The Reading Report: Book News from July 14 – July 20

21 July 2014 by 7 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.    

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The Best Things All Week

Lower 9th Ward Library Wins First Lemony Snicket Prize via Reading this story about a New York City librarian who moved down to NOLA to help people get books gave me all the feels.

Isaac Asimov wrote dirty limericks. No, really. via The Huffington Post

Everyone has been really into this Weird Al song about grammar mistakes. I’m a little conflicted about the practice of correcting people who have bad grammar in a snarky way, but I can’t deny that it’s been super popular and probably most people like it. link via BuzzFeed

HORROR AUTHOR RAP BATTLE! (Okay, so this is from June, but I only discovered it just this week.

The Potentially-Not-That-Great Things That I Saw

Trans Literature For the Masses via The New Yorker

I was very excited to click on that link, and then I discovered that the book in question is–wait for it–from the point of view of a straight dude who gets mistaken as a trans* man. And I was just, lolwut–now trans* literature is about the Straight Cis Man’s Struggles, too?

I haven’t read it so I don’t know if that’s how it comes off, but the summary was deflating as hell.

Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited, an Oyster-like service, but there’s a catch: almost nothing published by major publishers is included in the service. via NYT

That makes this a non-starter for me. (Also, I read through some of the selections and the editorial suggestions, presumably from Amazon staff, are kind of awful.)

Interesting Things to Chew On

The Strange Power of the Subtweet via The American Reader.

A great explanation of the literary device called an “apostrophe” (not related to the punctuation mark) and how we sometimes use it in modern social media.

Archie comics are, apparently, really popular in India. via The Huffington Post.

“For us in India, the entire appeal of the teenagers of Riverdale High was that they were so totally not concerned with the larger world out there. The social and political issues roiling America cast no shadow on them. Its eternal sunshine allowed the series to cross over cheerfully to a country like India much in the same way Enid Blyton’s Five Find-Outers crossed over from England into our Indian childhoods.”

I’m Not a Tart: The Feminist Subtext of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men via The Huffington Post.

Y’all, this article blew my mind a little bit. Highly recommend.

What is the Great American Novel? via The Times Literary Supplement.

“Buell considers why America might “dream” of locating the single novel that best expresses Americanness. He acknowledges the paradox that, although the concept of the Great American Novel seems to articulate “national swagger”, the most praised GANs are “anything but patriotic”. Rather, they convey “national self-criticism”, typically on the grounds of social inequality.”

Super Old But Totally Still Relevant

I love John Green’s points about empathy especially. Also his use of “Fountainhead-y”.

Things To Read

Ronald Schuchard has compiled the complete prose of T.S. Eliot, some of which has been out of print or was never published. BRB GETTING ALL THE BOOKS. via Johns Hopkins

Featured Review: 25 Points: Even Though I Don’t Miss You via HTMLGiant.

“12. The only things that I can’t cope with in this book are bathroom doors being open and any thought about or use of the word ‘queef’ but this is merely a personal opinion as well as being a potential stumbling block for any future romantic relationship involving myself and Chelsea Martin (see points 1-4).

13. On the other hand “Sometimes I’m so aroused and all I can do is frantically eat birth control fills” followed by “I meant for that to sound more punk rock” made me laugh possibly more than anything in this book and this book is funny.”

What was your best book news 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.

7 thoughts on “The Reading Report: Book News from July 14 – July 20

  1. Ahh, so it’s actually ” Kindle Unlimited* ”

    * Except for anything from those stinky stupid-head publishers who won’t do what we want. Other than that, TOTALLY ALL THE BOOKS! :-D

    From what I understand re: the new Weird Al song (and this could just be my random interpretation of the news), part of the appeal is also that it’s parodying “Blurred Lines,” and anything that in any way makes fun of that stupid song is good. I still haven’t watched the Weird Al video myself, but I’m about to remedy that situation right now…

    • Oh, I just can’t help but give people the “check your privilege” side-eye when they complain about grammar mistakes. Not everyone has the same educational opportunities, Weird Al!

      • That’s true, but Weird Al songs are meant to be over-the-top about whatever subject he chooses. Have you heard “Party In the CIA”? Or “Trapped In the Drive-Thru”? :-)

  2. I tried both Oyster and Entitle and just couldn’t bring myself to keep paying for services that my local library offers for free, ya know?

    Octavia Butler’s Unexpected Stories is one of the books offered with Amazon’s new service, though, so I assume Open Road Media is one of the publishers included. I’d have to see how many other pubs jump on it before I come up with a decent opinion.

    • I wouldn’t mind doing something like Oyster if I didn’t have to wait for the titles. I never have to wait TOO long, but our library also doesn’t have EVERYTHING I want to read. Though it does have quite a lot.

  3. Wow, that article about Of Mice and Men. This makes me more interested to read it, and then I was very surprised it was written by Leighton Meester. Wow. Just wow. Excellent.

    • I only read it once–like.. jeez, 16 years ago? but I remember it enough that article completely flipped my script on that book. I need to re-read it.

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