Friday, March 28, 2014

The Book Links Are Coming!!

If you noticed that my posts have been sort of scant recently, it's because of the little girl to the left here.  Her name is Greta and she's (at the time I type this) a 12 week old miniature Schnauzer puppy. I have had very little time, or have made very little time for all but the most basic necessities.  My email inbox is filled to bursting, I'm not reading, writing or any of the other things I usually do in my free time.  I'm just puppy mommying at the moment. I'm going to try to improve upon this, but I'm not sure how successful I'll be.  When I try to read or use my computer, Greta tries to eat my books and gnaw on my laptop cord.  I've found a few moments to compose my thoughts and take a peek into my ever growing list of book links.  Here is an assortment for you to ponder.

  • Flavorwire has posted this article on Toxic Relationships in Teen TV and YA Novels. I'm not sure about Aimee and Sutter from The Spectacular Now. They wouldn't be a couple you would think could be good for one another, but I think they did wonders for each other. I'm aghast at the Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls one. I love them!!!  Then there's Buffy and Spike, They had a pretty rough road, but they definitely were there for each other when their lives were pretty bleak and awful. There's something to be said for that.  Most of the rest of these I can't possibly care about.  
  • Since I'm a huge fan of library porn, here's a slideshow I discovered on Fodor's of 20 of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Now, I want to set up a book nerd world tour of beautiful libraries.  Who wants to come?
  • Another one from Flavorwire, calling itself The Greatest Literary Catchphrases. I'm going to have to call myself nonplussed on this one. Sure, you've got Bah! Humbug, Catch-22 (which gets the win for my money) and Vonnegut's, "so it goes" which I consider pure brilliance, but most of the others either seem like a stretch to me.
  • Now, this Flavorwire story has much more potential.  It claims to provide us with 7 Stories that Will Take You Around the World. Who can't get behind that?
  • Book Riot found a bunch of literary scarves. I'm the scarf queen. I buy them and wear them all the time.  I want all my books on scarves. Of course, then I'd never pay attention to anything else around me, because I'd be unable to keep from reading my accessories.
  • First stop on the Book Nerd World Tour would have to be this. The Story Museum and their exhibit of photographs of famous authors dressed like their favorite characters.  Now I just have to find a way to make my need for travel and my bank balance to be more complementary.
  • And, now, in the eleventh hour of the month, I remember to share with you Flavorwire's pick for the Author of the Month, Shirley Jackson.  I really need to put The Haunting of Hill House further up on my TBR list.  The Lottery with its creepy irony has been cemented in my mind since high school, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle  turned out to be a really unexpectedly enjoyable surprise.
  • Via Book Riot... Banned Book Trading Cards!!! I want to collect them, create them, stash them in books for people to find like buried treasure.  I'll learn about geocaching and spirit them away in nooks and crannies for explorers to stumble over. I love this idea so much.
  • Recently, Amazon came up with a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. It's a great list. I've read 56, have been meaning to get to the other 44 for, well forever.  I think if someone were looking for an eclectic mix of books that are accessible and enjoyable reads, this list is a great place to start... and finish, if one didn't decided to go farther.  
  • I'm definitely a little late with this link,  especially considering that (I hope I'm not jinxing us) it looks like winter is finally clearing the heck out. But, back in November, before the neverending winter of 2013-2014 began, Flavorwire posted this article, 25 Great Works of Erotic Literature to Keep You Warm on Cold Nights. I'm surprised that I actually have read a couple of these. I'm kind of a prude.
  • Buzz Feed is famous for its silly graphic images and incredible amount of GIF-finess, but I really enjoy most of their content.  Here's their list of the 23 Best Parts of Being a Book Lover..  How could they possibly go wrong?  Last night, my husband turned out the lights when he went to bed, so that Regreta (as he calls her when she's bad) would get tricked into falling asleep in her crate. So, I wound up reading on my nook with my head under the covers so he wouldn't see the light.  It was great!
  • The nice people over at Book Riot recently posted this article of 30 One-Sentence Lessons From Literature. If only the characters in the books had access to this information.  
  • Time Out New York has come up with a list of The 50 Best Books for Kids.  They hit this one right out of the ballpark.  Of course, I can think of so very many more.
I think that's going to have to do for the moment.  I'll be back with more soon.  If I start writing single word posts that you have to deciper, it's because Greta loves to gnaw on the space bar.  Until next time, happy clicking!!!

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