In June 2009, the very first post on this blog was entitled “Do you love reading or do you love books?” The post was about which “book” format was preferred by readers. In the seven years I have been writing The Booklover not much has changed. It appears that in 2016 readers still prefer books. Results of a new study conducted by Pew Research Center show that while Americans are increasingly using digital media to read, they still prefer a print book. You can read the entire study here.
PrinterInks.com put together an infographic of how long it took authors to write their literary masterpieces. It took Victor Hugo twelve years to write Les Miserables and John Boyne only three days to write The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Check out the infographic and see how long it took to write your favorite book!
The Booklover’s Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I frequently lament mysteries, thrillers, or suspense novels that I figure out ahead of time. It’s not that I am so smart, but that many of the plots are formulaic in nature — therefore it is easy to come to a conclusion before it is revealed in the narrative. Wilde Lake is not easy to figure out. Laura Lippman has one plot twist after another, and before you know it you’ve been reading and the novel took a turn you didn’t expect. It was easy to give this book a four-heart rating.
Wilde Lake weaves back and forth between two different time periods and does this effortlessly. One part of the story is Lu Brant’s personal account of her childhood in Columbia (planned as an inclusive utopian community), where she and her brother AJ grew up and attended Wilde Lake High School. The story opens with her memories of AJ’s attendance at a graduation party which was marred by a suspicious death.
The other half of the story is contemporary and recounts Lu’s life as a single parent and prosecutor. Lu’s first case is the murder of a local woman, Mary McNally, who didn’t report to work after a week-long vacation. It is quickly determined that the murderer is Rudy Drysdale, a local misfit and former classmate of Lu’s brother AJ.
Wilde Lake is an engrossing read — hard to put down. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Lippman throws in another plot twist. The end wraps up nicely though, and the book keeps you guessing. My only fault with the novel is that some of the story just doesn’t seem entirely plausible, but I wouldn’t let that get in the way of an entertaining read.
Book Details: Published by William Morrow (May 3, 2016), 368 Pages, ISBN: 978-0062083456.
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If you are a fan of Penguin’s collaboration with Coralie Bickford-Smith, then you are going to love their newest collaboration with type superstar Jessica Hische. Ms. Hische’s work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. to Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin’s own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility.
Penguin Drop Caps is a new series of twenty-six collectible and gift-worthy hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet. Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley have created a series design that encompasses foil-stamped paper-over-board cases in a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six book spines and a decorative stain on all three paper edges. The series debuts with an “A” for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a “B” for Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and a “C” for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, and continues with more classics from Penguin. Of course, there are 26 books in the series.
Julia Seales, of Bustle, has written a great article on 10 Things That Happen When You Run Out of Space to Put All Your Books. Read all the way to the end! Her final paragraph is my favorite. You can read it here.