Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Links

This week is giving me the blahhhhs. That might have something to do with the weather, which is gray and drizzly in these parts, though I suppose that's better than the horrific chill you poor East Coasters have been suffering through ("East Coasters" makes it sound like I should be putting my drinks on top of you). But when weather gets you down, it's best to just stay home and do nothing more than inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.

Hence my weekly little Procrastination Package. The internet is the best way I know how to not do things, so here's me helping you to not do things too.

Here's a roundup of what I posted this week:

I reviewed Crash by Lisa McMann.

I listed ten settings I'd like to see more of in YA lit.

I reviewed Matched by Ally Condie.

And lastly, we talked love triangles, because apparently that's a thing nobody talks about on the internet (sarcasm).

Bookish and non-bookish things for you to peruse:

One of the greatest things I've read in AGES: an article about THE WORST NOVELIST OF ALL TIME and how she was a cult phenomenon back in the day. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis used to sit around and poke fun of her all day long. (via Slate)

Hilarious insight into the disgruntled mind of a paperback copy of The Scarlet Letter (via The Onion)

The Art of Hate Reading (aka MY FAVORITE HOBBY) (via Jezebel)

I'm always going on about how much I love when pretty new covers come out for classic books, but these are the absolutely worst cover redesigns I've ever seen. The heinous person responsible for Anne of Green Gables should be keelhauled (via Jezebel)

To Oxford Comma or not to Oxford Comma? I, for the record, am staunchly pro OC. (via Mental Floss)

20 Entrances That Are Clearly Gateways to Narnia (via Buzzfeed)

WHY are people so anti-pun? This article explores why so many people view the pun as o-pun-ly pun-acceptable (BAM) (via BBC News)

A literary map of Manhattan! (via NY Times)

And lastly, Conspiracy Theories about Classic Literary Characters. Some of these are eye-rolly and the Harry Potter one makes me want to WOUND whoever thought of it, but I like the basic concept of assigning nefarious/non-canon motives to characters (via Flavorwire) (I accidentally wrote that as characturds. This says something.)


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  1. Great round-up! Thanks. I enjoyed your review of Matched. It reminded me of when I read it.

    1. That's always a great compliment. Thank you!

  2. I love your Friday Links post. It makes me feel like those adults who are trying to keep up with the times. But I'm actually SUCCEEDING thanks to you ;)

    1. Yes, you are now keeping up with my very warped times and are probably brainwashed by my strange internal logic now. If the only news of the outside world you get is from my posts, then... well, actually, you're probably pretty well off! Welcome to adulthood. There are books and gifs here.

  3. Great round up. The literary map of Manhattan was so cool! Thanks for the round up links-I missed a few of these.

  4. ("East Coasters" makes it sound like I should be putting my drinks on top of you) LOL. You caught me off guard with that one and I choked on my ice cream.

    Thanks for all the links! Those articles look great!

    1. OMG, I just read the insight into a copy of The Scarlet Letter and.... Wow. Omg, so funny but more than a little sad too.

  5. THANK YOU for the Oxford comma article! I can be such a grammar snob, so I love having some reassurance that my Grammar Nazi ways are not THAT crazy. But seriously, Oxford commas are so necessary; I'm glad to see you agree.


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