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Around the Web: More on Dan Mallory, a Teacher on Reading, Portmanteaus, and How to Write a Book Rev

Welcome back to Around the Web, friends!

I’m writing this from my home office where, thanks to my landlord’s snow blower, I’ve managed to avoid being completely snowed in. Still, there’s tons of snow on roads, and the sidewalks, and just about everywhere else, so I’m planning on an indoor weekend.

If you’re not a snow person, I’ve got a couple of links to help you pass the time. This week, I’ve got another take on Dan Mallory, an educator on teaching reading, a language post, and steps for writing a book review.

More on Dan Mallory

Last week I shared the now infamous New Yorker piece on Dan Mallory, a.k.a. A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window. The piece has sparked a lot of conversation, with many people wondering how Mallory got away with lying repeatedly. But as Rouxi Chen writes, many women in publishing have known Mallory figures; his case isn’t all that unique.

Teaching Reading

There’s ongoing discussions about reading curricula. Everyone’s complained or heard someone else complain about the books they were forced to read in school. To prevent her students from feeling the same dread, writer and teacher Dina Leygerman is trying something new. She’s teaching a book she’s never read before. She shares her experience on Medium.

A young woman reading on a couch in front of a bookshelf


Ready for some vocab? The Cambridge Dictionary blog recently shared a post on portmanteaus, words created by combining two other words. Take a look and see how many you know.

How to Write a Book Review

Any wannabe book bloggers out there? Or maybe just wannabe Goodreads users? Book Riot has a quick post on how to write a book review that you might want to check out.

Literary Pick Up Lines

Though Valentine’s Day has now come and gone, you may still get a kick out of Lit Hub’s list of literary pick up lines.

A heart on paper pinned to a red string

See you next week!

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