48 Hour Book Challenge

48 Hour Book Challenge

This is the 10th Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge, hosted by Mother Reader. I will be reading from 2:30pm Friday to 2:30pm Sunday, JST. (I started reading before I made my starting line post, because I’m knew to this whole thing.) I’m aiming for the minimum twelve hours, to ease myself into the challenge, but who knows? I might keep going once I get started.

Want to join? Sign up here.

Sunday Morning Paper: Truth & Beauty Bombs

The Lion and the Mouse

Much of what [children’s librarian Anne Carroll] Moore did in that room had never been done before, or half as well. She brought in storytellers and, in her first year, organized two hundred story hours (and ten times as many two years later). She compiled a list of twenty-five hundred standard titles in children’s literature. She won the right to grant borrowing privileges to children; by 1913, children’s books accounted for a third of all the volumes borrowed from New York’s branch libraries. … In each of the library’s branches, Moore abolished age restrictions. Down came the “Silence” signs, up went framed prints of the work of children’s-book illustrators. “Do not expect or demand perfect quiet,” she instructed her staff. “The education of children begins at the open shelves.” In place of locked cabinets, she provided every library with a big black ledger; if you could sign your name, you could borrow a book.

The case for starting sex education in kindergarten

Researchers found that among 12 to 25 year olds in the Netherlands, most say they had “wanted and fun” first sexual experiences. By comparison, 66 percent of sexually active American teens surveyed said they wished that they had waited longer to have sex for the first time.

Women graduate college at higher rates than men… Unless they’re gay

[Education researcher Leigh Fine] found that the pattern we see in which women are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree is reversed among sexual minorities. Gay and bisexual men are more likely to report graduating than lesbian and bisexual women. In fact, they’re more likely to report graduating than heterosexual men and women as well.

In contrast, sexual minority women were the least likely of all four groups to report graduating.

UK Disney store scraps gendered categories after 8-year-old aspiring Darth Vader complains

Disney’s UK online store no longer categorizes toys by gender at all. In the top menu bar, the site only has a general “kids” section where all children’s toys are housed. Way to change the world, Miss Cornthwaite—or should I say Sith Lord Cornthwaite?

Then Now Next Thursday (June 4, 2015)

Heart and the BottleTHEN

I finished reading The Last Unicorn. It was just as lovely as I remembered.

I also read two picture books: Owl Babies, an old childhood favorite, and The Heart and the Bottle, a new childlike favorite.

NOW

I’m currently in the middle of several things: Naomi Novik’s Uprooted on my phone, Mossflower on my home and work computers via Open Library, and Sabriel on audiobook through my local library! CLAMS kindly set me up with an online library card, even though I live abroad! (I’m still legally a resident of S. Yarmouth, Massachusetts.) I’m like a kid in a candy store now that I have my library card, but I have to remind myself to be reasonable and only borrow as much as I can read. Free access to so many (English) books is such a relief. Why didn’t I ask for a library card sooner?

MossflowerI also listened to some of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneduring a dentist’s appointment. I only made it into the second chapter and I don’t listen enough to justify two audiobooks out from the library at the same time, but it was soothing. I mean, it’s not like I don’t know how the series ends.

NEXT

Well, first I have to finish all this. After that? It’s anyone’s guess, honestly.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Like to See as TV Series/Movies

Top Ten TuesdayThis week on Top Ten Tuesday: top ten books I’d like to see as TV series or movies!

  • The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien I know Christopher Tolkien was not impressed with Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings adaptations, but, c’mon, wouldn’t The Silmarillion make a great miniseries? It could be Sherlock-style, a few long episodes per season. It has everything: sword fights and epic grudges and world building. I just want to see The Fall of Gondolin with Glorfindel as a real hottie.
  •  The SilmarillionLamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore This would make a great movie… if they could get it made. It would no doubt ruffle a lot of feathers, but think of it as a contemporary Life of Brian, right?
  • Alana: The First Adventure, Tamora Pierce Since the success of the Lord of the Rings films, they’ve been looking for the next big fantasy franchise. They had a chance for a girl-centered fantasy series with The Golden Compass, but they blew it because they were too cowardly to actually make an adaptation of the book. So why not Alana? Or…
  • Sabriel, Garth Nix Uhm, this would be amazing?! Seriously, it has all the makings of a huge fantasy film franchise. There’s cool magic and zombies and battles. With the 20th anniversary recently, this would be great on film and the charter magic would look so cool.
  • Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor Another fantasy series that would be amazing on the big screen. Seriously, there is nothing like this book, but it would be so easy to market as “the next Harry Potter” or whatever they like to say these days. “If you liked Harry Potter, then Akata Witch will blow your mind.
  • The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, Uma Krishnaswami This would be such a fun kid movie! It would be kind of like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but… better! I don’t know, what are current “real life” kid movies popular these days? This one would be great.
  • PantomimeZita the Spacegirl, Ben Hatke Another great kids’ movie in the making! Zita the Spacegirl keeps flying off the shelf in my library and I have no doubt that it would be popular with my students and their peers. It’s got fun and adventure and excitement, without feeling like an hour+ long toy advertisement.
  • Pantomime, Laura Lam Okay, obviously by now you can tell that I really like fantasy. I love fantasy, and fantasy movies in particular. I like to see cool special effects. Pantomime would be another great fantasy movie, but with some diversity, for a change. It’s such a great book, and I think it would make an equally good movie.
  • Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgewick This is another one that would be a good miniseries. Remember that Syfy series, The Door? It would be like that, a limited run of six or twelve episodes and each one would be one time period, and it would all be a big mystery, like Lost or something.
  • Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld I can’t decide if this would be a better movie or miniseries. It would take a lot of finagling to fit in the dual narratives, but if it could be done well, this would be a great show.

Books, Movies, Music & More: May 2015

Heart and the BottleBooks Read in May 2015

I only actually finished two books in May. Oops.

  • Owl Babies, Martin Waddel (picture book, nature, bedtime story)
  • The Heart and the Bottle, Oliver Jeffers (picture book, realistic/contemporary)

I’ve actually been reading a lot this month. I guess I just haven’t actually finished reading anything. I’ve got several books currently in progress.

Movies Watched in May 2015

  • Pride & Prejudice (live action, historical drama, romance)

June should be better for movies. Avengers: Age of Ultronfinally makes it to theaters here this Friday, for one thing, and I’ll hopefully have more energy after work once classes finish and it’s just inservice days for a couple weeks while I do inventory.

How to Dismantle an Atomic BombMusic Listened in May 2015

  • Fast Cars – U2

finally found a copy of U2’s Japan-exclusive “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” with Fast Cars!

More – Anything Else? May 2015

  • Steven Universe (cartoon, urban fantasy?)
  • Fate/Stay night (anime, urban fantasy)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (live action, crime procedural)
  • Criminal Minds(live action, crime procedural)
  • CSI: Cyber(live action, crime procedural)

My usual TV shows ended for the season this month, so I’ll either have to pick up a summer show, or finally catch up on some anime. (I really need to get around to finishing Fate/Stay night.) I love TV, and I’ll probably want to spend a lot of time indoors with the A/C on, because it’s getting hot.