Critical Linking: December 21, 2014

Despite being named after a 12th Century saint, Jordan preferred the company of trendy young students – and an easy life in the well-heated library.

Every day, Jordan leaves the friary and crosses Edinburgh’s leafy George Square in the old town, to the university’s main library.

There, he enjoys being petted by students from across the globe, and even has a favourite turquoise chair near the door.

edinburgh library card car

When you give a cat a library card….you have to show the picture of the cat’s library card.

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Despite teens’ tech-savvy reputation, this group continues to lag behind adults when it comes to reading e-books, even with the young adult genre’s digital growth relative to the total e-book market. While 20% of teens purchasing e-books, 25% of 30-44 year olds and 23% of 18-29 year olds buy digital copies. While younger readers are open to e-books as a format, teens continue to express a preference for print that may seem to be at odds with their perceived digital know-how.

Teens prefer print to ebooks, it turns out. This entire study is really interesting, as is the statistic that 80% of purchases of YA books are from those 18 and older (though not surprising — not only is it a growth in adult readers, but it’s also the hurdles teens have to making book purchases for themselves, too).

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Heartbroken? Left alone? Depressed? And right before the holidays? Never fear, because this is no end-of-year list — it’s a list to cure that broken heart of yours. Now, there are as many ways to mend a broken heart as there are to break one, but hopefully this list will contain something for everyone, whether you prefer to muffle pain with laughter, or might take some hope in a happy ending, or just need to wallow. After all, as James Baldwin said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” So here you go, gang: 50 cures for love, all $25 or less.

Books to mend your broken heart.

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To Kill A Mockingbird is the most recommended book of all time.

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