If you're reading this here, I guess congratulations are in order (for both of us). I've lost track of the posts that I tried and to get on this site this week (and I can't seem to see more than 2 or three posts from anyone else, either)...I'm having a hard time believing it's worth it anymore. Can I simply encourage people to follow The Irresponsible Reader or check me out on Goodreads? (I'm lurking in the Goodreads Outpost, too).


on with the links. Odds n ends about books and reading that caught my eye this week. You've probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

bullet The New Era of Book Launches—Social Distancing Edition

bullet Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind: A new study suggests that exposure to large home libraries may have a long-term impact on proficiency in three key areas

bullet What 100 Writers Have Been Reading During Quarantine—interesting mix of writers and books

bullet There Have Always been Fantasy Novels For Adults – Article by Author Ryan Howse—I saw so many tweet reactions to this stupid article, “Finally: A Grown-up Fantasy", and figured there'd be at least one good longer response. Howse knocks it out of the park (others may have, too, but I only saw this one—and it's enough)

bullet 5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Blogging—Bookidote's Lashaan has been blogging for 5 years now, and drops some wisdom (and Looney Tunes .gifs) to celebrate.

bullet Glossary for the Bibliophile—"a nifty list of words for all you book lovers out there"

This Week's New Releases That I'm Excited About and/or You'll Probably See Here Soon:

bullet Annihilation Aria by Michael R. Underwood—It's been two years since I've had anything from Underwood to talk about. He's back with the first book in a Space Opera series, "an adventure of galactic subterfuge, ancient alien lore, a secret resistance force, lost civilizations, and giant space turtles." Here's his Big Idea about it.

bullet The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan—This looks like a lot of fun, a fantasy about "dead gods, a pirate queen, shapeshifting mages, and a Sherlockian teenager determined to upend her society."

Lastly I'd like to say hi and extend a warm welcome toNewDogNewTricks, francescocat, penelopeburns, tensecondsfromnow, and beyondthecryptsandcastles who followed the blog this week. Don't be a stranger, and use that comment box, would you?

Source: http://irresponsiblereader.com/2020/07/25/saturday-miscellany-7-25-20