Unmissable Weekly: September 10, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news, lists, and/or think pieces from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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No need to bury the lede here. Mississippi teen Eagan Tilghman put his 3-year-old brother to excellent use by dressing him as a miniature Pennywise from It. The results are…my god, they’re startling.

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY!?

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For many of us, Animal Farm was a book that most of read in High School (or pretended to, at least). The novel by esteemed author George Orwell is considered a cult classic and a staple in modern-day literature. The chance to revisit the unique tale is coming quickly because the Orwell estate has officially given the greenlight for an accurate videogame adaptation.

George Orwell’s Animal Farm is being made into a video game.

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“Game of Thrones” fans have grown so impatient for George R.R. Martin to finish the next “A Song of Ice And Fire” book – the series that the HBO show is based on – that an artificial intelligence system just wrote the beginning of the sixth book.

Winter is kind of here.

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Turtles All The Way Down opens in a high school cafeteria, where our protagonist Aza sits anxiously, stuck in the middle of a thought spiral. “Admittedly, I have some anxiety problems, but I would argue it isn’t irrational to be concerned about the fact that you’re a skin-encased bacterial colony,” she says.

John Green read the first chapter of Turtles All the Way Down.

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Monthly Bookish Awesome: August 2017

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

It’s been three full months since I started my new job in Kumon Angeles and I’m still thrilled to go see my students every day. What sorcery is this?!

Helloooo, bookworms! August just left us (wasn’t it April a fortnight ago?). Game of Thrones occupied all my Monday nights (do the math, I’ll wait here) and I was basically pulling my hair in frustration for the majority of the last episodes because of Sansa and Arya’s regressive story arc. But that doesn’t matter now, does it? I also freaked out over Taylor’s comeback, although I was soon faced with the realization that I’m not a big fan of her new music. But hey, Wonder Woman: Warbringer y’all! It. Is. Out. NOW. Otherwise, it was regular fanboying and Froy-obsessing over my little space of the internet.

September means fall for a lot of people. Except for this boy who lives in extreme rains and sweltering heat. But that doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to it all the same. September means It and They Both Die at the End (!!). It also means I’m a little over a month closer to Stranger Things 2 and six months away from my favorite film I have yet to see (hint: it includes Oreos and boys kissing). And oh. The 38th Manila International Book Fair is happening. Please tell me I’ll be seeing familiar faces!

Books I Read

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Other Stuff I Posted

  • Unmissable Weekly: August 6, 2017 – Where in we got to meet the Carter family!
  • Unmissable Weekly: August 13, 2017 – SLJ released its list of the librarians-voted Top 100 Must-Have YA Books and, oh boy, only seven feature protagonists or subjects from marginalized cultures. But hey, they have 42 editors-selected diverse titles to go with it.
  • Unmissable Weekly: August 20, 2017 – Bustle published a careful, detailed look on how YA Twitter is trying to dismantle white supremacy one book at a time.
  • Ten Books to Diversify Your School’s Reading List – Because wstill need diverse books and there’s still a lot of work to do.
  • Unmissable Weekly: August 27, 2017 – In which we learned YA Twitter took down a fraudulent NYT #1 bestseller.
  • 3 Practical Ways to Get More Reading Done – In these times of political turmoil and easy distractions, when many of us constantly find ourselves in heated conversations about presidents or the recent episode of Game of Thrones, that on top of school or work or both, squeezing in more time to read is increasingly hard. But hard doesn’t necessarily have to mean impossible.

Book Birthdays

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Happy book birthday to See What I Have Done (Atlantic Monthly Press), The Wood (Feiwel and Friends), Little and Lion (Brown and Company), How to Disappear (HarperTeen), A Map for Wrecked Girls (Dial Books), Wicked Like a Wildfire (Katherine Tegen Books), Dress Codes for Small Towns (HarperTeen), The History of Bees (Touchstone), and Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Random House BFYR), which all found a place in the shelves last month!

Book Radar

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This month I’m super stoked for They Both Die at the End (5th, HarperTeen) and The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (26th, Imprint)! I’m also waiting for Autoboyography (12th, Simon and Schuster BFYR), Moxie (19th, Roaring Brook Press), The Victoria in My Head (19th, Simon Pulse), An Enchantment of Ravens (26th, Margaret K. McElderry Books), and Starfish (26th, Simon Pulse).

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These kickass women rode miles on horseback to deliver library books, people!

They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities. So, you know, history has proven time and again that librarians are seriously amazing, and this gives me life. You can head over to Atlast Obscura and read more about the book women.

