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Oct 14, 2015

Mispronounced literary names. A scary book bracket for Halloween. And, two books we can't wait for you to read.


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A recent article from The Telegraph lists the top 10 most commonly mispronounced literary names, including Don Quixote, Smaug, and Daenerys Targaryen.


Scary Sixteen (08:30)

Some of our colleagues at Penguin Random House have put together Scary Sixteen, a bracket to determine what's the ultimate spooky read for Halloween. You can see the results so far in the image below, and you can go to the Penguin Random House blog, The Perch to vote on the next round.


Other spooky books we love:

Also, Ann and I, separately had been thinking about books we should read, and each decided that it was time for you all to vote on a book for us. We'll start compiling our short list and collect your votes for a book we'll read over the holiday break! More to come.


Two Books We Can't Wait For You to Read (24:07)

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Home is Burning by Dan Marshall is not for everyone. Just look at the cover up there. That crossed-out word (along with many of its off-color brethren) permeate this darkly funny and cringe-inducing memoir of Dan and his siblings caring for their Dad, who's dying of ALS, while simultaneously managing their mother, who is not making it easy on them.

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg has been one of the most buzzed-about books since it was first bought by publishers around the world. Set in 1970s New York City, this tome, which actually reads quickly, is the story of several people, some rich, some poor, some black, some white, some gay, some straight, but all affected by and drawn into the city.