Oh, bookworms. Where does the time go? It’s the last Saturday in February and soon, March will be upon us. Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas? I’ve been so busy lately and I’ve really been craving quality reading time, but I’m having trouble sneaking it in. I think I need to give audio books a try, since it’s easier to listen during my commute than to read. In other news, yesterday was my best friend D’s 30th birthday! I’m so glad someone else turned 30 first; it makes me think I can survive my own impending milestone. Here’s the book news:

  • What’s that? I couldn’t hear you over the sound of thousands of Harry Potter fans rejoicing. After justifiably taking some time off after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (which was published FIVE years ago and wow, do I feel old), J.K. Rowling has announced that she’s teaming up with Little, Brown to write a book for adults. Though that’s all the information we have (there’s no publication date, no title, no vague general plot ideas), this news is no doubt a great relief to many (myself included) who can’t wait to see what Rowling comes up with next.
  • In other upcoming book news, two new children’s books were announced: one written by Mark Kelly (husband to Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords) and the other by faux-funny man Stephen Colbert. Kelly, who is a retired astronaut and helped his wife write her memoir, will publish Mousestronaut: A Partially True Story, based on his experiences in space. Meanwhile, Colbert will publish I am a Pole (And So Can You!), a story about a flag pole’s search for his (its?) life purpose. Children’s author Maurice Sendak, who recently appeared on The Colbert Report, has already given his psuedo-approval, calling Colbert’s book “terribly ordinary,” then adding, “I like it.”
  • The bloggers have spoken. The 2011 Cybil Awards (CYBIL standing for Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards) were announced last week. Among the YA winners were Anya’s Ghost in the graphic novel category and Blood Red Road in the fantasy and science fiction category. The Cybil Awards are chosen by a group of peer-selected book bloggers and any blogger or reader can nominate a book for the awards process.
  • Definitely out of the Joads’ price range. For a mere $14,250, you can have a piece of John Steinbeck – specifically, his original signed will, which is up for sale on eBay. Apparently one of two originals (the other obviously having been filed with public records), the will is dated a few months before Steinbeck’s death and even reportedly includes signature with his middle name, a name he rarely used. Here’s my question – what good is the will if I’m not named in it?
  • And now the downstairs. Earlier this month, I linked to Book Riot’s casting of Downton Abbey with characters from literature. Now the Book Riot folks have turned to the servants below stairs and imagined which literary characters could possibly compare to the television ones. I think the comparison of Thomas to Shakespeare’s villian Iago from Othello is particularly spot-on, and the idea of Branson being portrayed by Dickens’ The Artful Dodger is intriguing. I’m not sure if I believe Jane Eyre as Anna, though. Something doesn’t seem quite right about that.

As always, happy reading.