Books in the News | 9/29-10/3

Hello, all!

I hope each of you have had a splendid week and are basking in all things fall and October-ish. (Are your bellies full of pumpkin spice breads, lattes, cookies, muffins, and OREOS, yet?)

So many bookish things happening in the news this week…

First let’s talk about this guy, Menahem Asher Silva Varga. What a hero…or a nut. All depends on your perspective I guess. I am totally a fan and feel like I have not lived up to my Harry Potter fanatic title after seeing his collection. Seriously, impressive.

Derek Jeter enters the news in the publishing realm this week. The world-class baseball star announced the creation of a new digital publishing platform, The Player’s Tribune, which aims to shrink the gap between fans and athletes through story-telling, Q&A, polls, videos, and more.

Lena Dunham’s highly anticipated book, Not That Kind of Girl, hit the shelves on Tuesday. So far, critics have been in favor of her work. I hear it’s a must read–especially for women. Have any of you had the chance to pick this up yet? Thoughts? I’m still #5 on the waiting list at the library…

The Riverside Unified School District in California decided to roll up their sleeves and ban John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars, in all their middle school libraries this week. The basis for the ban? Crude language, sex, and…mortality? John Green posted his reaction to the news on his Tumblr page.

Gone Girl makes its debut on the big screen today. I’ll be seeing it on $5 Tuesday’s at my local theater. To those who are more willing to spend the big bucks–what did you think?

Lastly, apparently Nicholas Sparks is a homophobic racist. My personal opinion? Someone is seeking a bit of revenge for being canned.

That is all for this week folks.

Have a wonderful weekend & keep reading.


Review | Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

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source: Goodreads

Virginia Woolf obsessed, Amelia Baron, has just thrown herself off her school’s roof with no trace of evidence beyond a scribbled one word suicide note, “sorry”.

Faced with workaholic guilt, single mom, Kate, begins to question her relationship with her daughter and struggles to pick up the pieces that lead to Amelia’s suicide. Could her brilliant, straight-A daughter really have killed herself? All evidence points to yes until Kate receives an anonymous text telling her…Amelia didn’t jump.

Readers who praise Gyllian Flynn’s, Gone Girl, or Jay Asher’s, Thirteen Reasons Why, prepare to applaud McCreight’s ingenious and heart-wrenching story telling as you reach to solve the mystery surrounding Amelia Baron’s supposed suicide.
RATING: 7/10
For those who love mysteries, this is the mystery to read. It was good enough for me not to want to put it down, but not good enough for me not to.  Filled with lies, betrayal, and sex the story moved on it’s own, but the mystery and the conclusion, made it well worth the read. I recommend this to any one who is a huge fan of Gone Girl (or really even Gossip Girl). It carries the same tone and is equally as unpredictable.