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The Curiosity Index: Books edition (again)

This is full of booky goodness. Like this whole film about booksellers! (HT: Kottke) If you’re in the States and you’re looking for some good independent bookstores then Outside has some suggestions, as does Jared Wilson… A new standard Or if you don’t like that you could try figuring out the BMI of a book. But of course a book isn’t just about the words but the pictures too and guess what there is a database of old book illustrations. Who knew? Maybe instead of reading books you want to…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 2

The Week’s Postings Back to average. Just the three posts this week but lots of other goodies for you to find Monday: The Curiosity Index: Books EditionTuesday: Social media hasn’t got any better for 2020Thursday: Never suboptimal Related Reading The Most ‘Abandoned’ Books on GoodReads AbeBooks Most Expensive Sales of 2019 Jeremy Williams’ books of 2019 which is the list to consider if you want to get smart on the environment, new economics, climate change etc… How to write that book in 2020: Top authors share their tips The 7…

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The Curiosity Index: Books Edition

We have a little bit of everything in this literary edition of The Curiosity Index. From a Book So Big it Needed Its Own Furniture to a Tiny Bookstore On Wheels and even tinier book nooks. And if you have enough glorious books then you should have a glorious library, like this one in Helsinki. But with libraries come readers and so for every library system, you’re going to need a Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books. Of course, you could always open a bookshop (although I…

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My favourite books of 2019

I’m relatively pleased with my reading this past year but only relatively. I think it’s dawned on me this year how much more I could read by squirrelling away a chapter here and there, putting down Twitter (every day), leaving the phone, cutting down on the X-box binges and even reading fewer blogs in favour of more books. I think it’s clear to me that when I read more fiction, I read more of everything. It greases or fuels my reading habit. The easy page turns of a Grisham say,…

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My 2020 reading list from everyone else's 2019 recommendations

So having read all the best of lists there are always books I think I should read. So I went through them all and I added 22 books to my ‘to-read’ pile. That pile never gets smaller. Some of the books below I’ve already bought indicating that I already thought I should read them. Now, I just have to, you know, read them. If someone reminds me, I’ll post an update on this throughout the year. I might even get back to reviewing books. Dominion by Tom Holland recommended by…

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The Curiosity Index: Best Books Edition **Updated

Alan Jacobs is pretty downbeat on Christians and books, he says: “My colleague Philip Jenkins asks: “What are the most influential Christian books of the past decade?” I think the answer to that question is: There aren’t any. In our moment Christians are not influenced by books, at all.”   I think the following should prove him wrong. It’s that time of year when pretty much every blog I follow posts its list of the best books of the past year and as it’s 2019 I’m expecting some best of the…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 33

I’m going to try a new format for me which is to summarise the week’s posts (partly to nudge me to keep writing) and then throw in some bonus material for the weekend. Thoughts welcome. Monday: Scandinavia’s reign as the happiest place on Earth is ending Tuesday: Is nuclear war more likely than you think? Wednesday: Is the World’s Next Missions Movement in Ethiopia? Thursday: The Curiosity Index: Books edition (August 2019) Friday: Distinguishing Between Primary & Secondary Issues Related Reading The staggering power of Russia’s new top-secret nuclear rocket…

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Links for writers & readers

Writing and reading, what would life be like without either of those? Not very good, is what I say. But perhaps I could have phrased that better and perhaps if I’d read some of the following I might have done. Then again… Links for Writers Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer Some Awesome Books on Writing – One of the books on the list was by Steven Pinker. So here are his 13 rules for writing better And here’s a review by Lex…

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