Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 2

Flying Fish and Salt Horse: The University of St Andrews shares a 19th century journal, written by a young man sailing from Liverpool to Rio de Janeiro on a trade ship. Start here and work your way forward on their tumblr.

Buy books or ebooks from Amazon? Do you follow the debate about Amazon’s sales practices?

Tor Books is hosting a giveaway for Gail Carriger’s Waistcoats and Weaponry, the third in her Finishing School series. Comment to win!

On the hunt for more fantasy novels? Check out Tor’s November releases.

For a brief timewaster, take the NYPL’s Literature Trivia quiz on if reading runs in your family. With questions for everyone, parents, and children, it’s a quiz you should take with your family.

Listen to Beowulf, read in the original Old English.

If you can’t keep your philosophers straight, read this post on philosophy explained in donuts.

And, if you just can’t get enough of iconic independent bookstores, here’s a Vanity Fair piece on Paris’ Shakespeare and Company.