Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you’re doing something to mark the day. We will be joining Michelle’s family for a luncheon feast of corned beef, colcannon, soda bread, and various other comestibles. In honor of the day, I have a wonderful link for you:
~ Librarian’s Shelf has an interview with Irish author Frank Delaney – and he had some beautiful and kind things to say about book bloggers:
Great question! People have been saying for generations, “Oh, the novel is dead.” Well, it ain’t – nor is that wonderful American invention, creative nonfiction, nor is biography, nor is political writing. And as well as the books, the commentariat is alive and well. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that it’s healthier than ever, because we now have this wonderful new creature, the Literary Blogger. I’m a massive fan of this gorgeous animal, with all its fur and feathers – for a number of reasons. My main complaint about the general direction of literary criticism over the last century has been – and Joyce is a case in point – that it tended, in its lofty tone and often impenetrable language (not to mention occasional vendetta behavior), to be antidemocratic, to keep certain areas of literature to itself, whereas my own passion is for as many people as possible to be reading as widely as possible. The Literary Bloggers have no axes to grind, they’re not protecting their reputations, they don’t fear being sneered at by other critics, they’re reading what they want to read, writing what they want to write, and they don’t want to keep what they enjoy to themselves. They want to share. They want to expand the constituency of reading. They want to hail and applaud good writing. To my mind this is a very significant development – uneven, I grant, here and there, but, dammit, not as uneven as the generations of formal literary critics, and the blogging intention is so good and so worthy of loud vocal support that you can call it truly a new and, to my mind, incomparably welcome development in the world of reading and writing.
~ My Friend Amy: Love Me, Love This Book – An excellent post with a great discussion in the comments section.
Reviews and blog posts that have me adding to my to-read list:
~ This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, reviewed by Amy at My Friend Amy
~ How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, also reviewed by Amy
~ Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, reviewed by Michelle at That’s What She Read
~ The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney, reviewed by Jennifer at Literate Housewife
~ Before the Poison by Peter Robinson, reviewed by Nancy at Bookfoolery and Babble
~ For those of you who are reading along, I have posted the second part of our discussion of The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey.
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