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The Buzziest Books of 2017 So Far: This Week in Books

The Buzziest Books of 2017 So Far

What do you think of Bookbub’s 2017 Most Anticipated Books (So Far)? Predictable? WTF? You’ve got The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan–no big surprises there. It’s also not surprising to see Nora Roberts, Michael Crichton, and John Grisham on the list, but it is interesting to discover buzzy titles that managed to slip under one’s supposedly all-seeing, all-knowing bookish radar. I don’t get mad at it, I simply add to the endless TBR.

Right Wing Trolls Attack Kid Lit Publisher’s Facebook Page

Remember that story about the feminist bookstore that was attacked with one-star ratings and rants from a horde of angsty, thumb-twiddling misogynists? Well, the trolls strike (and fail) again. And, seemingly mirroring the Avid Reader/Clementine Ford story, when conservative homophobes attacked Triangle Square Books for Young Reader’s Facebook page during Pride Week, fans of the publisher responded with “a resounding chorus of support with almost 300 new 5-star ratings and reviews.” Good on you, Triangle Square Books and readers! Sweep them out the door.

Most Iconic Books Set in Each Country in the World

So GE Editing assembled a list of the most iconic book set in each country of the world. I can’t find any mention of how they came up with this list, but the infographic is worth a look if you’re curious. I have thoughts about the fact that Singapore’s “most iconic book” is about a British family in Singapore…

7 Tips for How to Read Faster

Mental Floss came up with some tips for reading faster and maintaining reading comprehension. The most useful tip I found here is to create a mind map summary after you’ve finished the book, especially if you’re a visual learner. My reading habits are scattered and generally go unrecorded, but I might be able to convince myself to put mind mapping into practice. The forever-problem with this sort of activity is that I could be reading instead!

Thanks to Blackstone Publishing–publisher of the Hell Divers Trilogy by Nicholas Sansbury Smith–for sponsoring this week’s newsletter.

USA Today bestselling science fiction author Nicholas Sansbury Smith delivers another heart-pounding post-apocalyptic adventure in Hell Divers II: Ghosts, the second book in the award-winning Hell Divers trilogy (out July 18th). Bombs dropped during World War III poisoned our the earth. What remains of humankind exists on a massive flying warship. Hell Divers, specially trained men and women, risk their lives to make the dive down to monster-infested, radioactive earth to retrieve fuel cells to keep the ship afloat. They Dive So Humanity Survives!