Mid-Readathon Update/Survey!

So it is Hour 12 of the Dewey’s 24-hour-read-a-thon, which I decided late last night to tackle.

1. What are you reading right now?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
2. How many books have you read so far?
Four, working on my fifth!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I don’t really have a plan, honestly…
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
OMG YES! Cricket has been constantly interrupting me to play, or to just lick my face (which skews my glasses and makes reading really hard) I throw her ball for a few minutes or pawn her off on Mr. Blue.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How restless I am. I spend most of my days reading anyways, but I guess reading with purpose makes it seem less relaxing somehow? Though I am really enjoying the books and the day.

Books read:
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah’s Scribbles

Currently reading:
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Naps taken: 1
Coffees: 1

For more bookish shenanigans over the course of the day, please check out my Instagram and Twitter! (Links at the bottom of the page)

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Books Belong to Their Readers

**UPDATE, OCTOBER 20: S.E. Hinton seems to have backed off a bit. She is still adamant that she has written the characters as straight, but seems to be more accepting that readers will have their own interpretations and that it is not an insult to her that they do.**

This John Green quote gets thrown around a lot, and it seems like some people don’t really understand what is meant by it. In light of the recent nastiness on Twitter, courtesy of none other than Outsiders author S.E. Hinton, I thought I might take a stab at explaining what it means to me, as both an author and a reader.

Small disclaimer to start: I have never actually read The Outsiders, so I can’t comment on whether I feel one way or the other on the specifics of the debacle, rather I am commenting in broader terms.

A few days ago, someone said something on Twitter to S.E. Hinton about reading her characters in The Outsiders as gay. She responded with some homophobic nonsense and said, very vehemently, that they were not gay. When people tried to enlighten her to her homophobic ways, she responded by blocking them.

The first thing I want to bring up is that until recently, a lot of characters were only hinted at being gay. Books are getting better now with diversity and representation, but it is still something that happens. So LGBT people have gotten used to trying to find themselves in the subtext. To come back and say “Prove it” when someone says they read your characters as gay is very insulting, and completely disregards the struggles of an already marginalized community. To say that someone is out and out wrong to read your characters as they choose is just rude.

This is where “books belong to their readers” comes in. I actually saw someone try to dispute this with a reference to copyright. That isn’t what the quote means at all. The author started the characters and the story. It is up to the readers to finish them. Once the book is in the wild, so to speak, the author is powerless to stop whatever assumptions are made about their characters.

Some authors meet these assumptions with grace, humor, and a great sense of humility. Others… not so much. It is great when authors like Maggie Stiefvater and Victoria Aveyard take time to answer fan questions on various social media platforms. Sometimes they are silly (like when Maggie answered the question about the Raven Cycle characters’ middle names) and other times they are serious. But it is rare that I see a YA author of today be discouraging to a fan who is asking questions that expand on the story they have already written. It seems, to me, that they love it!

As an author (at least, an aspiring one) myself, I am personally delighted to think about readers expanding on my story. To think of readers flooding my inbox saying “Hey, so I read this character as a POC…” and me going “I think that is totally rad!”. Or whatever happens.

So why is it that this author is so vehemently against readers making their own conclusions? Is it because the conclusion in question is about the sexuality of the characters? Is it because the author is older and therefore more set in her ways? Is it because her book is considered a “classic” and is therefore above all this frivolous nonsense like reader interaction, etc?

Judging by S.E. Hinton’s reaction to a simple reader question, I am thinking we will never know.

The author gives a book its start in life – the reader makes sure it has a life.

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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October TBR

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For October, I am focusing on spooky reads and blending some classics and some NetGalley reads. What are you planning to read this month?

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Used Book Sale Haul

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I obtained a book or two…

The bottom image with the picture books is ones I got specifically to stock my little free library!

