Daily Archives: April 23, 2010

Noteworthy Links #5

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Forbes ranked the 15 richest fictional characters, and you can bet to see some familiar names on that list from Chuck Bass to Jay Gatsby. Who is the number 1 richest fictional character, you ask? Follow the link to find out!

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Home libraries make kids smarter (stating the obvious much?) Miller-McCune posted a great article about the benefits of encouraging literacy as early as possible in children.

This effect holds true regardless of a nation’s wealth, culture or political system, but its intensity varies from country to country. In China, a child whose parents own 500 books will average 6.6 more years of education than a comparable child from a bookless home. In the U.S., the figure is 2.4 years — which is still highly significant when you consider it’s the difference between two years of college and a full four-year degree.

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If you’ve ever accrued overdue fines from your local library, worry no more! You are just following in the footsteps of one our most heroic forefathers: George Washington. He apparently owes $300,000 for having never returned 2 library books! What did he borrow?

According to a ledger found in 1934, Washington borrowed the “Law of Nations,” a treatise on international relations, and Vol. 12 of the “Commons Debates,” which contained transcripts of debates from Britain’s House of Commons, on October 5, 1789.

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For fans of fashion and books, Marc Jacobs has plans to go into the bookstore business in New York’s West Village. The original bookshop Biography Book Shop is relocating and now Jacobs will be taking over the location. I love the name that’s been twittered around the web “Book Marc”

but now it seems Jacobs is retaining the library feel of the space, making it into his local empire’s first bookstore.

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ALA is out with its top 10 of the most challenged books of 2009:

There isn’t really anything new on the list (nothing that hasn’t been there before). I do however think the reasoning for #5 is amusing.

5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

Seriously? Sexually explicit? Did they read the same book that I did?

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Don’t judge a book by its cover? Well, what’s wrong with you? You stand in the minority, and these 25 insane book covers prove it!

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Nostradamus makes history again as his Prophecies is the first French book to be archived by Google Books.

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This is a movie of a super-cool “painting” hanging in the basement of the British Library, in London. The author has done many such paintings, but this is the best (and all the others are very similar). It’s called “Paradoxymoron”, by Patrick Hughes

This is so awesome. I think its well worth a trip to London to visit the British Library (among other things)


News of sorts

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Life has been busy over here. I’ve been working nearly everyday between my three library jobs. I’m on the tail end of Age of Innocence and soon to start East of Eden for my book club. I’ve also gotten a wee bit addicted to the newest Zynga game on Facebook, Treasure Isle. Is anyone else playing? I need blue gems and fruit pronto!

California weather keeps going back and forth between a beautiful sunny day and a dismal rainy day. Its sunny right now, lets hope it stays this way!

In bloggish news:

My blog is in the Top 50 Book Blogs Rankings. I came in at #40 in Top Book Blogs by Unique Monthly Visitors and #40 in Top Book Blogs by Complete Rank. I’m stunned. I didn’t even think I’d land in the top 100. =p

Check out my guest review of The Screwed-Up Life of Charles the Second by Drew Ferguson over at Queer YA.

And have you been tuning in for my new weekly book news feature? Please send in any articles or news snippets that you want to share with the rest of the world!