Sunday Salon: Creepy Covers & Tiny Houses

Points of Interest

Why do so many book bloggers (myself included) have a “no self-published books” clause in their review policies? Shannon at River City Reading explains her own reasons, with fantastic discussion going on in the comments.

Penguin’s new cover for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has created huge buzz. After reading a ton of comments around the book blogosphere and the internet, I’m thinking my opinion is in the minority…

Though it’s provocative and creepy, in a way I also find it kind of brilliant. As a child, this was a fun story; to be honest, I think I remembered the movie version more than the novel itself. But as an adult, I find it to be an especially confronting read (one example: the chapter titled “The Family Begins to Starve”). While I’m not sure I’d actually purchase the book with this particular cover, I can’t help but appreciate it on a certain level.

Watching

This week I watched Tiny on Netflix. Dee Williams, author of The Big Tiny, makes an appearance in this documentary. One of my former piano families has embarked on the tiny home adventure. It’s all so fascinating to me!

Reading

I read two books this week: Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn and The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar. Now I’m reading a collection of strange, surreal short stories: Snow and Shadow by Dorothy Tse. I’m also reading A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel, a non-fiction title about technology’s influence on the human mind and society, told through a “texting-while-driving” lens.

I’ve been on an impromptu blog break, but I have three reviews coming up for you this week, including my thoughts on Haruki Murakami’s new novel. Hope you all have a great week!