Reading Suggestions, May 21, 2019 | Book Pulse

Bill Gates offers summer reading picks as even more suggestions come out for what to read after Game of Thrones. Authors share important books. The nominations for the BET Awards are out. Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon is headed to Hulu. LJ's Book Expo Galley Guide is ready to download.

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Reading Suggestions

Bustle has "25 New Short Story Collections to Read This Summer."

Bill Gates suggests five books to read this summer. There is also an anitmated video of the choices.

Electric Lit suggests books to "Read Now That Game of Thrones is Over."

The Guardian joins the conversation with some series to adapt (and read) after Game of Thrones.

HuffPost has "6 Lovely Children's Books About Asian American Culture."

CrimeReads picks "May's Best Debut Thrillers And Crime Novels."

LJ's Book Expo Galley Guide is ready to download.


The NYT reviews Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China by Karoline Kan (Hachette; LJ starred review): "bracingly forthright."Also, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin (Little, Brown: Hachette): "attempts to excavate the gritty, smudgy truth beneath the political rhetoric."  What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry 1969-2017: (A Library of America Boxed Set) by Wendell Berry (Library of America: Penguin): "It’s vastly too much Wendell Berry, a determined reader soon discovers." The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America by Daniel Okrent (Scribner: S. & S.): "vivid ... jam-packed with appalling examples, most readers will be unable to miss the book’s implications for present-day anti-immigration sentiment." Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption by Ben Mezrich (Flatiron: Macmillan): "chronicles the dizzying rise of the digital currency .. He doesn’t get around to detailing the nausea-inducing fall."

The Washington Post reviews Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell (Knopf): "makes me want to shout with joy." Also, Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (Grand Central: Hachette): "Despite all its ghastly goings-on, this creaky thriller constantly slips on banana peels of its own unintentional comedy — as though it craves to be 'Nosferatu' but ends up like 'What We Do in the Shadows.'"

USA Today reviews Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (Grand Central: Hachette) very differently, giving it 3 stars and calling it "a good, fiendish read."

NPR reviews Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz (Penguin): "enlightening and alive with detail, absurdity and colorful characters." Also, Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (Knopf; LJ starred review): "comes closer in spirit to great American literature than most of the fiction set within U.S. borders." Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions: S. & S.): "the book is largely filler ... [a] 'book product'."

Briefly Noted

Raymond Antrobus wins the Rathbones Folio prize, the first poet to do so, for The Perseverance (Penned in the Margins). The Guardian has details.

Alyssa Cole is creating an Audible Original about "robot love." Entertainment Weekly had details and an interview.

Daniel Mendelsohn, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic (Knopf; LJ starred review), explores how Homer's Odyssey remains relevant in a piece for PBS NewsHour. He also talks about Game of Thrones with Town & Country.

Leni Zumas tells Bustle about four books that "were crucial to writing" Red Clocks.

The Guardian interviews Jeanette Winterson, Frankissstein (Grove Press).

Alexander Chee talks about East Goes West by Younghill Kang (Pengin), with BuzzFeed. It is a book that "changed something in him."

Paste excerpts How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith (Swoon Reads: Macmillan).

The NYT writes about a kid-friendly bookstore in Berlin.

Georgie Anne Geyer has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The nominations for the BET Awards are out. Several finalists are book-based. Shadow and Act has the list of actors/actresses/films. Here is the full list of other categories.

Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon is headed to Hulu, to be adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith. The L.A. Times reports.

Shadow and Act writes about "Native Son: From Stage to Screen, The Many Interpretations of Richard Wright's Classic Novel."

Deadline reports that there will be an Avengers miniseries at Disney+.

NPR interviews John Waters, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder (FSG: Macmillan).

The Scientific American "60-Second Science" podcast reports that just having books at home, even without reading them, is good for you.

Howard Stern, Howard Stern Comes Again (S. & S.), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

The Art of Racing in the Rain gets a trailer.

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Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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