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
- A quiz on literary beginnings
- 5 reasons why you should probably stop using antibacterial soap.
- 5 things you should worry about in 2014
- I've done my own version of the 50 States Reading Challenge.
- Poet Ezra Pound's list of the six types of writers.
- 50 books that define the past five years in literature.
- 11 women in classic novels who rebelled against their time periods.
- An everything-you-need-to-know infographic about Sherlock Holmes.
- The 9 best books that don't exist.
- Last summer's "map of mystery," an interactive map showing crime fiction by state. (Hmm... a possible 50 States Reading Challenge?)
- How elementary is your knowledge of Sherlock Holmes?
- 16 books to read before they hit the movie theaters this year.
- 11 great bookstore names and how they got them.
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.