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Great way to start my day before heading off to work, right? #ebooks #ereader #hotchocolate #breakfast #yum #drink #mug #yes #read #reading
Letters rain down on pages
bleached white by the
heat of our stares
as we wait for the adventure
to start that the author
has written there.
Fingers crinkle edges,
eager to read on,
while hearts bounce
with every red herring—
every false start.
But pages need a reader,
like a lover needs the art
of a soft, sensuous, sweet
kiss from his other half.
Pages do not read
themselves in stolen
moments of life—
pages need to be caressed,
and spines need to
be lingered on.
Words whispered in
the midnight hours,
"Come, don’t be shy."
Books need the company,
the warmth of being loved—
because without a reader,
a book has no lover.
Today I encountered a mother who kept stating that she wanted her children to read more along the lines of The Hunger Games. I listened to her tell me how her kids enjoyed it because she read it to them, but that they didn’t always know what was happening in the book. Mainly because of how intense and dense the text is.
Her kids were both under the ages of ten.
[Source: China Daily]
Another girl, this time a teenager, confessed that her fifth grade teacher recommended The Hunger Games to get her reading.
And she’s not the only one.
I have had countless kids come up to me and ask me what I could recommend that’s like The Hunger Games because they just simply “LOVED!” it.
But this isn’t a post against the aforementioned series because I am definitely a fan of the first two books (I never did finished the third one), this is just a post about two different extremes: Just how lax parents are getting with what their kids are reading, and on the opposite spectrum, how controlling some parents are with what their kids read.
Back to the mother I mentioned before—she is NOT the first person to mention wanting a book like The Hunger Games for her young kids. I’ve had parents who take the idea of letting their kids read what they want to a crazy extreme—“Oh, my child is an advanced reader,” does not qualify your under-ten child to read a novel about murder.
[Source: Daily Mail]
Then on the other side of the argument, a parent shouldn’t be so controlling that s/he actively tells his/her child that s/he can’t read a specific book because it’s too young, or isn’t a chapter book, or is too fantastical. As long as the book is within the appropriate age group for your child, then just be happy that s/he is reading. Being too controlling will just make the child either rebel and read said unsatisfactory novels behind your back, or worse, the child may shun the idea of reading altogether.
I won’t lie, I know that children are much more desensitized now than they were when I was a kid. What with media urging a child to grow before his/her time, it’s not surprising that younger kids want to join the fray. But a teacher recommending a child a book that may be in the 13+ age group, but has themes that are well beyond a 13 year-old is still not something that should be recommended.
Want to recommend a child a book that will grab his/her interest without it being a pop culture phenomenon full of blood? Try:
- The City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau
- A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle
- Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
- Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (and all other series by Riordan)
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Though the series does get a bit on the heavy side after book 4)
Truth is, there are TONS of books to recommend a young reader from the ages of 9-12 (even as early as 7 or 8, depending on the level of the reader). So, parents should think about just WHAT they’re letting their kids read and what they’re banning their kids from reading.
Said mother from the beginning of this post mentioned that she didn’t want her kids to be too into “kids” books anymore, but more into books like The Hunger Games. And please, don’t even get me started on the Mortal Instruments.
I’ve seen this a lot these past few months and I’m honestly amazed at the amount of children who love reading, wary of the children who have read books way beyond their time, theme-wise, and surprised with the two very extremes when it comes to parents and what their children are reading.
Don’t get me wrong—I love that more and more kids are reading. I absolutely love the idea that there are kids out there who always need a book in their hands. I’m just worried that there’s more access to books in the young adult section that kids should not be shown. I know I’m not a parent yet, but I think this goes beyond whether I have children or not. I always like being able to tell a parent if a book is appropriate or not, especially if the parent is extremely conscious of this issue in young adult literature.
I know this is a controversial issue with those who love the books I’ve mentioned in this post, and especially with my younger readers who may fall under the age groups mentioned here. But I mean no disrespect. This is just a post where I’m admitting my unease at the whole issue of very mature books making it into the hands of very young children.
P.S. What are your thoughts on this topic?
I m participating again inÂ Top Ten TuesdayÂ hosted byÂ The Broke and the Bookish. Basically every Tuesday the peeps over at The Broke and the Bookish post their top ten lists on various topics. They even have a specialÂ
A wonderful list for anyone looking for something to read, and see why and how a particular book could affect a young reader!
This is why I’m so tired?!?!?….mystery solved.
And who also JUST GETS how books make me feel.
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Author Info: Website
Series: Heather Wells
Publisher: William Murrow Paperbacks
Age Group: Adult Fiction
Goodreads: The Bride Wore Size 12
“Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.
