Critical Linking: January 11, 2015

Literary treasures from around the world feature in the first of a series of postcard collections from Oxford’s Bodleian Library. From the slaying of a unicorn in a medieval English Bestiary to the incarnation of an 18th-century Thai Buddha, each image is chosen to represent a letter of the alphabet.

Rare literary treasures from the Bodleian most people never get to see.


If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.

To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we’ve complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.

From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a sundial, these are the libraries that all book lovers should visit in their lifetime. 

Anyone up for a world-wide library-visiting trip? The Stuttgart City Library may be my favorite.


I like the trend of seeing more intersex, transgender, and genderqueer or nonbinary characters, as well as some characters of color. I do wish there was more genre fiction, and it could be that there are books coming out with major or minor incidentally LGBTQ characters. I think we still need coming out stories or novels in which sexuality does play a central theme, but also LGBTQ teens who have other problems, whether they are everyday, paranormal, mysterious, fantastical, or whatever. There should be as many types of novels about these characters as there are about straight ones.

This is an excellent round-up of upcoming LGBTQ young adult novels in 2015.


I read 70+ books this year, a new personal record. If you’re interested in reading more, here’s what I recommend.

Short, sweet, and simple enough for anyone.

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