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This marked the first week back after traveling for three weeks. Needless to say, the weekend has never looked so good. I plan to crack open Outlander, which I didn’t get to, despite the fact I carried the book in my carry-on–overseas. Not that I would change anything, mind. I’m fairly certain I’d be thrown off-kilter if I didn’t have a book to read . . . just in case. And here’s hoping it would have made for good holiday reading, if only I would have had the time for such shenanigans.

In other bookish news . . .

If you’re looking to write a bestseller, you might want to look into the Master Class taught by James Patterson.

If, by some chance, you’re not sure where to begin with the works of Stephen King, here’s a reader’s guide (The Oyster Review).

James McBride is working on a book about James Brown, titled Kill ‘em, and Leave (ABC News).

Bustle lists nine words about reading that every book nerd needs to know. Book bosomed? Why yes, thank you, I am.

The Smithsonian gives us access to the world’s oldest multicolor printed book. Printed in 1633, its pages were much too fragile to turn—but thanks to digital imaging, we can now flip through it with ease (and no lasting trauma).

Ta-Nehisi Coates talks books (The New Yorker).  He states, “. . . I still believe in that, you know? That stories should sometimes thrill people.” I totally agree.

Speaking of which, The Story of Kullervo, a 1914 manuscript by J.R.R. Tolkien, will soon be published (PBS). So, there’s that.

And finally, we bid a final farewell to Ann McGovern. Chances are good, you’ve read one of her children’s books at one time or another (Stone Soup, anyone?). “’Sometimes,’ she once observed, ‘when I look at a sad, shy face in the audience, I see the lonely child I once was and I hope that maybe my words can have some influence on a life’” (The Washington Post). I’m fairly certain she got her wish, several times over.

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First things first–Happy New Year! Looking back on the past year I realize I read very few books. Now that’s just entirely too busy. With that, I’m proclaiming this year to be the year of the story. I’ll let you know how that works out for me.

In the meantime, here are a few bookish bits from the last week of 2014, sure to get 2015 headed in the right direction:

In case you’re in the same boat as I, and missed reading any number of books last year, here’s NPR’s Book Concierge: Guide to 2014’s Great Reads.

Don’t forget to revisit Neil Gaiman’s New Year’s wishes (always a favorite).

In case you’re having a hard time coming up with your own resolutions, here are 31 New Year’s Resolutions for Book nerds.

And lastly, the most eagerly awaiting fiction of 2015 (according to The Guardian).

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Here’s hoping you find the perfect spot to read this weekend!

In case you’re unaware, now through August 31st, The Paris Review is hosting a contest in celebration of their joint-subscription deal with the London Review of Books. Simply read one or the other, snap a picture doing so, and post to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the appropriate handle + #ReadEverywhere hashtag. There are prizes.

In other bookish news . . .

How technology has changed crime fiction forever (the Huffington Post).

Lev Grossman on finding his voice: “I wrote fiction for 17 years before I found out I was a fantasy novelist” (The New Yorker).

And from Elle . . . 14 great female authors recommend their 41 favorite female authors.

Speaking of female authors, Italian author Elena Ferrante grants a rare interview to Vogue.

Chicago: reading the midwestern metropolis of American literature (The Guardian).

Looking to buy a remote little bookstore? Well, one just happens to be available in the UK . . .

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s memoir is finally set to be published–and “it’s certainly not the fantasized version we saw on ‘Little House on the Prairie’ the television show.” (abc news)

Remember last week when I wrote about the book art of Julia Strand? Well, this week I happened upon the ‘Book Surgeon.’ Perhaps you’re familiar. If not, do take a look . . .

Oh, and let’s not forget this little gem: To kill or not to kill all the lawyers, that is the question. (The Wall Street Journal)

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I’m just going to come out and say it. By far the best news of the week: a paper by Joseph A Hopkinson and Nicholas S Hopkinson, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, that theorizes evil, as evidenced by the inhabitants of Middle Earth, is due a Vitamin D deficiency:

Gollum, himself “as dark as darkness” lives in the dark, deep in the Misty Mountains. He does, however, eat fish, although the text describes these only as “blind” and it is not clear whether they are of an oily kind and thus a potential source of vitamin D. He sometimes eats goblins, but they rarely come down to his lake, suggesting that fish play little part in the goblin diet. Interestingly, these occasional trips to catch fish are undertaken at the behest of the Great Goblin, leading one to speculate that his enhanced diet may have helped him to achieve his pre-eminent position within goblin society. In due course, the Great Goblin is replaced by the Son of the Great Goblin. While simple nepotism is a likely explanation, we are unable to exclude an epigenetic process whereby the son’s fitness to rule has been influenced by parental vitamin D exposure.

*snicker*

While I’d like to say I found this little gem on my own, I owe much thanks to NPR.

Oh, and here are a few other bookish bits . . .

Don’t miss this short piece covering Mike Tyson’s love affair with history and philosophy (spoiler: Nietzsche’s a favorite).

Speaking of favorites, New York Times critics list their favorite books of 2013.

Ever wonder what word was added to the Oxford Dictionary the year you were born? Well wonder no further, my friend! You can now look it up via the OED birthday word generator. For example: 1973 | recyclist, n. Meaning: An advocate of the recycling of waste products; a recycler. Hmm . . . I hope your word is more intriguing. I mean, really.

Quercus to publish the fourth book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. Swedish author David Lagercrantz will write the book. No pressure there, or anything . . .

Lydia Davis introduces Osama Alomar, the exiled Syrian short short story writer.

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Welcome to August, my friends! Seven months of the year have flown right past. How are you doing on your reading list for the year? I’ll admit, I gave up. When it comes to books I’m easily swayed by whatever lies before me, which, at the moment, happens to be Linwood Barclay’s Fear the Worst. I had planned to read this a couple weeks ago, mind you, but another book snuck in. See what I mean? It’s a sad state of affairs.

So, bookish news of the week . . .

Finally, a Walmart I’d love to visit.

The New York Times discusses Stephen King’s Family Business  

Remember, the list of author’s that made the Booker Long list? Well, one of them received forty-seven rejections, over a three-year time span. Moral of the story: If you’re a writer, don’t give up!

Speaking of authors, last year, Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove, auctioned over 300,000 antiquarian books. StudioSeven7 Films is making it the subject of their documentary, Books–you can help:

By recounting Mr. McMurtry’s self-proclaimed love affair with books, beginning over forty years ago when he opened the first Booked Up storefront in Washington, D.C., we tell the compelling story of the American antiquarian book trade: its past, present and future.

Sure, all authors are influenced by other authors, certain works, but what do you think about fan fiction? Looks like Amazon is upping the ante with Vonnegut Fan-Fic.

And last, but certainly not least, the winner of our BIG paperback book giveaway.  First of all, thank you to everyone who participated–all seven of you. Seven’s the perfect number, you know. Even better, the random number generator turned out the number 3 . . .

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Sure, our numbers may be small, but they are completely awesome!

This bodes well, my friends.

So, without further ado, the winner of our first paperback book giveaway {drumroll, please} . . .

Amy Henning

{thunderous applause}

To Amy, I’ll be in touch; to the rest of you, best of luck in the next go-around; and a good weekend, to us all.

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