Oct 28, 2014

Links, New Books, and Baby Goats

Links, New Books, and Baby Goats

  • I’m sad I missed Ada Lovelace Day this year. I was aware of it, but for the first time in ages I didn’t do anything blogging-wise to mark the occasion. But I wanted to say belatedly that this book is still awesome and I still want to read all of these.

  • Sarah McCarry has been sharing excerpts of her upcoming novel About a Girl on her tumblr. It sounds amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  • This is an excellent response to all the handwringing about children’s literature we’ve seen in op-ed pieces this year:
    This isn’t a theory at this point, it has been affirmed by decades of research. To ask “What if a positive reading experience totally ruins reading?” is as ridiculous at this point as asking if vaccines cause autism: not because the question itself has never been worth asking, but because it’s been answered exhaustively and to keep asking it shows a dogged incuriosity in the facts.

    I don’t especially care for Percy Jackson myself (I’m more of a Cronus Chronicles fan), but this isn’t about my taste. Of all the challenges kids becoming lifelong readers — no access to books, no access to books about kids like themselves, socialized negative attitudes about reading, a lack of positive role models who read — one thing absolutely not on the list is a beloved series that has millions of kids reading. That is the solution, not the problem.

  • Cory Doctorow’s summary of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century was a fascinating read.

  • Two excellent posts on reading and diversity appeared on my Feedly in recent times — one by Kendra James at Racialicious and the other by Aarti at Booklust. They use different points of departure to arrive at pretty much the same conclusion: all the stories, please. Here’s James:
    The world needs YA literature about Japanese Internment during the Second World War, but they shouldn’t be the only books Japanese-American children get to see themselves reflected in. This isn’t to encourage the erasure or minimalisation of the realities that people of colour have historically faced, but rather a desire for authors and publishers to realise that all of us existed in America outside the times of our most publicised oppressions. And that, even during the most difficult times, we still had lives that didn’t necessarily completely revolve around the overhead political themes of the day.
    And here’s Aarti:
    NO ONE gets to decide what is authentic and what is not. One story being true does not negate another. But there is always more than just one story.

  • I also really enjoyed “Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did”, especially in light of my recent reading experiences with March and the works of Rita Williams-Garcia.

  • I bought some books recently. Here they are:
    Pile of books (titles listed below)
    Signed copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue
    • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (which came with a signed bookplate :D)
    • Once Upon a Time by Marina Warner
    • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
    • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz
    • Stray by Elissa Sussman
    • Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Yay, books. They make me happy.

    Having said that, I’m considering embarking on a serious book buying ban next year — not only to save money and make sure I don’t run out of shelf space, but because I think actively focusing on my TBR pile for a while would make for some very satisfying reading times. The books I buy are generally ones I’m excited to read, so it’s in my best interest to make sure they don’t linger on half-forgotten piles for years.

  • Lastly, have some baby goats.

    1. I always have so much to say when I read your posts, but I will limit myself to one point: JEALOUSY. My copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue has not come in yet and I'm suffering from serious Raven Cycle withdrawal.

    2. I periodically do what I call a Personal Library Renaissance, where I am not allowed to acquire (even from the library!) any new books until I knock some off the TBR pile that I already own. I find the restriction liberating. Have fun with it!

    3. I didn't know you read March!! What do you think of it? I can't believe that the next volume isn't being published until January. :-( Your stack of books look awesome and now I want them!

    4. Thank you for the link love :). And what a great post on Racialicious, too. Hopefully we aren't all just talking to ourselves but are making publishers sit up and take notice, too.

    5. I've been waiting to read March until book book comes out over the winter. Great stack of books. I'm going to start the Raven Cycle soon -- I don't think I can wait for book 4 to be published. :)

    6. Trisha: Oh no! Mine was only a few days late and that was enough to make me antsy. I hope yours arrives soon!

      LibraryHungry: I love that idea! Someone laughed at me and predicted I wouldn't last two months recently, but who knows - maybe I'll surprise everyone with my willpower :P

      Vasilly: I loooooooved it - can't wait for volume two.

      Aarti: I really hope so too!

      Beth F: No, definitely don't wait - you want them in your life now. Then you can join us in waiting hungrily for the final book.

    7. Scream! I can't wait to see what you think of Stray.


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