What do you know, I’m still kind of productive! But this week was a horrible week for me – it was like Alexander’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, but spread out over the span of DAYS. I messed up two experiments in lab and had some unexpected family issues, and I was just emotionally stressed out. But Friday worked its magic and I feel happy and ready for life again!
- Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Exciting, engrossing, weird soulmate powers.)
- Spoons: Bad Luck Edition (four books about bad luck and superstitions!)
- Aaron @ Real Men Read YA felt ashamed about reading YA (not really). Inspiring and funny post!
- Alise @ Readers In Wonderland imagined a world where ARCs didn’t exist.
- Cait @ Notebook Sisters shared some hilarious and honest YA book blurbs.
- Hazel @ Stay Bookish showcased the amazing book photography by bookstagrammer Arie Turner.
- Kat @ Cuddlebuggery explained how to deal with bad books you’ve bought. (Warning: book-throwing and Twilight-bashing!)
- Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness revealed the increasing expectations for readers to review and promote books. This is outrageous and disturbing, and I completely agree with Kim’s opinion: “It should be enough to just read a damn book.” (via Katie @ Doing Dewey)
- Meg @ Adrift on Vulcan compiled results from her recent survey about the appeal (or lack of) of book reviews.
- A U.S. ambassador was sworn in using a Kindle for the first time. It’s a new age, guys.
- George R.R. Martin has joined Twitter! Well, kind of.
- If you’ve seen the #bookaday tag on Twitter, you may know of the drama between Borough Press and the Nerdy Book Club, the latter of whom started the tag years ago.
- New black-and-white trailer for The Giver makes it kind of better? I feel like the story has changed a lot though.
- Summer reading list from members of the Ted community such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Rashida Jones.
- The 8 best siblings in fiction according to the Barnes & Noble blog.
- Two professors at Arizona State University created collaborations between policy scholars and writers and taught them creative nonfiction writing to promote better science communication. THIS NEEDS TO BE A THING! Lee Gutkind, one of the ASU professors, is also the founding editor of Creative Nonfiction. (via Katie @ Doing Dewey)
Do you have any interesting news that you want to share? Let me know!