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Critical Linking: July 27, 2014 
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

A library card signed by Elvis Presley in seventh grade is expected to be among the hottest items at an auction of the late singer’s possessions at his Memphis mansion next month, Graceland officials said on Wednesday.

With a little spare cash, you can own a library card signed by Elvis.

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Life in South Bend, Indiana, without a library card — the life I’ve been living for four years in New York City — would have been unthinkable. I applied for my blue-and-white S library card with almost as much pride as I later received my driver’s license; by the time I left for college, the plastic card was worn away around the corners from loving use. Though I had my bookstore proclivities (the bookstore chains in town stayed open later than nearly every other under-21 venue in town) and loyalties (Barnes & Noble: yes; the gaudy Borders that opened up across the street from B&N: no), the library offered a fantastical wealth of literary riches that meant no expired gift card or lack of allowance would force me to go bookless for even one day.

A feel-good piece about how the library can turn you into a life-long reader.

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Even more than I identify as a writer, I identify as a reader. Reading has always been the primary way I make sense of the world around me; books are my first stop when I want to learn about a new hobby, culture, person or world. When I read a memoir, the author’s story lives inside me, making me feel I know them better than I do many of my close friends. While I don’t necessarily need to own a book for it to have any impact on me, being surrounded by books when I wake up and go to sleep puts me at ease—and gives me plenty to choose from should I find myself up at three a.m., as I often do. I’m not a book collector, though, someone who values signed copies the way toy collectors want their treasures in opened, and therefore more valuable, boxes. I believe books are valuable precisely for the words contained inside of them, rather than the packaging binding them. Books are meant to be savored, labored over, argued with, and shared. 

CAN you own too many books?

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Step into a local movie theater or bookstore today, and chances are one will see adults — who aren’t with teens — engaged in stories featuring Young Adult (YA) characters. The YA genre is increasingly popular today, reaching a far wider audience than just the 12 to 18 year old crowd. More than half of YA book buyers are 18 and older — and 78 percent of those purchasers are buying the books for their own reading, according to a recent Publisher’s Weekly study.

So it’s no surprise that the film versions of already popular YA books are also well-received. The trend can be traced to the record breaking Harry Potter saga and Twilight series, but also seen more recently in successes such as The Hunger Games and this year’s The Fault in Our Stars. But while they may be the most known film adaptations of books today, there are plenty of others with varying degrees of success. Here are five notable YA adaptations coming up this year.

I disagree on their description of two of these as YA, though they’re friendly to those who like YA, but this round-up of upcoming films looks good.

Whip up an “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita” or “A Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose” with our literary cocktails for summer.

Whip up an “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita” or “A Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose” with our literary cocktails for summer.

Love audiobooks or want to give them a try?
This weekend, we’re giving away 10 sets of 5 sci-fi/tech audiobooks. Give your luck a shot.

Love audiobooks or want to give them a try?

This weekend, we’re giving away 10 sets of 5 sci-fi/tech audiobooks. Give your luck a shot.

Find your love of numbers and reading in one place. Here’s a round-up of novels featuring math.

Find your love of numbers and reading in one place. Here’s a round-up of novels featuring math.

Do your reading habits change during the summer? Do you pick up longer books? Shorter books? Do you find yourself slowing down? Speeding up?
One Rioter talks about how she’s picking up longer books and reading more slowly this summer — and she’s okay with that.

Do your reading habits change during the summer? Do you pick up longer books? Shorter books? Do you find yourself slowing down? Speeding up?

One Rioter talks about how she’s picking up longer books and reading more slowly this summer — and she’s okay with that.

Catch up with the most popular posts of the week at Book Riot, including a round-up of 50 cool authors, tips for moving when you have a ton of books, the violation of a Little Free Library, and more.

Catch up with the most popular posts of the week at Book Riot, including a round-up of 50 cool authors, tips for moving when you have a ton of books, the violation of a Little Free Library, and more.

Critical Linking: July 26, 2014 
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

The Cape Henlopen School District’s summer reading list for incoming high school freshmen will not include the controversial book, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” – or any other book.

The district school board voted 6-1 on Thursday night to return to the district’s previous summer reading requirements, which demand college preparatory students read one book for the summer and honors students read two books.

The amount of power one school board just exercised in not eliminating one title from the summer reading list but the entire list itself is astounding.

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The creation of bookplates followed the development of the moveable type printing press in mid–fifteenth century Europe. Bookplates first appeared in the 1480s with the book–owner’s coat of arms. In America, people started using them as early as 1680 and in greater numbers in the 1730s. And by the end of the nineteenth century, when the Arts and Crafts Movement was challenging the excessive decoration of the earlier Victorian taste, bookplate collecting became a fashionable pursuit, one that would remain so until World War II.

Here’s a fascinating microhistory of bookplates.

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My favorite place to read is in a dark bar mid-day. Although I can read almost anywhere, we’re each allowed our preferences and mine is so. Coffee shops feel pretentious, the gym is freaking weird. Libraries are fine but there’s so much candy and I can’t handle it all calling my name. The last thing I read was The Conversations by Cesar Aira, and I devoured it in this quaint little dive up the road from my house. Aira’s stuff is super meandering and detailed and it requires all of my senses working in unison; the bar is always close to empty when I go, so it’s everything I need.

Combine you love for reading and booze in one place: the bar.

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“We really feel, and think, that our little contribution to world literature is worth noticing,” says Sjón, one of the country’s foremost contemporary authors, sitting in a bookstore in downtown Reykjavík on a rainy April morning. “This was a very poor country — a third-world country — until well into the second, third decade of the 20th century,” he says. “We have no cathedrals to show from the past. We have no paintings. We have no symphonies. We’ve got nothing.

“Literature is the only constant cultural activity that has been going on here throughout the centuries.”

Seems like there’s a lot of love for France and reading, but maybe we should be paying more attention to Iceland’s literary culture.

Seems pretty straightforward.

Now that you’ve seen the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, here’s a second-by-second rundown.

What have you been reading this week? Come talk with us about it in this week’s Inbox/Outbox.

What have you been reading this week? Come talk with us about it in this week’s Inbox/Outbox.