News & Notes – 7/25/15

July 25, 2015 News & Notes 12

News & Notes

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


E. L. Doctorow

Literary Losses

Award-winning author E. L. Doctorow, best known for Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, died July 21, 2015, at the age 84. Doctorow often mixed historical and fictional characters in his books, to the delight of readers and the chagrin of historians, but was widely recognized as a great American novelist. Obituaries: NPR ; The GuardianNew York Times ; Washington Post


For Writers & Bloggers

Great Blog Posts


Freebies & Bargains


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

Tote bag: So many books, so little time/money

Tote bag; graphics by Carol Oliveira


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!



12 Responses to “News & Notes – 7/25/15”

  1. Rita @ View From My Home

    Goodness, great post today…where to start… after I spent so much time this morning reading 99% of your links and the comments left on the links–Anna @ the Herd alone had so many, and the responses were addictive! 🙂 The lists portion was fun to check out too!

    As a person living with chronic depressive/anxiety disorder besides physical issues, and a parent of children dealt varying degrees of it, I was intrigued by the posts about rereading and anxiety, and reading MG books for therapy (that link didn’t work, so I had to google the article). It’s a well-thought-out and interesting correlation to be made, the effect of comfort reading on anxiety and what particular types of books to choose. Thanks for pointing it out.

    I have recently given up dark psychological thrillers– which were my reading mainstay for so many years– who knows if I will pick them up again someday. I started reading light romantic suspense, contemporary small-town romance, fantasy, memoirs, police/legal procedurals, and cozy mysteries. I guess we have somewhat similar taste, though I still read grittier titles than you seem to. If you wonder how I can read the non-cozy mysteries and detective stories still, it’s because I love to use my brain to pick up on the clues and avoid the red herrings and hopefully see justice be done in the end. I get a rush from them, but still find it more impersonal and non-threatening than psychological thrillers, which jump out at me and present art-imitating-life situations.

    A long-winded comment to say, yes I agree with you and those articles, and though I find my attention wandering when I attempt children or MG titles (just my personal taste) I am gravitating towards lighter reading fare, with your blog & Katherine Pitts’ blog as great motivators to do so. Thanks once more.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      What a wonderful and thoughtful comment, Rita! I’m glad you’re venturing out into lighter fare because it’s lovely to have a real range of things to choose from, depending on your mood and (in my case and perhaps yours) anxiety level. I find I do much more rereading when I’m under stress or more anxious, and more new-to-me reading when I’m feeling good. Same with genre; I read more romance, MG books, and light cozies when I’m anxious or stressed out, because they’re relatively predictable, and venture into more serious mysteries and deeper fantasy when I’m doing well.

      And thank you for the lovely compliment… and I love Katherine’s blog, too. For that matter, you have piqued my interest about some of those more psychological thrillers, and I may get a little bolder next time I’m feeling pretty relaxed – further than Krentz and Nora Roberts thrillers, at least!

      • Rita @ View From My Home

        Thanks for the reply, and I don’t want to be accused of giving you nightmares, so maybe I won’t share those thriller titles, lol 😉

        I will say that I am now open to rereading a favorite book in the near future, but I need to find one first that I will enjoy a second time (not mysteries, because satisfying my curiosity the first time kind of ruins it for any other times). But I am open to choosing another genre and keeping it handy for those times I want a comfort read.
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        • Lark_Bookwyrm

          No worries about the recommendations – if I choose to read a book and it gives me nightmares, it’s on me, not whoever recommended it! 🙂 I’ve gotten fairly good at spotting that something’s going to trouble me by reading the blurbs and dipping into the book here and there.

  2. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    As always, a great post. There are so many links to check out but two in particular caught my eye, the one on anxiety and the signed books. The anxiety one is relevant for myself and several friends while signed books one boggles my mind. Why wouldn’t you read the book? I need to read the article and see if it makes any sense.

    And now, back to review writing. 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you found some interesting links! The anxiety one explains perfectly what I’ve tried to articulate to myself and others and never quite felt I captured. As for reading signed books – it’s more about whether you would read the signed copy, or keep that copy pristine and read a different one. Having had my signed Anne McCaffrey paperbacks become more and more worn from frequent rereading when I was young (and could only afford one copy!), I now incline to the “buy a different copy for reading” school of thought. 🙂

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Sure thing, Anna! And I’m glad you like the bag – she has a lot of other great quotes and graphics on bags, pillows, and such. Some are series-specific, like “I only date half-bloods” or “I only date Shadowhunters”. Others are more general. I’m eying a few of them and thinking of Christmas…

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The latest I heard anything about a HP book was in April, when Rowling said she wouldn’t totally rule it out. But I got the sense she’s concentrating on Cormoran Strike and on the Fantastic Beasts movies, for which she’s writing or collaborating on the screenplay. I googled but didn’t find anything more recent. If you come across what you found, I’d love to see it!

  3. Jan

    So many good links here, Lark! The bookish quote is great. I missed the Kindle sale of beach reads on Saturday. (We had company staying the weekend at my daughter’s…so fun, but I didn’t use my computer!) Oh well, I have plenty to read.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I was kind of surprised that was only a one-day sale, TBH. I picked up about 5 books, blowing my resolution to cut back pretty much to smithereens. 🙂 Glad you liked the quote. I need to find some time to make a few more of those!