Critical Linking: January 24, 2016

Reading an entire book in a matter of hours may seem daunting, but it all comes down to simple math. The average adult reads around 200-400 words per minute. The average novel ranges between 60,000 and 100,000 words total. If your reading speed is right in the middle of the pack at 300 words per minute, and you’re reading a middle-of-the-pack novel at around 80,000 words, you’ll be able to knock it out in around five hours or less.

That might seem like a lot, but it’s totally possible. And you can do it without any skimming or speed reading trickery, which can be bad when it comes to truly absorbing information. For the most part, it’s possible to read at your usual pace, absorb information at your brain’s preferred rate, and all you have to do is buckle down, make the time, and get started as soon as possible.

Practical, useful, interesting tips for reading more books. Some of these are great for those of you who do reading marathons.




Though we may be in the digital age, no technology can compare to the feeling of a good book in your hands. And we want to showcase our copies of Proust and Nietzsche in a space that’s comfortable, personal, and unique. While public and university libraries are often vast and full of splendor, home libraries are more personal. They can be formal or cozy with special touches such as a fireplace, unexpected colors, a desk, or a sitting area. Here, we gathered up the best home libraries from our archives.

Obnoxious slideshow format aside, this collection of home libraries is drool-worthy. Worth the 25+ clicks.


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday announced a new effort to provide monthly age-appropriate book mailings for Baltimore children younger than six.

Tennessee is the only other state to partner with the Imagination Library initiative, a child literacy program that was started by country singer Dolly Parton.

Just saw this piece and it’s about a month old, but go Maryland!


When snow drifts outside the windows and ice slicks the streets, nothing beats curling up on the couch under a mound of blankets, a cup of hot chocolate and a stack of comics at the ready. Depending on the severity of the storm, we might get a few days off work, too! (I’ll try to hold back my sorrow.) So I need to make sure I’m all stocked and ready to go.

So, how do you go about assembling a blizzard reading list? I’m glad you asked!

If you’re buried under piles of snow, how about some comics?

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