Perhaps I'm jumping the gun a tad, as it's still May for a few more hours, but I'm making a call now on the most popular book-related links of May (based on clicks). 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. Enjoy!
The Unsung Delight of a Well-Designed Endpaper [Atlas Obscura]
30 Stunning Home Libraries That Are a Book Lover’s Dream [Architectural Digest ]
People who read books are nicer, study finds [The Independent]
62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries [Mental Floss ]
The Dangers of Reading in Bed [The Atlantic]
‘Men Without Women,’ a new story collection by Haruki Murakami [The Washington Post]