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Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 44

Good morrow, good book adventurers! The year end approaches. We hope you’re gathering your piles of to-reads and tallying up the books on your Goodreads challenge, in preparation for some time off and new beginnings.

The Book Smugglers are nearing the end of their Smugglivus celebrations. Today, Erika of Book Punks describes why she loved her favorite books of 2015, and looks forward to a few in 2016.

For all the ancient history lovers out there, Paul Weimer answers the question, Why Rome? (Also on Smugglivus)

In more on Rome, archaeologists just found human remains where Caesar defeated two Germanic tribes in modern the Netherlands.

The top 20 searches of the Europeana public database in 2015. links to novellas for $2.99, including The BuildersBintiThe Last Witness, and The Drowning Eyes.

I have no words for this story and these photos about Mongolian eagle hunters. Except maybe “beautiful.”


Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 43

Happy Monday, y’all. We’re back again with our weekly round-up of bookish news. Grab a coffee and get settled in, this week we’re focused on lists of books to read.

Canada’s CBC lists the biggest book news stories of 2015.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass is on my to-read list. Not sure? Read reviews of it by Fantasy Faction bloggers.

Book Riot on finding comfort in books.

Looking for books with Christmas cheer? Book Riot gives you five recommendations. Looking for books with Hanukkah cheer? Goodreads has plenty. How about a book about winter?

If you’re trying to escape winter, you might like to read about hot and dusty Australia. has you covered.

For another perspective, try one of these books by what Book Riot calls “5 Essential Japanese Writers.”


Book Adventures Weekly: Issue 13

Twitter users share stories about boys reading about girls using the hashtag #BoysReadGirls – from Let Toys be Toys – for Girls and Boys, a UK blog.

BookRiot examines tropes we love – and why we love to see them subverted.

Malinda Lo, author of Diversity in YA, has written a four part essay on Perceptions of Diversity in book reviews.

The Horn Book opens the discussion about who reviewers are, and who their audience is. Yes, this one’s about diversity, too.

That’s cool. Ferguson, MO just hired a crowdfunded children’s librarian. The story (and an interview with the new librarian) is over at Library Journal.

Haven’t read a romance yet but want to see what the fuss is all about? BookRiot lists the 10 romance novels you should start with.

Some of my favorite heroines EVER are on this list of Science Fiction/Fantasy heroines you ought to know, from BookRiot.

And, from the Department of Random, Celebrity Division

Leonard Nimoy on Spock’s Secret Jewish Origins (via Tor)

Book Adventures Weekly: Issue 11

Not a good weeked for libraries, history, or books: A Moscow library housing 14 million books including historic texts went up in flames on Saturday. A Williamsburg, NYC warehouse in use as a record storage facility also burned on Saturday, amounting to a 7-alarm fire. Gothamist hints at foul play.

There’s this thing called CanadaReads. It’s a battle of the books, which this year focus on changing perspectives, broadening horizons, and challenging stereotypes. Finalists will be defended by a panel of celebrities in March. Lots of hubbub over Kristin Kreuk, Beauty in Beauty and the Beast (for those who don’t understand, it’s a CW production about a modern-day, yep, you guessed it, Beauty and the Beast), being one of the panelists. The five finalists are Intolerable, Ru, The Inconvenient Indian, And the Birds Rained Down, and When Everything Feels Like the Movies.

Anne Enright, author of The Gathering, has been appointed the first Laureate for Irish Fiction.

Just in time for the Super Bowl (OK, by the time this post is published, the Super Bowl will be over, but that’s just a technicality), the CBC has put out a list of “five football books to check out.” I’ve read books about hockey, but not football, so I can’t tell you how they are. But if you’re interested in football and love reading, well, you might want to check them out. Does anyone else find it interesting that this list comes from Canada?

Are you a reviewer? A blogger? A commenter? Nerds of a feather, flock together has a thought-provoking “blogtable” piece on the positive value of negative reviews. Well worth a read.

From the Department of Random, FUN Division

News A Ghostbusters reboot with an all-female cast. YES.

Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 9

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Let’s get straight to it, shall we?

Eye candy for librarians, book lovers, readers, and travelers: The 50 Most Majestic Libraries from Architecture and Design.

Curious about which books were most popular in 2014? Publisher’s Weekly has charts. Lots of charts. The ones that are already winning this year can be found on the New York Times bestseller lists.

Also on NYT, reviews of Marcus Sedgewick’s The Ghosts of Heaven and The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.

I have even more love for Obama after reading this story about how he sorted toys into girls’ and boys’ bins for the Marines’ Toys for Tots program.

Watch in real-time as British Library patrons return and request a wide array of titles.



And from the Department of Random, Wolf Conservation Division

The British Columbia government is set to permit hunting and killing of 180 wolves from helicopters in the next two months. Sign the petition to stop the hunt.

Bad news for wolves in Sweden: 10% (36) of the wolf population will be hunted and killed this winter.


All links via Twitter.

Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 7

Here it is, the last issue of 2014. Read on, fellow adventurers, for noteworthy news, book sales, and more! Do you enjoy owning and reading ebooks without DRM? Do you like buying books on sale? Book View Cafe is having a half-off Boxing Week Sale! Featured authors include Sherwood Smith, Ursula K. Le Guin, Madeleine Robins, Jeffrey A. Carver, and Katherine Eliska Kimbriel.

How to make sure your library contains booklice-devouring book scorpions, from Book Riot.

Jo Walton on how her ebook reader changed (and didn’t change) her reading habits, from

A review of 2014 in comics, from Pornokitsch. The ones I want to read? Saga, Ms. Marvel, and Sex Criminals.

Musings on the importance of reading local, again, from Book Riot.

The New York Times reviews How to be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guideby Ruth Goodman. Apparently, it strips all the romanticism from our rose-colored view of the Victorian era.

Book Riot’s list of dragon books. See also: The Book Adventures’ own Map of the Dragon Territories in SF/F.

Happy New Year, all!