Critical Linking for October 22nd, 2015

The books below all deliver more punch than one might think by simply reading a back-of-the-book summary. Traditionally, they’re coming of age stories, meet-cutes, hidden affairs, murder plots. Cleverly and skillfully, the author opens up this conventional plot to reveal a truly complex narrative that hits you right in the feels. As book-lovers, we’re always looking for excuses to read more, and being surprised by a great story is something to revere.

I love a good surprise, so happy to link to this 12 Books with Big Surprises.


It becomes painful to watch your personal issues that you’ve tried to be sincere about get turned into fodder for TV gossip shows. I was forthright about it, as you said, but once you start talking about this, that’s all you talk about. I can say lots of well-meaning stuff—why it happened and how I stopped—for three hours, and the headline would be DRUNK ON THE SET OF HARRY POTTER. So I don’t talk about it as much now.

Daniel Radcliffe on being the boy who lived….and had a hard time dealing with the fame.


Rowling has agreed to sit for an interview as Galbraith on the British radio show Drivetime. This momentous conversation, with host Simon Mayo, will focus on the third book of the Cormoron Strike series, Career of Evil.

I really don’t understand the point of this continuing pantomime.

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