Weird & Wonderful Guinness World Records About Books & More Critical Linking

Longest marathon reading aloud

“The longest marathon reading aloud is 113 hours 15 minutes achieved by Deepak Sharma Bajagain (Nepal) at the Tudikhel Ground, Kathmandu, Nepal, from 19 to 24 September 2008. He recited 17 different books from 13 authors during his record attempt.”

I love this look at 10 of the weirdest book-related records in the Guinness Book of World Records. Slide show, but worth it.


Long overdue for a great romance? September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so check out these great librarian romances—one for every day of the month!

Check out these librarian romances. My all-time favorite librarian short story isn’t on here, though I guess it’s not technically a romance (Aimee Bender’s “Quiet Please”).



Alcohol served over Antarctica ice, which makes a pop sound as it releases the gas long pressurized into it.

Antarctica, home of penguins, scientists, and its own slang words.


Inspired by the success of Pokemon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks.

While with Pokemon Go, players use a mobile device’s GPS and camera to track virtual creatures around town, Aveline Gregoire’s version is played through a Facebook group called “Chasseurs de livres” (“Book hunters”).

Players post pictures and hints about where they have hidden a book and others go to hunt them down. Once someone has finished reading a book, they “release” it back into the wild.

Bookemon Go!


Or we might do so, at least, by examining the children’s literature of the Victorian era, perhaps the most innovative and diverse period for children’s literature thus far by the standards of the time. And we can do so most thoroughly by surveying the thousands of mid- to late 19th century titles at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. Their digitized collection currently holds over 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing you to get a sense of what adults in Britain and the U.S. wanted children to know and believe.

This is an unbelievable collection of children’s literature all online.

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