Critical Linking

The Books We’ll Still Be Reading 10 Years From Now: Critical Linking, October 3, 2019

Critical Linking is a daily roundup of the most interesting bookish links from around the web, sponsored by Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky.

“It’s mid-September, 2019, and we’re beginning to see the light (or to be slightly more accurate, the infinite pulsing darkness) at the end of the decade. In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking back at the ten years that were, as well as forward to the ones to come. To begin our descent, I proposed a staff poll, of sorts: I asked each of my colleagues in the Literary Hub office to make a list of the ten books from the last ten years that they thought we’d still be reading—for good or ill—ten years from now, circa 2030.”

I hope we really are reading most of these for many decades to come.

“I always have a book (or two, or three) on the go, and I refuse to let a week go by without at least one night spent turning pages with pruned fingertips in the bath. I’ve also been running a book club since last year. So, why do I berate myself for not reading enough? What’s making me feel anxious each time I pick up a book? Why have I started to treat reading like a military operation?”

Book burnout: it’s real.

“The American Library Association launched Banned Books Week in 1982 to celebrate the freedom to read. Libraries, bookstores, publishers and teachers across the country use the week — this year it’s Sept. 22-28 — to highlight great books that people have banned and to spark a discussion about censorship. At Common Sense Media, we think reading banned books offers families a chance to celebrate reading and promotes open access to ideas, both of which are keys to raising a lifelong reader.”

Why children should read banned books.