April 6, 2015

The Reading Book Post, April 6th

The Reading Book Post with all the literary news of the previous week

Happy Easter everyone! It's been an interesting week. I started the Japanese themed read and so far I'm enjoying it. Today I'm waiting for the Classics Club Spin number, in order to learn which classic from my list I will read. Well, let's see what happened in the literary world this past week.

  • A few days ago the finalists for the Hugo Awards were announced! The ceremony will take place on 22 August and after it a list with the top 15 nominees in each category will be publicized.

  • The fangirl in me was really excited this week because the cover from the new novel of David Mitchell was revealed. As most of the other novels' covers (honestly the only one that I don't particularly like is Ghostwritten's cover), I found this cover amazing. Both in the UK and US edition, it will be the same. Slade House will be published on October 27th. What do you think? Did you like it?

  • George R. R. Martin is in the news, again! But this is actually exciting because he gave an exert from The Winds of Winter. It is a Sansa chapter and it is a first taste of what the next installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series is going to be like. Plus he claims that he hopes to finish it before Season 6 premieres in Spring 2016.

  • The Millennium series has a sequel ten years after the author's, Stieg Larsson, death. After the successful trilogy (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Played With Fire and Kicked the Hornet's Nest), a fourth novel will be published on August 27th. It's called The Girl in the Spider's Web and it is written by David Lagercrantz, who got the approval of Larsson's estate. 

  • Sir Salman Rushdie, the Booker-prize winning author, joined a forum and rated some well-known and classic books thinking that it was private, as he said later. For example, he rated Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis with one star and To Kill A Mocking Bird with three stars. If found it very interesting to actually see the true taste of the writers, even if he was "just fooling around".

  • Any Archer fans? Well, in this animated show the main character, Archer, says as many literary references as other profanities and here you can watch a video with the most of them. Enjoy!

  • Did Jane Austen show the way to the #RealisticYA and #VeryRealisticYA hashtags? Well, this twitter trend surely reminds of Northanger Abbey, which parodies the melodramatic narratives of the 18th-century gothic novels. 

  • This week's quiz is a relatively difficult one. Can you recognize these beautiful works of literature from just the first line?


  1. The Hugo nominee list is pretty interesting. I'm surprised to see Jim Butcher there. I've read the first two books in his Dresden Files series (as well as all of the Codex Alera) and they seem pretty fun, but not exactly award material. That being said, I've heard that the series gets really good later on so I can hardly judge based on the first two. It's also no surprise to see Ann Leckie there again. She fairly cleaned up last year but personally I was fairly underwhelmed by Ancillary Justice. I haven't read the sequel yet but I might seeing as it was nominated.

    The cover of the new David Mitchell book is really cool too, I can't wait to read it. Hopefully I'll have read some of his other work before it comes out.

    That's good to hear that GRRM has finally realised that he needs to, you know, write something. I doubt he'll stick to schedule, but I still can't wait for The Winds Of Winter. I still have to read A Dance With Dragons, but it's next on my to-read list.

    I also managed to get 11/12 on the test, even though I've read basically none of them!

    Great post as usual!

    1. The Hugo Awards finalists were no surprise to me. The Goblin Emperor was one of the books that got my attention.

      Isn't it lovely? Ok, I have a confession to make. I try to bring up David Mitchell's books in every occasion, that's how much I loved them. And I'm going to preorder Slade House, that's a fact. Until its release though I'll have to read The Reason I Jump, a translation he made from a japanese memoir.

      I'm glad that you enjoy The Reading Book Post :)

  2. I'm definitely looking forward in reading The Girl in the Spider's Web! Nice post! Well done :-)

    1. I hope that this author will try to keep up with Larsson's style. :)

  3. I'm not sure how I feel about people continuing someone else's series... I don't like it actually. Well, my only experience was with Aubrey Clark who took L.J. Smith's place at writing The Vampire Diaries but they were awfully written :((

    1. This is the only reason why I'm hesitant. We'll see, let's hope for the best!


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