11 Bookish Things to Add to Your Summer Bucket List and More Critical Linking

While you read and enjoy your lovely summer, keep a journal nearby. Jot down your thoughts on a book, a character, an author, the cover of some new book — whatever you want. If keeping a journal around is new to you, take it slow and don’t worry about what you fill it with. Writing your thoughts is healthy and beneficial, and a great way to document your summer shenanigans with books.

I wonder why it is we obsess with the idea of summer bucket lists and not winter ones, but alas, this is a nice little list of summer bookish things to do. Nothing extreme or particularly creative, but sometimes simple is all you need.

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The takeaway? Medical libraries are driving modest global growth. In North America, library budgets are stagnant, and libraries are spending more of their money on digital products than on physical books.

A little jargon-y and insider-y for folks who aren’t library fanatics or librarians, but an interesting look at library growth throughout the world.

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Frog and Toad, characters that were staples of many children’s introductions to literature, had a relationship that on the surface might seem like an inseparable friendship, but may have been something much deeper. In an interview published Tuesday in the New Yorker, Adrianne Lobel, the daughter of the creator of Frog and Toad Arnold Lobel, suggested the two characters symbolized her father’s journey coming out as gay.

I love this oh so very much.

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Thrills from Stephen King, laughs from Amy Schumer and wizardry from J.K. Rowling. USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg suggests 10 sizzling summer books to pack in your beach bag.

About half of these have been on every single list so far this year, but a few are new titles to my eyes.

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Want to bring your childhood literary fantasies to life? Instead of pulling a Claudia Kincaid and hiding out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can now purchase the classic Upper East Side brownstone in Manhattan that reportedly inspired the fictional residence of Harriet the Spy, the New York Post reports.

Nostalgia (and an Upper East Side zip code) comes with a price. According to the Post, the townhouse is selling for around $5 million. The 3000-square-foot, four-story townhouse sits on the southwest corner of East 87th Street and East End Avenue, a few blocks from where Harriet the Spy author Louise Fitzhugh lived and wrote her classic children’s novel.

Got a cool $5 million lying around and want to buy the house where Harriet the Spy lived? It can be yours.

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