Finding alternative worlds in books - I have plenty of them on my shelf, a lot still waiting to be discovered.
But it's OK. I adore my cat, anyway. I call her "little bubble" because she's so soft and furry (she's The Siberian), and ... round. Well, it's probably because of her appetite too ;-)
Reading starts from the book title.
Warning: Ranting post ahead. I need to get this down.
The world of books is an interesting place. There's something for everyone around here. Love robots? There's a book for that. Need some sizzling sex scenes? There's a lot of books for that. Simply want to learn how to use your microwave? Guess what? There's a book for that too! That's the beauty of being a reader. No matter what you love, no matter what makes you tick, there's a book for you.
Which is why I cannot stand people who judge other people by what they read. People who spout things like "Oh, that's so low brow" or "REALLY? That's what you're reading?" and then walk away feeling superior about it. Obviously I can't do anything about how you feel inside. But when those words come out? When you make someone else feel bad for picking up a book? Oh, it's on. It's ON.
I taught kids for a long time, and I constantly fought a battle with my managers to let them read what they wanted. People kept telling me that reading a magazine just "wasn't real literature" and that comic books didn't count. I fought tooth and nail for those kids. I'd a hundred times rather a kid pick up a magazine and read an article about their favorite baseball player, or the newest shoes, than not read at all. If their face is in a book and not stuck to a television screen? I consider that a win.
Now I find myself fighting that same battle for adults I know. For those people out there who are shamed for what they read. It's makes me so angry inside.
Do I want to read 50 Shades of Gray? Nope.
Will I shame someone else for wanting to read it? HELL no.
Again, the fact that they're picking up a book is what matters to me. And hell, I'll recommend them a million more books like that if it keeps them reading. What I like doesn't matter in their lives. What I read plays no part in what they read. Unless they ask for suggestions. Which I'll gladly give.
What I'm trying to say? READ, AND LET READ.
No book shaming. No hate. Just read.
I always have a book by my side. My bag doesn't need to be huge to fit in my Kindle. But telling the truth, book size doesn't matter, I can even take extra bag to carry a book with me. Sometimes I carry a book but have no occasion to open it. However, I feel comfortable that I can. Every time I left book at home, some reading-occasion happened so now I'm not moving without it.
I like watching movies and series but the commercial time is ridiculous! Ads tend to be 15-20 minutes long in the prime time. Then I end up with a book in my hand. Sometimes, though, the book is so gripping that I cannot go back to the movie.
3. Traffic jam
There's always time for a chapter or two in a car. Traffic jam, red light, parking lot, when collecting somebody from the station. Not to mention travelling as a passenger. But that's kind of obvious.
4. Plane and train
This collocates with the point above but it's really important for me to have a read when I'm travelling by plane or train. I cannot imagine going anywhere without at least one book.
5. Washing machine
This may sounds silly but sometimes I read next to my washing machine waiting for the program to end.
I hate waiting, even if it's for boiling water. Then I grab a book and wait until I hear a whistle.
7. Saturday morning
I read on Saturday mornings when my partner is at work. The afternoons belong to him.
8. Computer games and PS3
My partner is a gamer. When he's in the virtual world, I'm in the literary. Everyone's happy.
I don't mind standing in the queue while shopping or waiting in the clinic. The only con is that sometimes I don't hear or notice that it's my turn.
In my current condition no reading is possible :( Defeated by sinusitis. Tears and tissues are just e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. Bloody runny nose and headache is killing me and definitely ruining my nose - it looks like in the middle of bizarre peeling process! Oooh, just make it stop and let me breath normally...
4D Reading. It's called sensory fiction. For me, kind of science fiction!
Oooooo. That's so strange.
"Sensory fiction is about new ways of experiencing and creating stories.
Traditionally, fiction creates and induces emotions and empathy through words and images. By using a combination of networked sensors and actuators, the Sensory Fiction author is provided with new means of conveying plot, mood, and emotion while still allowing space for the reader’s imagination.
While the project explores new ways of reading with digital augmentations, this is not a product idea but rather an exploration in the context of Science Fiction stories. It is an artifact meant to provoke discussions."
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BookExpo America (BEA) is the largest annual book trade fair in the United States. One of the most important events on BEA is Bloggers Conference. This year BEA is held in New York in late May (May 29- 31). And we hope to be in NYC during that time. We'd love to meet you, chat and hang out :-)
This year's BEA Bloggers Conference topics aren't set yet but we have some ideas for discussion panels. Our session proposal is about creating book blogging communities and supporting mutual relationships, i.e.: Book Bloggers Connect!
What do you think? Let us know about your ideas and topic suggestions in comments below or send them directly to BEA Bloggers Conference Team here: 2014 Call For Ideas — Now Open!
Let's connect on BEA Bloggers Conference :-) There's no better place to make it happen!
Everyone knows the story of Frankenstein. Or at least one thinks so. Book adaptations very often present Frankenstein's story in a superficial way. After accepting the pop-cultural version of it we may understood it all the way around. So I've selected eleven false assumptions that many make about Frankenstein.
1. Frankenstein is the Monster. Nope. Frankenstein is a doctor who creates the Monster.
2. The Monster is dangerous. Not at the beginning of his life. He's vulnerable and all he wants is acceptance and a friend.
3. Victor Frankenstein abandons the Monster because of its evil soul. Nope. It seems that he abandons the Monster because he is scared of it. He's different, much uglier than he thought, huge. He named the creature "the Monster" before it acquired any monster-like features. When the Monster wakes up doctor Frankenstein realizes what he has done and what the outcome of his crazy work looks like.