With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather’s already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather’s sure things can’t get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather’s long-lost mother shows up.
Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she’s determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it’s the last thing she does … and this time, it just might be.”
Meg Cabot is back with the final novel in the Heather Wells mystery series, The Bride Wore Size 12. For a while I was giving up on Cabot since her latest work has been letting me down (don’t even get me started on her latest young adult series, grr!), but then she published the last two installments in the Heather Wells mystery series, and yes, I have come back to the Meg Cabot adult fiction club.
Also, how’s your Goodreads goal going? I’m close to reaching mine! :D
Reading in public:
Lose control of emotions, then wonder if people think you're nuts.
Reading at home (or anywhere private):
Lose control of emotions, scream, swear, forget to sleep, curl up and cry, ask "why, why?!?" Over and over again, laugh at the stupidity of some characters, swoon over other characters by holding the book to your chest and sighing, and not giving a damn if anyone nearby thinks you're nuts because you're in a private place.
BOOK BLITZ+GIVEAWAY+GUEST POST!!
Drawn by Cecilia Gray
Publication date: November 13th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
“Take a journey into the gritty world of political espionage through the eyes – and lies – of one extraordinary girl. A wholly original tale of friendship and betrayal from the author of The Jane Austen Academy series….
Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?
Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.
To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.”
Check it out on Goodreads here.
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Sasha loves to draw and she expresses a lot of her feelings about her life through comics. Each chapter begins with a comic book page – Sasha’s interpretation of her birth to childhood to life with the FBI.
“Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).
Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What’s Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling mix of action, drama and love.”
She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.”
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Knowing You (Jade #2) by Allie Everhart
Publication date: November 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
"Now that Garret’s decided he’s no longer following the rules of his wealthy family, he can finally develop a closer relationship with Jade. Things are going well, but Jade still worries that being with Garret is only temporary. And because of that, she’s not sure how much of herself and her past she’s willing to let him see.
Garret does all he can to assure Jade that the two of them can last, but convincing her of that is difficult when she’s never trusted anyone. So he has to show her, by being there when she needs him the most, even when she tries to keep him away.
The mysterious letter from Jade’s mom still haunts her and now she’s getting threatening phone calls. Someone from Jade’s past will stop at nothing to keep his secrets from getting out. And his number one secret is Jade.”
Check it out on Goodreads here.
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Buy the first book in the series on the web:
Garret swims over and stands up right behind me, placing his hands on the edge of the pool around my head. He’s so close I can feel his warm breath on my neck and it sends a shiver down me.
“When are you gonna admit I’m a better swimmer than you?”
“Never.” I flip around and let go of the pool, quickly grabbing his shoulders so I don’t sink since I’m too short to touch the bottom. But now my legs are dangling awkwardly and I’m having a hard time holding myself up. Garret notices and casually puts his arms around me, pulling our bodies together.
My heart is beating wildly but I try to keep my breath steady to hide it. “When are you gonna admit I’m a better runner than you?”
“I’ve already admitted that. I’ve told you that several times. I’ll say it again. You’re a better runner than me. Now do you have anything to say to me?”
“Hmm.” I pretend to think. “Nope. Nothing.”
He smiles. “You just can’t give me a compliment, can you?”
“I give you compliments all the time!” I wrap my legs around his waist. He doesn’t even react.
“Like what? Because if you gave me one, I totally missed it.”
“I don’t know, but I’m sure I’ve given you one.”
“I’m sure you haven’t.” He keeps his eyes on mine, barely blinking.
“I told you how much I liked those lights you gave me for my birthday. That was kind of a compliment.”
“Not really.” He slides his hands down under my thighs, supporting my weight. It allows me to loosen my grip on his shoulders but it also makes me completely breathless. “Jade, is there anything I do that you like? Anything you think I’m good at?”
I know what he’s implying and yes, there are many things he does that I like. And he’s definitely good at them. Like the way he’s holding me right now? Definitely good.
Before I can speak, he slowly licks the water from my lips until they part, then slips his tongue in my mouth. I wrap my hands behind his neck as his tongue explores my mouth in a way that gets my body so scorching hot that even the water can’t cool me down.
After a few incredible, mind-blowing minutes, he slowly pulls away.
“Do you like it when I do that?” There’s that cocky smile I know and love.
I smile back. “I’ll admit you’re pretty good at that.”
“Finally! A compliment.” He lets me go, forcing me to grab the edge of the pool. He sets himself up in the lane next to me like he’s preparing to swim laps.
“Hey, where are you going?”
“I have to practice.”
“So we’re just done here?”
“We haven’t even been on a date. I was only kissing you because I was trying to find something you thought I was good at. And I did. So we’re done.”
