1. The top books of 2016 lists are coming out, based on sales. Of course, sales these days are often driven by algorithms related to popularity than reflections of the careful curation of booksellers and librarians. Writer, Seth Godin, commends resistance to anti-intellectualism and those who care about the good, true, and beautiful using their influence to resist click-bait and encourage quality entertainment.
2. Reformed African American Network posted this solid discussion of "sola scriptura," one of the central tenets of the Reformation. It's worth reading as it clearly explains an oft misunderstood pillar of Protestant Christianity:
3. I enjoyed this piece by Mary Pezzulo of Steel Magnificat on why she has come to dislike the Bearenstain Bears stories so much:
4. What do you do when an algorithm defies your best judgment? You cheat. That's what some librarians are having to do in opposition to software that culls books from libraries based on their circulation. As a result, some have resorted to creating a fake user account to check books out and trick the software into keeping important, though less used volumes.
5. This one is worth reading simply for the strangeness. A Good Housekeeping article on the growing trend of people marrying themselves. Read it and be amazed at the illogic.