The Week’s Most Popular Posts: April 7-11, 2014

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts from the week that was….


It’s happened to all of us. And what’s worst about it isn’t the self-doubt or the fact that you spent time on a book that you really wanted to love and just didn’t. It’s the people that make you feel like you’re an idiot, like you just didn’t get it and don’t have the wisdom or knowledge or mental capacity to appreciate it, and obviously that’s why you didn’t like it.

From On The Perils Of Feeling Dumb While Reading by Swapna Krishna


Eleanor and Park, the eponymous leads of Rainbow Rowell’s breakout YA novel, cannot be played by Shailene Woodley or Ansel Elgort or Miles Teller or any of the leads of the aforementioned adaptations. Park is half-Korean, and Eleanor is overweight. They are not going to look like any teen romantic movie leads in the history of ever.

From Why The ELEANOR AND PARK Movie Is So Important by Kit Steinkellner


To the big, fat straw that is the budget proposal put forth by Representative Paul Ryan. The budget proposal which would cut the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent agency which provides significant funding to museums and libraries (you know, those pesky centers of knowledge, literacy, and culture that we have such an excess of) across the country.

From Fight For Libraries, Prevent Book Deserts by Josh Corman


Mrs. Medlock, The Secret Garden, 1993.

If you are a lady my age, you can also probably picture the VHS cover of this movie (andThe Little Princess.) Mrs. Medlock is another in the long list of the great Maggie Smith’s history of playing seemingly strict older ladies with hearts of gold.

From Dame Maggie Smith’s Finest Bookish Roles by Becky Cole

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