Currently Obsessed With Interlude #3: The Article Edition #2

In my last Currently Obsessed With post, I said I was going to do a separate post for all of the articles I’ve come across because I couldn’t make up my mind about which ones I wanted to share.  So this is said post!

Before I get started, I thought I’d share how I pick out the articles I share.  Throughout the month, I bookmark (or star in my bloglovin’ feed) different articles and blog posts I come across.  Once it’s time to do my currently obsessed with post, I pick the handful that were super interesting to me.

And last month, I found that I came across quite a few things I wanted to share!  So here they are…

  1. A Banned Books Infographic by the Huffington Post.  I found that the map showing the number of challenges each state had to be particularly interesting.  I hate to say it, but it’s not surprising (to me) that Texas had the highest number, and quite honestly, I expected the south and midwest to have more challenges than the rest of the country.  I know it’s horrible to stereotype entire regions of the country and that I shouldn’t do it, but still…I was definitely surprised and intrigued.
  2. I have one major issue with this article about why reading is a good way to spend time.  Notably, that reading is learning. It just frustrates me that it seems implied that reading is the only way to learn.  There are other ways to learn things besides reading.  Also, you can be curious about the world and not be a reader.  You can also be comfortable on your own and not be a reader.  Also, you can be intelligent and not be a reader, because I feel like like there are different kinds of intelligence.  Now that I’m done with my mini-rant, I do like that it’s about why reading is awesome.
  3. Back to banned books, I love this post over at Book Riot about Banned Books Week.  I never thought about it like that, and to be honest, I always forget about it until it’s over.
  4. Also: Diversity In YA has an interesting post about diversity and book challenges.  I have no thoughts on this one, but it’s still interesting to check out.
  5. Speaking of diversity, I love this blog post about authenticity and diversity in literature.  Diversity in the book world really is a topic in and of itself, but this post in particular struck a chord with me.  I don’t read as diversely as I should, and I wouldn’t even know where to start (but Diversity In YA will likely be a big help and a good resource).
  6. This article over at The Guardian about how young adult novels speak to people whereas adult novels don’t really frustrates me!  As much as I love young adult (I mean, most of what I read is YA, after all), it doesn’t mean adult books don’t speak to people.  I definitely feel like the author of that post is making assumptions about adult books the way that some people make assumptions about YA.  But it’s still worth checking out, especially with recent articles about how reading YA is something to be ashamed of.
  7. This is a really interesting interview about how Harry Potter, Twilight and 50 Shades have influenced the lives of several young women.
  8. A million times yes to this blog post about strong women.  This is another one that could fill goodness knows how many posts, but I agree that all kinds of women are strong and have stories that need to be told- and that certain stories aren’t better than others just because a female character has characteristics we don’t like.
  9. And a final- but completely fun and awesome note- I LOVE this article about the stall that lived.  It totally made my day when I read it.

Book Talk: Introducing Book Talk

Book Talk

I came up with the idea for Book Talk a while ago, and I thought I’d actually (and officially) introduce this feature!

Book Talk is my way of talking about non-book review bookish things.  How I feel about different things (like movie adaptations of books) and I how approach and think about reading has changed so much over the last 3.5 years, and my reading life is so different now than it was when I first started book blogging.  I do a lot of reviews (okay, mostly reviews) and lately (like, pretty much all year) I’ve wanted to do something bookish but not the book review kind of bookish.

My reading life before the blog is a bit of a blur, but it’s been such a positive experience for me.  I get to talk what I’m reading and I’m so much better able at talking about what I’m reading and why I feel the way I do about books.  I feel like I’m better able to pick out books I’ll like and put down the ones I don’t.  I feel like I’m more open to different ways of reading- I feel like I’d try an app like Oyster (or similar apps) and different formats (switching between print, e-book and audio book is no problem now) and even genres that I don’t normally read (which isn’t as often as I want it to be).  I feel like I’m more aware of what I’m reading, and am more open to reading things outside of my reading comfort zone, even though I have a tendency to go for what I know I like, instead of truly making an effort to diversify my reading.  I’m more likely to check out an author’s other books if I like what I’ve read by them.

