This week on the bookish internet

  • Michael Seidlinger explores the more radical possibilities of book groups. (Moby Lives)
  • LitHub is running a series of posts listing the books that define the decades of the twentieth century. This is the first, covering 1900-1909.
  • Emily Polson found Instagram posts from book designers showing covers that didn’t make the cut. (Book Riot)
  • Catherine Coldiron asks why novels like Stoner get praised while women and people of color are ignored. I never understood why Stoner became a surprise hit, honestly; this helps. (The Establishment)
  • Jess Carbert does not want to borrow a book from you. (Book Riot)
  • Kelly Faircloth has a fascinating history of the tale of Bluebeard as a dark current through pop culture and argues for it’s new relevance in the era of #MeToo. (Pictorial)
  • Would you like to read more contemporary poetry? Here’s how Emily Polson took the plunge. (Book Riot)


  1. I loved the Bluebeard article, super interesting. I wasn’t convinced by Jess Carbert’s article though – I was once told that we don’t own books, we only look after them for a short time. Relaxing my ideas about the ownership of books helped me to stop spending quite so much money on them, and has allowed me to give away books when I no longer wanted them or thought someone else ought to read them. I never expect them back though!

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    1. I’m mostly the same. Being a librarian has really desensitized me to the idea of individual books as sacred objects, the way some people treat them. But there are some books that I will not lend, because they’re very special to me.

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