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The Best Books of 2019 So Far: Critical Linking, June 9, 2019

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“Mark Haddon and Natalie Haynes took on Greek myth, Queenie made us laugh and Toni Morrison returned with essays. Here are our highlights across fiction, poetry, non-fiction and children’s books.”

It’s always a race to who can list the best of titles first, but this is a pretty solid mid-year list


“I very happily stumbled upon a neighborhood yard sale a few weekends ago and picked up an adorable pair of glass mid-century bookends for just $10. Of course, I came home and started searching for a similar set online (because who doesn’t love to see just how much money they saved after scoring a deal like this one?). After doing a bit of browsing, I quickly realized that while many stylish pairs of bookends exist, they can be pretty pricey.

While scanning some of my favorite sites for more affordable options—because if you have tons of built-in shelving like me, you’ll know that multiple sets of bookends are a must—I discovered that Amazon has some gorgeous sets that come in at under $30. Take a look at some of my favorites below, and get styling!”

These are cute


“Bleeding Cool has been informed by a number of sources this morning that DC Comics is planning to shutter its Vertigo imprint. This has come as quite a surprise to some, as I also understand that DC Comics has just greenlit a number of Vertigo projects for publication. Indeed, there are plans for a big launch of new books for San Diego Comic-Con spearheading a new Vertigo… thing. But I have been told that word has come from on high rather rapidly to make the change, some contracts are being revoked, some creator-owned titles released back to their creators and some will be moved within the publisher. And those affected are being informed.”

Big news in the comics world.