Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, December 3 – 8, 2012

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


Announcing the winners of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year!

Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy in the top spot for fiction. You’d call that a win for her “adult” effort, no?


The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.

Is this YA novel the best fiction of the year, period? Certainly the most beloved.


Markus Dohle, the chief executive of Random House, promised employees — from top editors to warehouse workers — a $5,000 annual bonus to celebrate a profitable year. The cheering went on for minutes, according to people in attendance.

All those 50 Shades of jokes you make? Well, Random House is laughing, right along with its employees, all the way to the bank.


Mo said he doesn’t feel that censorship should stand in the way of truth but that any defamation, or rumors, “should be censored.”

Because, just like removing your belts and shoes in the airport security line, censorship is necessary.

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