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Books in the news: a monthly round-up

I’ve been wanting to create a monthly post that shares interesting articles around the internet on books and reading.  Here are my February picks:

In honor of Senator Elizabeth Warren, a list 15 Books for Women Who Persist in the Huffington Post.  It includes these books I’ve read: Kindred, The Handmaid’s Tale, Middlemarch, Girl at War, and Breath, Eyes, Memory.  Not a perfect list, and not trying to be, but there are lots of good reading ideas here.

I loved this article, 12 Truths about Having a Bookworm Child (also Huffington Post). Everything on this list sounds like me, but especially #2, #4, and #11.

This article in The Guardian describes a study that looked at how our favorite fictional characters cross over into our “real” lives.  Nothing in this article was surprising to me but it made me think.  You?

And how’s this for awesomeness: my “hometown” of Washington, DC is getting ready to transform a historic education building into Planet Word, a museum devoted to language and literacy.

Since I’m trying to increase the diversity of my reading, I appreciated Electric Lit’s list of 34 books by women of color that are coming out this year.  I haven’t read any so far (most aren’t out yet) but I have an ARC of The Leavers.  The list includes authors Roxane Gay and Celeste Ng but is mostly authors I’ve never heard of.

And, check out this year’s Tournament of Books, coming soon!  I’ve only read two books on the shortlist: My Name is Lucy Barton and All the Birds in the Sky.

Lastly, I always enjoy “By the Book” in the New York Times and appreciated this interview with Chelsea Clinton, where she talks about Fahrenheit 451 and other favorites.  By the Book is a weekly feature with an author (Clinton just co-authored a book on global health) about what’s on their nightstand and which authors they’d invite to dinner.  Featured recently: George Saunders, Roxane Gay, and Ali Smith.

Hope you enjoy these.  Please share anything you’ve found interesting in the world of reading.  And let me know if this is something I should continue!

2 thoughts on “Books in the news: a monthly round-up

  1. interesting to see Middlemarch on that list for women who persist. Dorothea does have ambitions but what the novel shows is that she has to take off her rose tinted glasses and settle for something less ambitious…..

  2. Pingback: My February Reading Wrap-Up | The Book Stop

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