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J.K. Rowling Plans to Pen More Novels

Apparently J.K. Rowling is going through a midlife crisis. The crisis at hand? That she won’t have the opportunity to write all the stories she wants to write.

According to TimeHarry Potter author Rowling has many more stories up her sleeve, ready to be written into novels and children’s books. “Novels in the plural, I have so many ideas. I have an idea for a children’s book. I have written part of a children’s book that I really love so I am definitely going to finish that,” said Rowling.

Already in the works are her play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, screenplay and Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and her third Cormoran Strike novel under the Robert Galbraith pen name, Career of Evil. 

All that she’s done since the Harry Potter series ended is pretty remarkable, especially since most considered her to be such a flash in the plan with the series. Hopefully the new projects in progress are completed soon!


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Review: Better Call Saul!: The World According to Saul Goodman Attorney At Law

While the Grammy Awards on are television tonight, many others are turning on their TVs for one other very important pop culture reason: the start of the new Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul.

To tie in with the new show on AMC, HarperCollins, in conjunction with Sony, has released a fun, colorful book about the one and only Saul Goodman. Saul Goodman is  the character from the hit AMC show Breaking Bad — the same character who will now have his own show on the same channel. The book details the way in which the character came to be the famous, lawbreaking, beloved lawyer in Albuquerque. It explains everything from the kinds of cases he handles to the significance of the items on his desk and decor in his office, as well as who Saul’s clients and associates are. Details and stories about Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and all of the Breaking Bad characters are intertwined throughout the book.

The book is silly. But for any fan of Breaking Bad, it’s pretty hilarious, if nothing more than a fun little coffee table book that will certainly get guests talking the next time you host a little get-together.

Get Better Call Saul in hardcover for $13.59

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Producer to Pen ‘The Originals’ Spinoff Books

First comes the book, then comes the movie. Sometimes first comes the book, then comes the TV show. But every once in a while, the TV show comes first, and then spinoff books are written. Such is the case with the CW’s The Originals.

According to Entertainment WeeklyThe Originals executive producer Julie Plec is currently working on three novels based on the TV series. To tell the 1,000-year history of the characters, Plec will pen three books in an Originals trilogy: The Originals: The Rise, The Originals: The Loss, and The Originals: The Resurrection. The books are due to be released in February, April and June, 2015.

The TV show itself is already a spinoff of the CW’s biggest hit show in years, The Vampire Diaries. Now in its second season, The Originals tells the story of the original siblings returning to New Orleans for the first time since the early 1900s.

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New Adult ‘Princess Diaries’ Book Coming Soon

If you’re a woman in your mid-to-late 20’s, and you like to read, you’ve probably read the entire Princess Diaries series when you were in your teens. The YA series was hugely popular about 10 years ago — so popular it lead to a few movies (which, by the way, put a then-unknown Anne Hathaway on the map). If you miss those books — and don’t worry, I do too — you’re in luck.

According to Entertainment WeeklyPrincess Diaries author Meg Cabot is working on a new installment in the  series, but this one will be specifically geared toward adults. Much like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, which had a final novel aimed at adults, Sisterhood EverlastingPrincess‘s new novel will tell the story of an older Princess Mia Thermopolis, as Erin Strecker explains.

In Royal Wedding, Princess Diaries XI, Princess Mia’s planned nuptials to longtime love Michael Moscovitz are in jeopardy when the paparazzi uncover a startling secret: Mia has a long lost younger sister. Now a scheming politico is using the royal scandal to force Mia’s father from the throne, leaving Genovia without a monarch . . . unless Mia can prove to everyone — especially herself — that she’s finally fit to rule,” Cabot explained on her site.

That little half-sister will also have her own spin-off series, entitled From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess. That series and the new adult Diaries book are both expected to be released in the summer of 2015.

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‘Clarissa Explains It All’ Book Coming Soon

Can Clarissa still explain it all? I guess we’ll find out when a new novel about the quirky 90’s Nickelodeon character Clarissa Darling debuts next fall.

That’s right. According to Entertainment Weekly, Clarissa Explains It All creator Mitchell Kriegman is putting together a new book about the character called Things I Can’t Explain. The book tells the story of a now 23-year-old Clarissa Darling as she enters the real world. She must still deal with her parents and boys, but now a real-life job as a journalist is part of the story, as well as living in her own apartment. (Will that mean no more Sam entering her room through the window??)

Apparently back in 1995, a spinoff show called Clarissa Now had been created, but was never picked up. No word yet if this book will ultimately be turned into another Clarissa TV show or movie. The book is still in its early stages, and is only tentatively planned for fall 2014 publishing date. But I certainly think it has potential.

I still have vivid memories of forcing my father to watch the show with me, no matter how much he protested, and there’s a good chance every girl who grew up in the 90’s will want to read it, regardless of age.


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‘The Sweet Life’ Available as Audiobooks

A few weeks ago, I told you about a new Sweet Valley High spinoff e-book series that hit the Interwebs this summer. All six of the e-books have since been released.

But according to Entertainment Weekly, they’re now also available as audiobooks.

Check out the free snippet from book #2 here.

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New ‘Sweet Valley High’ Spin-Off Available in E-Book Format

Before Harry Potter and Twilight, there was The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High. Well now, Sweet Valley is back. Sort of.

The young adult author who wrote the series, Francine Pascal, has written a 6-book Sweet Valley spin-off called The Sweet Life. According to Entertainment Weekly, the series is only available for e-readers. It takes place three years after the setting of last year’s Sweet Valley Confidential; in The Sweet Life, the twins are 30 years old.

Each e-book comes out Sunday nights from July 15th through August 12th and only costs $1.99 a piece. But the news doesn’t end there. Starting October 1st, the first 12 books in the original SVH series will be made available for e-readers for the first time with original covers included.

Click here for an excerpt of the first new Sweet Life book.
Get Book 1 of The Sweet Life for your Kindle here for just $1.99.

Here’s the second book in the series.

And here’s the third and most recent one to come out.

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