Dec 5, 2012


Link chain
  • Thirdly, Jeanne enjoyed Kij Johnson’s At The Mouth of the River of Bees, another one of my favourites of the year. I love that this short story collection is bringing Johnson to the attention of more readers.

  • And finally, there’s the thing that makes me happiest of all - when someone really loves a book I recommended :D Here’s Ana on Moris Geltizman’s Two Weeks With the Queen and Hilary McKay’s Saffy’s Angel, the first book in the wonderful Casson Family series. Again, I’m hoping this post will spread the word further about these wonderful books.

  • One of my favourite recent blog discoveries is Gossamer Obsessions - I particularly enjoyed this review of Crewel by Gennifer Albin, which draws attention to the sexist ideas embedded into the book’s worldbuilding.

  • Lastly, as some of you might know, last week there was yet another round of “book bloggers are destroying literary culture and everything that is pure and good in this world”. I’m not going to link to the article in question because I don’t want to reward it with more exposure, but if you’re really, really curious, you can find the link in the posts I’m going to tell you about in a minute. The one good thing to come out of this debacle was #graffitireviews, which you can read about in detail at Melanie or Clare’s blogs. I have nothing to add to their excellent posts, but wanted to say that this is one of those things that make my heart swell with fondness for this community of smart, thoughtful, funny and sarcastic book lovers who will not be silenced. I’m so lucky to know them.


  1. Thank you for the mention!

    And I have just added The Striped Armchair to my Google Reader. What a great blog!

    Also crazy excited for The Brides of Rollrock Island.

  2. Thanks for introducing me to the new blogs! I always love finding new sites to read and the posts written regarding Giraldi's thoughts on book bloggers are insightful and hilarious.

  3. I do wonder if our overall lack of response for this newest news article will mean there are fewer in future. In a way it was quite boring he was so quick after Stothard, couldn't help but wonder if it was written simply to make us angry again. Thanks for the link to Eva's post, I missed it.

  4. The Graffiti Reviews are a grand idea! I'm in love with the book blogging community, too. Glad to be part of it.

  5. AnimeJune: I'm very glad to have introduced you to Eva! She's smart and thoughtful and an excellent writer.

    Natalie: Aren't they? I can't imagine a more perfect reaction - humorous and smart and gloriously proving him wrong :D

    Charlie: It seems suspiciously like link-baiting, doesn't it?

    Claire: And we are very, very lucky to have you :D *hugs*

  6. Love the blog recommendations!

    I unfortunately read snippets of that article you mentioned, but the Graffiti Review rebuttal is so fantastic. I can't wait to make some of my own. :)

  7. Thanks so much for the mention Ana! :)

  8. D'aww, thanks! Celine Kiernan recently retweeted Graffiti Reviews (the Graffiti Reviews Initiative sounds a little too formal!), so I hope to see a lot more submissions in the future, hint, hint. ;)

    And yeah, Eva's review of The Brides of Rollrock Island reminded me to get my stuff together to read it. I can't wait for my holiday break so I can get started!

  9. Thanks for sharing the Graffiti Reviews. Hope everyone will try out at least is quite entertaining :)

    Love the other links you've shared -- I enjoyed John Green's recs...if only I could booktalk that quickly during class visits! Very entertaining. And it's just another reminder to read Brides of Rollrock Island, with two fabulous bloggers recommending it - thanks!

  10. You do wonderful link round-ups, Ana! I love reading these posts, and the links to Melanie's and Claire's are a particular delight. And I also was very dorky all over Other Ana's review of Saffy's Angel. She's going to be like, "Stop it freak and never come back here." :p

  11. So I found a new blog (Gossamer Dreams) and had so much fun listening to John Green's youtube book recs!! Thank you so much, Ana.

    I love that John Green and his wife have so many thousands of books. Instead of downsizing mine, I need more shelves :-) lol

  12. I'm proud to be part of the movement to make Kij Johnson more well-known. We looked for her books at Powell's this August, but they didn't have any; I predict that will change.

    Graffiti reviews is lovely, and I wouldn't have known about it except for this link post. I love these, not least because there's always one blog I used to read and then lost track of, and now I can add it to my reader again.

  13. Great recommended links, Ana!


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