She still finds time to read after a day of filming ♥
Whether you’re gearing up for your trip or looking for some airplane reading (or watching) and ARC alternatives, there are far more location-themed titles to choose from than the iconic Leaving Las Vegas or Ocean’s Eleven (either version).
Viva Las Vegas books!
Read what you want.
As librarians, we will never judge you. We would never judge you. We sideeye those who do.
I don’t give a shit what you read! Erotica? I’ll get it for you. Obscure manga? OCLC to the rescue. That one book with the blue cover and the thingy? I will go down a black research hole for you and then I will put a hold on it.
LIBRARIANS HAVE NO SHAME. WE DON’T CARE.
Almost a century after World War I’s first battles were fought, its lessons about the high costs of modern warfare still resonate with today’s readers. The coming months will see the publication of a diverse group of new novels about “the Great War” and its legacy.
For your Memorial Day reading.
Let pundits blame technology for distracting us from great books. Ordinary readers are rediscovering the classics.
I have Blindness, Twelve Years a Slave, In the Time of the Butterflies, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall on my Nook app on my Samsung Galaxy III. What classics are you reading on your smartphone?
As the row over the Government’s ban on prisoners receiving books and other parcels continues, inmates in Italy are being rewarded with cut sentences for reading.
Calabria’s culture representative, Mario Caligiuri, hopes it will increase reading as well as free up space in the area’s prisons.
He said: “Reading is an extraordinary antidote to unhappiness and promotes awareness and social and personal redemption.”
Voracious Reader. Sculpture by Kathy Ross
A call to action from author James Patterson.
Something more important is going on here—something we have more control over: Our country is not prioritizing the importance of books and reading.
Books are losing a presence in our children’s lives.
We can fix this.
If someone tells you that she is on her break and just wants to read, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD JUST LET HER READ.— Rita Meade (@ScrewyDecimal) August 30, 2013
— Amen, Sister!
Jack Kerouac’s reading list, 1940 - age 18…
How many 18 year olds are this ambitious in their reading? Puts my own teenage efforts to shame!
This past week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers went to BookExpo America (BEA), and we are still feeling its throes. Guy and myself are going without books for a time, and Bette-Lee got her hands on a new title that will make her fellow romance fans jealous.
Really, diversity is not about black or white or gay or straight or anything so specific. Diversity is about inclusion. It’s about including everyone in a world that doesn’t just yet. It’s about leading by example, not by lecture. So often, readers don’t need an explanation when it comes to diversity. What they need are characters who are naturally themselves in a story that easily fits them. Seeing those pure examples of diversity, the reader can feel at ease in the real world without having to explain or lecture or look around and question.
This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are reading narratives of risqué histories and the earliest movement toward establishing racial equality in local U.S. public schools, media criticism, and discussions of gender. Oh, yes, a few novels are mentioned here and there.
Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, LJ
I’m reading Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America by Leslie Zemeckis and Blaze Starr.
Josh Hadro, Executive Editor, LJ
I have some ambitious plans to finish China Miéville’s Kraken ASAP, and then start Douglas Rushkoff’s new book, Present Shock.
Stephanie Klose, Media Editor, LJ
Jo Walton’s Nebula– and Hugo–winning Among Others has long been one of those books I’ve heard is great but never read.
Molly McArdle, Assistant Book Review Editor, LJ
I just started a book I’ll be reviewing for LJ‘s education section First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School School.
Chelsey Philpot, Associate Book Review Editor, SLJ
I am very excited to have finally received a library copy of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright.
Meredith Schwartz, News Editor, LJ
I’m reading Gender on Planet Earth by Ann Oakley.
Henrietta Thornton-Verma, Reviews Editor, LJ
I took out my well-worn copy of Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of Courage, Grief, and Healing by Hope Edelman.…Edelman’s Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become has been perfect over the years too.