It seems like half of the things I found for this post this week were links I already posted this year. I guess everyone was having a holiday week. Maybe there’s not a lot, but I like what I did see.
Here are the 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:
- Death of the novel is greatly exaggerated, say UK booksellers
- Adam Hamdy (@adamhamdy) summarizes the case for Books being Cool in this twitter thread, lots of good points in one handy place
- No need to feel guilty about the pleasures of mystery books — this applies to other genres as well.
- My Summer Reading by Michael Connelly — Well, this could easily fill up the rest of a summer.
- About half the book bloggers this year seem to be doing a mid-point best-of lists (I have a hard enough time doing these annually, doing them bi-annually? Fuhgeddaboudit.) A couple of my favorite bloggers have posted theirs — some good things to read here. Check out The Tattooed Book Geek’s My Favourite Books of 2019 (so far). and Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub’s 2019 Mid-year check-in
- Tom Gauld on literary fiction nursery rhymes
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Ink To Ashes by Russell Day — technically, one of last week’s new releases — but I somehow missed the news. Doc Slidesmith (possibly my favorite new character of 2019) and Yakky are back for more Miss Marple-y action (if Miss Marple was a voodoo-practicing, motorcycle riding, tattoo artist with a PhD).
- Heart of Barkness by Spencer Quinn — It’s been four long years since the last Chet & Bernie novel, I’m so looking forward to this new one. Don’t know what it’s about yet — don’t care.