Critical Linking: The Most-Read Stories, July 22nd – 27th, 2013

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


The books will contain completely new stories, and will be stand-alone novels that will appeal to fans of the show, as well as general mystery readers. The plot of the first book in the series will begin where events of the upcoming “Veronica Mars” film end, and will feature an adult Veronica Mars.

This is such a good idea. Books are a natural place for the characters people love after a TV show goes off the air. I would buy, sight unseen, an arc of The West Wing novels about the Jimmy Smits White House.


But the hastily written obituaries left out some important facts. To begin with, B. & N.’s retail business still makes good money, and, though its sales fell last year, its profits actually rose.

Well….losing your only major chain competitor and getting to see the biggest reading phenomenon of our lifetimes can cover over some warts. But they are still there.


Ballantine Bantam Dell has set September 10 as the release date for Stephen Hawking’s new memoir, My Brief History.The book, which is coming out under the Bantam imprint, is the first Hawking will have written entirely on his own the publisher said, thanks to “technological developments” that have allowed the cosmologist, who is confined to a wheelchair, to complete the writing process without outside help.

Very cool. 


BuzzFeed Books probably won’t have reviews, at least not traditional ones, Burton said. Lists and “book identity features” will be more of what you’ll find there. Librarians and fans of young-adult fiction are already reading the site in numbers, she said, and BuzzFeed is already playing with public domain works.

Nothing really seems like a better fit for BuzzFeed’s audience than out-of-copyright 19th century novels.


Top 200 books published in 2013 that people have added on Goodreads.

I like how Allegiant, which won’t be published for months, already has 2700 ratings and a 4.5+ star average. That, my friends, is what you call review-proof.


Summer reading assignments and reading quizzes and book reports don’t teach our students how to be readers. They teach them that reading is a school-centered activity. That it is a chore. That they aren’t good at it if they can’t remember insignificant plot points. These assignments set students up to cheat, or to fail, and always to regard reading as a drag.

I bet that if we had to take AR tests on the books we write about in order to write for Book Riot, none of us (except maybe Liberty) would have a job.


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