Happy Friday, readers! It's Friday the 13th and a three-day weekend for many of you . . . must be an extra lucky day.

The link that's had our office buzzing the loudest in the past few days is the New York Times' reading list roundup for fans of Downton Abbey. GalleyCat followed the paper's lead with a list of poetry for Downton fans and a writer at the Hairpin noted her disappointment that she'd gotten scooped by the NYT! (We may have been thinking something similar—but I say: You can never have too long a reading list if you love Downton!)

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! The Tournament of Books is upon is! (Read here if you need an introduction.) Here's more, from The Morning News:

It is time to announce the contestants, judges, and brackets for the original, one-and-only, full-combat, oddly-predictive-of-the-Pulitzer-Prize, eighth annual TMN Tournament of Books, coming March 2012, presented by Field Notes.

Yess! Read more here.

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One of my favorite YA authors is Sara Zarr (she was a National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl, and I interviewed her on video about How to Save a Life). She's done a nice blog series this week in honor of the five-year anniversary of her debut novel. Any aspiring writers—or those curious about how a book (that a writer has written) becomes a BOOK (that you can buy)—ought to check it out here.

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Finally—and I'm sorry to toot our own horn, although this is worth tooting!—BookPage has a few exciting links of our own to share this week:


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Got any links to share? What are you reading this week? Let us know in the comments.

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