I was a little unsure how to go about posting some of the book news I’m looking forward to on the blog. Yes, you probably already know what’s going on and are wondering why I even bother posting it here, but I’m really, really excited about these. So I thought, why not make it a feature of sorts? Not something that’ll be updated each week or anything, but more or less when I find awesome things to share that I want everyone to be excited about. Sound good?
Newsworthy Item #1: J. K. Rowling’s new book!
This news has been floating around for a while on the web and I feel kind of mixed about it. If you haven’t heard, J. K. Rowling, the author of the amazing Harry Potter series (you might have heard of him — kid with glasses? carries a wand?) is writing a new book FOR ADULTS. This is exciting because THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, the 7th and last book in the Harry Potter series was released in 2007 — 5 years ago! The only other book since then that has been released was The Tales of Beedle the Bard in 2008.
Now, I’m on the fence about this project and I’ll tell you why: I’m quite scared that everyone is going to be comparing this to Harry Potter, regardless of it being an adult novel. And yes, nothing will stack up to Harry Potter! Not now. Not ever.
I’m very excited to read this new novel, but I think I might wait for the hype to go down and maybe find some honest reviews that aren’t comparisons to her fantastic wizard series. I adored the series, but just recently read The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was just so-so for me. And really, if J. K. Rowling writes a book that is outside of my comfort zone of books I like to read, will I pick it up? I mean, say she writes a crime-mystery-fiction type of book — those aren’t the kinds of books I, personally, find exciting. Rather than buy it, I might pick it up from the library, but that’s not saying I’m going to get very far.
I do think that this new book will be a hot sellar, and quite talked about, because it’s J. K. Rowling. I also think there’s going to be lots of negative reviews (because all the Harry Potter lovers will most likely compare the two) and then lots of positive reviews (from people who love J. K. Rowling’s writing and think she can do no wrong). But I’m nervous. Really. Continue reading