medieval history

Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 40

The big 4-0! Welcome to the new week, and here is your bookish news round-up:

As a lifelong learner, I dabble in online education (aka MOOCs). A year ago, I completed a course and printed out my unofficial Statement of Accomplishment, to prove (unofficially) that I had taken and passed the course. Coursera is no longer offering free, unofficial certification. (I haven’t found it on EdX, either).

More medieval manuscripts are online! University of Leiden has digitized 80,000 pages.

Did you pledge to Read Harder? There are book groups in a handful of cities meeting this month.

Still want great books but don’t want to support Amazon? Try these alternative resources from Book Riot.

So this is interesting. Bill Gates’ Must-Read list.

Particularly relevant to this blog, where one of its authors is American and the other Canadian: how reading habits in the USA and Canada compare. (It’s from a Canadian source, don’t forget to take that into account…)

Have great adventures this week!

 

 

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Top 10 Books to Read While You Wait for Outlander’s Second Season

I waited with so much excitement and anticipation for the first season of Outlander. When I finally got my copy from the library (yep, still without cable, still not torrenting, still not buying episodes on iTunes), I started watching it immediately. As excited as I was, I still had no idea how much I would love the series. Fellow book adventurers, I finished the whole season in a WEEKEND. I did not do so many things that I was supposed to do this weekend.

The series remains very faithful to the plot of the book, the costumes are perfect, the scenery is gorgeous, and the acting is so good I felt just as immersed in the show as I did in the book. Well, almost. I do remember “knowing” the characters better after I read the series the first time, than I did after watching the TV series.

Knowing how addicted I am, and how much more I am anticipating the second season than I did the first, I’ve decided to put together a list of books I (and you) can come back to whenever I’m (we’re) feeling withdrawal from Outlander.

The list (and more), after the jump…

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