Critical Linking: December 6, 2015


  1. Give an experience like a trip to a zoo, aquarium, museum, aviary, arena, or city. Put the passes, tickets, or homemade gift certificate with a relevant book to make it feel more tangible.
  2. Take a road trip with Ask Me so you can use the driving time to ask each other the interesting questions from the book.
  3. Give a book with a movie theater gift card to see the upcoming film.
  4. Give a book with a gift card to rent the movie. Include a box of microwave popcorn.


A perennial favorite post: how to give a book.


From where I’m standing, the decisions to split Mockingjay and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two parts resulted in the best films in both franchises: Mockingjay: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Of course, it’s important to note that these book-to-film examples also have some pretty meaty source material to begin with. Splitting a terrible book into two movies will not make two good films. (Sorry, Divergent.) But when you’re starting with a rich, complex fictional world, book-splitting can lead to the very best of films. Here’s why…

An interesting read on why the splitting of a final book into two films may not be such a bad idea for fans.


The text originated as a TEDx talk in 2013, in which Adichie combined her personal experience of growing up in Nigeria with an acute analysis of the complexity of modern feminism. Part of the talk was famously sampled by American pop star Beyoncé in the song “Flawless”.

The book launch was held at Norra Real secondary school in Stockholm, where it was announced that each second grade high school student in Sweden (16 year olds) will receive a copy – with more than 100 000 copies distributed so far.

Clara Berglund, chair of the Swedish Women’s Lobby, said: “This is the book I would have wanted to get for all the guys in my class when I was 16 years old. That is why it is so important that we contribute to this project. It is a gift to all students in grades two, but also a gift to ourselves and to future generations.”

Sweden, this is brilliant.

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