Critical Linking: July 31, 2015

       Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

And so we present to you 25 female writers we admire for their vision, their fearlessness, their originality, and their impact on the literary world and beyond. To get you started, we’ve included a book recommendation for each author.

Not only is this list of 25 Women to Read Before You Die interesting, but Powells is also having a sale on all the authors listed. Clever.


WNDB and School Library Journal (SLJ) have partnered to produce the kit, which is designed to highlight children’s literature about diverse characters and/or written by diverse authors, according to an announcement by WNDB. The kit gives teachers, librarians, and booksellers the tools they need to discuss these works with their students, patrons and customers. Hard copies have been distributed by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) via ABA’s Spring 2015 Children’s White Boxes. The kit is also available online at and

Fantastic and useful.


Amazon is poised to strike a deal with New York’s Department of Education to create an “e-book marketplace” for 1,800 public schools, according to reports. Capital New York has reported that the deal, worth $34.5m, will be one of the department’s “most expensive” contracts and will create the department’s first unified e-book storefront.

The great sea of money to be made in education is too attractive for Amazon to ignore.


At Books-A-Million, the first original picture book written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss since 1990’s Oh the Places You’ll Go set a company record for best first-day sales for a children’s picture book. “It’s no surprise that a Dr. Seuss tale has achieved a milestone like this,” said Sandra Wilson, senior buyer for children and teen books at BAM.

Records both in adult and children’s books this year. Wild.

Friday Favourites - Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer

Based on the film of the same name, Struck by Lightning follows the escapades of Carson Phillips as he builds up a literary journal at his school to boost his college applications. Written in epistolary form, a technique I’ve always wanted to try myself, this companion novel is amazing.

When it came out in 2012, I was Carson. I was doing everything I could to boost my college applications and to better my writing trying to get into a school. Nothing mattered except my dream career and getting into that college.

And while I didn’t know it when I was reading the book, I would end up the same as Carson. Without friends, without a school, without any way forward. But the thing I got that Carson didn’t was more time. And the lesson that being single-minded to a point of recklessness won’t always be beneficial.

I loved this book. I loved the snarky humour and the sarcasm. I loved the stories that ended up in the fictional literary journal – especially the one Carson writes for his grandmother. It had a lot more to it than the movie does and I wish that more people knew about them both. I loved that it helped me realise you don’t have to achieve everything first go. You can try again.

At least, so long as you don’t get struck by lightning.

This is my first ever masterpost, how exciting is that. Not really, actually. Anyway I made a post about things that could come in handy when you’re going back to school! 

Bullet journals/planners


Time management




cheap n cute stationery !!

 erasable gel pens - US $0.49

cute notebooks - i / ii / iii (all under $5)

spiral a5 dOTTED (!!) notebook - US $2.99

gel pens milky color - US $2.00

basically alternative to zebra double sided highlighters - €5.95

alternative to moleskine notebook - US $3.99

(i think) expensive but still cute

milk carton pencil case - US $9.00

wanderer travel journal - US $14.97

staedler felt pens - US $11.19

marble journal - US $12.00

rose pencil case - US $6.99

post inspired by niastudies , studyign , vriskayy , elevenfortystudy , study-well

**i am not sponsored by anything and i am going to add more supplies as i go along. for more check my supplies tag **

please feel free to add more !!

~Cutest and Cheapest School Supplies~

Love saving money and having hella cute supplies for all of your studyblr needs? Look no further! 

Sticky Notes

Full moons ($5.95)

Little Frogs ($2.95)

Chibi faces ($1.84)


Lollipops ($0.55 each)

Chubby Pills ($3.50)

Rainbow gel pens ($7.99 for 12)

Little faces ($4.73 for 10)


Sharpie liquids 10 pack ($11.19)

Atomic bombs ($3.70)

Highlighter stickers?? ($3.95 and seriously cool)

Journals + Notebooks

3pk Pocket journals ($3.99)

Small bear notebook ($4.00)

Apoi Mini Notebook ($1.95)

Mini monthly planner ($3.95)

Small cupcake notebook ($6.01)

Good Websites

MochiThings ( a little pricey but sooo cute!)

Target school supplies (inexpensive and convenient)

Amazon Office (oldie but a goodie)

AliExpress (Bulk prices in individual quantities)

Etsy (Personalized stationary and decent prices)

Poppin (Holy color coordination batman!!)

Hope this helps! I’ll Be periodically updating this in case prices change or I just happen to find more cute stuff. Message me if you have suggestions for an edit!


5:06 PM // school starts tomorrow, so i’m doing some last-minute planning for the week ahead, all whilst packing my bag! thought i’d update everyone on my bullet journal ( i started using a different format? ) and my study space ( which hasn’t changed too much, in my opinion ). anyway, here’s to summer: it’s been great, it’s been real.