Around the Interwebs

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Unmissable Weekly: September 3, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news, lists, and/or think pieces from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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Entertainment Weekly announced today that V.E. Schwab has signed a $1 million deal with Tor Books for a new fantasy trilogy as well as a standalone novel. The Threads of Power trilogy is set within the same world as the Shades of Magic series, which concluded earlier this year with A Conjuring of Light. The fourth novel, tentatively titled Black Tabs, will focus on a female assassin in futuristic New York City.

I don’t know much about the business side of publishing, but I know enough. And not every woman author gets to have a 7-digit contract. So this is definitely a win for everyone. Congratulations, V.E. Schwab!

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Scott McGehee & David Siegel have made a deal at Warner Bros to write and direct a new version of Lord Of The Flies, based on the iconic William Golding novel. They plan to be faithful to the novel with one major twist: the young students stranded on a remote island who descend into a savage social order will be girls.

How about no?

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In the season-seven finale, Cersei confirmed that she hired a sellsword squad known as the Golden Company. In the books, the Golden Company backs a claimant to the Iron Throne who doesn’t appear in the show: Aegon VI Targaryen, the (ostensible) son of Prince Rhaegar and Elia Martell.

What Games of Thrones Season 7 tells us about the next ASOIAF book.

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On Friday, 1 September 2017, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley travelled to King’s Cross station with their three children, James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. Ron and Hermione were also there, as well as Draco Malfoy and son Scorpius.

#19YearsLater

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Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: July 2017

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

Hello waffles! How is it the last day of July already? I feel like I just danced the night away in a New Year’s Eve countdown last month.

So, I’ve seen Game of Thrones earlier and okay. I’d been pretty chill since this season premiered (we’re on the 7th now in case you’ve lost track) but, dang, the recent episode is SO good! ‘The Queen’s Justice’ is the strongest episode yet in terms of plot and character development. Although, I’m still getting used to the velocity with which everything is moving (it’s pretty alarming after having watched Arya practically spent one season traveling to Braavos). But Benioff and Weiss definitely nailed this one down by shifting the focus from the war to quieter scenes, playing at key moments with nuanced dialogues and outstanding performances. I’ve always loved Lena Headey and Diana Rigg in this show, and episodes like this is why.

Otherwise, this month-end “report” doesn’t look too . . . charming. I finished three books and wrote two reviews and zero personal content. But hey, Bookworms Unite! was a success and that is something, right?

Books I Read

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  • Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty – Compellingly readable and exceedingly satisfying, this is a delightful sequel to its predecessor. This is also probably my favorite in the trilogy.
  • Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty – It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to a cast of characters you’ve followed in a series. But Beatty once again hits all the marks. This is vastly imaginative and utterly enjoyable.
  • Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano – Basically, NICOLAS TAMAYO WHERE ART THOU?
  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo – This is only a sampler (and in fact, the three stories here aren’t new) but, gosh, Leigh Bardugo you guys! The writing is spare, with the mark eerie cadence of fairy tales—at once sumptuous and unsettling. Plus, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.

Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

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Happy book birthday to Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Disney Hyperion), The Art of Starving (HarperTeen), Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (Bloomsbury USA Children’s), The Library of Fates (Razorbill), and Little Monsters (Delacorte Press), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

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August means Wonder Woman: Warbringer (29th, Random House BFYR) will be out in the wild! Along with See What I Have Done (1st, Atlantic Monthly Press), Little and Lion (8th, Little, Brown and Company), A Map for Wrecked Girls (15th, Dial Books), and Wicked Like a Wildfire (15th, Katherine Tegen Books).

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#BookwormsUnitePH yo!

Bookworms Unite! happened last July 16th and it still overwhelms me to think that my friends and I have now been doing this for three years. Cheers, JM (Book Freak Revelations), Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions), Hazel (Stay Bookish), Salve (Cuckoo for Books), and Jas (Jasmine Pearl Reads)! It is infinitely heartwarming to meet fellow bookworms and I just want to thank every single one of you who came and hung out with us! This is definitely one for the books since it’s the first time we had kits, live reading, and a panel.

Head over to Book Freak Revelations for a full recap and The Bibliophile Confessions for a list of the new things we introduced this year.

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Around the Interwebs

How was your month bookworms? Are there specific titles you’re most looking forward to in August? What was the last book you read? Are you still watching Game of Thrones? What did you think of Episode 3? Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and let’s talk!

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Unmissable Weekly: July 23, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Bank of England has unveiled a new banknote featuring the beloved author.

The Telegraph notes that Austen “will be the only woman – apart from the Queen – to be featured on an English bank note, following the withdrawal of the old £5 notes, which featured Elizabeth Fry, in May.” (The five-pound note now features Winston Churchill.)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single Austenite in possession of a good fortune must also be in want of an Austen tenner.

