Monday Tally: Networks, Scandalous Teachers, Book Reviews

by Kim on September 17, 2012 · 8 comments

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Awhile ago, maybe all the way back in 2011, I did a week link round-up post on Monday’s called “Monday Tally.” I’ve been reading a lot of great stuff online lately and wanted a way to share it, so I decided to bring this one back semi-regularly. Enjoy!

This is a little on the old side, but the Young to Publishing Group published a story about the Independent Book Blogger Awards, and quoted a “contentious young editor” — aka yours truly! — about blogs as a conversation space for readers.

Lia Lee, the little girl at the center of Anne Fadiman’s wonderful book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, died at the end of August. This profile neatly sums up Lia’s story and the legacy of the book (which you should absolutely read).

Steven Johnson, author of the really excellent Everything Bad is Good For You, is over at Barnes & Noble with a list of the best books on the science of networks. Johnson has a new book coming out this month, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age.

Jennifer Miller, author of the underappreciated but deeply funny novel The Year of the Gadfly (my review here), offered a list of three back to school books about scandalous teachers. They’re all on my TBR list now.

This makes me sad: a bookseller at Waterstone’s was found to be an online troll, posting negative reviews of a self-published author’s book after the author left cards advertising the book on Amazon in the bookstore. Certainly, that’s rude author behavior… but it doesn’t justify falsifying reviews.

This profile of Mindy Kaling is really good — recommended if you’re a fan of hers.

Via The Millions — “Is This Book Bad, or Is It Just Me? The Anatomy of Book Reviews” by Darryl Campbell. I also write about this piece over at Book Riot — “Anatomy 101: The Four Parts of a Book Review” — because I thought it was actually pretty useful (once you get past the unnecessary dig at non-print reviewers).

I also wrote a post including some other bloggers that write well about nonfiction as part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

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