Friday, December 26, 2014

The Best of 2014

2013 was an eventful year in my literary adventures. 2014...not so much.  I did go to two literary events in Charleston: Nina Foxx (which I helped bring to my local library) and Pearl Cleage during the MOJA Festival.  And as of this writing on Christmas Eve, I have only read 35 books, which is low for me.  Somehow, I lost my reading groove this year.  But I was able to select my favorite books of 2014.  So here they are (in no particular order).

Anybody's Daughter: This book was one of my book club selections earlier in the year.  This book about a teen girl who is kidnapped and is forced into the world of sex slavery and trafficking (and the efforts of her uncle and his girlfriend to get her back) was a great read. No wonder it won the NAACP Image Award for Best Fiction of 2013! And it reminded me of the stories I heard about sex trafficking in a conference I was at a few months before I read the book.

The Prodigal Son: This is one of my favorite books from the Curtis Black series! This book about Curtis' sons Matthew (poor, poor Matthew) and Dillon (which I am convinced that's not his son, but that may be addressed in another book) was a great page turner. I can't wait to read the next book of this series that comes out next summer which will feature daughter Alicia (and I hope she goes back to the former drug dealer).

What's Done In The Dark: I should have known something was up when my friend Flash text me and said something to the effect of  "You need to read ReShonda's book. It is so good." Since I was on vacation, I decided to read it. MAN LISTEN. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. ReShonda Tate Billingsley out did herself with this book about a woman who sleeps with her BFF's husband...and he dies of a heart attack!  I later recommended the book to a woman who goes to the same hairdresser as I do.  When I saw her a few weeks later, she told me she had read the book and couldn't put it down either!

An Untamed State: This book was another book club selection, even though I didn't make it to the meeting where the book was discussed (dang flat tire). Even though this book took me a while to read, I was really enthralled with the story about a woman who was kidnapped and held hostage in her father's homeland of Haiti.  I am currently reading author Roxane Gay's book of essays, Bad Feminist.

Big Little Lies: I read Liane Moriarty's last hit, The Husband's Secret, and though it was OK.  But Big Little Lies, which was about three mothers whose kids are in the same Kindergarten class, was really good.  And wait until you find out the big little lie!

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace:  How can one man was able to survive the streets of Newark, graduate from Yale, and yet died on the same streets?  This is what Jeff Hobbs wanted to find out about his former roommate Robert Peace.  This nonfiction work read like a fiction book and kept my attention the whole time.

And I have a some honorable mentions: A Pinch of Ooh La La, Shake Down the Stars, Redefining Realness, I've Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, The Single Woman and Cosby: His Life and Times. I read the Cosby biography before the sexual allegations came out (again), but in my honest opinion I believe the author was shut down when he asked Cosby about them (this was an authorized book). Autumn Jackson barely got a page, so you know the allegations wasn't going to be in the book.  It will be interesting to see how the paperback version will reflect recent events.

I don't know what literary events I will be going to in the new year.  Delta will have another national convention in July and there will be another National Book Club Conference in Atlanta in August.   Delta is also doing regional author tours, with the one for my region happening in late January in Raleigh, NC.  I will just play it by ear.  Enjoy the rest of your holiday season and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mailbox Monday 12/22/14



Look what came and arrived under the tree for today's Mailbox Monday!

The book on the left, Driving the King, came from Harper Books.  This book will come out in January.

The book on the right, Brown Girl Dreaming,came from Rock Inked! As many of you know, this book just won the National Book Award for Young Adult Fiction!

Are you interested in any of these books? Hit me up in the comments section! Thanks to those who provided the books! Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Book News You Can Use 12/19/14



Relax in Paradise Norman Bridwell.

The last of the Best of 2014 lists: Book Riot, Flavorwire (fiction and nonfiction), The Guardian (selected by authors), The O Magazine and Booklist.  BuzzFeed even did a Best of 2014 list of women authors.

Author Kalisha Buckhanon also list her favorite books of 2014.

A new Judy Bloom book is coming out in June!

Here are some African-American books to add to your TBR list in the new year.

PW also featured some recently released and upcoming African-American books for you to check out.  Which ones do you plan to check out?

Farai Chideya talks to Lalita Tademy about her new book, why she quit her job to write and how she got married at 55.  There's hope for me after all!