4. The Monster is rotten to the core. Nope. Abandoned by his creator the Monster is ugly but innocent and naive as a child. He was rejected many times and experienced nothing more than hate from other human beings. His good deeds didn't bring him any good.
5. The Monster is stupid and primitive. No. After many nights in the forest and by the fireplace, he found a spot in a household situated in the remote area. From the hidden room, he overlooks and overhears the family. By observation (like a child) he learned to read, write and speak. He also got the knowledge of literature, geography, humane nature and culture. He became thoughtful and sensitive creature.
6. The Monster becomes a murderer and kills everyone on his way. No. He sough revenge and killed only those in relationship with Frankenstein's family.
7. The Monster wants to kill Frankenstein. No. He wanted to make his life lonely and miserable.
8. The Monster doesn't have any feelings. No. He knew he's appearance is very unusual and that people are scared of him but he didn't want to be alone. The Monster wanted to be loved that's why he asked Frankenstein to create a second Monster, a female. Then they would live happily ever after in Amazon's rain forests and would not hurt anyone.
9. Frankenstein creates a female for the Monster. Yes and No. He nearly finished her, however, he never revived her. What's more, he tore her apart.
10. The Monster kidnaps Frankenstein's wife to create a family with her. No. He killed her as he promised, during wedding night.
11. Frankenstein kills the Monster. No. We don't know what happened to the Monster. We know he was left alone on ice floe on freezing rough waters. It was Frankenstein who ended dead in the story.
The Shelley's descriptions were so vivid and, yes, very depressing. The language is stunning, modern writers write differently. The book made me think about many difficult and complex issues, such as medicine, experiments, responsibility, human body, complicated relationships, guilt and punishment, life and death. Frankenstein was published in early XIX but the issues brought up in the book are universal and definitely up-to-date. Good piece of classics.
It's a truth universally acknowledged that, although women read more than men, and books by female authors are published in roughly the same numbers, they are more easily overlooked. Their marginalisation by top literary journals, both as reviewers and the reviewed, is confirmed in a yearly count by the organisation Vida: Women in Literary Arts. Perhaps the problem lies not with whether women are published, but how. Read more (via The Guardian)
Even if you don't agree, I think it's a great initiative and a way of discovering and experiencing new literary personalities.
I've found this pic among reading tips for parents and teachers (Reading Tip: Raising a Well-Read Child) as a play to start a conversation about literature and different aspects of literary genres with children. But I think it's a great idea not only for kids and can be used not only for book-related topics, e.g. as a word map for exploring new vocabulary or brainstorm while writing a story.
You can cut out the puzzles, color them and write words, phrases, ideas, characters, even wishes. I've seen marvelous wooden puzzles with wedding wishes. But it would look great as a gift, let's say for upcoming Grandparents' Days (in Poland we celebrate them January 21 and 22).
Or for a fellow book lover filled up with favorite book quotes.
OMG!! How come strangers know so much about me?!
1. Finding a comfortable reading position is a never-ending quest. Chair or bed? Side or back? In a box? With a fox?
2. On airplanes, you hesitantly flick on the overhead light while everyone else is napping.
3. Paper cuts may look like minor injuries, but the pain can be excruciating.
4. Walking and reading at the same time requires hand-eye coordination only professional athletes have been endowed with.
5. What on earth are you supposed to do with the jacket on a hardcover while you're reading it? Keep it on and risk damaging it? Take it off and store it in a weird nook, never to find it again?
6. Deciding what to read is a choice that presents you with an embarrassment of riches.
7. The typeface and page length of a book can seriously impact your reading experience, sometimes for the worse (sans-serif font is a huge no-no).
8. A book can be composed of the worst drivel you've ever laid eyes on, you're still afflicted with major guilt when you banish it to the "I Will Never Ever Ever Finish This. Like, Ever." shelf.
9. You lament time that you've wasted in the past; all of those hours scouring celebrity Twitters could have been put towards finally reading Moby Dick!
10. Some people count down the minutes until their lunch hour; you count down the minutes until Jeffery Eugenides or Donna Tartt releases their next book (roughly 5 million for Tartt, but who's counting?!)
11. Finishing a book you loved is like saying goodbye to a good friend. You've been through so much together! And while you may see each other again, it won't be quite the same.
12. Forget finding roommates; the most stressful thing about moving is figuring out a way to transport boxes upon boxes of heavy books.
13. You're constantly rethinking your bookshelf strategy. Should you color-coordinate, or take a more practical approach, such as publication date or alphabetization? Or, if you're feeling ambitious, should you tackle the autobiographical bookshelf, à la Rob Gordon from High Fidelity?
14. Your mood is directly impacted by the mood of the book that you're reading; your friends have learned to avoid you during Dostoyevsky months or Bret Easton Ellis weeks.
15. You take found books home like abandoned puppies, chirping, "Can we keep it?!" That'd be well and good if it didn't happen once a day.
16. One does not simply walk by a bookstore. One must poke around, at the very least, and one usually ends up filling one's tote bag with more books than one can carry.
17. "I don't read" is a relationship death knell, akin to "I loathe my mother" or "I enjoy upsetting kittens."
18. You may or may not own two (or three or four) copies of a beloved book. You can't help it, the redesigned covers are irresistible!
19. Laundry day and other important obligations get completely overlooked when you're in the middle of a great, un-put-downable book. "Same shirt Saturday"? Sorry you're not sorry.