Thursday, March 27, 2014

Literary Links: Test Your Mettle

Here at abcreads, we love a challenge. Curiosity killed the cat and we want to know what the cat wanted to know! We like finding the answers to all kinds of questions, even if it's just "How well do you know the lands of The Lord of the Rings?" In that vein, here are some literary links to challenge your mind, whether it's by determining which character you would get if you crossed Mark Darcy and the Vampire Lestat, or with an app to get you speed-reading.

Literary Death Match [NPR]
"Picture this, a group of writers - quiet, bookish, solitary - duking it out in a fight to the death. That's the idea behind Literary Death Match, a performance series that pits authors against each other - not physically but through readings from their own books."
Character Math [Book Riot]
"What literary character is the result of the following equation?"

Opening Sentences from Great Novels, Diagrammed [Open Culture]
The author has never understood sentence diagramming. How about you?

Read a novel in 80 minutes? There's an app for that [CBC News]
"If you've always wanted to read War and Peace, but thought you'd need to be some sort of superhero speedreader to make it through Tolstoy's lengthy tome, then a new app might offer you a sense of hope."

25 Bookish Quizzes [Book Riot]
What's Your Reading Personality? What Literary Character Are You? Can You Name The Books From Their Closing Lines?

Book Quizzes [The Guardian]
Quizzes include: Food in Fiction; How much do you know about James Bond creator Ian Fleming?; Fantasy teen fiction; Raymond Chandler.

Reading Bingo Challenge [Retreat by Random House]
"We’ve created a printable bingo card with 24 reading challenges! Join us and challenge yourself to read more, to read more widely and to have fun doing it all!"

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