I could go on and on about how much my reading life has changed because of the blog, and I’m hoping to talk about all of these things and more.  There are so many things I want to talk about, but I have a tendency to get scared about sharing my opinions. I’ve started so many posts that I end up deleting because I’m worried that what I’m trying to get across isn’t coming out right or that I’ll come across as stupid (or some combination of the two).  Sometimes, I don’t chime in, because other people have (and have said it much better than I can) or because I’m not sure what my opinion is.  And often, it’s because I feel like I don’t have anything to add to the conversation.  But I really want to get over that, and I feel like this new feature will help with that.

Another big reason why I’ve wanted to do something like this is some of the things that came up in a recent Top Ten Tuesday list where we shared some bookish/book blogger confessions.  I talked about how I feel guilty for not doing more discussion posts but I also shared how I wanted to do some non-review posts.  That post has really motivated me to get this feature going, because one thing that came to mind while working on that post was how I really do want to start talking about other book-related topics, and how I want to get over my fear of being a bit more open.

I also think it would be interesting to go back and look at it in a few years to see how much things have changed.  And I have so many ideas for what I could talk about- like not finishing books or what I think about series and or movie adaptations or even fun bookish events like when I went to a book launch party for The Kiss Of Deception.  Or even what I think of any adaptations, like The Giver (which I’m seeing this weekend) and If I Stay, which I plan on seeing next weekend.

Now I’m actually get really excited about it!  I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting the Book Talk posts, but for now, it’ll probably be once or twice a month.  Maybe more, but it depends on how chatty I’m feeling.

Currently Obsessed With Interlude #2: The Article Edition

So, there were several articles and blog posts I came across in June, and I wanted to share them in a separate blog post. Mostly because my last currently obsessed with post got super-long, and I didn’t want to make it longer, so why not do another post and add in a few thoughts?

  • The Stephen King Money tumblr, which you can find here.

I still find the idea of this blog hilarious and amusing.  It seems like she’s having fun with it, which is awesome.

  • Why e-books are awesome, courtesy of Buzzfeed.

Like I said a few days ago, it’s actually nice to see something highlighting the awesomeness of e-readers, instead of one of the millions of articles about why e-readers are all evil.  Still, can we maybe get past the idea that one is not better than the other, and that audio books, e-books and print have good and bad things about them?  And that people use some combination of the three, and not just one?

I just thought it was interesting, and I liked that Fangirl was the main focus of the article.

I love it when she does these kinds of posts, because they really resonate with me.  This one in particular, and I so agree with what she talks about in this post.

  • 10 Obnoxious Things Hard-Core Readers Say To People, over at Book Riot.

Random Thought: I kind of find certain segments of the bookish population to be more obnoxious than those who aren’t into reading.  Especially all the judgy-ness going in, which drives me up a wall sometimes.  If someone isn’t into reading, that’s cool, because we’re all different, and they’re just as interesting as a reader.

Sometimes pseudonyms confuse me.  Like, I get using one to distinguish between writing and non-writing lives, or even something like Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and different names for different genres.  But…it’s slightly confusing when a name seems familiar, and it’s because the author has several (i.e., more than 2) pseudonyms, or they write in the same genre (YA paranormal, for example) under 2 or 3 different names.  I get wanting to having genres or whatever separate, but…sometimes it’s hard to keep up with, because I find myself searching for a series under the wrong name, particularly if there isn’t a lot of different in terms of genre.

  • This one made me cry.

It also made me think about my grandpa, who loved to read- and my reading life would be so different if it weren’t for him.

That’s all for today, and I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Word For The Year

I can’t remember where I got this idea, but knowing me, it was probably a blog or a podcast.

But I feel the need to pick a word to describe how I want my year to go.  Like hope or positivity or kindness or something.  Every word I think of seems so boring and cliché.

Like, positivity is good.  I try to be positive.  But do I really want it to be my own personal word of the year?  I’m not sure. 

Creativity?  Maybe.  I do want to be more creative, whether I’m writing, being craftsy, baking, or cooking.  There are so many ways of being creative, so maybe it’s a good word to have as my word.

Healthy comes to mind, but I feel like it’s because it’s a new year, and that’s the thing on everyone’s mind.  I do need to exercise, and I feel like I eat pretty well, but I’m not sure.

There’s no rule that I need to have, so maybe a list of words that I can think about and remember and incorporate into my life.

I don’t have a set list of resolutions this year, and I’m not sure why.  I mean, there are things I want to accomplish this year, but I can’t seem to get into it.  But this word for the year thing has.

Go figure.  I think I need to create a master list and then narrow it down from there.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to talk about my guiding word soon!