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Critical Linking: August 18, 2014 


Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

As you get older, you start seeing the world a little differently — the same goes for the books you read. Whether it was a book you were forced to read in sophomore English class or your favorite childhood novel, some literary classics have a strange way of changing when we revisit them as adults. For better or worse, things just can’t stay the same.

Indeed. For example, #2 on this list of books that change when you read them later in life goes from being a sad book to a torture device of inescapable depression.


Everyone’s educational journey is different. But whether you’re a math prodigy, a writing whiz or a future business leader, your education will still have one fundamental building block: reading. Reading is a crucial part of every level of education, from preschool to grad school. And if you find yourself buried in books outside the classroom as well, your love of reading could pay off in the form of college scholarships for readers, writers and book lovers.

Interesting round-up of college scholarships for teenage booklovers.


“If we keep making noise about the way women’s books are perceived, marketed, sold and discussed, I think that in 10, 20, 30 years’ time, I am going to look at The New York Times book reviews and see something different than I’m seeing now.”

I wonder how many book reviews the NYT will actually be running in 30 years.


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Petition from Minnie Fisher Cunningham of the Texas Woman Suffrage Association for passage of the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment” sent to Congress on May 2, 1916

The amendment passed Congress on June 4, 1919. It was ratified as the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920.

Petition from Texas Woman Suffrage Association, 5/2/1916, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (ARC 306659)


Real-life scientists share their favorite sci-fi reads

If you’re eager to find out what books are on your favorite scientist’s nightstand, check out this story in the Huffington Post.

Our own Steve Strogatz, math professor and author of “The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity,” says  “The Andromeda Strain”, “Colossus: The Forbin Project” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” are tops on his list. 

closetosuns asked:

Hi! Since I'm trying to write original storys, I need to know how to make a character. Not that I haven't seen your tags, no, it's that I found a blog in my native language (Spanish) about creating one by filling a "character file/sheet" (excuse my English or if I don't know how it's called, I still working on it). It's something similar to what people do on roleplay. My question is, is it really necessary to do it? Or do you know any that can be helpful? I couldn't find any so... yeah. Thanks x


I suppose they can be helpful but you don’t need a do one. You can make your own questions, ask yourself what you want to know about each character, who their family is, their friends and interests. What is their personality like? What happens when they are mad? 

Just keep asking yourself questions that you think are important and allow yourself to build up your character. You don’t need someone else’s questions to do this!!

Good luck to you! Your English is better than my Spanish so don’t you worry! :)



Anonymous asked:

can you recommend some good young adult books aside from the grisha trilogy, shatter me, twc, darkest mind, legend, etc.



let the sky fall by shannon messenger
the bone season by samantha shannon
under the never sky by veronica rossi
these broken stars by meagan spooner and amie kaufman
free to fall by lauren miller
mila 2.0 by debra driza
reboot by amy tintera
cruel beauty by rosamund hodge
daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor
coldest girl in coldtown by holly black
lunar chronicles by marissa meyer
the raven boys by maggie stiefvater

and some that i haven’t read yet, but have heard great things about:
the kiss of deception by mary e. pearson
for darkness shows the stars by diana peterfreund
the ring and the crown by marissa de la cruz
the inventor’s secret by andrea cremer
splintered by a. g. howard
blood of eden by julie kagawa

there were some more but i can’t recall them right now. hope this helps. (:

So lovely to see TBS on this list alongside so many of MY recent favorites! 

Yes. Read all of these.



man you know what I want? a superhero series where they have powers that 100% contradict their personalities. a fishermans daughter who lives by the sea, swims every day, learns that she can control fire. a boy who’s mortified of heights but realizes he can use antigravity and hates it. someone who was bitten by a dog as a child, suffers extreme fear around animals, can now communicate with them. they’re all disgusted by their powers.

write a book



Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (10/08 - 16/08)

Between the Spark and the Burn (Between #2) by April Genevieve Tucholke ✤ August 14th

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins ✤ August 14th

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff ✤ August 14th

Sisters’ Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood ✤ August 14th

Random by Tom Leveen ✤ August 12th

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin ✤ August 12th

Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!



Seeking a brother’s release

In this letter to the Union commander of the prisoner-of-war camp at Point Lookout, Maryland, one of four sisters asks the commander to release their brother. Writing on August 11, 1864, from Marietta, Ohio, Lou A. Briggs asks the commander to have pity as they were orphans and cannot “get along without him.” One sister was sick with consumption, she wrote, and “desires very much to see her brother once more in this world.”

Letter from Lou A. Briggs to the Commander of Point Lookout Military Prison Regarding Rufus Briggs, 08/11/1864 
From the series Personal Letters to Confederate Prisoners at Point Lookout, Maryland, 1889 - 1904

via DocsTeach


It’s Ginny Weasley’s birthday! The youngest of all the redheaded Weasleys survived another year with her chaotic older brothers and friends. Are you a fan of the Boogie Hex wielding witch?

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Dear Historians,
The Great bath, really? The GREAT bath? I’m trying to make history fascinating and you give me a term that evokes scented candles, bath salts and Frederic Fekkai hair products? I know sometimes the crushingly boring names of history aren’t your fault, you didn’t name the federalist papers or the Austro-Hungarian empire or Adam Smith but when you do get a chance to name something you go with The Great bath? Not the Epic Bath of Mohenjo Daro or The Bath to End All Baths or the Pool that Ruled or the Moist Mystery of Mohenjo Daro or the Wet Wonder , The GREAT BATH?Really…You can do better.
Best wishes,
John Green

John Green

(As seen on Crash Course World History 2 )

(Source: openletterfromjohn)

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