Ruth Franklin's Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.
2016: My Year in Reading.

Citizen Reading: 2 January 2017

A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.

Holy shit, it's 2017. Fasten your seat belts, kids, it could be a bumpy ride.*

A moment of silence for Carrie Fisher, actor and author.

Another moment of silence for Richard Adams, author of Watership Down.

Let's just have a whole day of silence. 2016 in Memoriam: Authors.

Make this your reading resolution for 2017: "embrace the unexpected book."

George Saunders: "Who are all these Trump supporters?" Again, not really book-related. But I do enjoy George Saunders.

This is a slightly weird article, but I'm charmed by someone who enjoys books, and hustling for books, this much.


Okay, in case you're hearing or seeing the name Milo Yiannopoulos, here's the skinny: "He’s been called a provocateur, a troll, the poster boy of the alt-right and a white nationalist." He's also now got a $250,000 book deal from Simon & Schuster. I don't know anything about him and I won't be finding any more out, but do go check out his picture: he looks like he missed the casting call for the lead in "American Psycho." 80s much, dude?

New York Times: two new books on technology; wait, make that three new books on technology; a new book on the long, long history between America and China; ooh ooh ooh, I saw this in the bookstore and totally want it, a look at American ingenuity.


Onward! Harper Bazaar's best books of January 2017 Top history books of 2016

Wired: Required science reading from 2016

13 can't miss YA novels coming in 2017

Peter Davison: My six best books (Don't know who Peter Davison is? Why, only one of my formative crushes.)


I took the huge biography of Frank Sinatra, Frank: The Voice, along to my husband's family's Christmas, and it was spectacular. I couldn't get to sleep until 3 a.m. so it was nice to have something along to get through the wee small hours of the morning. More on this book later.

I'm re-reading Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising, because it's just that time of year. I really love Susan Cooper. If you've never read this book, you should; then gift it to any 10- to 18-year-olds you know.


Amanda Palmer, a.k.a. Mrs. Neil Gaiman, takes heat for saying Trump "will make punk rock great again."

*Not for any political or other reasons. Just, even when it's going good, it's still always kind of a bumpy ride, being human.