#BookstoresAgainstBorders Has Raised over $100K: Critical Linking, July 19, 2019

Critical Linking is a daily roundup of the most interesting bookish links from around the web is sponsored by Libro.fm.


” ‘We are over the moon to have all our goals surpassed. We keep making new goals and we keep meeting them,” A Room of One’s Own bookseller Misian Taylor wrote in an email to PW. “Our first goal was to get five bookstores and raise $1k. Then 20 bookstores and $5K. Then 50. Then 75. Then 100. To have 165 bookstores join us has been an incredible experience. Our new goal is to raise $115k.’ ”

Book people making a difference! I hate that this need even exists, but I’m thrilled to see the campaign thriving.


“The first season of Nice Try! explores past attempts at creating utopias. With host Avery Trufelman, we explored an integrated midcentury suburb outside Philadelphia, a self-sustaining closed ecosystem in the Arizona desert, and a free-love commune in New York, among others. In producing the series, we read many books filled with incredible stories and histories that we couldn’t fit into each episode. If you’re interested in learning more about each of these failed utopias, the 29 books below are a good place to start.”

The entire season sounds excellent, but I’m definitely all heart-eyed emoji over Episode 7’s discussion of feminist fiction and queer spaces


“The Year of Hattie is about Hattie laying claim to herself. She will always be less than perfect in the eyes of society, but that doesn’t make her less than perfect. Hattie’s claiming herself, her business, her people, her life for herself. Happiness is a revolutionary act and that’s why romance is so powerful. The most revolutionary thing you can do is live happily.”

As if I needed another reason to love me some Sarah MacLean. Here’s to living a revolutionary life!

Vanessa Diaz @buenosdiazsd

Vanessa is a writer, reader and generally bookish Latina from San Diego. If loving Harry Potter and Agatha Christie is wrong, she doesn't want to be right. Vanessa’s penchant for books, travel and tea is rivaled only by her serious addictions to milk, avocado and floral lattes. When not reading books or selling them, she can be found blogging, working on her first novel or cozying up at a library.

Recent Posts

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for November 12th, 2019

The best book deals of the day, curated by Book Riot.

3 hours ago

7 Young Adult Books with Unconventional Narrative Structures

This list of young adult books with unconventional narrative structures include stories composed of letters, memos, transcripts, and much more.

7 hours ago

What is a Warlock? And Other Types of Magic Users

When you're deep in magical worlds, uncertain which magic caster goes by what, turn to this guide to find a…

7 hours ago

7 of the Best Books About Sisi, Empress of Austria

Get to know the facts and the legend surrounding Sisi, Empress of Austria, through these historical fiction and nonfiction books.

7 hours ago

How the Vintage Mini Series Helped Me With a Long Distance Relationship

A reader discusses how the creation of a long distance library made up of the Vintage Mini Series bridges the…

7 hours ago

7 Short Books to Read at the End of the Year to Fulfill Your Goodreads Goal

Sweating your reading goals as 2019 comes to a close? We've got you covered with these excellent short books for…

7 hours ago