It's Friday, which means it's time for Link Love, where I share some of my favorite bookish articles and blogs from the past week. There are quite a few links I found interesting and worth sharing this week. I hope you find something here you enjoy. Happy reading!
You know who much I enjoy crime fiction, so when I found this compilation on The Week, featuring some of the best novels in the genre from this year so far, I had to include it in this week's round-up. I have read The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, but also want to read Need to Know by Karen Cleveland, and I'd personally add Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman and The Other Woman by Sandie Jones.
Because I couldn't help myself, I'm also adding this list of crime fiction from July 2018 to this week's Link Love. I am looking forward to reading Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman (I just finished her book, The Exes' Revenge), as well as Take Me In by Sabine Durrant.
I thought this Guardian article about thrillers offering an antidote to toxic masculinity was well worth the read. It discusses how the hero of such a book can give men and boys an ideal of behavior which to aspire to and teach how to be a good man - in other words, teaching positive masculinity.
A rather big deal has been made of a Forbes article suggesting Amazon should replace libraries to save taxpayer money. Naturally, I cannot agree with the argument. Libraries are the opposite of what Amazon represents, they offer free learning opportunities and have been a part of the community for centuries. Now, I do shop from Amazon and my own books are available for purchase there, but Amazon is a retailer, libraries are an institution and that's that.
And here is a response to the Forbes piece by Alphr:
Finally, the longlist for the Man Booker Prize was just announced. Frankly, I've not read a single book on the list and the only ones I plan on reading are Snap by Belinda Bauer, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje and maybe The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh. In my experience, a lot of this books are so hyped up and when I read them, I am inevitably disappointed. What do you think? Have you read any of them? Do you plan to?