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X-Men: Apocalypse actress Lana Condor has signed on to star in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before alongside John Corbett. The film, based on the novel by Jenny Han, is being directed by Susan Johnson and was written by Sofia Alvarez. Production on the film, which is also being produced by Awesomeness and Overbrook Entertainment, has begun in Vancouver.

Ladies and gentlemen, Lana Condor is your Lara Jean!

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“It’s been a real joy to move into writing for young readers, especially as my royalties from this project go to Room to Read, a nonprofit working in literacy and girls’ education across communities in Asia and Africa. The Lotterys series has raised more than $100,000 so far.”

Emma Donoghue is my Hero of the Week!

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A campaign to promote Northern Ireland to Game of Thrones fans isn’t settling for guided tours and tacky souvenirs. Tourism Ireland has debuted its latest Game of Thrones tribute: a giant woven tapestry that highlights every episode in the series in meticulous detail. And with every new episode, the tapestry will grow… reaching 250 feet in length by the end of the show.

Wow. I mean. WOW.

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Unmissable Weekly: July 9, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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Percy Jackson has fought all manners of monsters, but his latest adventure sees him adapted for the stage in The Lightning Thief, a musical based on (and named for) the first book in author Rick Riordan’s best-selling series. Now EW has your exclusive first listen to the full cast album, which will be going on sale July 7.

“The gods are real. Like the Greek gods. Like the ones you learned about but weren’t paying attention to. Well, they don’t pay attention to you, either, especially if you’re their kid.” This is transporting me back to 2013, that September I got OBSESSED with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series!

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As publishers, we connect your story with readers everywhere.

We want books to reflect everyone in our society, and to publish the stories which aren’t often told.

That’s why through WriteNow we want to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. This includes writers from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, writers who have a disability, or come from a socio-economically marginalised background.

Get published. Write NOW. (Props to Penguin Random House UK for this programme!)

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An unpublished picture book by Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, has been found hidden deep in his archives, five years after his death – somewhat like a little boy lost in the jungle after being sent to his room with no supper.

The new book will be published in autumn 2018, a posthumous release for an author regarded as one of the most influential picture-book creators of the last 50 years.

And Maurice Sendak joins the ranks of children’s authors with a book discovered posthumously in a drawer.

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The final two seasons of Game of Thrones are set to be shorter than previous installments of the series—down from the usual 10 episodes to 7 for the seventh season, and 6 for the eighth. But that doesn’t mean that we’ll necessarily be getting any less of the show. We already know that three of Season 7’s episodes run longer than an hour, and at this weekend’s Con of Thrones, sound designer Paula Fairfield told the crowd that the Powers That Be might make all six episodes of Season 8 feature-length.

It seems we are getting a full season’s worth of Game of Thrones for both seasons 7 and 8, after all.

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Unmissable Weekly: June 25, 2017

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Bloomsbury and Pottermore will publish two new books this autumn for the British Library exhibition “Harry Potter: A History of Magic”, opening on 20th October.

“Previously unseen material from the Bloomsbury archive and J K Rowling” is promised for both titles, with Rowling’s original drafts for the books set to be on display in the exhibition for the first time.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a £30 hardback with full-colour illustrations, will be the official book of the exhibition, while paperback Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic (£12.99) will be “aimed at a family audience”.

And the story of the boy who lived lives on (what?).

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In an attempt to help those that were displaced and/or otherwise harmed by the fire that consumed Grenfell Tower just a week ago, a large number of authors have donated signed items, Skype calls, and other in demand experiences to an auction that will go to benefit those families through the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund.

Once again, it is proven that book people are the best people.

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With just about every major character – Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister and some dragons, to point out a few – making appearances, the new trailer foreshadows the unification of the various battling clans as they join forces.

The latest Game of Thrones trailer used Ramin Djawadi’s ‘Light of the Seven’ and I am not okay. Also? “Unification” is highly doubtful.

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Penguin’s Dutton imprint has announced plans to publish a new novel by YA author John Green on October 10, Turtles All the Way Down. This will be his first novel since The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012), which has sold 23 million copies worldwide. The book follows 16-year-old Aza Holmes as she investigates the disappearance of a fugitive billionaire, while coping with mental illness. Dutton has planned a first print run of 1.5 million copies.

This seems to me a pretty bizarre title but it doesn’t matter because WE ARE GETTING A NEW JOHN GREEN BOOK!

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Unmissable Weekly: June 9, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic story of racism in the southern states of the US, which has sold more than 40m copies since it was first published in 1960, is to be turned into a graphic novel. Unexpectedly, the move has been encouraged by the late author’s estate.

