News & Notes – 2/04/2017

February 4, 2017 News & Notes 8

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

Book News


Worth Reading


Book & Movie Announcements



Awesome Lists

  • NPR’s 2016 Book Concierge is up and running! If you’re not familiar with it, the NPR Book Concierge lets you explore their best-books-of-the-year list by choosing genres and/or characteristics. Prefer “rather long” science books? The concierge offers you Siddhartha Mukerjee’s The Gene.  “Seriously great writing” in “kids’ books”? Wolf Hollow and The Beach at Night. Go check it out.
  • 100 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Debuts (BookRiot)  Some of these books go back decades, to my childhood and earlier; other are recent, or even forthcoming. What they have in common is that every one is an author’s first SF/F book, from Joe Abercrombie to Roger Zelazny, and a host of other terrific authors in between. You’re sure to find something here you’d like to try.


Really Cool / Just for Fun


Bookish Quote

Book poster by graphic artist Risa Rodil. You can see more of her book quotes here.

That’s it for this week!

8 Responses to “News & Notes – 2/04/2017”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I know! I’m trying to convince myself that no, I really don’t need yet another set of HP books. (I have the older hardcovers, and I’m collecting the new illustrated ones.) But it’s tempting… except I don’t know which house to get. I used to be Hufflepuff, before Pottermore resorted me into Ravenclaw. And I like the Gryffindor colors best.

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    I started Outlander as my first book of the year and got about half through and was able to put it aside for now (not DNF). It captured my attention while I was reading but some of the graphic sex & violence bothered me a bit, though I loved the historical tidbits in it.

    Not sure if you would like it, so maybe you should get a library copy and give it a whirl. You’ll have to read into it a bit to make a better informed decision. This is my second go-round with it (read a few chapters years ago). I hope to finish it and ruminate about it before sharing my thoughts.

    I’m off to check out the NPR list now, but thanks for a good post.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’ve got a copy on my Kindle; I bought it when it was on sale for $1.99, figuring that if I don’t like it, I didn’t spend too much on it. But I’m hopeful. Thanks for stopping by, and for your thoughtful comments!