time if I had nothing else to do, but that’s just me. According to Scholastic, a staggering 73% of children (ages 6 – 17) would read more if they could find more books they liked. That statistic comes from the 5th edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report, which will be released in full in January. I’m interested to see if the full report offers any explanation for why these kids feel they aren’t finding books they like. Is it access? Is it lack of diversity? (I’ll answer this one: YES!) Is it a matter of format (i.e., print over e-book, or vice versa)? There are so many books out there, I really do wonder why kids aren’t finding things they like (at least to the degree that they’d read more if they could).
- It probably won’t surprise you to learn e-books are responsible for bringing in more revenue than print, but did you know females read more e-books than males (33% to 23%, respectively). Data journalist Niall McCarthy recently shared an infographic on the state of e-books with Forbes. Among some of his other data points are suggestions that the e-book industry is stagnating in terms of growth, with sales growth decreasing while revenue increases (something likely connected to the ongoing battle over e-book pricing).
- The Blume is back! Judy Blume recently announced the release date, title and plot details for her next book, her first publication since 1998. Next June, Alfred A. Knopf will publish Blume’s In the Unlikely Event, a story that will follow three generations of family and friends affected by a series of mysterious plane crashes. Blume drew from her own life for inspiration, recalling a similar situation in 1951 and 1952. Though probably best known for her children’s and young adult books, this will be Blume’s second adult novel.
- Write a divisive book, get a Golden Globe nomination. Okay, so perhaps it doesn’t work exactly like that for most people, but it worked for Gillian Flynn. When the Golden Globes nominations were recently announced, Flynn received one for writing the screenplay adaptation of her best-selling novel, Gone Girl. I’ve heard good things about the movie, but since the book made me want to throw it against the wall for its twists and turns (side note: I didn’t throw; it was a library book), I think I’m going to hold off on the movie for now. Still, many congratulations to Flynn!
- SyFy has found its Quentin. The cable channel recently announced it had cast Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater in the upcoming adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Meanwhile, Sosie Bacon (daughter of Kevin and thus most likely connected to everyone) will play Alice, one of the key female roles. Production on the series has already begun in New Orleans and SyFy intends to release The Magicians sometime next year.
- And some last minute fun stuff: I assume you’ve been paying attention to J.K. Rowling’s 12 Days of Christmas gifts on Pottermore? Though many of the stories seem to be rehashing certain plot points that we already knew, it’s still fun to solve Rowling’s riddles. (Plus, did you hear? Hogwarts had Jewish students, and LGBT students – magic for everyone! – even if you can’t see them because they’re not part of the plot). And in completely unrelated news, the first trailer for an animated movie version of The Little Prince was released. It’s in French, it’s completely and totally adorable, and I want to see it, even though I don’t understand it.
As always, happy reading.