More Book Headlines: Graphic History, YA Controversy, and 15 Signs of Book Addiction.

It’s as if they were reading my blog yesterday! (I wish..) The Independent reports on a new history of U.S. civil rights, as told in the style of a graphic novel. Read all about it and its 1950s comic book inspiration in A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form.

The Ottawa Citizen is reporting on the backlash received by a Governor General Literary Award-winning book for young adults. Read, Critics of ‘vulgar’ book for young adults want Governor General’s award rescinded to find out why there’s a petition to the Canada Council to have the 2014 award rescinded.

Lastly, you may be addicted to books. That’s not a bad thing, though! The Guardian shares 15 tell-tale signs to watch for if you’re still not sure this is you: 15 signs to prove you’re a book addict

Interesting tidbits to start your day: Ladybird Books and James Patterson

The books we have seen since our youth featuring adorable illustrations of carefree childhood are an eye-opening glimpse into the health and safety regulations of the past. Or, should I say, the lack of health and safety regulations of the past. The Telegraph’s article, Ladybird books from the 1960s that would be banned by today’s health and safety brigade examines four books in the Junior Science Series that were released between 1962 and 1964, showing all sorts of scenarios that would give any of today’s mothers heart palpitations.

James Patterson is making headlines again with promises of one lucky person getting his newest book, but having only 24 hours to read it – before it explodes. Read The Independent’s, James Patterson, world’s wealthiest author, charges $300,000 for ‘exploding book’ for more on that unusual gimmick.

Christmas Eve Book News

BBC News just released this very interesting article, entitled, E-books ‘damage sleep and health’ doctors warn. CBC.ca has also published an article on the subject, in Reading e-books at night may be ruining your sleep: study. It’s not too late to return those e-readers…

Released four days ago on Huffingtonpost.com, their article, Sadly, Rachel Maddow Just Insulted Every Independent Bookseller in America is written by bookseller William Petrocelli who took offense at the comments made on the Rachel Maddow Show on December 19. Ms. Maddow likened Sony’s failure to release the movie The Interview to bookstores in 1989 who refused to carry The Satanic Verses until the public outcry caused the books to be sold again. Mr. Petrocelli does not agree that this is a valid comparison.


A very merry Christmas to all who follow this blog and to casual observers! Thank You for making my first blog such a fun learning experience. I truly appreciate your interest and support, and wish you all the very best in 2015.

“Another E-Book Dip” – Publishers Weekly

This article was released on Dec. 12, 2014, but these stats have been out for a while. I think it’s worth posting here because it is interesting to see how eBooks are faring in book purchase statistics. As a paper book lover at heart, I always cheer inwardly just a little when I hear that eBooks haven’t taken over yet.

Click  here to read Publishers Weekly’s article, Another e-Book Dip.