Monday, January 9, 2017

Wearable books

I love books, so of course I love things that have to do with books, too.  I'm not much of one for a lot of kitschy things, though, so I like everything I own to be cute and have a purpose.  The best way to do that, of course, is to make it something you can wear.

Looking for a way to incorporate your love of reading into your own personal style?  Here are a few ways to wear your passion on your sleeve (or anywhere else on your body).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Reading challenges for 2017

Who here is planning on doing one or more reading challenges in 2017?  I have done the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the past two years, in both 2015 and 2016, and I've set it up for 2017 as well.  My goal each year has been 50 books (roughly one book a week, with a little fudge room), and I get a little closer each year.  In fact, although I originally made my goal 40 books last year, I was reading so much a few months in that I went back up to 50.  I did beat 40 books for 2016, but fell a little short of 50.

Better luck in 2017!

In fact, I'm thinking of adding some reading challenges to my goals for the year, thanks to this wonderful list of 20 reading challenges for 2017.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Happy Banned Books Week!

It's that time of year again!  I love Banned Books Week and celebrate every year by reading one of the top 10 challenged books from the previous year.  This year Banned Books Week is September 25 through October 1 -- this week.

It amazes me that in as enlightened and educated a country as we claim to have, we still routinely have books challenged and/or banned.  I don't believe in censorship, even with children.  If your child wants to read a book, and you say no, they're just going to read it behind your back.  (Trust me -- I'm a nanny, a babysitter, and a former after school program teacher -- I've seen it plenty.)  Much better to read it with your child and discuss what makes it controversial.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The benefits of rereading books

A little over a year ago, I blogged about the benefits of rereading books.  Now a new article has reminded me of this debate:

You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading

This article talks about how your interpretation of books changes as you change.  I certainly have experienced that firsthand.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New information for fans of fairy tales

If you love fairy tales and retellings of fairy tales, you might be interested to learn that fairy tales are likely much older than we thought.

Academics studied many fairy tales and old stories across various cultures, and found similarities that point to common roots.  They are estimating that the stories are probably thousands of years old, instead of mere hundreds, and that they were passed down orally for millennia before being recorded in written form.

It makes you wonder where else similarities could point to common roots... such as religion, perhaps?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Happy Banned Books Week!

I'm a couple days late on this, as Banned Books Week technically started on Sunday.  I've just been super busy and forgot to post about it.  I love Banned Books Week, though, and try to read one of the previous year's top 10 list every single year.

The top 10 banned books lists are starting to look eerily familiar every year, as there are certain books that some people just can't seem to let go of.

Here are the top 10 banned and challenged books of 2014:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Food for thought

This post recently went around on Facebook:

What's better than a vending machine full of snacks? One that's full of books. For free!

Yep.  Since so many of the kids don't have access to age-appropriate books, there are three vending machines full of books going into schools in Washington, D.C.  This sounds like a dream come true for my childhood self (even though I had access to all the books I wanted).  Heck, even my adult self would love to stumble across one of these vending machines!

"What?  I'm a child, I swear! ... I like kids' books, does that count?"

Seriously, though, what a great idea!  I'd be really interested in hearing about how it fares in D.C.