- You know what never fails to make me want to read a book desperately? Seeing one of my favourite authors recommend it. Margo Lanagan calls Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens “a big, glorious read, full of love, lust, pain, politics, blood red and blue, and some of the best frocks and the worst fleas ever”.
- Jeanne shared “Cemetery Nights”, a poem by Stephen Dobyns, and explained how “listening for a bark back” is an image that captures what many of us do when we blog.
- Iris’ How blogging sometimes makes me hesitant to read also captures some of my blogging related anxieties. Relevant to this post is Hank Green’s recent video, We’re All Scared, and also my own attempt to come to terms with these feelings, On Being Wrong.
- I can’t remember the last time I found responses to a book I have no intention of reading anytime soon so interesting: Practically Marzipan on The Casual Vacancy.
- Please Stop Telling Me This Story: in which Amy explains why she’s fed up with narratives in which a man is portrayed as a powerful woman’s weakness. Make sure you read the comments too, especially Jason’s.
- “E-Reading Isn’t Reading”: A GIF Response is too good not to share. Enough of these silly articles already.
- Finally, can you believe the holidays are almost here? Here’s a Christmas gift guide for bibliophiles from Reading Matters. (And if you need more suggestions, here’s the one I wrote last year.)