Best of the Bookternet: December 2015
It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of the book-related Internet, sucking up hours reading reviews, bookish news, and memes. But that takes away time from reading and listening to great books! So we’ve curated a list of the best of the bookternet this month, saving you time. Enjoy!
Authors We Lost in 2015
About That Next Book
Veronica Roth, author of the mega-bestselling Divergent series, gives us a glimpse of her next series: a space opera already getting Star Wars comparisons. Plus, cute dog gifs!
Author Recommendations from Celeste Ng
Everything I Never Told You author Celeste Ng discusses some of her favorite coffee table books. Subjects range from portraits to food to letters.
Whom do You Write for? “Pandering” Essay Sparks a Debate
In case you missed it, in November, author Claire Vaye Watkins wrote a long essay for Tin House about writing for male approval. A Wide range of responses ensued, notably from Jamaican author and Man Booker prize-winner Marlon James. NPR brought them together to discuss the essay, and gender and race in publishing.
Thank You, From a Bookseller
James Patterson was at it again this year—no, not writing books, though he did that too—giving out bonuses to booksellers. He donated $250,000 independent bookstore employees, including Kevin Sampsell of Powell’s in Portland, OR, who is forever grateful.
Actually, Emma Is the Best Jane Austen Novel
A close look at Jane Austen’s Emma upon the 200th anniversary of its publishing, as well as the rich bitches we love to hate in literature and real life.
Margaret Atwood Is Writing a Superhero Comic Book
Author of realist and science fiction (and plenty in between) Margaret Atwood is working on a three-volume series of graphic novels. Origins-wise, the hero’s genetics are accidentally enhanced à la Spiderman, but knowing Atwood, this won’t be just a rehash of tropes.
Oxford Dictionaries Chose an Emoji as Word of the Year and Yet the Sky Still Hangs Above Our Heads
It will be hard to translate the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year into audiobooks. They chose an emoji.
Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels We’re Looking Forward to
What books have you excited to ring in 2016? Book bloggers, who are often the best resources for bookish news and reviews, weigh in.
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