Ceiling has been found! David Oyelowo has joined the cast of the movie adaptation of Americanah!

Publishers Weekly talked to six book industry professionals on how important diversity is in the book industry.

This story claims that Wal-Mart is looking to buy the Nook brand from Barnes and Noble. YUCK.

A new kid's tablet will be coming out in March.

A new study shows that British public libraries should emulate coffee shops. Do they know that cost money, which is something British libraries haven't had in a while?

The Serial podcast is over.  Here are some true crime books and audiobooks to check out.  Anything Ann Rule is good!

There will be no book news for the next two weeks because of the holidays (duh). There will be a Mailbox Monday this Monday (the 22nd) and my Best of 2014 on the 26th.   Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Book News You Can Use 12/12/14



Congratulations to all of the NAACP Image Award nominees! To find the literary nominees, scroll towards the bottom.

Congratulations also go out to Mitchell S. Jackson, who won the Ernest J. Gaines Award and Tiphanie Yanique for winning the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize!

Gillian Flynn got a Golden Globe nomination for her Gone Girl screenplay!

More Best of 2014 lists: The Daily Beast (fiction, biographies and memoirs), The Root (fiction and nonfiction), Entertainment Weekly (fiction and nonfiction), Vulture, NewsweekThe Atlantic (some of their books weren't released this year) and Shelf Awareness.

We are already looking forward to books we want to read in 2015.

A former Occupy Wall Street activist lands a memoir deal.

Brits are upset that YouTube star Zoella used a ghostwriter for her book.  Um...do they know how most books by celebrities get written?

Lena Dunham's publisher had to clarified that a pseudonym was used when she described that a guy raped her in college.

If you are a true crime fan (like me), you may enjoy some of these.

Rainbow Rowell announced that a new book will be released in October. Just in time for YA'LL Fest!

The Fault in Our Stars has been unbanned from middle schools in a city in California.

Jacqueline Woodson continues to get much love after her National Book Award win with an interview on NPR.

Here are three YA books that are set in Africa.

Two articles about minority science fiction and fantasy writers were posted. One was from BuzzFeed and the other was from The Guardian.

This article about the book world making excuses for their race problem nails it.

A publisher wanted an author to denounce her daughter's sexuality in her book. Really??!!

If you live in or visiting the New York City area next week, here's an awesome literary event!

Looking for a non-book gift for bookworm in your life? Here are some ideas. And some more.

For $99, you can own all of Dr. Seuss' books on an app.

The hangout in Harriet The Spy was recently honored as a literary landmark.

Every fan of the Baby-Sitters Club (including myself) would love and appreciate this article!

These emojis need to happen.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book News You Can Use 12/5/14



Relax in Paradise Kent Haruf, Mark Strand,  P. D. James and Claudia Emerson.

Congratulations to all of the Morris Award nominees.

The Best of 2014 lists keep coming in with Slate (they also had an overlooked books list), BookPage, New York Times (they also have a children and YA list and have narrowed it down to 10),  Huffington PostNPRBuzzFeedPopSugar (over 200 books) and Time adding theirs.

GoodReads users also got a chance to vote for their favorites of 2014.

Was 2014 the year of the debut author?

Jacqueline Woodson addressed the National Book Award controversy in an essay in the New York Times.

Claudia Rankine didn't win the National Book Award for poetry, but she did get props from the New York Times. And spoke about the violent deaths of black men on PBS NewsHour.

Musician PJ Harvey is releasing a poetry book in the new year.

Vox suggested people read Men We Reaped as a book that will help the public understand the Ferguson protests.  You don't have to read it just because of that. You should read it because it's a good book.

Writers at the New York Times also made suggestions for books to read to help understand Ferguson. Both were written before the Eric Gardner grand jury results.

The President and the First Daughters got out of the White House and bought some books when they shopped during Small Business Saturday.

Maurice Sendak's estate is being controlled by his former housekeeper and some are not happy about it.

A Nigerian author wrote about how she would like to see African literature become more popular in Africa.

Here are five African novels to read before you die.

Publishers Weekly wrote about the growing diversity of romance novels.

Are you into science fiction and are looking for something to read over the holidays?  BuzzFeed has some suggestions.  And at least two of the authors are African-American.

Here are some new children's books to read in the new year.

Zoella did what the Jenner sisters wish they could have done....write a best seller.

Take part in the #giveabook challenge!

