Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, September 10th -15th, 2012

Here are the most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…


The new genre is meant to be for readers aged 14-35 but how likely is it that a 14-year-old reader would enjoy the same story as a 35-year-old? There may be issues with the content – a story set in a university could include adult language and themes that are either inappropriate for a 14 or 15-year old – or, more likely, what one age group finds exciting may simply be boring for the other.

As someone who is on the upper end of this range, I welcome “new adult.” As someone who knows teenagers, I’m not so sure we go together like this.


Clare Phillipson championed the bonfire after reading two-thirds of the novel. She explained: “we have libraries wasting and grossly misusing public money to buy a book which says: ‘domestic violence is sexy.’”

Listen Clare, libraries buy books people want to read. You don’t get to decide.


“We will not carry the book,” says Kelly Justice, owner and manager of Fountain Books in Shockoe Slip. “It’s published by my competition, so I can’t do that. It puts me in a very awkward position because I’ve been selling David’s books since his first, which is now out of print. It’s disappointing and saddening that I won’t be able to support this book. It breaks my heart, honestly.”

It’s too bad an exception can’t be made for a local writer who is being published by Amazon.


 55% of buyers of books designated for children aged 12 to 17 are actually age 18 or older.

A statistic that should surprise absolutely no one. 


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