The Week’s Most Popular Posts: September 8 – 12, 2014

Grab your beverage of choice and let’s look back at the week that was . . . 

Superheroes generally aren’t my thing, but I’ve loved Batman since I was a wee child. My dad found the 1960’s series on TV for me to watch one day- I was so hooked that he made me a special edited version of the 1989 Tim Burton film, since I was only six or seven when it came to video and it is clearly rated PG-13. Batman ’89 was eye-opening: it was my first introduction to Batman as the dark, noir-ish anti-hero that I love to this day.

I’m often drawn to works with similar elements, especially novels. These novels scratched that perpetual Batman-induced itch.

from 7 Novels to Read If You Love Batman by Susie Rodarme

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So I issue you this challenge. Re-read your favorite (and maybe some of your most loathed) childhood and young adult books now. Browse the kiddie section of the bookstore for both the familiar and the novel (nudge). Mix them into your reading playlist like an old school jam. Put down Gone Girl and pick up Stargirl.

Journal, blog, write down what you remember most about those words, those characters, and the feelings you had when you first were introduced to those books. And remember who you were then. Innocent? Maybe. But definitely less world-weary and worn. Remember who you were, because that ‘you’ is still there, waiting to be reacquainted with old friends.

from Go Forth and Re-read Your Favorite Books From Childhood: A Dare by Syreeta Barlow

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When you read lists like “the top 25 writers under 25”, find out that Stephen King published three of his major novels before the age of 30, or see someone who is 27 win the Man Book Prize (glances at Eleanor Catton), it can feel like the time to write the next great novel has already passed. However, there is no real deadline or age limit for when a novel can be published. So be inspired by these eight authors whose major works were all published until they were in their 50s or later.

from 8 Authors Whose Biggest Successes Came After The Age of 50 by Rincey Abraham

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Pride and Prejudice: Wealthy man discovers he can be secretly nice but openly awful to everyone around him because: dolla dolla bills, y’all.

from #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly, But With Classic Books by Amanda Nelson

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One of the chapters that jumped out at me was how you can tell the health of your marriage through your Facebook friends. I read in fascination Rudder’s description of how it’s not the number of mutual friends that you and your partner have that determine the strength of your relationship, but how those friends are distributed. Specifically (and I’m vastly generalizing here), if your spouse is the only connection (besides you) among your various groups of friends on Facebook, that means your relationship is healthier than in a situation where, say, your ex-boyfriend has that distinction. Of course, the second I read this, I wanted to test it out on myself, and I was thrilled to see that Rudder provided a tool on the Dataclysm website to accomplish this. I rushed over to the URL, only to find that the tool wasn’t live yet (seeing how I was reading an advance copy of the book weeks before its scheduled release, this wasn’t surprising).

from In Which I Put My Marriage To The Datacylsm Test by Swapna Krishna

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