Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- 11 Weird Books That Really Exist — Mental Floss’ title for this really undersells it
- 5 unconventional ways to become a better writer (hint, it’s about being a better reader) — Sure, this isn’t a writing blog (tho’ we’re generally pro-writing, it’s how we get books, right?), but the tips on reading better are at least worth a read (h/t: Lifehacker)
- 25 Things To Know About Your Story’s Stakes — Speaking of writing, these tips on craft are helpful to use while evaluating books. Why do some plots/books work better than others? So often it comes down to stakes.
- Joe Abercrombie to write HarperCollins trilogy — Abercrombie for younger readers? Yes, please. Heck, I’d take Abercrombie board books.
- Robert Crais at Mysterious Galaxy — announces next book will have Elvis, Joe, Maggie and Scott. I assumed this would happen, I just figured we’d have to wait a few years. But Santa came early! Is it too much to hope that Carol’s in it, too?