Sunday Links going up a day late (but still here!)

This weekend was full of a family reunion, an annual church picnic, and wrapping up my final research paper for my class this term, so here are Sunday’s links a day late. As usual, there’s a variety of articles that I found pertinent to my different interests. Hopefully, you’ll find something you like!

A comparison of the two sites.

A comparison of the two sites.

How do you choose what book to read next? I’m on Goodreads, so I tend to see what books my friends are reading and add the ones that grab my attention to my “to read” shelf. That’s one way to pick a book, but you could also check out Whichbook and What Should I Read Next. With Whichbook, you can choose from various criteria and slide the meter from say happy to sad or gentle to violent. Once you select what sort of book you feel like reading, Whichbook pulls up a selection of books that fit and you get to choose. Already, I have decided to add Nectar by Lily Prior to my list. It sounds fun and a little ridiculous and potentially heartwarming. What Should I Read Next functions similarly, only it connects author’s works together. For example, I selected Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and the site suggested a variety of stories from all kinds of authors and time periods, from Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus to Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.

I have yet to watch Guillermo del Toro’s recent film Pacific Rim, but I have heard good things about it. (Also a few not so good things, but…still.) Anyway, here’s someone’s suggestion that in addition to the Bechdel Test, people consider applying the Mako Mori Test as well. What do you think?

In response to an attack on a pregnant Muslimah in Sweden, Swedish women donned hijabs in solidarity. A collection of photos follows over on Buzzfeed.

An 11 year old’s entertaining invention.^

Feeling like you’re struggling with writer’s block? How about eating a snack? Here is an article discussing foods that can boost your creativity. I say we run some field tests, just to be sure.

And finally, here is Entertainment Weekly’s list of 10 All-Time Greatest Stage Musicals. I’m not sure that I agree with all of their picks, even though they picked some great shows. I’m not sure that Carousel is better than, oh, say Pippin, for example, or Hair, but each of the shows is memorable. What do you think?

I hope to have some regular posts up this week, but I will be out of town this weekend so unless I can put together a Sunday Links post to queue up prior to Thursday night, there won’t be anything. We’ll see though. 🙂

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