And when you find that coveted book, the one that has prompted countless trips to the bookstore, hoping someone cleaning out their collection has dropped off the one thing you’ve been search one, the feeling is joyous. You want to raise it to the heavens, a la Rafiki with baby Simba, letting the clouds part so your discovery can bask in the sunshine. Yeah, it’s like that.
from The Thriller of the (Used Bookstore) Hunt by Amanda Diehl
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But what happens when you have people in a book club for different reasons? This, in my opinion, is where the real strife of book clubs is. Not when some love the book and others hate it, but when some read the books religiously and others never finish a book, or even worse: when someone flat out decrees that they aren’t going to read a book club pick because it doesn’t interest them.
Critical Linking: August 19, 2014 
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

In honor of Shelley’s birthday this month, here’s a list of 25 other writers who created heartbreakingly beautiful work before they could get a discount on a rental car or have their publishers demand an active Twitter account.

This list of writers is both amazing and, if you aren’t careful, a little depressing.


Samira Chigani, 26 years old, was thus introduced to the quirky brainchild of Mr. Yazdany and Ms. Heraner: a mobile reading room and taxi service, complete with chauffeur-librarian. Books surround them, from Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” to Charles Bukowski’s “Pulp.” There are also works by Iranian standouts such as Nader Ebrahimi, Zoya Pirzad and Sohrab Sepehri.

Dammit I should have been a chaffeur-librarian.


The only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader. Everyone who stands between those two has both risk and opportunity.

I suppose only bread and water are necessary too. But that doesn’t mean some other things don’t make life a little more enjoyable.


Even the Big Five know this: why else would they devote so much time and effort to building relationships with thousands of unique stores despite the fact that those stores represent only 3-5% of their annual sales?

Sometimes it’s a mistake that things are done for logical, quantifiable reasons. Not saying it is the case here, but saying “if they are doing X, then X must be important” isn’t true.


Coming coming this fall, we’ll be launching a new site devoted to comics: Panels. You can sign up here to get notified about when Panels goes live, and it already has its own Twitter and Facebook up and running.

Horror doesn’t just terrify us, it engages our minds and relieves it from over-thinking everyday feelings by engaging a different feeling… um, terror (but still a different feeling!). As Stephen King said, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” Nobody’s life is perfect in horror- in fact it’s usually the opposite- so there’s nothing to make you feel bad about yours. Marriage going badly? No worries, I have yet to encounter a love story in a horror book that I would want. Money woes? Wealth does not save people in this genre, in fact, it usually just makes things messier. Didn’t get to go on a vacation this year? Well, everyone got eaten by a shark at the beach anyway, so you lucked out. See what I mean? With this foray back into horror, I’m understanding something I never got before- the reason why horror is the ultimate escapism genre: because when you are absorbed in a horror story, your brain is instinctually telling the rest of your body to pay attention because we might die. Therefore, it is harder to start letting your mind wander off into the “Don’t forget to worry about this, this, and this today,” mode of our very typical brain patterns.
from Read More Horror: My Ode to the Scary Genre by Wallace Yovetich