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:
- How Aladdin’s story was forged in Aleppo and Versailles
- Why you should spend more time in bookstores
- Browsing the Stacks: A Photo Appreciation of Libraries — thanks to loyal reader, Paul N., for the link.
- #R3COMM3ND3D2018 — Over at damppebbles book blog, they’ve kicked off their 2nd annual #R3COMM3ND3D posts — book bloggers suggesting 3 must-reads from this past year. Three days into these posts, I’m already seeing somethings I need to add to my TBR. Check it out.
- Why Isn’t There More Crime Fiction from The Bronx?: Angel Luis Colón on Searching for Noir from His Home Borough — I didn’t realize there was a shortage, but now that I think about it — yeah, most NYC crime books that I’ve read aren’t set there.
- The Book Cover Evolution of ‘Not Famous’ — Over on his website (with a spiffy new design), Matthew Hanover has been chronicling the process of getting his first novel ready for the world. I enjoyed reading this piece on cover design and the thinking an indie author has to put into it.
- Over at Mom Loves Best, Jenny Silverstone has assembled The Ultimate Reading Guide For Your Child — a handy collection of resources. This Infographic is a great summary.
- A Book-ish Related Podcast Episode you might want to give a listen to:
- Reed Farrell Coleman – Robert B Parker’s Colorblind — I think this Stephen Usery interview is the fourth podcast interview I’ve heard with Coleman about this book, and I still learned something new. A good listen, as usual.
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon is a short list this week — but it’s a good one:
- Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly — Bosch and Ballard team up. ‘Nuff said. Well, okay, a little more — this is the best thing Connelly’s done in years, I’m hoping to post on it early next week, but there’s the super-quick version.
- Just the Clothes on My Back by Naked Blue — an album of songs about Jack Reacher, made in collaboration with Lee Child. I’ve got my (signed) CD sitting next to me. Just need some time to listen to it.