I’m not much of a spoken word and poetry connoisseur. But this is pretty good.
Poet/Comedian Mark Grist came up with this clever poem to share his attraction to girls who read. [Note: A little salty language.]
Today, I want to tell you about Gone Reading.
Gone Reading is a nonprofit organization that sells cool bookish products and donates 100% of its after-tax profits to book-related charities.
I’ve never been great at math. But, by my estimation, 100% means ALL OF THE PROFITS. That’s making a difference.
I’ve partnered with Gone Reading for today’s post, and they are offering 101 Books readers a 25% discount off any order you make in their store. All you have to do is enter the discount code: 101books25.
A lot of the charitable organizations Gone Reading donates to—like READ Global, Ethopia Reads, and Biblioworks—help build libraries in underdeveloped countries. You can read their full mission statement over on their site.
To give you an idea of how you could use your discount, I’ve highlighted a few products below. Many, many more are available in their store.
Here’s a great way to spend time when you’re bored.
First, head on over to Amazon, pick a book, any book (maybe start with a classic), then click on the one-star reviews.
Second, read said one-star reviews.
Third, be entertained.
Some of these reviewers are hilarious. Other reviewers, well, it’s surprising that they can read at all. Still, others, they’re just weird.
To have a little fun, I looked through some of the one-star reviews of some well-known literary novels, and here’s what I found (HT to Johann at Book Riot for the inspiration.)
This one reviewer took issue with Harper Lee’s large font choices. This poor person doesn’t mean to be funny, but she’s funny nonetheless.
This might blow your mind.
This is a stop-motion animation exploring the history of typography through 291 cut-paper letters and 2,454 photographs.
If you’re a font nerd, or you just love creative videos, this is for you.
Can you imagine how long this took to create?
Tom Gauld is one clever guy.
Who’s Tom Gauld, you say? He’s the man behind the amazing literary cartoons featured in The Guardian every week.
These things make me laugh. I appreciate anyone who can appreciate literature without taking it so seriously.
And I wish I could draw, just so I could draw stuff like this.
This takes book geek to a whole new level.
So is the fact that I think it’s super cool make me an enormous book geek? Don’t answer that question.
For $34, you can get a t-shirt with 75,000 words of a classic novel printed on it. Obviously, the text is tiny, but it also is written in a way that forms some type of unique design based on the book.
Enough of me trying to explain this. I can’t. Just look at a several of these t-shirts.
You might remember my little guy from a few months ago, when he judged some classic books by their covers and nearly broke my blog as a result of all the traffic.
He was two then. He’s three now. He’s a few months older and wiser. And, today, he brings his literary insight back to 101 Books.
So without further delay, my three year old will now judge the following books by their covers.
Ever wanted to hang out in the same towns and locations featured in Infinite Jest? On The Road? The Shining? With this cool database called Placing Literature, you can locate these sites and do just that.
I can’t say I’ve personally used the Placing Literature App, but I sure love the concept behind it.
Here’s how they explain it on their website:
I just have one question:
Where is this bookshop, and how can I go there? I’ll just forget that they incorrectly hyphenated bookshop and crossroads.
P.S. I’m not trying to start a flame war between digital and paper books. I’m pretty much over that. But I still love a good, old-fashioned “bookshop,” and I hope they never go away. I don’t think they will.