A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
How the Internet changed the way we write. I fully expected to be depressed by this story, but it wasn't so bad.
"What is reading fatigue?" Go read this article, so you understand one of my favorite quotes from it: "And that, I've found, is really the key to keeping reading fatigue at bay: ignoring the way our brains have been trained to read in this new social world, and just, well, do what we want."
Asian American writing's "new generation."
10 crafty and bookish library displays. LOVE THIS. I want to make that top book tree in my house.
Booklist and AASL: announce the Schools In Need giveaway program.
William Gass: Obituary.
Wow, E.L. James is still dominating the bestseller lists.
A new Kate Atkinson novel is expected next year.
Jacqueline Woodson has a contract for two new books.
It's not getting as much publicity as the Matt Lauer and Al Franken news, but Lorin Stein, the editor of the Paris Review, has also resigned after an internal investigation into his behavior toward female employees and writers.
YALSA 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction award: Finalists.
John Leonard Prize (for a first book): Finalists.
The Albertine Prize (for the best Francophone fiction translated into English): Shortlist.
Ferdinand (the kids' classic): is now an animated film. I love Ferdinand.
J.K. Rowling defends the casting of Johnny Depp in the next Fantastic Beasts film.
Reese Witherspoon has been sued by a writer who claims the movie (and the book) Gone Girl ripped off her work.
The Christian Science Monitor has reviewed Matt Taibbi's new book I Can't Breathe, about Eric Garner.
A new memoir by a woman whose parents' goal was to treat her so badly that she could eventually survive anything.
A new book about why we were seduced by the movie The Graduate.
New York Times: On Oliver Sacks's last book; a new history of the Ku Klux Klan; a review of Scott Kelly's memoir about his year spent on the International Space Station; on language in the digital age, by the BuzzFeed copy chief; on Bill McKibben's new book titled Radio Free Vermont.
Remember that Largehearted Boy is once again compiling the Master List of Best Books Lists for 2017.
Nylon: Best Nonfiction of 2017. An interesting list. I didn't really agree with their liking of the memoir Priestdaddy, but they followed it up by listing After the Eclipse. So yes. An interesting list.
Christian Science Monitor: Best Books of 2017.
LitReactor: Best books of 2017.
Publishers Weekly: Top Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2017.
Booklist Reader: Best books the week of Dec. 4.
Daily Beast: My Favorite Books by Women in 2017.
School Library Journal: Top 10 audiobooks 2017.
EW.com: Best Books of 2017.
The Economist: Best Books of 2017.
HuffPost: Best Picture Books 2017.
Goodreads Choice Awards: Best books 2017. LibraryReads and GoodReads win my awards this year for "Consistently Most Boring Book Lists."
New York Times: Readers recommend their favorite books of 2017.
USA Today: "Ten books our critics loved reading this year."
"Your kid just learned to read": what books should you offer?
4 cozy (and mildly scary) audio mysteries.
AND NOW, YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN LINK
Neil Gaiman's "Wolves in the Walls" VR experience set to premiere at Sundance.