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August Reading Recap

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Bluestocking Bookworm – August Reading Recap

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★☆☆)
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski  (★★★☆☆)
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black  (★★★★☆)
Red Queen by Christina Henry  (★★★★☆)
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry  (★★★★☆)
Origin in Death by J.D. Robb (★★★★☆)
Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper  (★★☆☆☆)
Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson  (★★★☆☆)

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Top Ten Tuesday: September 6

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week, they indicated a TV theme in honor of Fall TV shows. For me, that doesn’t work. I am a book blog. I like TV, but I don’t have cable… so I am not even really that in touch with what is coming out on TV this fall. So, I am keeping a TV theme, and putting a bookish spin on it. So, without further adieu I present my theme: Top Ten Books/Series That Would Make Amazing TV Shows

Now, I know some of my selections have been optioned for TV, but I am still noting them. As always, in no particular order.

Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
This massive series of books would make an amazing TV series. It is so intricate and has so many characters that a movie wouldn’t do it justice, and I think it would be loved in the vein of Game of Thrones.

Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
These books are so witty and fun. I would love to see them brought to TV. Her other series are also in the same universe, so there is no shortage of material. I love the fresh take on vampires, werewolves, and BAMF female characters that Gail Carriger brings.

In Death by J.D. Robb
Again, I love these characters. I love the interactions with them, and I just really need to see them in real life. Some of the stories themselves are lacking, but I think that could be remedied with some help from TV writers

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book is so lovely and atmospheric. I want to see the circus, the magician’s war… everything!

Sin du Jour by Matt Wallace
This series of Novellas currently only has three entries, but I think that the concept would play REALLY well with a TV deal. A catering company that specializes in working with the supernatural? Yes, please! It is unique, and there is a lot of humor. I really love this series.

Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
This somewhat hidden gem is reminiscent of Harry Potter, in that we have a young boy who doesn’t realize he is special, and he is thrust into a world that always existed under his nose but he never knew about until that One Special Day. The similarities (so far, anyways) end there. I really enjoy what I have read of these books so far, and I think they would make a great family-friendly television show (as all of my selections so far have trended towards adult-oriented).

Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch
This is a favorite of mine, and I think the adventures of Locke and Company would make a fantastic television series. Street rats running long cons? Lots of humor? Tension? Street gangs? YES YES YES!

The Others by Anne Bishop
Another favorite series of mine that would be good for teens and up. I feel like this series about the Cassandra Sangue (blood prophets) would be a great addition to any fall line-up. Urban fantasy is seriously lacking in the TV scene.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman
This is a single book, not a series. I think the concept of something you can’t look at is terrifying, and that the events of the book could easily be expanded upon to make an exceptional TV series. Horror TV is where it is at, isn’t it?

Princess Series by Jim C Hines
This series follows the various princesses of classic fairy tales as they embark on adventures outside of their respective stories. I have only read the first one, but I feel like this fresh take on princesses could knock Once Upon a Time down a peg or two. I also feel like it could be more family friendly than Once Upon a Time currently is.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let’s talk! What are you excited for on TV this fall? What books do you want to see on TV?

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 8

Prompt: A Book With a Number in the Title

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Here, have four! I haven’t read any of these yet (seeing a theme here, lovelies?) but I found all of them at various used book sales.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemesin
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
419 by Will Ferguson

What is your favorite book with a number in the title? Have you read any of these?

Stay bookish!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 7

Prompt: Favorite Illustrator

I really love doing challenges like this, because it makes me think about things I wouldn’t otherwise think about. Like, I never would have thought about who my favorite illustrator is if I hadn’t been prompted to.

From a kids’ books perspective, I have to say my favorite illustrator is Michael Martchenko. He is the illustrator who works with Robert Munsch, and those books were such a big part of my childhood. I will always love them, and I will always try and buy them for people I know who have kids.

When it comes to graphic novels, the art in The Wicked + The Divine was just superb. It was a joint effort between  Jamie McKelvie (Illustrations) and Matt Wilson (Colorist). Such beautiful work!

Do you have a favorite illustrator?

Stay bookish!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 6

Prompt: A Book With a Colour in the Title

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I didn’t have anything more interesting than black, white, and gray! I also haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of these books yet. Have you read any of them? What did you think?

Stay bookish!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 5

Prompt: A Book That Changed How You Think About Something

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Columbine by Dave Cullen

I remember when the Columbine shooting happened. I remember how it affected my high school career. I remember the media spin. I read this book in May and I was really interested to see how I had been mislead by the media. This is a very intense book.

What is your thought on this prompt?

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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