Critical Linking: February 21, 2015

According to online retailer Amazon, the median length of a book is 64,000 words. If we take the average adult reading time to be 250 words per minute, and you treated reading books as a full time job and read, non-stop, for eight hours a day, then it would be possible to read roughly two books per day. Working Monday to Friday with a break at the weekend (because, let’s face it, everyone needs time off even if they have got the best job in the world of simply reading books all day) you could read ten books in one week.

This is based on UK data but it’s fascinating: how long would it take an average adult to read all of the books published in a single week? You will never read everything.


This new, six-story, all white bookstore in Romania is stunning.


Once you find one source of inspiration, you can repeat the exercise and find the books that inspired that one. Even though it can be time-consuming, looking through these degrees of inspirations can also be really rewarding (and surprisingly exhilarating). You might stumble upon a random, obscure, find and really enjoy it. You might also hate it. You’ll subsequently wonder what the author of the original book got from such a bizarre source of inspiration. You don’t just have to trace backwards from inspiration. You can also move forward and look into books that were inspired by the book you love.

How to get sucked in to reading every single time. A nice round-up of tips and ideas!



We count a book as “about” if the main character/subject is a person of color, or if we are able to determine based on examining a book that a person of color features significantly in the narrative. So a novel in which the main character is white will be included if we are able to determine a secondary character of color is important in the story. We do not count a book if the principle character is white and there are a range of secondary characters, including characters of color, but none of the characters of color seem to play a significant role. This is, of course, somewhat subjective; we talk about the books that we can’t easily discern. We do not want to misrepresent a book as having multicultural content; likewise, we make every effort not to miss those that do.

The annual look at diversity in children’s literature is out from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. The numbers are up slightly — but the kid lit world is still overwhelmingly white.


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