Critical Linking: October 26, 2014

Can you name the 50 different words in Dr. Seuss’ ‘Green Eggs and Ham’?

Well…can you?


Nothing takes us back to our childhood faster than listening intently while someone reads us a story. Since Halloween is right around the corner, how about we make it a scary story—perfect to curl up with on a dark and stormy night. We might be too old for trick-or-treating, but no one can stop us from enjoying these creepy audiobooks and radio dramas. Campfire tales, urban legends whispered about during sleepovers, and bedtime stories have nothing on these chillers. Happy Halloween.

Why not listen to one or all ten of these scary stories to set the Halloween mood?




There’s an IndieGoGo fundraiser for the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that looks pretty great, if you want to help continue the efforts of getting diverse books into the hands of children and teens.


Tired of dystopia? Over the “sick lit” craze? Ready for a new wave of vampire books?

If you answered yes to these questions (I was just kidding about that last one), then you’ll be happy to know that young adult fiction has some new topics and trends coming atcha in 2015!

Trends pieces can be annoying, but this one with four YA trends for next year is pretty good.


The list of invented books mentioned in fiction is extensive, and it’s always somewhat fascinating to see a hint of an alternative universe where a creative work exists that we don’t have access to in our world. Most tantalizingly, some authors offer scraps of text or information about these fictional texts, or even weave them closely into the plot of their own story. In these cases, it’s almost unbearable to realize that we can never read these books.

Fun: eight books that only exist within other books.

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