Tips on How To Take Notes/Organize Notes

Today is a note-taking day for me, and I’ve noticed that since I started doing these things/using these tips that I’ve gathered, or figured out for myself, that my grade has improved immensely, and it has also made note-taking a lot easier.

Supplies you will need to make note-taking a lot easier;

  • A Journal/notebook (lined or gridded is the easiest for me) specifically for that subject.
  • Highlighters (yellow, green, pink and blue works best)
  • White-out
  • Pens of your choice (gel pins will save your life, and your hands! I only use black or blue colored ink, as I use the highlighters to underline a certain passage if it is relevant to something else).
  • Thesaurus 
  • Dictionary (Trust me these are both life savers)
  • Coffee or green tea (this is pmuch mandatory tbh??)

The first thing I do before I take notes, is;

  • Find a playlist that is mostly instrumental, if not a hundred percent.
  • About ten minutes before you start the actual note-taking, turn the playlist on (**wear headphones, to completely block out what is around you**)
  • I usually go on Tumblr and go on the studyblr/studyspo tags, to get inspiration or motivation, on just doing the actual act of note-taking.
  • ***Before you take your notes, do anything around the house, like various chores, that needs to be done, or is time-sensitive. Trust me, your anxiety gets to you while note-taking, or at least it does me, so PLEASE get done any self-care things, or chores that should be taken care of.***
  • If you haven’t already, at the start of your journal/notebook, set aside about five pages specifically for index pages, directories, and contact information. Then take page dividers (there are many DIY’s on how to make them if you want them all fancy schmancy, but sticky notes work just fine) and every topic put a sticky page as a divider. Trust me, the dividers come in handy when you have to take a test and revise on the various topics you have learned that past month.
  • I also have about fifty-odd pages in the back of my journal, specifically for dates, names, and keywords.
  • Example: “1991 - Harry Potter (boy who lived, defeated Voldemort in 1998) goes to Hogwarts for his first year.”
  • Anything that correlates with something else, should be highlighted (and that specific highlighter color that you use, should ONLY be used for that subject… for instance, blue could be used as dates, pink as names, and green as random key words).

For the actual note taking;

  • Don’t focus so much on making the notes pretty. So long as they’re legible, you’re okay. You can always go back and pretty them up later.
  • If you wrote something down, but ended up gathering more (valuable) information, write it down on a stickynote, and place it over the area where you had originally written the information.
  • Try not to write everything word-by-word. That’s what copy and paste is for. Try writing it as though you would an outline for an essay or a report; it makes it fun, and you can put a creative spin on things.
  • Example: When Rome collapsed, they had the world record of having three continents, 2 million square miles, and countless cities and towns, under their empires proverbial belt.
  • See what I mean? I was giggling while I wrote that down. It helps relax you, trust me.
  • Push yourself to take notes for half an hour without a break. Than forty five minutes without a break. Then an hour. For every hour, you should take a fifteen minute break. For every half hour, a five minute break, and so on, and so forth. (Did that even make grammatical sense?)
  • Don’t let yourself get side tracked. If you find that something has become too repetitive, stop what you’re doing, walk around the room (maybe take a quick jog outside? Like a ten minute jog?), come back, reread over your notes, and if they need to be corrected; well, you have white-out, and sticky notes. 
  • Try to change up your music playlist as well. I have an upbeat study playlist (one that is non-instrumental), and then I have a more ‘chillax’ study playlist (that is mostly instrumental). I try and switch them up every few hours or so.

I know these are super lame tips, and I didn’t actually cover ‘real’ note taking, but I figure; how you actually take notes is up to you. And, there are thousands of other tips that cover in-detail, how to take notes, if you want them. These are just lil tips that I use.


i finally have all the things i’m going to be using In my bullet journal which i’m going to start in August. IM SO EXCITED! (also im in love with the office post its)

What Should Reporters Learn in Journalism School?

In a recent piece, I argued that journalism students who want to be writers shouldn’t focus on immersing themselves in things like CSS and JavaScript, as I had tried to do during j-school. For responses, I got everything from “You’re so right!” (from reporters) to “What are you talking about!?” (from interactive and data journalists) to “Wait, why are y’all trying to code exactly?” (from developers who don’t work in journalism).

In the interest of being part of the solution, I thought I’d interview a few of my colleagues here at Atlantic Media to see what they wish they had learned in journalism school, if not more code.* None of the colleagues I spoke with is a traditional print reporter, but between us, we do the types of writing, editing, and data analysis that many reporterly types aspire to. We all went to different schools, and most of us graduated within the past five years or so.

Read more. [Image: Flickr/Puukibeach]