We all know that numbered lists make good titles for non-fiction books, right? 10 Ways or 5 Steps or 7 Habits. The numbered list seems do-able, manageable, measured out in bites we can probably find the time and wherewithal to actually chew.
But we can find lots of numbered lists on the internet, too. Helpful, funny, arguable—wnatever category they fall inot, lists are accessible by nature. So here we are—3 Lists Worth Scanning.
There’s a reason why I’ve never been particularly cool. I tend to be the last one to find out about cool stuff. I thought I’d share a few discoveries in case you are, too. David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips I learned at least 10 things from this short, entertaining video. Who knew a tap on the space bar would scroll down a whole page on the ‘net? Check out the video and tell me how many of these tips are news to you? (If they’re all news to nobody but me, I’m going to feel really uncool.)
Pinterest was the go-to site when I was searching for Harry Potter party ideas a few much back. That’s when I stumbled upon 20 Hilarious Pinterest Fails on “Bored Panda.” Hilarious, yes, and comforting as well. There’s only one Martha Stewart, which is a good thing. One is enough. (I love Martha, but I’m glad she doesn’t live next door.)
And finally, Publisher’s Weekly’s “10 Classic Books You Read in High School You Should Reread.” This is one of those arguable lists, and that makes it fun. I was an English lit major and a high school English teacher, so of course I’m going to say, “Only 10?” Some of these would be on my list, but I’d probably replace some with others. Still, it’s a good list. If you have a high school student at home, this might be a jumping-off point for a good discussion. Several of these books have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list lately. Which ones have you read? Which ones do you think you might reread? What book—just one—would you add to the list, and which one would it replace?
The “Daily Cheap Reads” e-newsletter featured one of my books this week, and I see that the Kindle version is still on sale today for $1.99 on Amazon. The Last True Cowboy was my first New York Times bestseller.