A short and sweet intro to the links this week--
All the very best to you and yours this bright and sparkly new year. All the best in health, in happiness, and most definitely in books. It's been an absolute pleasure to get to know many of you through emails. I hope I'll become acquainted with even more of you throughout the coming year.
I have no idea what trails of clues I'll be following this year in the books I'll be reading, but I'm looking forward to sharing it all with you. Thank you, my friends!
Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
- The Texas movie set used by John Wayne is slowly fading away.
- Certain detractors have been trying to kick the U.S. Postal Service to the curb for years, but I don't think they've really thought through all the repercussions.
- I love it when Rush Limbaugh goes into a snit. This time he's frothing at the mouth because he found out some movie execs are considering Idris Elba as the next James Bond. Why? Because Elba is black. Personally I think the idea has some merit because (1) I've seen Elba act. He's good. He's also very easy on the eyes. And (2) the Bond franchise has been limping along for years, and this may be just the thing to shake it up and make us want to watch a Bond film again. (As long as they don't forget they have to work on the writing, too.)
- Why airlines want to make you suffer.
- Not all of us keep every single book that crosses our path. There's nothing wrong with doing that, it's just a matter of space. If you've had a bit of a clear-out and have books you'd like to donate, here are some places to consider.
- A sloppy BBC article has drawn the ire of the eReader world.
- 10 public libraries in the US and Canada surpass 1 million eBook downloads.
- Some authors are being KO'd by Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited program.
Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
- The oldest tool ever found in Turkey is altering European history.
- The mystery of an ancient Chinese civilization's disappearance has finally been explained.
- Does this blue hole hold the secret to the collapse of the Mayan civilization?
- Hitler's birthplace has been giving Austria a headache for years.
- A huge trove of shipwrecks has been revealing the secret history of shipbuilding.
- A massive 5,000-year-old underground city is being uncovered in Cappadocia, Turkey.
The Happy Wanderer
- From 25 of the most wonderful roads in the world to 13 roads that will drive you crazy, I'm in the mood to take a spin. (I'll even go for a drive down the ones I'm already familiar with!)
- 15 famous landmarks zoomed out to show their surroundings. It's all about perspective....
- 25 reasons why Scotland must be on your bucket list. (Believe me, there's a lot more than 25 reasons-- this article leaves out a lot of good'uns!)
- 20 pictures about the earth that will blow your mind.
- Well, whaddaya know? A bookcase that tells you to read! (It may take you a few seconds to see what I'm talking about.)
- 49 breathtaking libraries from all over the world.
- What makes this extremely old book so special is something you need to see.
- Vintage ads for libraries and reading.
I ♥ Lists
- 51 of the most beautiful sentences in literature.
- Beth Moon spent 14 years photographing the world's oldest trees, and her pictures are amazing.
That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a Wonderful Weekend and a fantastic New Year!