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:
- The Revival of Print Books Continues — no runaway blockbuster this year (yet?), but better sales over 2015
- The Reading Rules We Would Never Follow as Adult Readers — I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of holding my kids to some of these.
- Winnie-the-Pooh beats Harry Potter in best-loved book character poll — A survey in the UK says ol’ Pooh-Bear is the favorite kids’ book character.
- Is ‘devouring’ books a sign of superficiality in a reader? — I think there’s some good points made here, but I think there’s some fundamental problems.
- How audiobook narrators master their craft — I’ve been really enjoying Scott Brick’s audio work lately, so it was nice to see this piece. Also, enjoyed getting to know a bit more about the industry.
- More Than “Strong”: Why Men Need to Write More Complex Female Characters — A. Lee Martinez, who has written strong females, complex females, and strange females sounds off on the topic.
- His name is ‘Ove,’ he’s cranky, and readers love him — Loved Backman’s second novel, haven’t had the time for this one yet.
- In Praise of Humor in Fantasy and Science Fiction — Martinez is also on this list, with some other notable books.
- Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned from Reading Science Fiction
- ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Would Be Very Different If It Were Written In 2016 — *chuckle*
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- The Innocents by Ace Atkins — Quinn Colson’s back on the job, and there’s a Girl on Fire who isn’t Katniss Everdeen. Sounds like trouble.
- Time Siege by Wesley Chu — a couple of new Chu’s this week — the sequel to and a son. Not that he’ll ever read this, but ‘gratz to him on both counts. Looking forward to devouring the former, and wish the latter well.
- Salvation Lake by G. M. Ford — Leo Watterman is back to remind me that I didn’t get to the last one yet. Oh, I’m sure there’s a good mystery here, too — it’s not all about me 🙂 It seems to involve Leo’s dad, which means things are going to get dark and twisted.