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:
- Ebooks undermine your freedom and privacy -- some thoughts on the problems and disadvantages of ebooks, some I shrugged at, others . . .
- Why you like the smell of old books -- "the odors of the past are part of our 'cultural heritage,' as important to our understanding and connection with history — and as worthy of preservation — as the relics we can see and touch." The number of articles on the smell of books I've read in the last couple of years is truly mind-boggling, and yet I keep finding them interesting.
- 2 startup founders quietly created the new 'Oprah's Book Club' for millennials — and the publishing industry is obsessed
- Colts Andrew Luck has started a podcast – to talk about books -- I know precious little about Luck (except for his appearances on Parks and Recreation), but this sounds pretty cool.
- Brontë Essentials: Six Modern Books Inspired by ‘Jane Eyre’ -- This left off a couple (including my favorite -- although Jane Steel is on my shelf, so who knows, I may have a new favorite).
- Dennis Lehane Can Relate to His Restless Characters -- a nice little profile just before the new book hits shelves.
- 9 Ways Reading Is Good For Your Mental Health -- blah
- How Long Did it Take Authors to Write Your Favorite Book?
- The Once and Future Podcast Ep. 152: Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant was very interesting -- two of my faves on one episode.
- Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies by Ace Atkins -- one of Atkins' best Spenser novels, my blog post on it
- Cold Reign by Faith Hunter -- Jane Yellowrock's latest really rocked. Read my take on it.
- The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan -- the 2nd installment of the Apollo's search for redemption.
- The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion -- I had serious problems with this one, as you can read here, but there's no denying that Simsion can write a compelling character (or two).
- Tune Up by Joe Klinger -- Klinger was the 2nd author I interviewed, and his answers remain one of my favorites. I've had the predecessor to this sitting on my Kindle for over a year. Hopefully having this one on the Kindle, too, will get me moving.
Lastly, I'd like to say hi and welcome to J. A. Allen for following the blog this week.