First great read of the new year: Prairie Fires.
Second great read of the year: Serpico.

Citizen Reading: 15 January 2018.

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

Becky at RA for All cautions, don't get caught up in 2018 reading resolutions until you assess your 2017 reading.

Emerging trend for 2018: More "resistance books"?

Could you use a reading vacation? Yes, yes, I do. Me, a pile of books, an empty room, save for a comfy chair and a lamp and a cuddly blanket? Oh my God that would be SO GOOD.

15 tips and tricks to read more books in 2018.

A new app to help you organize your online reading.

Why are more comedians writing books?

Love self-help books? Try this podcast!

Penguin Random House has bought Rodale Books.

"What history and fiction teach us about women and power."

Okay, I promise to stop posting Milo Yiannopoulos stories, but I just loved this headline: "Perfection: Mil Yiannopoulos Will Represent Himself in Simon & Schuster Lawsuit."

This "backward-books-on-shelves" trend makes me want to hit someone. At least it's bugging other people as well.

Select literary obituaries of 2017.

The GOP is wooing Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance for a Senate run. Ugh. I weary of J.D. Vance.

PEN Literary Service Award winner: Stephen King.

Walters Dean Myers award: Winners.

26 books that are being made into movies and TV shows in 2018.


Both the author and the publisher of Fire and Fury (the book about Trump) are standing by it. (Related: how much money is the author of the book making? 7.4 million?)

Daniel Ellsberg on his newest book, The Doomsday Machine.

A book about trying to find a way to erase things on the Internet.

Novelist J.M. Coetzee has written a new book of essays about other writers.

There's a new biography of Mary Shelley out (to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein).

New York Times: a new history of the Civil War from the points of view of "ordinary people"; what does it take to overcome adversity?; on several new memoirs. (I must get the last of the memoirs in that last link, the Heating and Cooling one, it sounds so awesome.)


Free ebook editions of books that inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.

I love, love, LOVE the big book previews at The Millions. Here is their preview for 2018.

Library Journal: Best Audiobooks 2017

Booklist: Editors' choice, 2017.

February 2018 Library Reads list. It's getting old to write "snore" as commentary for this list, but you know I'm thinking it.

Vulture: 10 of the most exciting books of 2018.

Books most borrowed, January 2018.

USA Today: 10 big books to kick off 2018.

February's IndieNext list. That The Line Becomes a River book is showing up on all the new books to read in 2018 lists.

6 books to read with your kids that celebrate diversity.


I had a spectacular finish to 2017, but 2018 has been slow. I feel like I am doing everything, reading included, while mired in syrup. Or something like that. On the other hand, I am beside myself because I found a book all about the cultures and habits of English people: Kate Fox's Watching the English. Her intro is slow, because anthropologists can't help themselves when it comes to belaboring points, but I still think it's going to be a fun read.


"Neil Gaiman will be a major part of American Gods season 2."