Book News Corner Issue 9

What a week! I feel like the world of book news has really picked up the pace and that I’ve been scrambling to get interesting things added into this post (in a good way).

Of course, the big book news happening this week is the release of Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare. I can’t go anywhere on the bookish internet without seeing some commentary or photos of the book, and I’m a little surprised to see it’s not sold out on yet. Then again, I’m sure the publishers knew what was up and printed plenty of copies.

Adaptation news is also picking up, and we had a little bookish drama this week as well! Let’s get into the news of the week.

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“It Ends With Us” Coloring Book Announced, Promptly Cancelled

On Wednesday, January 12th, Colleen Hoover excitedly announced a new venture — a coloring book based on her popular novel It Ends with Us. For those who’ve managed not to know, the book centers around an abusive relationship.

The social media backlash was immediate. People were not so happy with the choice to take a serious topic like domestic abuse and turn it into a cutesy coloring book. Not surprisingly, Atria and Colleen Hoover announced the decision not to move forward with the project after such intense backlash. Hoover posted an apology on her Instagram stories, and the original post announcing the coloring book has been removed.

I didn’t see this story until after the project was already cancelled, but I admit I’m struggling to see how anyone thought it was a good idea in the first place.

(Source: Instagram post from Atria books, announcing the cancellation of the title)

Book of the Month Launches Audiobook Option

I’ll admit, I was surprised when I got an email from Book of the Month announcing that they are now offering audiobooks. The blue box on the doorstep feels synoymous with the brand, at least to me. And yet, more options for readers to consume books in the medium that works for them is a welcome change, so I am here for it.

Members can choose either an audiobook or a hardcover BOTM using their membership credit. Right now it looks like the audiobooks are available ony for the iOS app, but there are plans for an Android version soon.

Personally, I don’t know that I’ll go in for the audiobook version since I already have a LibroFM subscription to keep me in audiobooks, but I never say never!

(Source: Email from Book of the Month, a service to which I subscribe).

Paramount Plus Acquires Dungeons & Dragons TV Series

This week, Paramount Plus announced they’ll be roping me back in to a subscription with a new Dungeons & Dragons TV series. This counts as book news because I said so, and also because there are many books involved if you want to get into the hobby.

The series will be eight episodes long, and is not related to the upcoming D&D movie that comes out this March. A release date for the show is not yet available.

Whether or not D&D translates to the screen will be interesting to see, but I for one have fully asked my husband to look into renting out a theater for my birthday to see Honor Among Thieves. So needless to say, I’ll be watching this show as well.

(Source: Book Riot News newsletter, linking to Hollywood Reporter).

I’m sure I could go on, but I’ll leave us with those three stories for this week.

What other interesting book news have you come across lately?

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4 thoughts on “Book News Corner Issue 9

  1. I saw the coloring book on Instagram and I thought it was odd, or maybe some kind of joke. I’m glad they decided not to go forward with that!

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