- Book recommendations from John Green? Yes please.
- My former library school colleague Sarah is now blogging about books and libraries. She’s lovely and you should all drop by and say hi.
- These past few weeks were great for seeing books I love reviewed by bloggers I really like, which is something that never fails to make me happy. First of all, here’s Eve’s Alexandria on The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, one of my all-time favourite short story collections.
- Secondly, Eva reviewed The Brides of Rollrock Island, my favourite read of this year, and called it “a literary, lyrical, and deeply true novel”. I’m hoping the endorsement of a reader as sophisticated as Eva will help sway some readers who might feel understandably dubious when someone like me gushes at great length.
- Thirdly, Jeanne enjoyed Kij Johnson’s At The Mouth of the River of Bees, another one of my favourites of the year. I love that this short story collection is bringing Johnson to the attention of more readers.
- And finally, there’s the thing that makes me happiest of all - when someone really loves a book I recommended :D Here’s Ana on Moris Geltizman’s Two Weeks With the Queen and Hilary McKay’s Saffy’s Angel, the first book in the wonderful Casson Family series. Again, I’m hoping this post will spread the word further about these wonderful books.
- One of my favourite recent blog discoveries is Gossamer Obsessions - I particularly enjoyed this review of Crewel by Gennifer Albin, which draws attention to the sexist ideas embedded into the book’s worldbuilding.
- Lastly, as some of you might know, last week there was yet another round of “book bloggers are destroying literary culture and everything that is pure and good in this world”. I’m not going to link to the article in question because I don’t want to reward it with more exposure, but if you’re really, really curious, you can find the link in the posts I’m going to tell you about in a minute. The one good thing to come out of this debacle was #graffitireviews, which you can read about in detail at Melanie or Clare’s blogs. I have nothing to add to their excellent posts, but wanted to say that this is one of those things that make my heart swell with fondness for this community of smart, thoughtful, funny and sarcastic book lovers who will not be silenced. I’m so lucky to know them.