Book News, June 16th

Happy weekend, bookworms. I’m having myself a four-day weekend for some family togetherness and all-around chaos, so I’m trying to keep book news short this week (finding precious blog writing time when five different relatives are clamoring for your attention isn’t as easy as it sounds – and it doesn’t sound all that easy). I hope you all enjoy your weekends, whatever you end up doing. Here’s the news:

  • And the winners are… During BEA, the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature were announced. Naturally, there’s quite a lot of buzz around these books and I am shame-faced because, once again, I only recognize a few of the titles (in my defense, my old job put me in much closer contact to children’s literature). While the winners are undoubtedly deserving, I was excited to see Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity on the honor list. I have not heard one bad thing about this book, which means it’s going to be one of those books that takes everyone by storm. I can’t wait to read it.
  • Say it ain’t so! Canadian news outlet CBC is reporting that a new “more modern-day” adaptation of Anne of Green Gables is being produced and will air as a 13-episode series. The plan is for a “more contemporary” take and I can only imagine what that means. How can you make Anne contemporary without losing all of her whimsy and charm? So much of what works about Anne of Green Gables is the fact that it takes place in a simpler time. (And seriously – how do you pull off the mix-up with boy and girl orphans in a 24/7 tech world?) Mostly, though, I’m sad because I grew up with the Sullivan Entertainment version with Megan Follows. I just can’t imagine anyone else as Anne with an E.
  • It’s still a silly name, though. This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly features the first look at Renesmee Cullen, half-human, half-vampire hybrid child of Twilight’s Bella and Edward. The magazine is giving readers a first glimpse at the upcoming (and final)¬†Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn Part II. In addition to the photos giving us a look at vampire Bella and her offspring, the article interviewed the young actress who plays Renesmee. I will admit it with no shame: I’m looking forward to this movie. The second half of¬†Breaking Dawn is when all the craziness comes out and the series got interesting (if maybe not completely “good”).
  • Wracked with summer reading indecision? Have no fear! Bookshelves of Doom reposted a summer reading flowchart from Flavor Wire and it’s all kinds of awesome. I mean, I love flow charts in general and this one is all about books! And reading habits! Though the books on the chart are mostly classic literature and well-known popular novels (and therefore may not appeal to everyone), it’s still fun to change your mind again and again and see where the arrows take you. I’d love to say I ended up at The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by accident, but, well, we all know that’s not true.
  • It almost makes me want to go camping (almost). Though “book lover” and “outdoorsy” aren’t two things that often go together, now they can. For a mere $765 (and change), you can own the Fully Booked tent, a tent that looks like an upside down, fanned book. The tent can fit two bookworms (the better to snuggle with) and will send a clear sign to all other campers that you are a serious reader (though probably not a serious camper).

As always, happy reading.


  1. Other Meredith

    June 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I’m also really looking forward to Breaking Dawn PT. 2, although I still haven’t seen part 1. I thought I would be too embarrassed to watch Bella and Edward’s honeymoon on the big screen with other people around.

    Also, I completely agree about Anne of Green Gables. I can’t imagine this working in modern day! But I’m sure I’ll check it out anyway, because I love Anne.

    • Meredith

      June 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Other Meredith – apparently the new Anne of Green Gables won’t take place in 2012, but will be “updated.” I’m still not sure what the producers mean by that, but at least it’s not 21st century Anne.

  2. Other Meredith

    June 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    That is a relief. Part of her charm is her old timey setting.

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