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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Inky's Fri-yay 22 June!

It’s Fri-yay! Yay! Fri-yay! Did I mention Fri-yay? Yay!

Adventure Time arm waving

This week at Inside a Dog has been all about the judges. They are a busy bunch of readers who have the huge and delightful task of narrowing down the Inky longlist of twenty books to a shortlist of ten. Easy peasy huh? That’s right. Just ten.

Have you met the Inky Judges yet? Please go and say hi and introduce yourself.

Harry potter gif

Meet Thi ! Meet Thomas! Meet Alina! Get to know them – but don’t ask them about the Inky books – they are sworn to secrecy.

Dr Who shhh

But like any good YA fantasy, there is another side to the Inky judges – the shadow side! We have shadow judges that are reviewing books- so go over to the shadow side. There you will find Inky shadow judge paradox wrestling with her conscience. The dilemma? Should she read Ballad For a Mad Girl or do her homework? What will win? Will she pass her geography test? And what does she think of the book? The result is one of the most innovative reviews around – a blow by blow account of an evening reading Ballad For A Mad Girl when you shouldn’t be reading Ballad For a Mad Girl.

Reading and ranting seems to go together like tartan skirts and stripy tights (don’t judge me). There is a worthy rant by indiaaqua over at Mostly My Opinions (and Some Writing) about online quizzes. But before you read that post please take a moment to answer a few questions. What do you think about online quizzes?

Are they:

a) creepy

b) clickbait

c) perfect for procrastinating

d) so enlightening I can’t wait to do another one.

If you answered any of the above I think you should read indiaaqua’s post about it and add a comment.

Did you notice who has graced us with his mysterious presence?  Sherlock is here – yes, that Sherlock. On the site! For all you code breaking, puzzle solving, riddle ruminating geniuses go and see how you go with The Science of Deduction blog. Test your powers of all things Sherlockian with the puzzles so far.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock

Poppy on Just A Blog has come up with an idea and wants others to join in.  How about we all publish unfinished stuff. You know  – the semi completed pieces, just started paragraphs, noodling notes, half finished stories or even incomplete senten…

What do you think? Do you want to join her or do you only like publishing polished work?

For more weekend reading we have a two part short story by booklover, and of course all our usual Inside a Dog news content and new booklists to help you avoid your homework.

And if that doesn’t work, then there is always some Korean Pop over at BTS Fans United. This week there are ten songs to get you hooked.

And I don’t know about you, but I love the posts on Just a Quote. My favourite this week is from Wonder – because we all need reminding to choose kind.

1 comment


I love the idea of publishing incomplete pieces! I think that there is always a pressure for writers to have perfectly finished pieces and this would encourage more freedom in writing. As well as more creativity because these pieces could be used as inspiration, writing prompts and encourage writers to collaborate!
But creativity is all personal preference so this idea might not work for everyone and that's all good. :)

12th Jul, 18