The Top Book Links of May

The Top Book Links of May

Those who are following along over the last few months are probably expecting a slew of Tolkien and JK Rowling links, right? Well, surprise! Okay, there's still one Harry Potter link that made the list but I have a feeling that will continue to be the case for awhile. Unlike March and April, this month people were more interested in the impact that Amazon's new stores are having on brick & mortar stores, as well as some of the finer points of book publishing history and general reading culture. So without further ado, here are May's top links in descending order of interest.

17 Books to Give to a '17 Graduate Instead of "Oh the Places You'll Go"

17 Books to Give to a '17 Graduate Instead of "Oh the Places You'll Go"

It's 2017 and you have children, nephews/nieces, and neighbors graduating from high school or college and you are on the hook for some sort of meaningful gift. So if you want to stray from the herd and give your graduate a different uplifting/inspiring/helpful title on graduation, what's your best bet? Below are 17 titles that every graduate should own as they venture out into the world on their own.

On My Love of Brick & Mortar Bookstores - Even Though I Sell Online

On My Love of Brick & Mortar Bookstores - Even Though I Sell Online

What gives? I sell used books online so I clearly must be out to put your local indie used bookstore out of business, right? Absolutely not. I am a huge proponent of the physical store and cannot abide the idea that they are struggling to stay open. When I have a choice, I will always go to one of my local stores to try to find a title before I make a purchase online, honest to god.

Revisiting The Buzz 154 Project (Take Two)

Revisiting The Buzz 154 Project (Take Two)

Just over a year ago, I kicked off a project to crowd-source short videos of people reading each and every one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. The plays continue to get loads of love in media and in schools but the popularity of his poetry has seemed to wane in recent decades (but we're working on changing that). I called it The Buzz 154 Project and it was very well received; all readings were claimed within two weeks and overall people seemed to be excited. As tends to happen, though, some of the enthusiasm didn't exactly pan out. In the end, I was still able to gather 85 great videos. 14 months later, I've decided that I'm not content to have the project fizzle out at only 55% completion so I'm reopening the project! As of right now, April 17th, 2017, I need 69 people to step up, grab their smartphones, GoPros, and/or pleographs, and film themselves reading a short poem!