The Reading Report: Book News from June 16 – June 22, 2014

23 June 2014 by 9 Comments
the reading report: book news The Reading Report is a weekly list of book news and links we found interesting from the previous week. Actual links may not be from the previous week. We can't read EVERYTHING in a timely manner.    


The Best Things All Week

The brilliant Mallory Ortberg at The Toast reveals her (hilariously satirical) prestigious literary novel. Pants-peeingly funny.

This marriage proposal at Powell’s books will probably make you cry, (via Out) provided you’re not anti-gay. If you are anti-gay, please fuck off and don’t visit us again, thanks!

An author who wrote a book years ago called Joyland has been getting royalties from customers who haven’t noticed that 1) Stephen King released his Joyland print-only, and that 2) her name is decidedly not Stephen King. Here’s how she’s spending dat Stephen King money, and what Stephen King thinks of this (via Entertainment Weekly).

A good listicle from BuzzFeed (I KNOW!) showcasing literary graffiti.

Contributor Karalea posted a link to Call Me Ishmael, a project where readers call in and leave a voice mail about their favorite books.


The Worst Things All Week

A smug offering from Esquire about why we “damn well should” quit Amazon and shop in bookstores in person. Assumes that those of us who grew up in the internet age have never! even! been! in a bookstore probably; also suggests that the book we want isn’t even the book we want! Thanks, Esquire!

A man was cited for having a Little Free Library in his yard because it’s an unauthorized structure. It doesn’t really seem like a “structure” to me–are birdhouses also illegal? Garden boxes? Sigh. (via Prairie Village Post)

R.I.P., Daniel Keyes (via NYT). Torn between wanting to re-read Flowers for Algernon and not wanting to bawl my eyes out.


Bookish Links for Cool Chicks (And Also Anybody)

Over at Book Riot, Amanda wrote a bitchin’ post: Have Babies, Keep Reading

Jeanette Winterson killed and ate a rabbit and Twitter gave her shit about it. via The Guardian

Flannery O’Connor slams Ayn Rand, hopes her books get chucked directly in the bin. via Biblioklept

12 Amazing Books That Pass the Bechdel Test via The Huffington Post


Publishing Stuffs

Angry Robot Books has decided to discontinue their lines Exhibit A and Strange Chemistry, due to market saturation and a lack of profitability. :(

At Chuck Wendig’s blog, Mike R. Underwood talks 25 publishing secrets. Cheered my face off when he explained how retail discounting actually works.

At The Guardian, they’re worried that the working class are being written out of fiction. There goes publishing, mucking up publishing again.


What was the best book news you read last week?


Susie is the Bitch-in-Chief at IB and is also a contributor at Book Riot. She's an ice cream connoisseur, an art fanatic, a cat-mommy of three, and a wife. She runs the @thebooksluts Twitter account and may be slightly addicted.

9 thoughts on “The Reading Report: Book News from June 16 – June 22, 2014

  1. I would shop in bookstores if there were any good bookstores in my area. BN sucks–they’re basically a toy store now and they never have what I’m looking for anymore…and that’s the only bookstore we have.

    I’m very sad to hear about Daniel Keyes. He was a colleague of my father-in-law when they worked at Ohio University together. I haven’t read Flowers for Algernon yet–it’s been on my TBR pile for a LONG TIME. The Minds of Billy Milligan is also very good.

    • UGH I HATE B&N. I do. I never go unless I’m literally just right next to one anyway, and even then I usually skip it.

      Aw, that’s cool about your FIL (though I’m sorry for the loss of his former colleague, of course). Flowers is heartbreaking as hell, so if you ever pick it up, be prepared!

  2. I love the Joyland mixup, especially because both authors are super cool about it. And possibly laughing at all the people who didn’t check the author name or you know, that the cover art was completely different.

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