It’s a mystery

Mysteries have filled the news this past week. 

The Edgar Awards were announced, and that always gets me all excited. 

Each year, I look at the winner (and nominees) of the Best First Novel award, because usually that signals we got some up-and-comers to track. 

This year, you didn’t have to look far to find out which novel won that one. 

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, recently all over the news for having won the Pulitzer, also won the Edgar for Best First Novel.

And then some other books won awards, too.  

In other news… Book Expo is almost here, and I’m gonna be there! Completely excited about meeting other bloggers amidst the book-laden frenzy. If you see me, say hi. And then tell me what you’re reading; can’t wait to hear.


Self-improvement… in all ways except book moderation

My kinda room!
Recently this article about books that’ll make you healthier caught my eye… especially since it includes books by Gretchen Rubin and Charles Duhigg, who are two of my recent favorites.
In other bookish articles online… this one, about packing books for a trip, is full of helpful tips I’m likely to disregard completely. 
I’m a one-book-per-day kinda girl when packing for any kind of travel, and that’s for a normal trip that’s not expected to include any lengthy reading sprees. 
And heaven help us all, if the trip requires that I bring books to aid in any sort of research. 
(Shameful recollection of that episode at Midway Airport, when I had to transfer Kennedy assassination books from my overweight suitcase to my soon-to-be-leaden-in-weight carry-on, right there in the middle of the terminal)
I’m a wiser woman these days. I start out with the books in the carry-on. That, my friends, is my best book-packing tip.

Prizing the Pulitzers

Books — they’re in the news!

The Pulitzers were announced, and thanks to the Tournament of Books, I’d actually heard of the fiction winner (though it’s largely been overshadowed by Hamilton‘s big win in the drama category). 

And the good folks over at Library Journal put together a list of the 10 best American police procedurals. Such a list would always make me happy, but when I saw that they included Craig Johnson… squealing commenced.

Books & birthdays

Library of Congress — fancy!

My friends, the book world is a happening place

So… nobody told me the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction actually existed. Then I saw that Marilynne Robinson won the thing. So: that’s news!

Beverly Clearly turned 100 this week! Given that some of her books (Henry Huggins) seemed charmingly old-fashioned when I read them way back in the ’70s, I’m actually delightedly stunned that she’s still living. 

This is the lady who gave us Drop Everything and Read Day, and for that, I’m deeply grateful. (I actually celebrate this holiday most days, but I think that’s true of many of us.)


I’m a Leslie & a Lisa

Pawnee in Pasadena! Courtesy of the Dear Man  

BOOKRIOT is alive with geeky, bookish TV people these days. 

Here’s how to diagnose yourself as a Parks & Recreation reader

(I’m a Leslie Knope, but we already knew that.)

If you’re more of a Simpsons person, check out the Lisa Simpson Book Club

And if you’re feeling more traditional, you can read instead about life lessons from the Brontes.

One final item, that made me even happier than usual…  

In her new mini-podcast episodes called “A Little Happier,” Gretchen Rubin focused this week on the simple joy of a visit to the library. 

I’m totally hooked on her Happier podcast, and it’s even better to get these little bonus episodes once a week. Three minutes of library gushing, people. Well worth listening.

And that’s our bookish web round-up for this week!