Booknerd Wednesday: Inaugural Post & News

You may be asking yourself: what the hell is Booknerd Wednesday? Well, I’ll friggin’ tell you: I don’t know!

I’m still working out the kinks over here. Don’t judge me. I just know I have ideas and am trying to find the best way to execute them.

What do I want this recurring post to be? Funny bookish shit I collect from the internet and a roundup of recent bookish news or stories, maybe some book recommendations. Probably. Maybe. We’ll see how it goes.

 

The News

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A Kingston, New York bookstore has a new display: Writers From “Shithole” Countries. And it’s the perfect bookish clapback.

More here: Business Insider

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“EU, Sweden call for China to release detained book publisher”

BEIJING — The European Union on Wednesday joined Sweden in calling on China to immediately release a Swedish book publisher who was taken off a train in front of his country’s diplomats by Chinese police four days ago.

The Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday indicated Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong-based book publisher, and the Swedish diplomats who were with him may have been breaking Chinese law.

Gui was first abducted in 2015, one of five Hong Kong booksellers whose disappearances became a symbol of the extent to which China was willing to reinforce its hard line on squelching political dissent and a free press — despite international criticism.
More here: The Guardian

 

Speaking of China’s censorship laws, there’s also this:

‘Me Too,’ Chinese Women Say. Not So Fast, Say the Censors.

BEIJING — They call themselves “silence breakers,” circulate petitions demanding investigations into sexual harassment and share internet memes like clenched fists with painted nails.

But Chinese women are finding it difficult to organize a far-reaching #MeToo movement, going up against not just a male-dominated culture but also the ruling Communist Party itself.

Government censors, apparently fearing social unrest, are trying to hobble the campaign, blocking the use of phrases like “anti-sexual harassment” on social media and deleting online petitions calling for greater protections for women. And officials have warned some activists against speaking out, suggesting that they may be seen as traitors colluding with foreigners if they persist.

More here: The New York Times

 

Recommendations

We’ll start this section with a couple books I’ve read in the past couple months that I LOVED and reviewed on Goodreads before this blog was a reality.

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UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Genres: Police procedural, Series starter, Serial-killer-thriller

Quick Review: I LOVE Meg Gardiner, have read her for years. And this is by far by favourite book she has ever written. All the stars.

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

Genres: Character driven, Family drama, Legal thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Page turner

Quick Review: An in-your-face, visceral experience, that is as much disturbing and unflinching, as it is heartbreaking and human.

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The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

Genres: Police procedural, Serial-killer-thriller, Series starter, Gorey/Bloody, Jawdropper

Quick Review: It’s new. It’s different. But familiar and satisfying. It’s bloody and twisted and gory and clever and fun and dark.

 

The Happiness

When an author kills off your favourite character:

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Until next time, Booknerds…

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