Great article by Amy Walker in The Guardian about 13-year-old Callum Manning. Callum starting posting reviews of books on his new Instagram account only to be bullied for his love of reading. Well, his older sister Ellis tweeted about it, and now he has (as of this writing) 243K followers, fellow book lovers who are drowning out the ugly stuff. Books that Callum reviews include Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I will try and learn his mailing address and send him our stickers related to them. Bravo Callum, Ellis, and the reading community!
Modern Mrs. Darcy is a great blog for book lovers. It's written by Anne Bogel in Louisville, Kentucky. Anne also hosts the "What Should I Read Next" and "One Great Book" podcasts. Now she's about to publish her third book, Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second Guessing, and Bring More Joy Into Your Life. It offers strategies for overcoming negative thoughts patterns and replacing them with positive ones. Anne is a terrific writer and I can't wait to read it. You can pre-order a signed copy at Anne's local independent bookstore, Carmichael's, online or by calling 502-709-4900.
The third Cromwell book has been reviewed in The Guardian by Alexandra Harris, and to call it a rave would be an understatement. Harris writes, "Not since Bleak House has the present tense performed such magic." (Mantel, if I remember correctly, is not a big Dickens fan.) I really do hope Mantel wins a third Man Booker prize for it—I can't wait to tear through its 900 pages.
CNN's Brian Lowry gives the new movie version of Jack London's The Call of the Wild a middling review, but it's doing unexpectedly well at the box office. It made $25 million over the weekend in the U.S. The book was first published in 1903. You can read it on the Internet Archive here.
Mary Shelley's immortal creation, Frankenstein's monster, will once again be brought to life in film. The Guardian asks, "Can Angelina Jolie breathe life into Universal's Bride of Frankenstein?" The article makes the point that the monsters, not the actors, are the real stars. Of course, no one is a bigger star than Mary Shelley herself. We offer a beautifully illustrated sticker of both Shelley and her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft.