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:
- With June behind us, Paste has compiled lists of the Best (so far) of 2015 in Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Book Covers. There’s more overlap between those lists than you’d expect. Oddly enough, I’m more drawn to the Non-Fiction list than the Fiction.
- Books You Can’t Bring Yourself to Read — there’s a lot to Elizabeth Bluemle’s piece that resonates with me.
- I saw a couple of interviews for favorites around here this week: Wesley Chu over at Fantasy Faction.
- Then, Lee Goldberg talks about his start.
- Famous schools from fiction — a nifty infographic
- 11 Charts That Accurately Sum Up Being A Book Nerd — My mind in chart form.
- The Book Nerd’s Guide to Avoiding Social Engagements — Another helpful post from B&N Reads. I’m not saying I’ll employ some of these today, but I’m also not saying I won’t.
- A good crop of New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon — but next week’s list is gonna be a killer (literally, if I was able to get my hands on everything I want next Tues.):
- Splintered by Jamie Schultz — the really strong second volume of the Arcane Underground series. I got wordy about it here.
- The Fraud by Brad Parks — the 6th Carter Ross mystery looks to be a great read — Parks has become one of those authors I just grab automatically — don’t care what the book is about, I’m reading it if he wrote it.
- Time Salvager by Wesley Chu — I have little patience for time travel stories (with a couple of notable exceptions), but Chu’s setup is one that really appeals to me. Will be diving into this one ASAP. Check out his Big Idea from Whatever.
- Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine — love the premise. Am eager to see if the book can live up to it.
- Letters to Zell by Camille Griep — this alternative take on fairy tales looks promising.
- The Six by Mark Alpert — there looks to be a hard-SF bent to this YA SF about terminally ill teens piloting combat robots.
- Bum Rap by Paul Levine — I was a huge fan of Levine’s Solomon vs. Lord series, but was never inclined to check out the Jake Lassiter books. This crossover between the two just might give me the excuse.
- Master of Formalities by Scott Meyer — looks to be as inventive and fun as his Magic 2.0 series.