Reading in 2020 And More Lists, Dec. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

Reading lists (and nonfiction trends) for 2020 and more Best-Of lists are out. The Far Side is coming back (sort of). Star Wars makes big box office and the NYT has a review. Audiobooks and comics are in the news too.

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Reading In 2020 And More Lists

Vogue lists “41 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020.”

Entertainment Weekly has “The 50 most anticipated books of 2020.”

Town & Country names the “17 Best Books of the 2010s.”

LitHub has a list of all the award-winner novels of 2019.

Book Marks gathers “The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Mystery & Crime.”

CrimeReads offers “The Best True Crime Books of 2019.”

Autostraddle suggests “8 Cute Queer Holiday Romances to Snuggle up with this Holigay Season.”

B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog offers “7 of the Scariest Science Fiction Horror Novels Ever Written.”

The NYT offers “6 Long, Absorbing Books to Get You Through Your Vacation.”

HuffPost gathers “11 Diverse Holiday Books For Kids That Go Beyond Christmas.”

NYPL announces their “Top Checkouts of 2019.”


The NYT reviews The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada, translated by David Boyd (New Directions: W.W. Norton): “enigmatic … It is truthful, indignant, evasive and, very much, still in progress.”

The Washington Post reviews Mama Hissa's Mice by Saud Alsanousi, translated by Sawad Hussain (Amazon Crossing): “aims to do no less than sum up an entire culture in all its messy, human complexity.” Also, Oppo by Tom Rosenstiel (Ecco: Harper): “the book offers a vivid — if sometimes inartful — portrait of an American political landscape in ugly disarray.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT reports on the return, sort of, of The Far Side by Gary Larson, with a new website.

Wired asks “Marvel Conquered Movies. Can It Do the Same With Audiobooks?

Entertainment Weekly interviews Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin; LJ starred review), calling it “the most provocative page-turner of the year.”

The Atlantic interviews Aaron Sorkin and Ed Harris about the making of the Broadway version of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Jezebel showcases Willa Cather, focused especially on A Lost Lady (Vintage: Penguin).

Time writes about the childhood sexual abuse of Virginia Woolf, highlighting the book Virginia Woolf: And the Women Who Shaped Her World by Gillian Gill (HMH).

Mental Floss details Iceland’s Jólabókaflóðið: the annual Yule Book Flood.

Vanity Fair writes that “This Was the Decade Horror Got ‘Elevated’

The Washington Post picks great audiobooks, and great readers.

The Hollywood Reporter has a list of 20 comics coming for 2020 Free Comic Book Day.

The Dsc Prize For South Asian Literature 2019 is announced.

The 2019 Porchlight Business Book Awards shortlist is out.

Publishers Weekly reports on an American Book Producers Association panel in New York City focused on nonfiction trends. The predictions are for books on “wellness, modern mysticism, CBD and cannabis, home design, geek culture, gift books, and feminist-focused works.”

Larry Heinemann has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Julie Andrews, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (Hachette; LJ starred review).

PBS NewsHour features Mo Willems, The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! (Hyperion Books for Children: Hachette)

Deadline reports that movie rights sell for Julie Cohen’s The Two Lives of Louis & Louise. No Stone Unturned: The Story of NecroSearch International by Steve Jackson is set for NBC. In casting news, Zackary Momoh (Harriet) will star opposite Lupita Nyong’o in HBO Max’s Americanah, based on the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Shamim Sarif’s The Athena Protocol is headed to TV. Van Helsing will get a fifth and final season. Outlander star Sam Heughan is set to play Paul Newman in a biopic of Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl. Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay looks like it is on the way to a TV series. Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman pull back from Ghost Ship after a backlash erupts. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts are in line to get a funding increase. Baobab Studios and First Second Books (Macmillan) are teaming up to create a graphic novel called Intercats, due out next year. There are plans for a broader franchise as well. Alexandra Andrews’s Under Another Name (an unpublished debut due out in 2021) has sold rights to Universal, for a possible film.

Variety writes that PBS and WGBH Boston will create an interactive kids series based on the Scribbles and Ink books by Ethan Long.

Fox and Friends features A Republic, If You Can Keep It by Neil Gorsuch (Crown Forum: Random House) and sales skyrocket.

The NYT has a no spoilers review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau: Random House; LJ starred review) will be on with Jimmy Kimmel. Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart's Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines (HMH) will be on with Stephen Colbert.

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