Need help finding someone a book for the holidays? Email the Penguin Hotline!

Karen Quinones Miller writes about the popularity of African-American book clubs.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Book News You Can Use 11/21/14


So I got a Kindle Fire HD 6 now.

As many of you know, I go out of town a lot for my job and exhibit at conferences.  At the conference I was at this week, one of the tables was giving away the Kindle Fire.  The person at the table encouraged me to enter the giveaway. So I did and thought nothing about it...until yesterday when they called my name that I had won.  As of this writing, I have not turned it on and set it up (it was a long day yesterday).  And some of you also know that I've had a Nook Color for years.  So if you own one of these Kindles and would like to give me tips on how to work it, or even tell me if you like it (or not), please feel free to drop a line in the comments.

Congratulations to the winners of the National Book Awards! A special shout-out goes to Jacqueline Woodson, who won for Brown Girl Dreaming!

Sadly, Woodson's win was overshadowed by Daniel Handler 's (AKA Lemony Snicket) jokes during the award show.  But he has apologized and has decided to donate up to $100,000 to We Need Diverse Books if his funds were matched in 24 hours.

Kirkus has started to name their Best of 2014 books, starting with fiction.

The Washington Post has also named their 10 best books of the year.

Here's an essay about Sex and the Single Librarian and how librarians have been portrayed in movies and literature.

Little League phenom Mo'ne Davis is coming out with a memoir in March.

Also in 2015, a new book by Jonathan Franzen.

Who knew Ellen DeGeneres got some skills in interior design?!

Toni Morrison was on the Colbert Report this week! And I am excited about her new book coming out in April!

Winnie the Pooh was banned from a Polish playground for being a "inappropriate hermaphrodite" and wearing no pants. HUN?! #sillyoldpeople

Little Madison has restored my faith in humanity.

There will be no Book News next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Have a happy and safe holiday! And don't eat too much!

Picture is from CNET.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mailbox Monday 11/17/14


A lot of books came in the mail the last two weeks, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

Two packages of books came while I was in California.  One of the packages I received was from Kensingston Publishing.

The Girl In the Woods
Hades
Caught Up
Lights, Love and Lip Gloss
Want, Need Love

I also received a package from Random House.

Glow
A Map of Betrayal

Last week, I received a package from Harper Books.

God Loves Haiti
Unrequited

And I received one of the books I won on Goodreads, The Day The Walls Cried.

Do any of these books capture your attention?  Hit me up in the comments section!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book News You Can Use 11/14/14


The (ugly) dispute between Amazon and Hatchette IS OVER.  And it may have been over a button.

Speaking of Amazon, this writer says that Amazon is doing people a favor by crushing big publishers.

Amazon has named their Best Books of 2014.

Here is a list of the 10 best self-published titles of 2014 (according to BookLife).

This article claims that GoodReads doesn't care that you didn't read the books you reviewed.

Barnes and Noble is starting a print-on-demand service.

The fiancee of the only Ebola victim to die in the United States has a book deal.

BEA and BookCon will have separate dates in 2015.

Until this week I didn't know that there was a Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

Gillian Flynn is going into the comic book world.

Britain's children's laureate (who is a sister) is asking for teens to remix some of the country's best loved books.

How are you going to have a book signing...without having written a book?

This month is Native American Heritage Month.  Here are some children's book suggestions.

Check out this article about Bill Duke's Dark Girls book.

Picture is from Mass Pictures.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/31/14



Relax in Paradise Galway Kinnell.

Congratulations to the winners of the African American Literary AwardsAll Things Literary Awards, the Hurston/Wright Foundation Awards and the Lannan Literary Awards!

A lot of great books were named as Publishers Weekly's Best of 2014!

A lost Malcolm Lowry book will be published for the first time.

Amazon's dispute with Hatchette may be hurting its sales.

Go The F*** To Sleep will never be on Reading Rainbow, but that didn't stop LeVar Burton from reading the book for a good cause.

The first in-depth biography of Beyonce will be released next year by the author who's done bios of Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

USA Today reviewed the new biography on Aretha Franklin.  And the LA Times reviewed George Clinton's new book.

The Boss (Springsteen, not Ross) talks about his favorite books.

Watch this video of Mark Whitaker discuss his biography on Bill Cosby on C-SPAN.

