Yet another news outlet is attempting to round up a best-of list, this time for “best novel of all time” – Huffington Post is inviting their readers to vote on this shortlist, which they’ve arranged bracket-style. I have no idea how they decided which books should go head to head, but as expected there are dissenters in the comments.
Vacuous Minx once again sheds light on goodreads’ practices – this time in part one of a two part series investigating their overall motives. Are they more interested in drawing in business from authors/publishers or are they concerned about maintaining the space for readers as they claim?
The Guardian covers the recent controversy surrounding possible racism in Victoria Foyt’s upcoming YA novel Revealing Eden.
Proving that even New York Times best-selling authors with major film deals can get miffed and act immaturely about negative reviews, Emily Giffin and her husband stirred up some drama last week when he posted a comment on a very short negative review on Amazon which, in my opinion, was pretty fair and did not attack Emily Giffin personally in any way. Blogger Corey Ann, who later became a target in this hullaballoo, recaps everything on her blog.
And, because I generally feel the need to follow up the author misbehavior items in these posts with fun and distracting things:
Check out this endlessly fun YA dystopia generator from telophase. I just generated this surefire bestseller for some aspiring book packager out there: “Whimper: Stamps have been banned and the government controls bird watching.”
I love this tumblr: Literary Jukebox, which pairs a quote with a song each day.
The shortlist for the Queensland Literary Awards was released and Kirsty Eagar, Margo Lanagan, and Vikki Wakefield are all nominated in the young adult category.
My final item on the fun list – am I the only one who finds this incredibly exciting? (Nerd alert.) Published in Science last week, Harvard University scientists announced that they’d converted a 53,000 word book into DNA! Thus proving that I am right in the years long debate between my husband and I – there’s nothing that we can invent that nature hasn’t already accomplished one hundred times better.
And my final item for the day – just to toot our own horn a little bit – a great blog from the Manhattan Public Library, Little Apple Bookworm, wrote about using our flowchart for discovering new YA titles. Hooray!
Hope you all are having a great weekend! Let us know what’s happening in your various corners of the internet!