No time for an intro this week—too much to read before Jan. 31 to bother rambling on. (mostly a joke).


Here are the odds 'n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You've probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:



  • These are the 10 best-selling books of the decade.—I've seen some people react to this like it's a sign of the Fall of American Culture (which actually ties into the Collins and Roth work), but outside of #s 1-3, I don't see this as too bad. (and have contributed to the success of four of these in my own, small, way)



  • Notes from the Winter Solstice Meeting—Rick Riordan gives hope to legions and legions of readers with this talk about a better adaptation of the Percy Jackson books. Also, just an entertainingly-written post.



  • Typically this time of year, I post links to various "Best Of" lists, and have done so a couple of times this year, but on the whole, I haven't been that inspired by/interested in those from the usual suspects. However, most book bloggers are putting out their lists now, and they're resonating more with me, so...let's look at a few of them, shall we? (not an exhaustive list, and one that we'll revisit soon)

Why Is Reading so Unpopular? How was the book? – Describing the Reading Experience—Armed with a Book trumps the 5-Star System with Data Analysis (I found this fascinating) Happy Holidays and 365 Posts in a Row—Yeah, third PaulsPicks post this week—no, he didn't pay me for clicks (but he could..., just sayin'), I think the dude deserves a tip of the cap for 365 Posts in a row. More than that, he deserves the break he's giving himself... David S’ Non-Comprehensive and Entirely Unrealistic List of Completed Series to read in 2020—If you're like me, you're coming up with reading plans for 2020, David S is at least honest enough to realize his is entirely unrealistic (unlike mine, which is going to be totally doable and not cause me any undue stress or sleepless nights in December)




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