Europa Editions has a reading challenge for you! We will probably qualify for Europa Amante just by accident, their books are so good. If you blog and like books (i.e. are reading this post), you’ll want to give this a look.
The uncompromising honesty of the quirkyalone, her unwillingness to sell out or settle, comes from an almost compulsive conversation with the self. Should I stay in this job? Should I break up with him? Should I stick it out? Some people might say that examining one’s life in such detail is…
I’m horrified by the number of books on the Board’s list that I haven’t read. The few I have read (Lolita, The Sound and the Fury, To the Lighthouse, Portnoy’s Complaint, A Bend in the River, Ragtime) are mostly great. I hate Catch 22. Haaaate. The Grapes of Wrath is a bit slow, but the final scene basically redeems all terrible literature ever written in any language. And Gatsby’s…y’know. Fine.
“There are two things that separate reading from other media experiences. One is that reading is better: it’s richer and deeper and more complex and more beautiful. It’s more intellectually rewarding. And I say this as, among other things, a hard-core video gamer. All media have their strengths. I just think reading’s strengths are strongest.”—Lev Grossman, Is Pottermore Good for Harry? (via jjchristie)
Nothing makes me happier than random strangers grabbing my arm to tell me how much they love Ender’s Game when they see me pull it from my purse…especially when they are so obviously not visually identifiable as geeky at all. It gives me happy feelings for this bus ride.
I’m getting really frustrated with this geek vs pandering hot girls, and geek exclusiveness bullshit. I haven’t weighed in because I generally feel that there will always be mean, small-minded assholes in the world and me getting upset isn’t going to change that.
“Book blogging has become a subculture whose members are mostly women between 20 and 50 years old, often known as ‘mommy bloggers’ because they are housewives who blog about romance novels, horror/vampire stories and paranormal novels. Many of them have hundreds of followers on Twitter, and the result is that they have the power to establish new trends. And the publishing industry has started to take them seriously.”
Somebody should brace herself for a world of hurt. And learn what a “mommy blogger” is.