Critical Linking: May 23rd, 2014


Let’s see, quick: Can you decipher certain Asian scripts from one another by simply looking at them? And is Farsi read from left to right or right to left? Here’s one way to find out if you are, in fact, a citizen of the world and a master of languages… Here. We. Go. And remember to click the key icon when you’re done to find out the answers.

Boy oh boy. This language quiz shows that I could use a brush up on world languages. Too bad babblefish aren’t real.


Jane Austen was keenly interested in what her friends, family and acquaintances thought of her work. She copied their opinions of two of her novels, Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), in these sheets. Some opinions are clearly quotations from letters, while others are briefer and more colloquial. We can assume that these briefer opinions are Austen’s recollections either of opinions conveyed to her directly, or those relayed by a third party.

This tells me that Jane Austen would have most definitely read her Goodreads reviews.


In January, Kalamazoo Public Library started a program that challenges kids, and their parents or mentors, to read 1,000 books together before they start kindergarten. About 370 children have signed up for the program so far and nine have made it to a thousand.

One book a day for three years and you’re there.


The Riot Read is Book Riot’s take on a book club. Find out more about it here.