Lost in the Stacks, An All-Books Post (#220)

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
— Charles William Eliot

Your Bookish Daily Grind...

I discover and am sent more links about books than any other subject. Book suggestions, author interviews, book technology, information on reading, how to get kids to read more, how to write, the bookstore industry as a whole, book trailers, bookstore openings and closings, independent book seller news, library innovation, bookmark printers, pets in bookstores, book release dates, music in libraries, podcasts, apps, radio shows, ebooks, kindles....etc....etc. It's no wonder I eventually get a huge backlog of book related stories to share. Today's Daily Grind is for lit geeks everywhere. Peruse and enjoy as though you're in a library with no doors. Which, I'm not gonna lie, is a dream of mine.

1. PopQuiz, Hotshot! #1 - The Hardest Guess-The-Writer Quiz.

2. Scarlett was originally Pansy...and 9 other fascinating facts about Gone with the Wind.

3. Top 10 Books About Gangsters

4. Name a book that made you laugh out loud. The first one that came to my mind was The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore. "Danger, Food Guy!"

5. Located in Lawrence, Kansas the mission of Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library is to organize as a non-hierarchical collective for the purpose of sharing and distributing information. The collection is compiled of Zines (personal, non-copy written, non-traditionally peer reviewed articles, journals, and art) that were specifically purchased, donated, traded, or created for the Solidarity! Collection.

These works cover every topic from Globalization and the Industrial Prison Complex to first kisses.

6. The Bookmark Bookcase:

7. What's Jay Reading? - I recently finished Elizabeth George's The Punishment She Deserves. It clocks in at nearly 700 pages, but I found her writing enjoyable and she moves the story along at a brisk pace. Even though this novel is part of her Thomas Lynley detective series and I had never read her before, I didn't feel I was lost at any part of the story for not having read her previous works. I have read more whodunnits this year than I've read my entire life combined. There's something about a good murder mystery set in a pristine, historic medieval English town. I enjoyed settling in for a long read that still managed a good pace, and I will be reading more Elizabeth George in the future.

Last night, I started reading The Hunger by Alma Katsu. It's about the ill-fated wagon train of the Donner party. Stephen King was quoted as saying, "Deeply, deeply disturbing, hard to put down, not recommended reading after dark." So, no pristine small town English setting for this one. I'll let you know.

8. Postcards from Timbuktu - This site poses the question, "When was the last time you received something meaningful in the mail?" I did this and even though it took a good while, I did indeed receive a postcard from Timbuktu.

9. 10 Surprising Former Librarians.

10. The Library of Congress - Most of our national library’s texts are now available online. Whatever skill it is you want to learn, you can read up on it there.

11. Google Arts & CultureExplore the ancient and modern worlds in an incredible online resource powered by Google’s Street View and mapping technology.

12. I am a fudgel - 20 Awesome Historical Words We Need to Bring Back

13. Ever wanted to explore Treasure Island or pretend to be Robinson Crusoe? Minecraft is now being used to create an ‘immersive experience’ to engage reluctant readers – How Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books

14. A brief conversation with actress and author Parker Posey.

15. A Literary Map of the United Kingdom - The United Kingdom overflows with stories – stories that animate the land, which animates the stories right back. This map plots some of the UK’s memorable literary works in the locations that inspired them. As maps go, it may not do your navigation much good – but it’ll do wonders for your imagination.

16. 5 Creative Cocktails Based on Books

17. International Corner - This literary themed hotel in Portugal is a bookworms paradise.

18. I'm Looking for Alaska by John Green - What Great American Read Are You?


20. PopQuiz, Hotshot! #2 - Thinky face, thought bubble, book - Guess the Book Titles Using Only Emoji

Grind #220...fini.

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