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(c) Epworth Old Rectory; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationJohn Wesley Riding a Horse Whilst Reading a Book by Richard Gilmore Douglas

Happy {Chinese} New Year! Better yet, happy year of the horse. It’s said to be a year of grand adventures . . . and we certainly hope that applies to the books we read. So before you get all crazy with celebration, here are a few bookish bits from the week . . .

Two Sappho love poems (thought to be written in 3rd century AD) discovered on ancient papyrus.

Speaking of love, The Huffington Post proves ‘Reading Books to Shelter Dogs Makes the World a Little Bit Better for Everyone.’ My heart!

The Rumpis featured a great interview with Jerry Stahl. On writing (specifically, the need to make money, while still finding time to pursue your passion): I could give you a literary answer, which would sound impressive, but the fact is that it’s not the easiest thing in the world to find a way to write when you’re hustling at the same time. That kind of desperation and urgency, in some way, finds its way onto the page.

Mental health nurse, Nathan Filer, won the Costa book award for his debut novel, The Shock of the Fall, a story about schizophrenia and grief.

Just in case you were curious, this month’s most expensive ebooks via the Paris Review.

If you’re looking for something to read, librarians announced their 2014 Reading List selections at ALA Midwinter. Who knew ‘Adrenaline’ was a genre?

Also, on the Huffington Post, ‘7 Amazing Coming Ages Novels.’


  1. That must be Ichabod Crane… or me in another lifetime. Happy New Year Amy!

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