10 Must-Read Books of the Last Decade

From Cormac McCarthy to N.T. Wright, a few essential reads for your summer list.
 
 

This morning, JK Rowling published a new short story about a 34-year-old Harry Potter with "threads of silver" in his black hair—our first Rowling-led trip back to the world of the Boy Who Lived in ages. She published it on Harry Potter fansite Pottermore, so you can't read it unless you have a subscription, but if you're the sort of person who's losing it over this news, you're already a part of Pottermore. In fact, you probably aren't even reading this anymore and have already printed and decopauged the new story to glue onto your locker. The story is written from the perspective of Rita Skeeter, Hogwarts' version of TMZ, and takes place at a Quidditch tournament. Tragically, there is [spoiler alert] no mention of a resurrected Dobby ... Discuss

 

Walter Dean Myers, the young adult author known for his honest, gripping books about growing up as an African American, has passed away at the age of 76. Works of his like Monster, Fallen Angels and Hoops were celebrated for their courage, poignancy and for breaking ground in the YA genre. Current YA it-man and The Fault In Our Stars author John Green took to Twitter to express his sadness: “Myers inspired generations of readers, including a 12-year-old me when I read ‘Fallen Angels,’ and then a 22-year-old me when I read ‘Monster,’” John Green, author of the bestselling “The Fault in Our Stars. It's hard to imagine YA literature without him.” Over the course of Myers' life, he penned six Newbery Honor Books and three National Book Award finalists. He also won the first Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature and the first Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement ... Discuss

 

25-year-old One Direction fan/successful writer Anna Todd has just landed a six-figure advance for the book rights to her One Direction fan fiction story. If you don't understand all the words in that sentence, consider yourself lucky. Essentially, Todd wrote a sexually explicit story about her and the boys of One Direction in 300 short installments on a blogging site. Those blogs picked up over 800 million readers and now, because the world is a confusing place that doesn't make any sense, Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is paying her a fabulous amount of money for the rights to turn these blogs into a real, actual book. According to WattPad, the blog site Todd used, the story is called After and it's about:

Tessa Young is an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend. She always has things planned out ahead of time, until she meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans.

Sounds great. Fortunately, you won't have to wait long to hear more about the book. MTV reports that it's already being shopped around Hollywood ... Discuss

 

So far, a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the classic series Reading Rainbow has brought in more than $3.6 million in pledges (and there’s still three weeks to go). To get you excited for the official return of the classic series, here’s host Levar Burton reading from the children’s book Blue-Ribbon Dad, just in time for Father’s Day. It’s a little weird to see Burton reading from a tablet, but aside from that, he still manages to capture the nostalgic feel of the series ... Discuss

 

15 Chesterton Quotes That Will Shape Your Faith

“The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man," and more of Chesterton's best quotes on his 140th birthday Read More
 

It’s been just a day since LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow, and so far, it’s brought in more than $1.7 million. As you can imagine, the response was overwhelming for the former children’s show host. In the video below, Burton expresses his gratitude as the campaign surpasses the $1 million mark ... Discuss