Book Bites

Musings and tidbits about the book world.

One of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received! A Sherry original. A drawing of every book club pick I’ve selected. @sherrenity #bookbites

girlwithalessonplan:

I found the quote frames from my wedding! Steal this idea.

I wish I saw this for my book-themed wedding!

“The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction - until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered - they connect with an audience - or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books - and thus what they count as literature - really tells you more about them than it does about the book.”

—   Brent Weeks (via victoriousvocabulary)

No judgment here.

(via theinnkeeperlibrarian)

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’”

—   Toni Morrison (via thisislove)

(via theinnkeeperlibrarian)

“As people who work with youth, we must continually examine our culture and engage with teens to break down these harmful stereotypes. One way to do this is through collection development. Whatever our personal bias, we must actively develop diverse collections, and seek and purchase titles with varying discussions about teenage sexuality”

YESS!!! Mortal Heart Book Trailer - Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin Book 3)

(Source: youtube.com)

schoollibraryjournal:

Settling into our new digs! Most important thing to note? Where’s the closest library?

“Then, like when she finished Eleanor and Park, Rowell says she found herself wanting an emotional change after writing Landline — which led her to the YA fantasy novel she just completed the first draft for. Rowell said good-bye to Elton John and Stevie Nicks and hello to the “edgy, invigorating, and unsettling” sounds of Wild Beasts, Alt-J, and older Duran Duran for a tale centered around good vs. evil that questions “how can you tell the difference, and is our job really to fight the fights we inherit or to choose our own fights?” she says. “Every song on my playlist is one of those, ‘something is about to happen, something is about to happen.’””

—   Yes this about Rainbow Rowell’s soundtracks is super cool, BUT DID YOU SEE THE NOTE ABOUT WHAT SHE’S WORKING ON NEXT? !!! Literature’s John Hughes: Rainbow Rowell On Her Love Affair With Music and Writing

Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?

You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you.

You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. You feel like a piece of you was just gained and lost. You’ve just experienced something deep, something intimate… Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul.

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It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference. They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them.

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Beautiful read on why readers are, “scientifically,” the best people to date

Perhaps Kafka’s timeless contention that books are "the axe for the frozen sea inside us" applies equally to the frozen sea between us. 

(via explore-blog)

Just makes so much sense.

(via booknymph)

“Margaret Wise Brown, author of “Goodnight Moon,” lived there in the 1940s.”