Two new fundraising efforts (one which has been fully funded): Free For All and We Need Diverse Books.

Here are some very good tips on how to navigate literary events.

John Grisham's thoughts about child porn didn't affect his book sales.

Just came across this on Facebook: How can African American authors level the playing field in publishing?

A waitress stumbles upon a publishing editor and gets a two-book deal.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed has been interviewing a lot of young black authors lately.

She's a writer, a feminist...and a stripper.

R.L. Stine wrote a short story on Twitter.

This movie tie-in cover for Inherent Vice is nice.  I know that rhymed.

Here is the Gone Girl movie...reenacted by cats.

There will be no Book News next week due to my attendance at the National Conference on Health Disparities. Off to Long Beach, CA!  Have a safe and Happy Halloween! Don't forget to vote on Tuesday (if you haven't already)! And if you live in Charleston County, SC, vote YES FOR LIBRARIES!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/24/14



Relax in Paradise Park Honan.

Congratulations to Roxane Gay and Marlon James because their books were named two of Library Journal's 10 Best Books for 2014!

Congratulations also go out to the winners of the Kirkus Prize!

Why does "Nexflix for Books" has it limits?  Because we have something called THE LIBRARY!!

Amazon has inked a deal with S&S, giving them ammo with their fight with Hatchette.

Add children's book author to Jimmy Fallon's resume.

Shouldn't this author spend more time writing rather than stalking book bloggers? She needs to get a life.  And Dear Author explains (in situations like this) why it's good that bloggers have pseudonyms.  And someone broke it down on why just stalking bloggers (and lying about it) is a very bad idea.

So, I really want to read this book about Michael Jackson impersonators.

Of course the top cities for readers of African-American literature are going to be cities with a lot of African-Americans. Duh.

Toni Morrison has donated her papers to Princeton, but some wonder why she didn't donate them to Howard.

The Joan Didion documentary was funded by Kickstarter in less than 24 hours.

Barnes and Noble has just come out with a 10' Nook.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/17/14


Relax in Paradise Carolyn Kiser, Ali Mazuri, Margot Theis Raven and Deloris Phillips.  I know the last one was months ago, but I just found out last week. :-(

Congratulations to all of the National Book Award finalists!

Congratulations also go out to Richard Flanagan, who won the Man Booker Prize!

We Need Diverse Books has created an award and grants and dedicated them to Walter Dean Myers.

My alma mater acquired the papers of the late Elmore Leonard.

Lena Dunham is adapting Catherine, Called Birdy for the big screen.

No Paddington movie until January.

Here is a first look at The Book of Negros miniseries that will be on BET in February. Yes, I said BET.

Twin Peaks is not only coming back on TV, it's also coming in book form.

Graphic novel Dark Matters will be adapted for SyFy.

Pimp C's widow is not a fan of the upcoming biography about him.

One writer talks about her love of New York City and the publishing industry.

Please tell John Grisham that it's not a good idea to talk about child porn.

The Guardian celebrated diversity in children's books this week.  Yay for the British!

Here are some recommended books that will get young boys to read.

The New Yorker caught up with S.E. Hinton and what she thinks about current YA books.

Ann M. Martin talks about her new book and the legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club.

Looks like flight attendants are not fans of e-readers on during takeoff.

After seeing this video, I want to read Taking Flight!

Who knew that basketball players read Nicholas Sparks?  Is that why he's an evil genius?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mailbox Monday 10/13/14


More books arrived in my mailbox last week, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received two packages of books last week.  The first one was from Atria Publishing.  I won Citizens Creek, the long-awaited book from Lalita Tademy, from GoodReads.

I also received a package from Harper Books.  These books will be released in December.

Asylum City
Woman With A Gun
Becoming Richard Pryor

Do you see any books that you like? Hit me up in the comments section! Thanks to Atria and Harper Books for the ARCs!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/10/14



So last Friday (on my day off), I saw the Gone Girl movie.  And I was pretty impressed.  Even Madea was good. And it stuck very close to the book. But there's been debate on what was left out of the book and changes were made (and what was left out/changed didn't change the outcome).  Here are some stories about it here and here.  And you can download the Amazing Amy covers featured in the movie on iBooks.

Relax in Paradise Geoffrey Holder and Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

Congratulations to Patrick Modiano, winner of the Noble Prize in Literature!

Congratulations also goes out to Malala Yousafzai, who became the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize!

