The Top 100 Children’s Books on Goodreads: Today in Critical Linking

We all have our favorites—the books we read over and over again until the pages were falling out—but which books should be on every kid’s shelves? We ran the numbers on millions of titles to find the top 100 children’s books according to Goodreads members! 

This list of the Top 100 Books on Goodreads is just the latest example of the tremendous trove of information that they have at their disposal.


Empire executive producer Lee Daniels has optioned the film and television rights to Jesmyn Ward’s critically-acclaimed memoir, Men We Reaped.

See now this is interesting.

Here is a complete list of the books I was forbidden to read as a child, please add your own in the comments below.

As per usual, the comments on this post on The Toast are as interesting as the post itself.


After last year’s fight over the TV rights to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal has said that the legal situation is sorted and a new adaptation is already on its way.

Prepare yourselves for 14 seasons of this.

What is contemporary literature’s deal with nostalgia? That’s way too big of a question for me to consider alone. Still, I have noticed that very recent novels, as you might expect, are more nostalgic for decades not long past: the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. And what interests me, given that nostalgia is often personal — it has to do with one’s sense of “home” — is what contemporary writers want us to realize about the way things were.

I’m not sure there is anything particular remarkable about writers who are entering their prime writing years looking back on their youths.

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