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.
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.
As April has just closed, I wanted to take a moment to reflect back of all of the interesting news stories, listicles, infographics, puff pieces, literary criticisms, and general book links that entertained us all month long. And just like back in March, there's a fair bit of Tolkien still in the news. The links below were the most popular of the month based on clickthrough rates. Enjoy!
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!
Plot-driven books can fly off of shelves and earn "bestseller" designations left and right but it's prose-driven works that become true classics. The folks over on reddit have been asking the question, "Have you ever come across a sentence in a novel you considered absolutely perfect?" and have identified a solid cross-section of timeless lines to take your breath away. This is just a sample; reflect on your own readings and please share more perfect lines below in the comments.
All 80s and 90s kids will recognize the precocious pup Wishbone that somehow always found himself* in some form of literary-themed adventure, tricking us into learning a little culture on Saturday mornings. Taking a little trip down memory lane, I've pulled out every single book that was featured on the show over it's (too brief) two seasons that spanned from 1995-1998. I hope it brings back some great memories for you too!
Admittedly, while I have been a bit delinquent in posting these "Best of" lists (October, anyone?), I have still be quite active over on Twitter sharing the latest and greatest book news, curated by yours truly. Presuming you were outside enjoying the unseasonably-warm weather over the last month or just generally had your nose stuck in a book (no judgment), below are the most popular book-related links from the past month. Enjoy!