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:
- Science or magic? UK scientists test reality of Harry Potter spells — You have got to be kidding me. People wasted time on this? (actually, the whole Borrowers thing disturbs me even more)
- Why Reading Makes You a Better Person — a nice looking infographic
- In honor of Towel Day a couple of days ago (and yes, I know I failed to post something…been one of those weeks):
- PW’s The 10 Funniest Books — not so sure I buy this list, but some of them look mildly humorous.
- Fighting Post-Hitchhiker’s Disorder: 6 Essential Books for Douglas Adams Fans — I may have posted this last October, but it’s worth another look.
- B&N tweeted this awesome fact
- ‘It needs more public-spirited pigs’: TS Eliot’s rejection of Orwell’s Animal Farm — what a great letter.
- Title Fights: Who gets to name an author’s book? — I love behind-the-scenes stuff like this.
- Along those lines By the Cover: Meet Kirk Benshoff — and another BookRiot post on cover designs
- jay Posey and James L. Sutter tweetedthese important reminders for readers
- The 16 Most Misleading Book Covers Of All Time — this was hilarious (and horrifying).
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- A Mint Condition Corpse by Duncan MacMaster — a geek-centric mystery. Okay. I’ll bite. From Fahrenheit Press, who else?
- The Last Star by Rick Yancey — Loved The 5th Wave, was less into the sequel — but am really looking forward to this.
- Dietland by Sarai Walker — this looks fun. ” Part coming-of-age story, part revenge fantasy, Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession—from the inside out, and with fists flying.” Check out the trailer.
- Dark Run by Mike Brooks — a space opera about smugglers, con artists and thiefs. Sounds good to me.