The Largest Library in The World and More in Critical Linking

For those people—the Hermione Grangers, the Rupert Gileses, the Lisa Simpsons—we recommend adding the British Library in London to your bucket list. Why? Though it may not be the most historic or the most beautiful library on the planet, itis the largest, defined by the number of items cataloged.

With over 170 million books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, sound and music recordings, magazines, and drawings, it’s no wonder the library attracts over 1.75 million visitors per year. Luckily, there’s lots of space on offer too—enough room to accommodate more than 1,200 readers and 625 kilometers of shelves. 

I didn’t realize the British Library was that huge. Bucket list indeed.


Raymond Chandler: Write or Get Bored

If you only work when you’re inspired, chances are, you won’t get much done. You have to make time for your projects, even projects that require creative thinking.

The problem is, we often schedule time for our projects, but then we just aren’t feeling it, so we use that time to go for a walk, check our email, call an old friend, or fiddle with some other distraction.

Raymond Chandler reportedly had a rule about this. He blocked time into his schedule for writing, and if he didn’t write, his only other option was to do nothing.

Productivity tips from writers, combining two of my favorite things in one handy place.


Happy birthday weekend to author R. L. Stine, whose Goosebumps series remains the stuff of our Halloween-loving dreams. His book covers equally scared, amused, and thrilled us as young readers — and not much has changed. Stine’s spooky formula is a hard combination to beat, but there are other creepy book covers that deserve mention when it comes to the scariest designs in the world of books. Here are just a few.

I love me some creepy book covers. This round-up is great.


Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe bears many similarities to Madeleine L’Engle’s iconic science fiction novel, A Wrinkle in Time. As Tumblr user leeshajoy points out, the character Connie can be seen holding a copy of the book in the intro. There have also been a lot of convincing parallels between the book and the show: Both have a shy but intelligent female character and a social but misfit male character that have some romantic tension. The two team up with three supernatural beings that look like human women to fight against an alien world that values conformity. The show’s creator, Rebecca Sugar, has not gone on record to confirm or deny that the show is based on L’Engle’s work, but Connie’s book has since changed to another science fiction novel—likely Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

A nice round-up of bookish references in cartoons.