Literary Linking: October 31 – November 4

eyeglasses-with-laptopMy favorite bookish links from the week of October 31 – November 4:

Want To Feel Frugal? Check Out Your Library Receipt?
“Library books don’t just expand your mind – they boost your budget. That’s the message Wichita Public Library officials are sending to patrons with a new feature on check-out receipts that shows the cost savings of borrowing materials instead of buying them.”

8 Strange + Lovely Words From Around the World
“These words are strange not in the sense that they are alien or bizarre, but strange in the sense that they are curious and wonderful. They reflect our universal humanness, and the attempt to encapsulate certain feelings in a single word to convey our shared experiences.”

The Bronx Loses Its Only Bookstore
“The Bronx is home to 1.5 million people, two hundred thousand public-school students, eleven colleges and universities, and a single general-interest bookstore—a Barnes & Noble…Last week, after failing to receive a lease-renewal offer from the owner of the property on which the store sits, Barnes & Noble announced that its Bronx location will shut down by the end of 2016.”

13 Things You Never Knew About the “Goosebumps” Book Series From R.L. Stine Himself
“BuzzFeed recently spoke with Stine, who divulged some little-known facts about the Goosebumps series.”

Awful Titles Famous Authors Almost Gave Their Novels
“Even the greatest writers fall prey to “I don’t know what to call this” syndrome…A title has to do a lot of work. At the least, it should entice readers and encapsulate the spirit of the text. So it’s no surprise even the greatest authors have struggled to craft the perfect one.”

Harry Potter Star Emma Watson Leaves Books on London Underground
“The actor dropped off copies of Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom, the November pick for her online book club Our Shared Self. The star left the novels as part of the Books On The Underground movement, which sees “book fairies” leave their favourite reads for people to enjoy.”

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