The Great American Read Coming to PBS

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If there’s one thing I’m sure we can all agree it’s that there aren’t enough books on the television, but all that is about to change with several bookish shows lined up this year. Just a few weeks ago we brought you the news that Zoe Ball is to front a television bookclub in the UK and now it’s announced that an eight part series ‘The Great American Read’ is to air on PBS.

The eight part series will explore and celebrate the power of reading through what has been chosen as America’s 100 best-loved novels. It looks at fictional worlds, how readers are affected by these stories and what the books have to say about the diverse nation and shared human experience in the USA.

Full of documentary segments, testimonials from authors, notable Americans and book lovers it kicks off with a two-hour launch episode where the top 100 books will be revealed. The series will then continue with hour long themed episodes looking at the books on the list with a finale in which the results of a nationwide vote to find America’s best loved book are announced.

Around 7,200 people participated in a YouGov survey to select the top 100 books, with some stipulations. Each author was only allowed one book in the list, to keep the list varied and only fiction was included.

The show premiers on 22nd May on PBS, and should you wish to read the full list of books you can do so at the Great American Read website here.

Neil Gaiman plans to write another episode of Doctor Who

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Neil Gaiman, one of our absolute favourite writers here at For Reading Addicts, has expressed his continuing desire to write more episodes of the science fiction series Doctor Who.

His last Doctor Who episode was aired in 2013; much to Gaiman’s chagrin his plans to write episode for the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, never came to fruition. Timing and other commitments (namely Good Omens) meant he had no time for Doctor Who.

The lifelong Whovian spoke to Digital Spy: “If you examine my DNA and you go in deep enough, with a good enough microscope, you’re gonna see a TARDIS, with a little light blinking on the top!”

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Bill Clinton’s First Novel Has Sold over 1 Million Copies

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Despite only being released a few months ago on June 4, Bill Clinton’s first novel has managed to sell over 1 million copies in North America alone. Co-written with James Patterson, The President is Missing is a thriller which sees the President go undercover after a devastating cyber attack. The novel is Clinton’s first work of fiction and was no doubt helped by having such a prolific co-author on board.
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For the Eleventh Year, James Patterson Remains the UK’s Most Borrowed Book from Libraries

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Data gathered by the Public Lending Right (PLR) has found that James Patterson’s thriller books, along with thriller books in general, are the most borrowed books from UK libraries. For the eleventh year in a row, James Patterson has been crowned the most borrowed author from public libraries. In fact, his books have been borrowed over 22 million times since 2007.

As The Guardian reports, Patterson has stated he’s thrilled to be holding on to his crown, while also giving his support for libraries. “I firmly believe that better readers become better thinkers and I think libraries are an integral part of any community, as they are essential in helping to share and spread the joy of reading,” he said. His 2016 novel, Bullseye, was the ninth most borrowed book from UK libraries last year. Read More

Ikea Will Soon Be Offering Customers Reading Rooms, Where You Can Even Take a Book Home for Free

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As though it weren’t easy enough to lose track of time wandering around Ikea, the furniture giant has now announced that it will soon be hosting Reading Rooms, a place where members of the public will be able to go to sit back, relax, enjoy a good book, and even take it home free of charge.

As Metro reports, Ikea has partnered up with the Man Booker Prize to offer visitors a place where they can get comfy and enjoy one of many great books on offer. If you find yourself becoming engrossed in your book, then you can take it home with you for free! You might be wondering how that differs from your local library, but does your local library provide you with delicious Swedish meatballs? Didn’t think so. Read More

BBC Books Announces ‘Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived’, a Celebration of All the Great Women Featured in the Hit Show

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Whovians across the world are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season of Doctor Who and, given that for the first time in over 50 years, the Doctor has regenerated into a woman, it’s not hard to see why fans are excited. Actress Jodie Whittaker will now portray the time travelling Time Lady and we’re eager to see what sort of adventures await.

While the Doctor himself may have always been male, that’s not to say that the show hasn’t featured plenty of great female characters over the decades. The Doctor usually travels with a female partner who’ve often saved the day when he’s in over his head. To celebrate these strong female characters, BBC Books is publishing a new Doctor Who book called Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived: Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords. The book is described as a “beautifully illustrated collection of stories about the remarkable women” featured on the show.
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There’s a Good Omens Teaser and it’s Everything!

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It’s a while now since we brought you the news that Good Omens was to be adapted for television. The novel, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is popular with fans of both authors and is being adapted for Amazon starring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, and David Morrisey.

Neil Gaiman has been tweeting about the production as filming has continued and now we have a small teaser trailer for you from the filming of the show. Read More



2 Comments

  • Graceann says:

    Do we know when or if this will air in the U.K.? I’m an expat (or, “American Reader”) and I’d like to see it.

    • Kath says:

      Sadly not Grace. I’m hoping it will eventually appear on one of the streaming services as I’d like to watch it here in the UK myself.

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