Friday, January 10, 2014

The What Polar Vortex Weekly Link Round-Up

This past week has found me trolling through all sorts of photos from the rest of the country showing the horrendous deep freeze they've been forced to endure. Having experienced just such a thing firsthand, I am so thankful that I live in one of the unaffected areas of the U.S.-- and that's all I'm going to say about it, other than I hope that everyone has been able to stay safe and warm!

Here in Casa Kittling, the days go by in that post-holiday hush. The house seems so much larger with all the decorations back in storage; I'm wishing that I could read faster (or not get interrupted so often); and I'm making plans for future trips and projects. I've always found the first part of the new year a time to regroup and take stock. How about you?

I know... how about those links!

Bookish News & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • On the Art of Rejection.
  • If you like to read books set in different parts of the world, give Books Set In a whirl.
  • What?!? 160-year-old documents intentionally destroyed in Franklin County, North Carolina.
  • This hit home: post-mortem photography during the Victorian Era. Why? Because the only photo my family has of one of my grandfather's brothers shows the body of a very small little boy in his casket.
  • An Oklahoma man gets sentenced to one year for stealing $2.8 million in books from a Hoboken, NJ publisher.
  • Here's what your favorite children's book series says about you. (I had to choose Harry Potter because my series is too old for the internet!)
  • For all you foodies out there: Cookstr, "recipes you love from cookbooks you trust."
  • Is the popularity of English killing other languages? (Personally I think no language should die out, but if this planet is to survive, one of the ways to accomplish that is for us all to be able to understand one another....)
  • This makes my heart hurt: thousands of books and manuscripts in an historic Lebanese library were put to the flame.
  • Sunken vases double as 2,000-year-old biology experiments.
  • You just never know what you'll find in an old barn....
  • Have you ever visited Stump the Bookseller?
  • A legal battle is boiling over the Renoir painting purchased at a flea market.
  • Yum! A history of the chocolate chip cookie.

I  ♥  Lists & Quizzes

Book (and Bird) Candy
  • If you like our feathered friends, this interactive bird song poster is wonderful!
  • 13 vintage posters promoting American libraries.
  • Glenn Bartley takes some of the most wonderful photographs of birds. Here are his picks of his own work as the best of 2013.

That's it for this week! Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.


  1. Cathy - I've been feeling really bad for those who are dealing with those terrible temperatures. Anyway, thanks as ever for the links. Now I want to know why someone felt those documents had to be destroyed. And about your grandfather's brothers....I can see why that link hit home for you - haunting...

    1. My jaw dropped when I read the article about those documents being destroyed. My great uncle's death had an impact on our family that exists to this day. He was killed in a freak accident on April Fool's Day. No one in the family plays any kind of joke on that day.

  2. That favorite childhood series article was fun. Thanks. And so glad to see Cookstr getting some attention.

    1. I may not be a foodie, but I appreciate being able to find good recipes! :-)

  3. Glad you are somewhere where you weren't impacted by the big freeze. It was chilly here But, it is warming up today (rain and even a thunderstorm). :)

    I love quizzes- so I will check out those links. Thanks for sharing so many interesting pages!

    1. I'm so glad the rest of the country is warming up. I've lived through that exact same sort of mess, and it's miserable.

      I love quizzes, too, so it's good to know you're going to enjoy those. Thanks for stopping by, Jess!

  4. My favorite childhood series is not listed -- Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. Then came Nancy Drew.

    Dismayed that the last five years of books has nothing from Far Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, or translated novels. or few. Time to change.

    1. Mine wasn't listed either, Kathy, but to be fair, it would be a very long post if the writer attempted to list them all... and I agree with you about the list of books from the last five years.

  5. I like the list of 16 books being made into movies this year. Very good to know. I have read quite a few of those. Should be good on the scene. Ben Afflect in Gone Girl, hmm! Thx Cathy.

    1. I like to keep track of the books-to-movies myself, so I'm glad you enjoyed that link. :-)


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