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J.K. Rowling Congratulates Robert Galbraith: New Cormoran Strike Novel

The Silkworm | The Cuckoo's Calling

Early this morning, Little, Brown Book Group UK (@LittleBrownUK) took to Twitter to announce their privilege of publishing Robert Galbraith’s next completed novel in the Cormoran Strike series–Career of Evil–this fall. The synopsis and publication date have not been revealed, but Little, Brown assures us that we will be rewarded with this delicious news soon enough.

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Around that same time, Galbraith (@RGalbraith) announced his completion of the beloved title page. As per true Rowling fashion, the title page was the last to be completed, sealing the deal like an 11-year old’s Hogwarts acceptance letter. J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) tweeted Galbraith saying, “Very pleased for you, Robert.”

Aren’t we all!

Cormoran Strike novel

Career of Evil is to be the third novel in the Cormoran Strike series of a veteran and private investigator facing his own troubles while getting involved in sticky messes others tend to overlook or underestimate. The first novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was released in April 2013, but it was not until July of that same year when we learned Robert Galbraith is in fact Rowling herself. The second book, The Silkworm, was released June of last year. And the greatest news yet: Rowling says plans are in the works to create even more books for the series. In addition, last July, she revealed the slightest tidbit of information on this third novel at the only promotional event she attended for the release of The Silkworm. With Career of Evil set for publication this fall, it is looking more and more like we will be served one juicy Galbraith novel a year–each to satisfy us long enough until the next course is served.Rowling answered a few fan tweets, as well. And she pleased us all when she took the liberty of answering one particularly open-ended question.

fan questions for J.K. Rowling

So, what can we expect in Career of Evil? A further insight into the lives of those who leave the military, as released in July’s promotional event. Other than that, we’re once again left to our imaginations. But one thing is certain: Galbraith has yet to disappoint.

“After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things. Terrible, yes; but great…I think it is clear we can expect great things from you…” (Ollivander, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [film]).

 

Twitter images taken by screen capture.

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Happy Birthday Children’s Author Kate DiCamillo

Today, March 25, in 1964, Kate DiCamillo was introduced to the world in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now living in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 51, Kate is the author of various children’s novels, picture books, and early chapter books. Quite a few of her works have earned literary awards, as well.

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Because of Winn-Dixie

DiCamillo’s children’s novel Because of Winn-Dixie has blossomed since its publication in 2000. It received the 2001 Newberry Honor and was later made into a film for the big screen that was released in 2005.

The film stars AnnaSophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bridge to Terabithia) as ten-year-old Opal and actor Jeff Daniels as her father who is also a preacher. Although I have never read the book, I did see the film a few years back and can say with confidence that it is quite a heartwarming tale of a young girl adapting to new surroundings and trying to rebuild a dwindling relationship with her father.

The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux was published in 2003 and then received the Newberry Award in 2004. DiCamillo’s novel was transformed into a film adaptation in 2008.

The film adaptation features various famous voices. Matthew Broderick plays the voice of Despereaux, while Dustin Hoffman assumes the role of Roscuro. Other voices include Harry Potter cast members Emma Watson as Princess Pea and Robbie Coltrane as Gregory. The man who plays everybody’s favorite scientist in Back to the Future, Christopher Lloyd, voices the character Hovis in The Tale of Despereaux.

View all of DiCamillo’s children’s novels and their accompanying awards here.

Early Chapter Books

Kate DiCamillo’s early chapter books include the Mercy Watson series, featuring the 2007 Giesel Honor book Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, and the Bink and Gollie series. Currently, there are six Mercy Watson books and three Bink and Gollie books.

Her newest addition to the collection of early chapter books was published in August 2014 and is titled, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up.

Kate DiCamillo is currently the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appointed by the Library of Congress.

Congratulations on your astounding achievements thus far, Kate. We look forward to your next great literary adventure!

*Information obtained from Kate DiCamillo’s official website. and Internet Movie Database.

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New Year’s Resolution: Read, Read, READ

Hey, there! It’s been some time since I’ve posted. Actually, this is the first post of the new year. I’m totally slacking. Anyway, you may have noticed that the title of this post is singular–“Resolution.” That’s because I made multiple resolutions late last year for 2015 but it appears I’ll only be sticking with one of them.

This year, my resolution is to read at least 26 books. I’m a slow reader, so this is a more than reasonable, maybe even slightly stretched (like my favorite pair of jeans), goal [hopefully]. As you’ll see by the image below, my list doesn’t yet include a full 26 titles. That’s where you come in.

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2015 Reading List

 

Divergent

My latest kill is Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I read Divergent last year; it started off slow, but when the action finally kicked in, I couldn’t put it down. I had high hopes for the second book after that, of course.

