that caught my eye this week. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
I’ve been starting off with ways to support Indie Bookstores during all the shutdown, etc. I don’t have a broad, all of us can do it, for this week. But here’s what my local store is starting, which is a great idea. Book a Private Shopping Experience at Rediscovered Books—are stores near you doing clever things like this? I’m curious about what strategies individual stores are taking up.
On the origin of the word “blurb.”—One of those things you didn’t know you wanted to know.
Why We Need Family Adventure Stories
Penguin Worlds Book Club: Jim Butcher in conversation with Patrick Rothfuss—A fun chat between the two
The Great Fantasy Debate continues with What is the Best Fantasy Mode of Transportation? with authors Marie Lu and Naomi Novik
A lot of people were talking about reviews this week, some of those that stuck out to me are:
Markk over on Booklikes asked this provocative question: Why do YOU review books?
Why Do I Review Books: An Answer to A Question—Moonlight Reader’s response to Marrk
Why Should You Write Book Reviews?—Ramona Mead takes on the topic from a different angle
Why I don’t believe in unbiased reviews—Not only does The Orangutan Librarian have some good things to say about the craft (for lack of a less pretentious term), but she includes
Obligated Reading: A Book Blogger’s Conundrum—I have tried to write a post like this several times, and it just comes out whiny.
Why I Love Reading Fantasy (Hint: Dragons Are Involved)—a great list
Episode (or two) you might want to give a listen to:
Blood Brothers Podcast Episode 9 with M.W. Craven—I had a lot of fun listening to this one, and am all the more eager for Craven’s The Curator now.
That I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins—You may have heard of Collins YA series, The Hunger Games, it got a little bit of buzz a few years ago. Well, here’s the prequel. Which seems to have scared almost the entire publishing industry away from publishing anything else this week.
One Man by Harry Connolly and Stephen Bel Davies—Connolly’s One Man is out on audio!