Hello, everyone! I'm in such a Christmas mood these past few days that I'm always thinking about the gingerbread cookies, and the tree, and all the decorations. Of course, some Christmas-y books couldn't miss from my reading list, but would you recommend to me a specific one that I simply have to read? Anyway, let's see what happened in the literary world the previous week.
- Sara Baume was awarded the Faber Memorial prize for fiction for her novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither. It's noteworthy that this was her debut novel.
- Bob Dylan didn't attend the Nobel Prize ceremony, although he has finally accepted the great honour. His speech was delivered by the US ambassador. Furthermore, Stephen King, the king of horror, has defended the musician's win of the Nobel Prize in literature. He went as fas as to call all of those who complain sour grapes.
- Another great author joins the protest against the Chinese president Xi Jinping for his treatment of the writers, which includes detainment, imprisonment, and censorship. China has the highest number of imprisoned authors in the world! Salman Rushdie has joined JM Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, and Neil Gaiman, among other 120 writers and activists.
- The end of 2016 is near and it's no surprise that all sort of list will shortly begin to appear. Amazon has revealed the 2016's Top-Selling New Releases. Of course, it's no surprise that JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child topped up the list!
- Stephenie Meyer has a new book and this time it's an adult novel. The book is called The Chemist and it has just hit the shelves. If you haven't yet decided whether to give this a try you can read a small excerpt from it.
- H.G. Wells is definitely a great and influential writer. But, what if I told you that he is making a comeback 70 years after his death? A lost ghost story of the author has recently been discovered among his many manuscripts. The story is called The Haunted Ceiling and it was printed for the very first time!
- We might already feel the winds of winter, but the George R.R. Martin's book with the same name has yet to be released. Moreover, the fantasy writer declared that this instalment of the series will definitely not be "a happy feel-good" one. I really can't tell if I'm eager or I dread to read it!
- Which Fictional World Would You Be Born Into? Take the quiz to find out! I got Middle Earth to no-one's surprise, if I might add! What did you get?