The graphic novel will be illustrated by Fred Fordham, the artist behind Philip Pullman’s recent first venture into the form, The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship.

Of course it’s endorsed by her estate. Of course this is sure to sell.

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Pottermore invites fans old and new to join the Wizarding World Book Club – a free, online club to examine and debate every book in the Harry Potter series. 

The Wizarding World Book Club kicks off in June, and to take part you just need to read (or re-read) a Harry Potter book each month – or more, as the books get longer. You can then join in a conversation about it on Twitter, or simply check Pottermore to learn more about each story.

I keep forgetting Pottermore is still a thing. But yaaay to all the Potterheads! Here’s another way to celebrate the books, whether you’re reliving your Hogwarts adventures or being sorted for the first time.

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More important, the book world still frequently fails to make its spaces welcoming and inclusive of people of color, especially black women, or relegates them to token events addressing diversity or race in literature. Preceding the established festival with an event for black women provides a counterbalance to the whiteness of most shared literary spaces, an opportunity for black girls and women to celebrate their nerdy sides in a sisterly atmosphere.

Well-Read Black Girl is getting a literary festival!

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“In the press at large, everybody said, ‘there are four spinoffs’ and they assume that it means each one is happening and we’re going to have a new Game of Thrones show per quarter. That’s not what’s going on,” explained Bloys. “The idea is not to do four shows. The bar set by [showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss] is so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it.”

Because it’s 2017 and Unmissable Weekly is still all about Game of Thrones.

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Unmissable Weekly: May 26, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods and Neverwhere, has offered to stage a dramatic reading of Dr Seuss’s Fox in Socks, if fans pledge $1m (£769,000) to help refugees. The British author made the offer after accepting a previous challenge to read out the menu of a US dessert chain in exchange for $500,000-worth of pledges to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Neil Gaiman. Award-winning artist. Top-notch human being.

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An 11-year-old boy called Malcolm Polstead – who lives in an inn on the banks of the river Thames in Oxford – will be at the centre of the first volume of Philip Pullman’s hotly anticipated new trilogy. The Book of Dust will be a companion trilogy to his global bestselling series His Dark Materials. Details of the first instalment, La Belle Sauvage, were revealed on Friday by Pullman’s publishers Penguin Random House Children’s and David Fickling Books.

It appears La Belle Sauvage will shift between Lyra’s birth and a period of 10 years after the denouement of The Amber Spyglass.

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An insider account of the HIV/Aids epidemic hailed by Edmund White as “epoch-making” has scooped a major prize for LGBTQ+ writing. David France’s How to Survive a Plague tells the story of how a grassroots movement of activists, some of whom faced their own struggle with the illness, forced through legal and scientific change that turned HIV from an almost certain death sentence to a manageable disease where drugs are available.

Congratulations, David France, for winning the Green Carnation award!

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“Enemies to the East. Enemies to the West. Enemies to the South. Enemies to the North. Whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it.” HBO has dropped the official trailer for the highly anticipated Season 7 of Game of Thrones.

This looks EPIC. But, serious question: who among your favorites will have to go next?

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Unmissable Weekly: May 19, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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When Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey’s Black Panther & The Crew launched earlier this year, it proved that big publishers like Marvel can, in fact, still tell timely stories about real world issues, like how police brutality devastates black communities. But now, after a mere two issues, Marvel has cancelled the series.

Oh boy, weeks after Marvel’s VP of Sales David Gabriel blamed women and diversity for the company’s dip in sales… Now THIS.

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As a Colorado community mourns the loss of seven students who recently killed themselves, a school district official ordered librarians to temporarily stop circulating a book that’s the basis for Netflix’s popular new series “13 Reasons Why,” which some critics say romanticizes suicide.

Others would call this censorship.

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Have you ever been inspired by a friend’s book collection and wanted to immediately add a slew of her books to your Want to Read list? Or, maybe you’d like a way to quickly check a book’s ratings on Goodreads as you browse through the stacks at your local bookstore or library?

Well, now you only need to point your phone at a book to add it to your Want to Read list, rate it, or see its Goodreads’ reviews. Goodreads recently added a fun new feature to our iOS smartphone app: The ability to scan book covers and barcodes. And as a bonus, several of our readers also seem to like the sparking blue dots feature for their selfies!

Very neat, Goodreads.

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And there’s more. We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five. We have added a fifth writer to the original four. No, I will not reveal the name here. HBO announced the names of the first four, and will no doubt announce the fifth as well, once his deal has closed. He’s a really terrific addition, however, a great guy and a fine writer, and aside from me and maybe Elio and Linda, I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.

So you thought there will be four Game of Thrones spinoffs? WRONG. There are five and GRRM prefers you call them “successor shows.”

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