Before you browse today’s stories, have you check out Book Riot’s new podcast series, Annotated? It’s a short-form audio documentary series about books, reading, and language (fans of This American Life, Invisibilia, and the like will be familiar with the format). Go here to give it a try, or just click the logo below. Thanks!
Ok, here are a few cool things to keep you occupied on this July Saturday…
- First up, take a quiz to see what your reading personality is. Explorer? Escapist? English Major?Our quiz (and corresponding class) presents nine distinct reading personalities. Readers, this isn’t a rigorous scientific tool. But having spent so long over the past few year years wading through more than a dozen personality frameworks, I’ve found the most powerful thing about a good framework is it gives you fresh eyes to see yourself, and to see the people around you.
- Explore Jane Austen using data analysis.Traditional literary approaches to Austen have long focused on this aspect of her work: “the incongruities between pretence and essence, between the large idea and the inadequate ego,” as the critic Marvin Mudrick put it. A look at passages where words like very are used frequently often finds the stated meaning conceivably at odds with the real one, the exaggeration subtly inviting doubt.
- Get lost in random book discovery
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