Sinead O'Connor is writing a memoir that will be released in 2016.

Here's a preview of Billy Idol's new memoir, which comes out in two weeks.

When do librarians every stay quiet, especially when it comes to privacy and government surveillance?

Gloria Steinem and bell hooks were in a room. Together.

Help raise funds for a biography and anthology about Audre Lorde here.

With the popularity of Bad Feminist and An Untamed State, Roxane Gay reflects on her recent success.

Nonfiction writers and publishers are "sanitizing and simplifying" young adult books so they can draw more readers.  Trust me: the kids can handle it.

Tavis Smiley talked to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about race and blackness on his show.

Here is a new nonfiction book about African-Americans passing for White.

Ironic that Zane's money troubles are back in the news and Addicted is out in theaters today.  Zane talks about the movie and that awful 50 Shades book here.

Another one facing legal trouble in civil court is Nicholas Sparks.

The bookstore featured in Portlandia is in financial trouble and may close by February.

Amazon is opening their first store in Midtown Manhattan.

So excited that The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace has been optioned (with a director)!

The Broadway version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opened this week.

Print books outsold e-books during the first half of this year.

BuzzFeed has some suggestions (via quiz) on what book you should read this fall.

This post about five authors who write the same books over and over again is hilarious.

Halloween is in three weeks and you know what that means....THE GREAT PUMPKIN!! A new book highlights the television classic.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/3/14


If you are a child of the 80s and love to read (like yours truly), you most likely remember the Book It! program from Pizza Hut.  You know the one where you are rewarded a personal pan pizza if you read so many books/pages per month.  Book It! is celebrating their 30th anniversary and now there is an alumni program where adults can celebrate and get a free personal pan pizza!  Woo-hoo!!

Congratulations to all of the 5 Under 30 Honorees and the Kirkus Prize finalists!

Finished reading Gone Girl? Here are some books (that are similar) to read.

What happens when your book gets a shoutout by Stephen Colbert?

Amazon and Hatchette find a way to ignore their beef...when it come to Paul Ryan. #rollseyes

Speaking of Amazon and Hatchette, authors are trying to get the Department of Justice involved in the dispute.

The oldest independent bookstore in the Twin Cities is closing.

The new book We Are Not Ourselves has been optioned to become a movie!

This headline is making the Miami-Dade Public Library sound snooty, but it's really an article that suggest that they need to move towards the 21st century.

Here is a review of Charles M. Blow's book, which was mentioned in last week's Book News.

This review of The News Sorority was not good.  I read the author's previous book (because I love Carole King and Carly Simon).

The New York Times featured Marlon James' new novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings.

A new YA dystopian book with an African-American female as its lead character? Sign me up!

Turns out the people who write the Thug Kitchen blog and cookbook aren't Black.

Glad to see Our Literacy Lives covering events, like this one with Arianna Huffington.

Book Riot was able to determined the 25 favorite books for assigned reading (school or book club).  Glad to see some of my favorites on the list.

Here is a list of every single book that was mention on Daria. La la la la la.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/26/14


“In truth, love is everything. You can live without money. You cannot live without love…of someone or something. Everyone is forever trying to find love in some way. Everyone is trying to win something. Wanting some satisfaction.”— Paul from “In Search of Satisfaction" by J. California Cooper
Relax in Paradise J. California Cooper and Alastair Reid.

Congratulations to all of the Amtrak Residency Program winners!

Publishers Weekly wrote about diversity in the publishing industry and realized that it was sorely lacking. Duh.

The mother of one of the Columbine shooters is writing a book.  Um...I don't know about this.

I'm looking forward to reading The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.  The author, Jeff Hobbs, spoke to an NPR station about the book.

Another book I am looking forward to is New York Times columist Charles M. Blow's memoir.  Read an excerpt here.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books will be released as e-books.

R.L. Stine supports Amazon's low e-book pricing.  Stephen King thinks that paper books will be around for a long time.

Speaking of Stephen King, his book about the Kennedy assasation will be developed for a series on Hulu.

This is Banned Books Week and we are still dealing with stuff like this in 2014. Even The Fault in Our Stars isn't immune.  You can celebrate by reading all of these banned books.

We are ONE WEEK AWAY from the Gone Girl movie! This article suggest that you should read (or re-read) the book.

