• A literary treasure brought to our attention by Open Culture: The British Library has posted a digital copy of Jane Austen's simply delightful parody, "The History of England," which she hand-wrote and illustrated when she was just 15 years old. 

• HuffPost presents 8 female characters who deserve their own book. (My addition to the list: Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca.)

• Ever wondered what sorts of books Bill Gates likes to read(Some might be a little surprising!)

• J.K. Rowling recently admitted to having a few regrets about the ending of the Harry Potter books, inspiring the folks over at The Millions to round up a slew of other infamous literary second thoughts.  

• Stein by Picasso, Zola by Manet—Book Riot offers up 9 portraits of great authors painted by great artists


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