A very diverse batch for ya this week, but there are some gems here among 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:
- Online book-selling scams steal a living from writers—An Op-Ed from the LA Times
- Why Don’t I Read All My Books? Karen Olsson on the Ghosts on Her Shelves
- The Perils of Designing a Cover for a Novel You Truly Love—I’ve never heard of this designer or the book, but this was pretty neat.
- The Backwards Bookshelf: Aesthetic or Abominable?—there are strange people in the world
- We Asked 13 Novelists, From Lee Child to Ruth Ware, ‘What’s the Best Murder You Ever Wrote?’—it’s from the New York Times, so there’s a paywall you may have to contend with, but it’s a good use of your 1 free article per whatever…
- The Fictional Foods We Wish Were Real—I thought this was a re-run, but can’t find it in the archives. A fun thing I should have posted last year.
- Finding Our Way Into Fantasy Fiction—I really dug this post.
- 25 Literary Characters Sorted Into Hogwarts Houses—a fun little post from the deluge of posts in honor of this week’s birthday of a certain Boy Who Lived and his author.
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Chances Are . . . by Richard Russo—this seems out-of-the-norm for Russo, but should still be worth the read
- Dark Age by Pierce Brown—another installment in the Red Rising saga, this one is huge and looks good. A little daunting, really.