The Rosie Project has been optioned by Sony to become a movie!

Want to travel to Africa without leaving your home?  Here is a list about books based in Africa!

Four universities, including two in Chicago, have been selected as finalists for the Obama Presidental Library.

We always give love to the public librarians, but don't forget about those who work in the schools!

Did you know that reading slow for 30 minutes benefits your brain and cuts stress?

Here are tips on how to get out of a reading rut. I have been in one all year long and numbers 3 and 5 aren't working.

Picture is from Art Sancutary in Philly. Quote is from Facebook.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mailbox Monday 9/22/14

More books have arrived in the mail so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received two books from Harper Books.  One is about college basketball and one is about education, so I may eventually give them to the parents.  My mother is a principal and my stepfather likes reading about sports.

Bleeding Orange
Lessons of Hope

Does any of these titles interest you?  Hit me up in the comments section! Thanks to Harper Books for the ARCs!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/19/14



Congratulations to all of the National Book Award nominees!

The MacArthur genius grants were announced this week and the winners include Columbia native Terrance Hayes.

A Brooklyn poet is moving to Detroit after winning the Write a House Project contest.

Is Oscar Pistorius trying to pull an OJ and write a book about killing his lover?

Yamma Brown, the daughter of the Godfather of Soul, talks about her parents' abusive relationship and how she fell for an abusive man.

Meanwhile, her brother Daryl thinks that James Brown was killed by those in his inner circle.  He must be comparing notes with the Jacksons.

The war of Amazon vs. Hatchette continues with Hatchette authors going after Amazon's board.

Speaking of Amazon, new Kindles and Kindle Fires were just released, including a version for children.

Barnes and Noble has suspended the ability to download their e-books on your personal computer.

Maya Lang read To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time and talks about how she was able to parallel the book to what's going on in Ferguson.

After 60 Minutes exposed him as a fraud three years ago, Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson is trying to return to the public spotlight.

Tom Clancy's widow doesn't want to pay taxes on his estate and wants to pass the bill to his children. That's not how it works. That's now how any of this works.

Joan Rivers' body isn't even cold in the ground and a biography is in the works.

Why is Sony remaking I Know What You Did Last Summer?  WHY???!!!

Would you believe that tomorrow marks 30 years since the Cosby Show premiered on TV?  Mark Whitaker talks about writing Bill Cosby's biography, which was released this week.

The New York Public Library has a new exhibit on Sesame Street.

Ebony continues to feature African-American books on their website I would have never heard of, but their featured book is my Friday Reads. Yes, I'm reading Steve Harvey's new book.

Here is a reason why publishers are giving away e-books or selling them for next to nothing.

Do you suffer from reading insecurities?

A new survey shows that more young adults (30 and younger) are reading books.

Can someone please tell the author that God created Goodreads and Shelfari so she won't have to have a spreadsheet of all of the books she's read?  She must be a metadata librarian. Or neurotic.

I know this article is from last year, but I have some new job options in case the librarian thing doesn't work out.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mailbox Monday 9/15/14


More books have arrived in the mail so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received these books two weeks ago.  But due to my busy schedule, I was unable to post them last week.  So here are the books I received from Kensington Publishing:


Do you see any books that you would like to read?  Hit me up at the comments section!  Thanks to Kensington for the books!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/12/14



Relax in Paradise Graham Joyce.

Congrats to all of the short-list nominees of the Booker Prize!

Here is the 20 most beloved books of all time...according to Facebook.

In light of what happened last week when a review about a book about slavery wasn't received well, what happens when book reviews don't go so well?

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has a book deal.

YA author Jane Quin-Harkin says that 80s teen lit never gets old.

We are three weeks away from the Gone Girl movie and author Gillian Flynn interviews Rosamund Pike (who plays Amy) for Glamour.

Judge Judy is offering her new book for free.

There is a new project that will adapt novels to become television series.

Don't be surprised if the Lambly (also known as Mariah Carey's fans) come after Nick Cannon for leaving her name off a children's book they were suppose to write together.

A teen secretly publishes his mother's manuscript, which boosts her writing career. Please give him the Son of the Year award.

My friend VaLinda has done some (much deserved) traveling this summer and has posted pictures of her vacation, which includes meeting a few authors.

To celebrate for the 40th anniversary of For Colored Girls, an art exhibit inspired by the play will be at the Schomburg Center in New York City.

