January 2018

The Book Vs. the Movie

The rule, of course, is that the book is always better than the movie, and I stand by this rule 9.9 times out of 10. There are very few movies that can portray in 1.5 hours what a book does to your soul in a few hours of reading. If you love to read and you've seen adaptations of your favorite books, you already know this. Even if the movie is amazing, it's often still not as good.

Are There Any Good Romance Novels?

Whether it was the foolishness of youth or the books were simply better written, it seems as if the romance novels of my teen and young adult years had much more substance and staying power than today's modern romances. When a character does something that's really pretty standard or boring and we're told that the hero, a hunk who's had his share of women, has never seen anything like her before, we are left thinking that he must be the creature from The Shape of Water because that's pretty unbelievable.

Must-Reads of 2018: Voices of Women of Color

Can't decide which books to read this year? Electric Literature has compiled an outstanding list of books by women of color that you NEED to check out. There's a Black Lives Matter memoir written by movement founders Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele, a compilation of Morgan Jerkins's essays, Naima Coster's first novel... something for everyone.

Book It! Resources

If your child or students do the Book It! program, you already know that they are rewarded for reading with pizzas for reading, which can be problematic, depending on how you look at it. But if you're not getting the Book It! emails with resources and activities to do alongside the program, you are missing out. There is always something fun and engaging to do, whether it's an audiobook or family activity.