Of course some of you may take note of the fact that since it's finally cooled down, November is the perfect time to do all that pruning out in the yard. No. Not raking leaves. We have things blooming here-- but then you can always find something blooming here.
Denis heard a joke at work and told it to me. Here goes:
How can you tell it's autumn in Phoenix? Answer: The color of the license plates change.
Some of you won't understand it. Others will. It made me laugh, that's for sure, and while I'm laughing, I'd better find those links you came for. Head 'em up! Move 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The man behind The Martian.
- Why do eBooks have fewer pages than print books?
- eReader ownership has declined by 50%.
- France's 3,000 independent bookstores have dodged another bullet.
- The books that have shaped Alexander McCall Smith's life.
- What your bookshelf says about your personality.
- Craig Johnson talks about fans, the appeal of Walt Longmire, and more in this interview.
- Inside Amazon's first physical bookstore.
- America's top-rated libraries in 2015.
- Yes, J.K. Rowling is writing another children's book. No, she doesn't have any publishing plans for it yet.
- Punctuation that failed to make its mark.
- A nonprofit publisher is trying to raise money to finance a book of previously unseen and unpublished poems written by one of my favorites, Pablo Neruda.
- Random House will be publishing three Little Golden Books starring Grumpy Cat.
- Abraham Lincoln signed a book for a child in 1865. It just sold for $2.2 million.
- Did an Australian teacher solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper? (If his suspect is who I think he is, he wrote some of the most beautiful-- and most depressing-- poems I've ever clapped eyes on.)
- How to judge a person by their subway read. Although I cringe a bit at the use of the word "judge" (I'm just thrilled that the person is reading), the very last category made me laugh-- and agree wholeheartedly.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Experience the ancient secrets and pristine artifacts of Utah's Moon House before it's too late.
- These 3D printed teeth fight bacteria.
- A burial vault has been accidentally discovered at Gloucester Cathedral.
- An ancient Greek citadel has been discovered under a parking lot in Jerusalem. (First King Richard III, now an entire citadel. Anyone else for digging up more parking lots?)
- A fossil with preserved tail feathers and skin is revealing dinosaur plumage patterns.
- One of the grandest structures of the ancient world could be reborn. (Think Colossal.)
- 12 archaeological finds you won't believe were found on earth.
- This tomb tells the tale of a family that was executed by China's first female emperor.
- A black American's guide to travel in the Jim Crow Era.
- One possible El Niño effect: rains are unearthing more skeletal human remains.
- The 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun in color.
- Someone just paid $826,000 for the greatest cat painting of all time.
- You never know what you're going to find when you clean the paintings owned by Queen Elizabeth!
- From skeletal remains to historic items. The rain and flooding in South Carolina are turning up some surprising finds.
- Why Russia is digging up the bones of a 19th-century tsar.
- A treasure trove of undelivered letters is shedding light on 17th-century society.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Humans have created a new top predator that is taking over the Northeast.
- 17 cats who didn't quite make it to bed.
- 20 cats who soon regretted their poor choices.
- Puppies really can sleep anywhere.
- The only known wild jaguar living in the United States now has a name.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Buried under a bridge in Paris: the misfit mausoleums of Montmartre.
- 10 of the world's most beautiful railway stations.
- A boat trip through the Paris sewer.
- 20 places all Americans should see before they die.
- The little Provencale hotel with more important art than most museums.
- The Moonhole mansion in the Caribbean is an abandoned Crusoe dream.
- It would be prudent to avoid 18 of the most dangerous roads in the world.
- Unlocking the hidden doors inside the Biltmore Estate.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- 15 images to prove you are a book nerd.
- 14 people who learned it's not a good idea to mess with nature.
- Do you know these literary addresses?
- What speed do you read? Me? 669 words per minute.
That's all for this week! 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 great weekend, and read something fabulous!