Usher and Scholastic have joined forces to try to get more young people to read. YEAH MAN.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/5/14


Relax in Paradise Joan RiversCharles Bowden and A. J. Langguth.

Labor Day is over which means lists of fall's anticipated books will be making their arrival.  Here is USA Today's.  And Jason Mott got featured in Wednesday's book section!

A teacher in Maryland was suspended from his teaching job for writing a book about a school shooting.  The school district said that is not the case.

Here are 10 things that happen when you can't put down a good book.

Sony Pictures has hired someone to find books and develop them into TV shows and movies.  That sounds like a cool job!

I'm still trying to figure out why there is a 50 Shades of Gray movie.  Why are there plans for a sequel and why is Kendall Jenner possibly up for a role?

Speaking of those who hustle on a regular basis, Nick Cannon is coming out with a poetry book for children.  And what's going to happen with that children's book he was working on with Mariah since they are separated?

In today's "What took you so long?" news, LeVar Burton is coming out with his first children's book.

You will see more of R. L. Stine's works on screens soon with a Mostly Ghostly movie out on DVD this week and a Goosebumps movie next year.  Can we get a Fear Street movie?

A comic artist has paid tribute to Dr. Seuss in a new book.

Maya Angelou's writings will be featured on an upcoming hip-hop CD.

Margaret Atwood is writing a book that is scheduled to be published in 2114. Yes, that is 100 years from now.

Looking for a place to buy books?  Don't want to go to a chain store or Amazon?  This directory might help!

What happens to your e-books, music, apps and other digital materials when you die?  The state of Delaware may have come up with an answer.

This 5-year-old has restored my faith in humanity.

The picture with Joan's quote comes from Cosmopolitan.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/29/14



Relax in Paradise Desmond O'Grady and Robert Sherrill.

Congratulations to Robert Hass for winning the Wallace Stevens Award (and the $100,000 that goes with it).  Congratulations also go out to the American Book Award winners.

The UK children's laureate (who happens to be Black) received racist taunts after calling for diversity in children's books.

Here is a New York Times review of Brown Girl Dreaming.

Speaking of children's books, check out an expert of Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Essence editor Patrik Henry Bass.  Headline on the top of the article's a little misleading.

Check out this new app that helps you find children's and YA books from African-American authors.

Here is an article (with audio) from NPR that talks about the struggle of achieving diversity in publishing.

Kobo is introducing a waterproof e-reader.  Didn't know there was a need for such things.

If you were watching the Emmys this week, you probably saw this new Gone Girl trailer.

The movie adaptation for Inferno (the sequel to Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code) will start filming in April.

Zane's new book The Other Side of the Pillow has become a play and will make its debut in October (after Addicted comes out).

Hey, can Charleston County Public Library get a floating library?  Maybe I will bring it up at the next board meeting.

The oldest public library in America is in danger of closing.

Pastors in a town in Texas want some teens books removed from the local library because it deals with (in their words) the occult.

Robin Williams hasn't been dead a month and a biography is already in the works.

Was Suge Knight shot (again) over a book proposal?

Soccer star Tim Howard will be releasing a memoir (for adults and kids) in December.

Add children's author to Bruce Springsteen's many accomplishments.

Today would have been Michael Jackson's 56th birthday.  And with all that is going on in the world, this song has been on my mind lately.  Almost 20 years later, this song still have a relevant message.  Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/22/14

Barnes and Noble and Samsung released their Nook tablet this week.  Those who have been reading the blog for a long time know I bought a Nook Color (the first tablet Barnes and Noble came out with) when it came out four years ago.  Even though I raved about it then, it is now showing its age (and the lack of power that it never really had).  I have been wanting to get an iPad for a long time because I have an iPhone and my work computer is a Mac. And I have been buying more ebooks on Amazon (I have the Kindle app on my phone, but small screens can be a struggle). But the $179 price for the Nook tablet had me thinking about buying one, compared to the $400+ price tag for an iPad.  But my coworker (who owns and knows everything Apple) talked me off the ledge.  So I guess I will wait and see what the new iPads will have next month.

Relax in Paradise Simin Benbahani and Samil al-Qasim.

Congrats to all of the Hugo Award winners!

Congratulations also go out to Margalit Fox and Kiese Laymon for winning the Saroyan Prize!

