Bookworms, I have been trying to write this Book News post for WEEKS. Since March, easily. My life has been consumed with school and work, and with just a few weeks left in the term, I’m ready to tear my hair out (which, incidentally, might actually be handy because I don’t have time for a haircut!). Anyway, here’s a much shortened version of the news, some of which is probably really irrelevant at this point.
- J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy is coming to HBO next week. Here’s the trailer.
- Remember Clean Reader? No? It was a thing, then it wasn’t. This Digital Reader article explains a bit about why.
- Romance Writers of America named their nominees for the 2015 RITA and Golden Heart Awards, which honor the best in romance fiction.
- Speaking of romance, Jezebel published a long-form fascinating article about the history of romance fiction and how Harlequin became the most famous name in romance.
- While the world will be a sadder place without Terry Pratchett, readers might be heartened to learn his final Discworld novel will be published in September.
- Any thoughts on the cover for Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman? It feels appropriately old-school to me.
- Spoiler alert: the Game of Thrones television series will spoil the books. Which, given George R.R. Martin’s writing speed, isn’t really surprising at all. And since the show has already diverged from the books, it can be argued that the spoilers may not matter in the end.
- Some awesome people were coming up with ideas for Very Realistic YA on Twitter. The ideas are both hilarious and heartbreaking for their utter dullness. Very realistic indeed.
- The ALA recently released it’s annual list of the top 10 most challenge books. Unsurprising (but still disappointing) is the fact the most of the books challenged feature diverse characters and plots.
- The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes were announced and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See took home the Fiction prize.
- Last, but certainly not least, a sad goodbye to Jonathan Crombie, the actor who portrayed Gilbert Blythe in Disney’s Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea movies. The “Anne” books and movies were essential parts of my childhood and it’s sad to see Crombie pass away too soon.
Happy reading (and send me some free time!)