Literary Linking: July 2 – 6

This week’s link topics include: the decline in leisure reading, beach libraries, George R. R. Martin’s summer reading suggestions, and more!

My favorite bookish links the week of July 2 – 6:

Leisure Reading in the US Is at an All-Time Low
Soooo, the reading declines are higher in men. Let’s step it up, guys!!!

A Beach and a Book: Beach Libraries Pop Up Worldwide
These beachfront libraries are a wonder to behold. Since they’re popping up around the world, I just want to know if they stock books in a variety of languages. If you come across one on your beach trips this summer, I’d love to hear about your findings.

Books Don’t Always Need Words. Here’s Why Some Stories Are Better without Them.
This article should be a long-form PSA for parents who are too lazy to read wordless books with their kids. Wordless books are SO good for them for so many different reasons. One of personal favorites is Journey, by Aaron Becker.

George R. R. Martin Suggests 9 Books To Read This Summer
These suggestions came from Martin’s participation in NY Public Library’s #ReadingIsLit campaign. He pulled together two five-title lists: Fantasy Suggestions for Game of Thrones Fans and Martin’s Favorite Books Regardless of Genre. So, why are there only 9 suggestions? Because he loves The Lord of the Rings so much he listed it twice — love it!

Mice Were Wildly Popular in Children’s Books in the ‘90s – But Why?
Mice in books are always super cute and kids love cute animals, but this article explains rodent popularity on a more sophisticated level.

4 responses to “Literary Linking: July 2 – 6”

  1. Rachel @ Never Enough Novels Avatar

    I was watching the Great American Read on PBS and George R R Martin mentioned how much he loved LOTR and how it influenced his books. No surprise it’s on his lists!

    1. Kristen Avatar

      Apparently he’s said that he’ll end Game of Thrones in the style of Lord of the Rings… I wonder how long we’ll have to wait to find out exactly what that means!

  2. Allison Avatar

    Journey looks wonderful–I’ll have to get that one for my four-year-old. She’s obsessed with the one wordless book we have (Good Dog, Carl), because she can read it herself.

    1. Kristen Avatar

      I hope your daughter in enjoys it! If she does, there are two more (Quest and Return) and they’re lovely as well.

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