Winners and finalists of the National Book Awards will attend the Miami Book Fair International.

A new study shows that comprehension skills were worst for those who use e-readers.

A new college in Florida opened a library with no books. Sigh.

Laura Ingles Wilder's memoir for adults will be released in the fall. I thought it was called Little House on the Prairie. Oh wait. That's for kids.

James Brown's daughter recalls her painful childhood in a new memoir.

Teju Cole talks about rereading Baldwin's Stranger in the Village for the New Yorker.  And Lalia Lalami compares Notes of a Native Son to what's going on in Ferguson, MO.

One Plus One will be going on the sliver screen via New Line Cinema.

Publishers Weekly ran this story on Malaika Adero AFTER she was laid off.

A bookstore owner comes up with advice on how to sell diverse books.

Giovanni's Room, the country's oldest LGBT bookstore, has been saved!

One book is added every five minutes on Amazon.

Another reason why libraries rock: while schools have been closed in Ferguson, MO, libraries have been stepping up to the plate and educating the kids.

A reason to cheer for the Georgia Bulldogs (unless they are playing Carolina and especially on September 13) because one of their football players is a member of a book club.

You're never too old to write a romance novel.

Picture is from Publishers Weekly.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mailbox Monday 8/18/14


I received a new book in the mail, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

The book I received last week is Beyond the Velvet Rope by Tiffany Ashley.  As a matter of fact, I thought about buying this book a few weeks ago at Books A Million!  Thanks to Rock Inked for the book!

Are you interested in this book?  Hit me up in the comments sections!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/15/14



So like this famous scene from Network, I am mad as hell.

I'm mad as hell because a young African-American man can't walk the streets without being shot by police.  And people can't peacefully protest about said incident because police are coming out in riot gear and snipers.  And also try to block journalists from doing their jobs.

I'm mad as hell because a man who brought so much light and laughter to millions lost his battle to mental illness.

I'm mad as hell because it was announced that Malaika Adero at Atria was laid off this week.  This may cause a huge blow to the African-American literary scene, because a lot of the African-American themed books that are released are from Atria. Unless the books are from Strebor or Cash Money, most likely Malaika had a hand in it.  I'm also mad that Publishers Weekly buried this news to the bottom.

And I really should be happy because my baby cousin came into the world on Wednesday. But I'm still mad (and sad). Because my aunt, who died 10 years ago after fighting colon cancer, should have been here to see her first grandchild.  And also be here to send her youngest son off to his first day of high school.

But with all that being said, I am grateful to be in the land of the living.  Even though the world is in total chaos, there is still some good.  And you know one thing that does make life better and sweeter? Good books!

Relax in Paradise Lauren Bacall.

Since the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover looks like something out of the Valley of the Dolls, BuzzFeed created alternative covers to children's classics.  And check out these Babysitters Club covers if they were to come out today.

Grumpy Cat has a new book and will be filming a movie that will be on Lifetime in time for the holidays. #catsstaywinning

Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley was on the Tom Joyner Morning Show last week talking about Brown Girls Publishing, with some pretty big news.

Zane talks about her new book and the movie adaptation of Addicted in this article.  And for those who live in South Carolina, she will be at the Sandhills Books-A-Million tonight and the Aiken and Sumter locations tomorrow.  And Carl Weber will be at the Forest Acres Barnes and Noble in Columbia on Thursday.

Gina Sheridan, author of "I Work at a Public Library" gives a list of 10 people public libraries can't live without.

What happens if you don't like a book that your friend loves? Here's a possible solution!

Yeah, I'm not impressed with the libraries with no books either.

Just in time for the release of The Giver, Lois Lowry says she's over dystopian novels.  She is not the first person I've heard who has said that.

Looks like the movie version of The Husband's Secret has taken a step closer to production.

Misty Copeland's A Life in Motion has been optioned for a movie with New Line Cinema.

We are less than two months away from the release of the Gone Girl movie. Entertainment Weekly has more news.

Lindsey Lohan says her memoir will be a trilogy. #goodluckwiththat

I though about reading Lisa Bloom's book Suspicious Nation (which is about the Trayvon Martin case). I picked it up from the library.  After a while I returned it because I didn't want to develop high blood pressure.  It would have made me very angry.  She gives her thoughts on the Michael Brown case and possible results of a federal investigation. #ferguson #handsup #dontshoot