Ah, New Year’s . . . as Mark Twain once said, “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” All the same, I think bookish resolutions are simply marvelous! Of course, I’m horrible at sticking to a regular reading list. All the same, there are a few books that have been on my infamous ‘books I’d like to read’ list for roughly forever–I’d like to mark a few off (Will this be the year I tackle War and Peace? Time will tell). Also, I need to throw in a bit more variety (A girl cannot live off fluff alone, or can she?).


While we ponder all the year might have in store, the latest in the world of bookish news . . .

The lawyer who let the cat out of the bag regarding Robert Galbraith fined . Let this be a lesson to us all: Don’t yammer on about something you’re supposed to be keeping in confidence.

Congratulations to Kate DiCamillo (author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux)! She’s been named the next Ambassador of Young People’s Literature.

The Alexandria villa that inspired Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet may soon be demolished in favor of  high-rise apartments (oh, good–because we just don’t have enough of those . . . ).

In other uplifting news, novelist Ruth Rendell argues that reading has become a “specialist activity” for the minority. Super. Also, I refuse to believe it.

The Paris Review is bringing back their advice column for 2014. You can email your questions to advice{at}theparisreview{dot}com.

Oh, and don’t forget the Books to Watch’ Out For in January . . .