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Reading Challenge Tips from Pros Who Read More Than 100 Books a Year: Critical Linking, June 24, 2018

Critical Linking is sponsored by The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan.

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Goodreads: What advice do you have for someone stuck in a Reading Challenge slump?

JE: Follow your bliss! I think sometimes we read particular books because we feel like we should, or we dutifully plow through books we’re not enjoying because we feel bad about setting them aside without finishing them. Don’t do any of this! Read what calls out to you from the shelf. If something’s not working, quit it and don’t feel guilty.

Great advice for reading challenges — whether the Goodreads one or any other one you take on. 


You don’t have to be a Ravenclaw to have a natural curiosity about the world around you. So while you wait for that Hogwarts letter that’s a decade or so late, you can spend some time reading about the wonders of the Muggle world with these nine nonfiction books for Harry Potter fans. Hermione Granger put it best: “When in doubt, go to the library.”

A pretty solid list!


My father gave me my first job, reading audiobooks on cassette tape. He had caught on to the medium early, but, as he explained later, “There were lots of choices as long as you only wanted to hear ‘The Thorn Birds.’ ” So, one day, in 1987, he presented me with a handheld cassette recorder, a block of blank tapes, and a hardcover copy of “Watchers,” by Dean Koontz, offering nine dollars per finished sixty-minute tape of narration.

What a great piece from Owen King on recording audiobooks for his dad Stephen King

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