He takes off swimming, leaving me wanting more. Much, much more.
—$15 gift card for Amazon.com
“Allie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. Before freelancing, she was a book editor for a publishing company where she worked on several NYT bestselling nonfiction books. She loves to read as much as she loves to write. And when she’s not reading or writing, she’s outside running, which is when she gets her best book ideas.”
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When I first heard of Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, I thought to myself, “Why not check out her adult work before her YA work?” And now, I’m more curious than ever.
The thing with this one is that while it was interesting, in a very existentialistic way (whether this was Rowell’s intention, or not), I can see why some readers might be put off by the storyline after several chapters. The pacing is a bit slower than usual, and while the concept of meeting someone by reading his/her emails is completely unique, it is also a bit of a patience drainer. In a culture where we’re used to just seeing things happen, Rowell forces us to really look at her story and find the truth behind falling in love. She takes away the notion of falling in love with our eyes, as one of the characters states, and instead forces us to witness a character falling in love with another’s mind.
There is sharp wit in this one and I found myself looking forward to reading the emails—which had me connecting with the protagonist. I can understand his need to know what’s going to happen next, and if he’ll be mentioned or not, but it doesn’t stop the whole situation from being slightly creepy and very intrusive. But then again, this plays into the whole idea of how computers make our daily interactions much more unsafe. Considering that this novel is set right before Y2K and after the obvious lack of Y2Kness (for those of you who are too young to have experienced the fear of Y2K, or even remember it, read up on it here,) the idea of such an invasion of privacy via a computer and internet enabled world is nearly perfect and ironic.
I found this read to be existentialistic because while Rowell explores the ever growing attraction that her protagonist is feeling, she also focuses on the trials of life after a break-up, how to accept that you have your own life to live, and how to finally take that step that will separate you from the security blankets that society places on you.
Attachments was a good read, I won’t deny it, but it won’t be for everyone. Anyone expecting a novel dripping with love and flirtation and happiness should definitely not jump into this one with such high hopes. This is a slightly realistic tale of love lost, found, and how we don’t always have the answers and how we don’t always get what we want.
It would be perfect if someone said this to me:
Excuse me, but I couldn't help but notice that you're reading one of my favourite books! I always find myself getting lost in the bookstore because there are so many options, and I've always wanted to meet someone who could join me in finding our next great read. Then, after a day shopping for books at used bookstores together, I would love to chat about authors and books over a cup of whatever hot beverage you'd like to consume.
I met a random person today who casually mentioned that I was a bookworm when I stated that I worked at a bookstore.
Why does there have to be a specific name or title for a person who loves to read? Why can’t we just accept the fact that a person is a reader instead of calling us names?
And okay, it doesn’t make me so angry that I start to froth at the mouth, because I accept that I love to read and that not everyone will be like me. In fact, I call myself a bookaddict and other similar things because I’ve learned to just accept who I am, and because it’s such a normal thing to label ourselves as one thing or another, but why do we have to classify a love for books as something that may be construed as a negative characteristic?
Image Source: Huffington Post
When you’re an adult, being called specific names for loving to read isn’t so bad, because we know that underneath the comments, the person usually has some sort of admiration for the avid reader. Also, being an adult, we understand that being a lover of books is just a way of life (for us hungry readers), so when someone labels us as bookworms, nerds, loners, etc., we know to brush that crap off because haters be damned.
But here’s a thought: We may be okay with it all, but what about kids and teenagers who are still insecure and/or unsure of who they are? We’ve all heard that “children can be cruel,” but the thing is, that phrase isn’t just a phrase. Kids are bullied and teased about how much they read. As a kid, being called a booknerd isn’t something easy to brush off like in adulthood, it’s a label that has a negative meaning. Being the victim of childhood bullying, I know how hurtful words can be at such a pivotal time in our lives.
As an adult, I smile and admit proudly that I love to read and if that makes me a recluse, then so be it. But as a kid, I felt victimized by bullies who felt it necessary to belittle me with similar words that now have no power over me, but controlled me then.
Books are a great gift and being able to love them is a talent. Staying true to who you are and continuing your affair with the written word throughout the tough years of adolescence is a gift. Too often, kids shun reading or read in secret because kids nowadays tease others for loving to escape in a book.
But what those bullied kids need to know and remember is that it gets better. Childhood is a passing stage where we are challenged to either become who we want to be, or who society expects us to be.
So, before you label someone, no matter what age, as a bookworm, nerd, loner, etc., remember that those words have the power to scar. After all, you wouldn’t call a television addict a tvworm, would you?
P.S. What are your thoughts on this topic?