• These adorably clever book brooches by London-based House of Ismay make the perfect (non-bank-breaking) gift for your biliophile friends!
• If you are able to forgive the glaring inaccuracy in #2, BuzzFeed's list of 23 signs your Jane Austen addiction is getting out of hand is pretty hilarious.
• Did you read our guest blog post by author David Menasche about his recent (and moving) memoir The Priority List? If so, you might be interested in the news that the film rights have been acquired, with Steve Carell on board to play Menasche (and produce the movie).
• Even some of the 20th century's most iconic authors received bad reviews, like these entertaining gems rounded up by the folks at Mental Floss.
• 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.
• Even Nobel Prize winners get rejected.
• Famous writers champion unappreciated books . . . back in 1934.
• Stephen and Billy talk poetry.
• A big thank you goes out to the folks at Book Riot who compiled this list of bookish Pinterest boards.
• Over on Today.com, some of the biggest authors share how they dealt with getting rejection letters.
• Little Free Libraries are popping up all across the country—find out where with Book Riot's interactive map.
• Awful Library Books is one of my go-to blogs when I'm looking for amusement, and their profile of this book certainly delivered. Seriously, you'll be distracted by the silly photos, but you have to read the text, too. Hilarious.
• No doubt you've heard all of the outcry over Google basically sanctioning the use of the word "literally" for things that are not, in fact, literal. Quirk followed up with this list of other words we've been misusing.
• Check out Book Riot's fun collection of kid lit stamps from around the world.
• Over on Open Culture, Cormac McCarthy shares the three punctuation rules he follows while writing.
• The 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice continues with a Daily Beast article about two new books that feed into the current "Jane-O-Mania."
• Maria Popova of Brain Pickings writes about curating the window display at the New York Public Library shop.
• BuzzFeed posted a collection of fun photos of famous authors when they were o-so-young.
• Cookbooks aren't just for the kitchen. Bee Wilson at Page-Turner discusses The Pleasures of Reading Recipes.
• What do Jane Austen and Kelly Clarkson have in common? A ring—and it's causing quite a kerfuffle.
• Check out this eloquent account of how a woman with anosmia (lacking a sense of smell) found olfactory enlightenment through reading books.
• Even though we will have to wait three long years, we're still really excited to hear that a collection of Roald Dahl's letters will be coming out in 2016.
• The August 5 issue of The New Yorker features a never-before-published story by Shirley Jackson, "Paranoia." You have to be a subscriber to read it. But everyone can read this interesting interview with Jackson's son, Laurence Jackson Hyman.
• Two words: LEGO librarians.
• To celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month, Quirk Books created some book-inspired flavors. War and Peach, please!
• We all need more canvas book bags like we need holes in the head . . . but that won't stop us from falling in love with these designs over at Powell's Books. Vote for your favorite!
• If you've ever wanted to see the plot of The Great Gatsby represented in a flowchart . . . now's your chance.
• Jane Austen will replace Charles Darwin as the face of the £10 note. Coming in 2017, the new banknote will not only feature Austen's mug, but also images of her brother's home, Godmersham Park, and Austen’s writing table and quills, as well as a quote from Miss Bingley: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" The Queen and Florence Nightingale are the only two women to have appeared on a Bank of England note (via).
• Have you been keeping up with the Catching Fire updates? Watch the brand-new theatrical trailer.
• Buzzfeed shared the arresting beauty of San Francisco artist Alexis Arnold's series of crystallized books.
Hope everyone had a wonderful week! A little rainy around here, so I've had plenty of time for reading! I'm currently switching between 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Just Kids by Patti Smith. What will you be reading this weekend?
Here are a few things we're loving Internet-wise this week:
Design*Sponge, one of the biggest design and DIY sites in the world (and perhaps the biggest) has a book coming out in September! We love their post Design*Sponge at Home: The Evolution of a Book Cover and seeing how the cover went from this:
to the final:
To stay up-to-date on the book, click here, and stay tuned for a Q&A with Grace Bonney in September!
Readers of the Bard might not be able to make the trip to Washington to visit the “Fame, Fortune & Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio” exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library, but a close second is this NYT article which details the history and maintenance process of the Shakespeare First Folio, including the process of recreating the ashes of one burned copy. A fascinating account on how veneration has grown to near-worship:
The YA discussion rages on, and this week NPR published an article on YA author Lauren Myracle's apology to WSJ. Myracle's Shine was specifically mentioned in Gurdon's critique of the genre. In so many words, Myracle called Gurdon's article "idiocy" and then quickly apologized. Read more, plus an excerpt from Shine.
Check out this photo gallery of literary homes from the Expat section of The Telegraph website. It is a collection of homes of 15 famous British authors, such as Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen and Henry James. It ranges from the expected (Stratford-upon-Avon) to the surprising (Robert Burns' clay home, where a cast of his skull now resides, of course).
What are your favorite author homes? Mine have been the two I accidentally happened upon: J.R.R. Tolkien's dorm room at Exeter and the home of Chaucer's brother (close enough) in Woodstock!
Enjoy the sunshine!