Friday, September 21, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reads and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. This fun themed meme focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week a new topic will give bloggers the chance to showcase their answers.

This week's theme is Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place. I know of no books set in the city where I currently live. However, I do live near San Francisco, California, so I'll chose that city as my home base.

Favorite Book Set Where You Live

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner
(click on above link to read my review)
I really enjoyed reading this nonfiction books about
wild parrots living in large groups in San Francisco.
Who would have guessed wild parrots could survive
living in the colder climates of San Francisco??

Favorite Book Set In Another Place

(click on above link to read my review)
Another nonfiction book, but this one is
set in Los Angeles. It's an excellent read,
but I didn't like the movie version of this
book at all.

Which books fall into your Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lidia Yuknavitch Talks About Corporeal Writing

Corporeal Writing Video #1

I love how Lidia Yuknavitch talks about corporeal writing and even gives you several writing exercises to help you start writing! 

There are three YouTube videos with Lidia Yuknavitch talking about corporeal writing. If you're a writer or want to be a writer, then perhaps these three videos may be helpful to you!

Corporeal Writing Video #2

Corporeal Writing Video #3

If you end up using the writing prompts provided by Lidia Yuknavitch, let me know how your writing turns out.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hank Green Discusses His Soon To Be Released Novel & More!

Author, John Green's younger brother, Hank Green, is coming out with his very own coming of age novel titled, An Absolutely Remarkable ThingAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green will be released on September 25, 2018.

I'm excited about the upcoming release of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green as I look forward to reading it at some point down the road.

In the above video, Hank Green discusses if their is a rivalry between his brother and himself. Interesting stuff!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

What Are You Planning to Read During Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is happening next week, Sunday, September 23rd through Saturday, September 29th! 

I've chosen to read Drama by Raina Telgemeier during Banned Books Week as this graphic novel written for teens made the top ten list of Banned Books in 2017. The reason Drama by Raina Telgemeier was banned? It contains LGBT characters.

Below is a book trailer for Drama by Raina Telgemeier:

So, which book or books do you plan to read during Banned Books Week?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Title Your Inspirational Memoir With Electric Literature's Handy Chart!

I love book meme's and quizzes. I came across a fun book meme on Electric Literature's website titled, Title Your Inspirational Memoir With Our Handy Chart, so I decided to play along. 

Using Electric Literature's handy chart, my inspirational memoir would be titled, Read, Nap, Dance. What would your inspirational memoir would be titled? 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

20 Amazing Bookstores to Visit!

I came across an interesting article about bookstores on Buzzfeed's website titled, 20 Amazing Bookstores From Around The World by Arianna Rebolini. Click on the above link to view these amazing bookstores!!

I'd love to travel the world and visit all of these amazing sounding bookstores. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a job that pays one to travel around the world visiting bookstores, attending book festivals, and other literary sites?? Then blog or vlog about one's experience doing so? Dream job... Just saying!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Which Library Section Are You? (QUIZ)

Every wonder which library section you're most like?? Wonder no further! Take the quiz on Buzzfeed, We Know Which Library Section You’re Most Like Based On These Questions, to find out!

I took the quiz and received the following answer below:

You got: Romance

You love love, and romantic or not, you appreciate all the love you have in your life. You’re a sentimental person, who is not afraid to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Maybe stop by the romance section and pick up and novel, or two.

Kind of funny I received the romance section for my answer as I've read so many historical fiction novels this year!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

17 Secrets of Audiobook Narrators

If you're like me, then you love audiobooks!! I came across an interesting article on Mental Floss's website titled, 17 Secrets of Audiobook Narrators by Michele Debczak. In the article, Michele Debczak wrote the following:
Once associated with dusty library cassette tapes, audiobooks are more popular than ever. New technology has made it easy to listen to large audio files on the go, and the resulting surge in listeners has helped the format slough off some of the stigma of decades past. Contrary to the old idea that audiobooks are “cheating,” scientists say that listening to your literature stimulates the brain just as much as reading it does. 
The recent boom in audiobooks means that the voiceover artists who bring them to life are especially busy. Mental Floss spoke with a few industry professionals to learn about what it takes to excel at the job—including their diligent voice-care regimens, the one thing they always look for during research, and the spoilers they sometimes get from authors.
Click on the top link to read the 17 secrets of audiobook narrators. I found the secrets to be fascinating ones indeed. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Laurie Halse Anderson's New Book 'SHOUT'

I've read a couple of Laurie Halse Anderson's novels in the past and have enjoyed them. I recently discovered an article through Bustle's website titled, Laurie Halse Anderson's New Book 'SHOUT' Is A Powerful Poetic Memoir About Her Own Experiences With Sexual Assault by Cristina Arreola. In the article, Cristina Arreola wrote the following:
Laurie Halse Anderson is done staying silent. She's done whispering. She's done speaking. Now, she's shouting. In her forthcoming poetic memoir, SHOUT, the beloved young adult author of Speak writes with bracing honesty about her own experiences with sexual assault. Bustle has a first look at the cover and one of the poems from the memoir below. 
"I finally have the perspective to talk directly about my experience as a rape survivor," Laurie Halse Anderson tells Bustle. "I grew up in a house where silence was more valued than truth — it took a long time to grow out of those restraints."
The memoir is, in many ways, a love letter to all those who have spoken out — whether online, to a trusted friend, to a therapist, to a reporter, or only in their hearts — about their own experiences with sexual assault. Although the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements didn't affect the writing of the memoir, Halse Anderson says she "suspects they will affect the willingness of readers to listen with their hearts."
It's brave of anyone to come out and discuss their personal experience with sexual assault. Sexual assault happens more commonly than people think. I've read that 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime while other reports claim 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Either way, that statistic is way too high. The sad reality is that sexual assault frequently goes unreported. Women are also frequently shamed and made to feel that sexual assault is their fault. No woman should be made to feel that sexual assault is their fault.

Hopefully, with more women writing or speaking out about their experience with sexual assault, attitudes towards sexual assault survivors and how they are treated will change... Especially, how women are treated during court trials when they press charges against the person who sexually assaulted them. I'm tired of hearing that women are blamed for a sexual assault because they wore something too revealing (for example)... Are men in our society so out of control they can't be trusted to be a gentleman and not rape a woman if she wears a little black dress or something else revealing???