Odds 'n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You've probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- How Jane Austen’s Emma changed the face of fiction -- this almost makes me want to give this novel another shot. Almost.
- Re-Introducing Harper Lee and the Real Atticus Finch
- Books are getting longer, confirms a new study -- Wow. A 25% increase between 1999-2014?
- A Market-Defining Auction for Genre Fiction at Swann Galleries -- as someone who will never have the cash for this kind of thing, this is not a story I would typically give a rip about. But...this particular auction featured an ARC for the second Nero Wolfe novel, The League of Frightened Men. Man, I wish I had that kind of dough...
- Why Writers Need Pen Names
- USAToday has an exclusive excerpt from new Rick Riordan -- I'm cautiously optimistic about this series.
- A few more end-of-year lists:
- The New York Times' The Top Books of 2015
- The 32 Best Fantasy Books Of 2015 -- from BuzzFeed
- Oline Cogdil's Best mystery novels of 2015
- Don Winslow Picks His 5 Favorite Books from 2015
- Bill Gates lists the best books he’s read this year
- The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley -- One of the best satiric novelists around (maybe the best) brings a tale about a 16th century attempt to fake the Shroud of Turin. A slight departure from the rest of his work (which is primarily set in or around Washington, D. C.)
Lastly, I'd like to say hi and welcome to Hooked on Books for following the blog this week. Thanks to Casey Owen for the comment and email -- really appreciate it.