Tuesday Tidbits: Literary Links

Welcome back to Tuesday Tidbits!

As is apparent from my frequent book reviews and reading lists on Intrusions of Beauty, I am an avid reader. My parents helped cultivate this from an early age, and reading has expanded my world, mind, and soul. It has helped turn me into a lifelong learner and introduced me to new and challenging ideas. If the only thing I accomplish in my life is turning a few people into readers, I will be fulfilled.

This week’s Tuesday Tidbits is focused on book news, products and discussion. I’d love to hear what you’re reading, and share what I’m reading with you!

Tuesday Tidbits: Literary Links

If you haven’t set up an account already, I HIGHLY recommend starting a Goodreads account! It’s very helpful to track what you’re reading, start a reading challenge, and get recommendations for new books based on what you’ve liked in the past.

BookRiot, an internet hub for all things books, recently posted this fascinating comparison of US vs. UK editions of book covers.

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Photo courtesy of BookRiot.

Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, recently opened a bookstore. It saddens me to see more bookstores closing, so I am completely on board with a trend of authors opening their own stores! You can take a look around the store in this video at the New York Times.

John Green, author of many YA books like The Fault in Our Stars, has built a massive internet following over the years. This longer read from The New Yorker looks at how that came to be.

The Millions has a list of the most anticipated books releasing in the second half of 2015. There’s several on here I have definitely added to my list, in particular Not on Fire, But Burning by Greg Hrbek. It comes out in September, so I’ll be looking for it at my local library.

not on fire but burning

Have a fantastic, book-filled week!

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Book Review | The World of Ice & Fire – George R.R. Martin

the world of ice and fire reviewThe World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Book Finished: April 8th, 2015

Rating: 4/5

A couple years ago, I had heard of Game of Thrones, but wasn’t that interested in the premise. I hold a proud stake in nerd-dom (my Ravenclaw banner hangs proudly by my bed, I frequent opening day showings of Marvel films, and I made a successful crusade to turn my boyfriend into a lover of the Lord of the Rings)- but something about GoT seemed just – meh. My sister (if I have a “stake” in nerd-dom, she has a castle) watched the first season of the series for a class in 2013, and was immediately hooked. She started the books soon after, and then spent a great deal of time prodding me to do the same. This past fall I finally gave in, and recently got my boyfriend into the TV show as well.

I got this book along with the five books that are out in A Song of Ice and Fire for Christmas. The book itself is gorgeous; it’s large with a soft cover, and filled with incredible artwork of the lands and characters that make up Westeros. As fans of this series know, the amount of characters the story follows can make it confusing to keep up with. I was hoping for a book that could serve as a reference guide as I continue to read the books and watch the show to help me remind me of who’s who. This book does achieve that, but not in the manner I anticipated.

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