Greetings once again, bookworms. I managed to devour of all of the Pemberley Variations books this week (most were quick reads) and am now delighted with visions of dancing Darcy’s in my dreams. Not a bad way to get some REM! I’ll be completely shifting gears next, with books 3 and 4 in Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girl series. I’ve always wanted to be a spy. As I ponder the possibilities for my secret code name, enjoy this week’s book news:
- I love libraries. You (probably) love libraries too. And you know who else loves libraries? The Old Spice Guy. In an online video, OSG extols the virtues of the library, informing us that “libraries are filled with books and books are often filled with many, many words.” Well, thanks for clearing that up! A clever library would find a way to use it as a marketing gimmick – an attractive man, half-naked, urging you to go to the library? I’m so there.
- Earlier this week, Amazon announced that Kindle e-book sales now outpaced hardcover book sales. In the news release, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos declared this to be “astonishing, when you consider that we’ve been selling hardcover books for 15 years, and Kindle books for 33 months.” Is it really astonishing? Hardcover books can retail for more than $20. Even with Amazon’s discounts, hardcovers are still in the $15 range – compare that to the $10 or less for an e-book. In my mind, it’s a no brainer and I don’t even own an e-reader.
- Pop quiz – how many words of this post have you actually read so far? All? Half? Less than half? New evidence suggests that skimming texts, especially when reading online, is making it more difficult for us to read, understand and analyze longer works. Online reading frequently involves quite a lot of interruptions, making it harder for us to truly absorb what we’re reading. The solution? A slow-reading movement, encouraging us to deliberately slow down and take the time to really read the words in front of us. And if you’ve made it this far in the post, you can read all about it in an article from The Guardian.
- A few fun tidbits from the world of children’s literature: first, on the Shelf Talker blog, there’s a discussion about the “game-changing” children’s and YA books, books that reset the game for children’s and YA writing. Harry Potter made the list, of course, as did Twilight and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Second, with the release of the big-screen adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s classic Ramona and Beezus, Moviefone is compiling a list of the children’s books Hollywood should tackle next. Among their suggestions is Judy Blume’s coming-of-age classic, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, which I always saw as a Lifetime movie-of-the-week.
- And to close out, a little bit of mystery and intrigue for you Harry Potter fans. A local Scottish news outlet has reported seeing J.K. Rowling typing on her laptop at a local café recently, sparking rumors that she is – finally – writing her first post-HP book. Of course, she could have been emailing or playing Solitaire. Only she knows for sure, but this bit of news is sure to be discussed ad nauseum for the foreseeable future.
Enjoy your weekend, bookworms! Happy reading.