If you’re a book lover like me, you’re probably constantly on the hunt for new books to read. But you don’t want to read just any book. You’re wondering which books out there—and there are a lot of them to choose from!—are getting a lot of buzz, or are highly acclaimed, or are pertinent to your interests. You may also be interested in the buzz on booksellers and the publishing industry.
One of the best sources for bookish news is the Washington Post‘s Book Club newsletter. It comes out every Friday, and it’s packed with bookish information. It informs the reader on recent book controversies (like the hubbub over the novel American Dirt, and the book banning in an Alaska school district); it provides an inside scoop on books about Washington politics; and it offers news about the publishing industry, smaller vs. larger booksellers, and how recent events (like the coronavirus) are affecting how people buy and read books.
There’s so much info packed into this newsletter that, truly, it seems to never end. As I read, I inevitably think to myself, “Wow, that was a lot of book news. Surely I’m almost to the end this newsletter!” But it never fails to turn out that I’m only halfway through at that point. And it never fails to turn out that the second half of the newsletter is just as informative and interesting and humorous as the first half.
Yes, humorous: you see, the author of this newsletter, Ron Charles, is very funny. He has me laughing out loud every single week. Now that’s literary gold!
If you’re interested in receiving the Washington Post‘s Book Club newsletter, you can sign up for free here.
(I’m not affiliated with the Post or Ron Charles or the Book Club newsletter. I just really enjoy the newsletter and thought I’d share it with all of you book lovers.)
What’s the bookish buzz in your neck of the woods?
P.S. This post is one day late because I’m having another concussion setback. But the good news is, my doctors and PTs tell me that my theories as expounded in my recent post Why Can’t I Drive? are correct. They also tell me that my brain is healthy and healing, and these are just pesky symptoms that I can get rid of by building back up to my former state of functioning over a few weeks. All is well. Forward progress. With a few bumps in the road. Peace and love and virtual hugs.