To mix it up in 2011, I'm going to start including occasional bookish links from websites that aren't blogs in my regular end-of-the-week roundup.

Example A: Find your Birthday bestseller thanks to BibliOZ—because we all need something fun on a Friday. (John Le Carré's A Perfect Spy was #1 on the fiction list in the week of my birth; what about you?)

Many of our readers love challenges and teen books, so I thought The Contemps Challenge – Part Deux (via Galleysmith) would be of interest. The Contemps are "a group of YA authors with contemporary novels releasing over the course of a year" with a mission to "spotlight contemporary fiction for young adults through blog posts, author events, and (over)sharing from our teen years." Even if you're not up for a challenge right now, The Contemps' site is worth a visit for regular posts such as "Hot Topic Tuesday" or "Spotlight Wednesday." BookPage has reviewed several of the authors in the group, such as Daisy Whitney and Sarah Ockler.

You'll chuckle and learn a bit about how musicians and writers think in this Q&A between Michael Hearst and Mary Roach (hosted on Largehearted Boy). Michael Hearst's band's latest album is called Planets. Michael Roach's latest book is Packing for Mars (ha, ha—get why they would be a good fit?), and the two have collaborated on a song called "Zero Gravity Blues." In other news, this week Mary Roach joined Twitter and is now tweeting away with more than 1,000 followers!

What are your weekly links?

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