Jenny and I often run across bookish links, blog posts, and other content that we know our readers would enjoy but we don’t always have a good way of sharing them beyond my Twitter account (and Twitter is only of use for the people online right then). So we decided to create an occasional Sunday feature in which we share interesting bits and pieces we’ve seen around the web. We hope you enjoy it!
- Victoria at Eve’s Alexandria writes that Amy Sackville’s second novel, Orkney, “is suffocating reading, almost bare of incident or action. But what there is bristles with disconcerting significance.”
- Kim at Reading Matters is raising money throughout April for the Indigenous Literacy Fund. For every book read and reviewed as part of her Australian Literature Month, she donate 50 pence to the fund.
- Jo Walton writes at Tor.com about reading for pleasure and escape: “I don’t feel defensive about what I choose to read. I don’t feel proud of some pieces and ashamed of other pieces. It’s all reading, and I do it all for fun.” (h/t to Jeanne)
- The Totally Hip Video Book Critic is joining the Amazon family.
- The BBC is producing a 7-hour miniseries of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
to air in 2014.
- Litlove writes of her “a one-woman vendetta against the so-called ‘rules’ of writing” in a post titled “When Is A Cliché Not A Cliché?“
- In The Nation, photojournalist Deborah Copaken Kogan writes about “My So-Called ‘Post-Feminist’ Life in Arts and Letters,” in which she recounts some troubling experiences of her career as a woman writer.
- Jennifer Weiner reacts to the VIDA count, Kogan’s article, the recent promotion of a woman to the editorship of the New York Times Book Review. Weiner has a lot of good things to say, but women should be able to say that they don’t personally care for certain types of books without being called out for letting the team down. It would help perhaps if it were more clear when such statements are a matter of personal preference and not a put-down to the books, their authors, and their readers.
- Adelle Waldman shares in Slate what she learned from reading all Jane Austen’s books several times. Spoiler: She thinks Persuasion is the weakest and that many people who like it best only like it best because they think humorous stories are less worthwhile. Some people just happen to like serious stories best.
- The Book Riot team has put together an amusing list of the 42 Traits of the Perfect Reader.