Even though I have enjoyed both Divergent and Insurgent, it’s still irritating when Tris shows her age through her ridiculous thoughts on relationships and secrecy. I wanted so bad to slap some sense into that 16-year-old’s brain throughout Insurgent, but the enthralling suspense and plot twists made tolerating her stupidity well worth the read. This dystopian teen fiction series is quite addicting.

I can’t wait until Insurgent is released in theaters on March 20, 2015. I plan to attend one of the showings that Sunday, so hopefully I’ll be able to post a review of the book-to-movie transition shortly thereafter. I think they did nice work with Divergent, and the trailer for the upcoming release looks pretty awesome, so I’m willing to bet it’ll be worth the money to see in 3D. Here’s hoping!

I’ve often found myself comparing how I’d react in their situations to how each of the factions handle what they’re going through, and after considering my potential reactions, I have decided that I too am Divergent.

Have you read the books? What faction do you feel you fit in, if any?

Cheating with The Silkworm

So, I’m not sure if this constitutes cheating, so to speak, but I started The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. JK Rowling) last year and finished earlier this year and I’ve decided to count it as my first book tackled in 2015. It took forever mostly because I had a lot going on last year and I actually lost interest in reading for a bit. It has come back, thank goodness, as has my desire to write.

The Silkworm is well written, but this mystery is somewhat hard to follow. Maybe it’s just me, because it took me months to read it; but there are so many characters that at times I felt it difficult to discern which character was which. The author does take the reader for a wild goose chase, for lack of a better comparison, throwing him/her bits of evidence that point to various characters throughout the book, which makes for a crazy ending. I can’t wait to see what Galbraith throws at us next.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I spent too much time away from my bookshelves due to personal reasons lately. I wasn’t home for two weeks, so when I finished Insurgent, I was going stir crazy. I was snowed in a good hour away from home (crazy weather!), so I didn’t have access to Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series. My craving for words was at a level unlike any other, so I finally let myself go. I can’t believe I did it, but it’s official. I own two ebooks, courtesy of the iBooks app on my iPod.

In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. -Lord Henry, The Picture of Dorian Gray

The app has a section of free books, and I found The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I’ve been wanting to read that book for a few years now; and since I didn’t own a hard copy, I figured I’d search the iBooks app and there it was! I’m in chapter two at the moment, and I’m so glad I downloaded it. It’s so good! Quote-worthy, even. (But ebooks are still a last resort for me, a display of my desperation.)

So, back to you. Take a second look at my list, and feel free to leave a comment with a suggestion or two!

 

(PS: Trello is an excellent web tool to keep track of lists and assignments and such. Hence, the image of my reading list.)

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Dear Friend,

Oh Will, you old fart! It’s your birthday again, and yet again you are not here to celebrate it with us. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to devote to a detailed description of your life achievements, but I do have a moment to say just a few words.

You brought years of entertainment to the early 17th Century, and for that I am eternally grateful. Why? Because I, in the 21st century, am still intrigued by your ever classic works. I took a class completely devoted to studying your plays a few years back, and it was one of my favorite classes. I didn’t buy the textbook, I have to admit; but I did hike up to the 4th floor of the library nearly every week to hunt down the next play we’d cover in class that week. And when I say 4th floor, I really mean to include the 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-floor balconies and an extra flight of stairs in between the 3rd-floor balcony and 4th floor. Why it was there, I’ll never know. But it certainly kept me in shape that semester. Since I graduated, though, they’ve completely remodeled the library and I haven’t been back to find your collection.

My favorite play of  yours is Much Ado About Nothing, hands down. Thank you for providing hours of comedic entertainment for peasants and lords alike that was classic enough to be carried through to my generation. Thank you for persevering through your life hardships to produce such epic works.

You are quite possibly the classic literature figure I would most love to meet. Perhaps you’re in heaven now, and we’ll meet up someday and have a chat over tea and biscuits. Perhaps I’m crazy. But no matter. It’s your birthday, and although you’re gone, you will forever be preserved in the world of classic literature. Thank you for your unknowingly impactful contribution to the written word and all its glory. Thank you for existing, William Shakespeare.

 

Sincerely,

Your Public Admirer

 

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Happy Birthday Meg Cabot, Queen of The Princess Diaries

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Author Meg Cabot

So I’m a little behind, but Happy birthday, Meg Cabot! Meg Cabot is the author of The Princess Diaries series from which Disney produced two super cool movies, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Your average, everyday nobody in the good ol’ USA, Mia Thermopolis is shocked to learn from her father that she is next in line for the throne in the country of Genovia.

Disney made a few adjustments to the story when transferring it to film. One pretty big change is that Disney kills off Mia’s dad. Big surprise there, right? No. Not at all. Disney has a certain affinity for disposing of royal parents often when princesses are involved. At least Mia’s mom still gets to stick around to help her through the trials of becoming the proper princess.

Meg Cabot’s birthday is February 1. She provides great reads for teens and adults. Follow her on Twitter for updates and musings here.

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