The Reading Report: October 27, 2015

27 October 2015 by Tell us your thoughts
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.    

I am going to change the name of this feature as soon as I come up with a snappy name that includes other media as well.

Book Stuff

Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize recently and The Wall Street Journal printed his thoughts on The Smiths. I like it when post-punk jangle pop meets literature, you know?

Tom Hiddleston Gothic Romance

Tom Hiddleston explained Gothic Literature like a boss and Buzzfeed gif’d that shit up for us.

The hotel that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining is set to become “the world’s first horror-themed museum, film archive, and film production studio.”

Diversify your horror reads with these 10 WoC writers. I’m definitely going to be reading from this list.

Robert Sabuda Alice in Wonderland tea party

Check out these Alice in Wonderland illustrations (like the one from above by Robert Sabuda) over at Mental Floss.

Then there are these Edward Gorey illustrations of T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Cats + Gorey + Eliot = basically everything you love.

And if you’re still in a book art mood, there are some gifs of animated op-art book covers at Dangerous Minds.

Rad Art

Jamie Adams Niagra Notebook

Niagra Notebook by Jamie Adams

Artist Jamie Adams makes gorgeous art that combines modern styles and themes with Italian Renaissance paintings. Check out more of his work at Hi-Fructose. It’s gorgeous.

On Screen


Also, ICYMI, Daniel Craig gave a smashing interview about James Bond. He wasn’t particularly flattering to the secret agent.

This happened:

Beauty is Everywhere Bob Ross

But especially on YouTube.

Christina Ricci’s character in the movie Now and Then originally was a lesbian, according to the writer. New Line Cinema changed her character to be “less distracting.” (boo-hissssss)

Are you riding this wave of recent space movies? io9 calls it a “new golden age.”

Eartha Kitt

I enjoyed this list of dating advice from classic Hollywood women via Buzzfeed.


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.

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