Link-N-Blogs: December 13, 2013

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”–J. R. R. Tolkien

  1. 14 Must-have Tolkien Books: In honor of today’s release of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Huffington Post gives us this list of must-have Tolkien books.
  2. Judge Tosses Booksellers’ Suit Against Publishers, Amazon: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by independent booksellers against Amazon and the big six “that alleged a murky conspiracy to restrain trade via Amazon’s use of proprietary DRM in its Kindle e-reading platform.” Read more at Publisher’s Weekly.
  3. 10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written: This article from Flavorwire lists ten of their favorite essays on writing—How meta!
  4. 16 Profound Literary Quotes About Getting Older: This Buzzfeed article features quotes from some of your favorite authors about aging.
  5. USA Today’s Top Ten books of 2013: A list of ten books from USA Today book critics, Jocelyn McClurg and Bob Minzesheimer. What books are on your list? Hit the comments and let us know!

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”–J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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