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Saturday, May 28, 2011

3 Things Cool and Bookish (4): Awesome Articles

On the Cool and Bookish today, I wanted to feature a few of the awesometastic articles I've come across lately.
I don't know if any of you are article readers (its like a blog, only not), but if you're not, don't worry - I did the work for you.

1. Flavorwire featured What Your Favorite Kids Book Then Says About You Now...  Based on The Independent's list of 50 books every kid should read, this is a quirky fun look at what your reading habits really say about you.  I'm still not sure what Anne of Green Gables says about me, as it didn't make the list (though I have some guesses...), but here's what my love of a few other books says about me:

Where the Wild Things Are

 "Your friends may be totally crazy, but you’re together enough that you can go out partying with them every night and still hold down a full-time job."

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

"You’re a creative gastronomist with a flexible policy on slave labor."

The Secret Garden

"You may or may not be that lady who talks to her plants."


2.Fantaaaaaaastic author Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking series) penned an article for The Guardian -called the "Top 10 'unsuitable' books for teens" - on those great books you read as a kid that you probably weren't supposed to.  All those slightly scandalous books that you snuck and read when no one was looking, or told your parents you got in the youth section.  You know - the books that are meant for adults, but best understood as teens.
Patrick lists some of his favorite "enlightening" tales from his youth, including The Virgin Suicides and Beloved (and 1 I've had personally recommended (and sent) to me, Jitterbug Perfume).
Having been a big fan of VC Andrews as a pretty young kid, I know exactly what he meant with this list.
Jitterbug PerfumeVirgin suicidesFlowers in the Attic (Dollanger Saga)


3.  This last one is less an article and more a pictorial courtesy of Buzzfeed on the atmosphere in the various closing Borders stores.  Though I hate to see a bookstore close, I have to say, I love these employees reactions to it:

*Come across something you'd like to see on Cool and Bookish?  I'd love to hear about it. :)


  1. What a great feature! I totally know what they mean about VC Andrews.

    Totally love the "Y u no read me?"

  2. fantastic articles. I've come across a similar article to the 50 books every child should read article breaking down what you must now be as an adult if you read x,y,and z. it was more humorous but now that i'm thinking about it I may have found it on Mcsweenys.

  3. Haha those pictures were hysterical!
    I read the Flowers in the Attic series as a teen and loved it! Guilty!

    I will have to check out that site about your fav. kids book, looks fun.

  4. Funny stuff. I need to go check out what my children's book reads say about me.

  5. I think this is worth noting... I adore Animal Farm (and Lord of the Flies). According to the article, "You’re probably a genius by now. Or a politician. Definitely not both." Well, I'm certainly not a politician. =) I'll go with genius. That works for me.

  6. Tom Robbins is my all time favorite author and I was happy that his books made the list since they kind of defined my reading in high school. I hope you get a chance to try out Jitterbug Perfume soon!

  7. These are great! I need to go check these out and see where I'm supposed to be now! Love the pics too!


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