I read a lot but I don’t just read books. I read a lot of great stuff from my fellow bloggers, tweeps, and my fabulous Facebook friends. I’m going to pass it along to you in digest form. Here’s what you need to know this week:
From the Interwebs:
- The New Yorker’s Page Turner blog featured a fantastic post “Why Teach English.” English majors get sort of a bad rap, sometimes for good reason (job prospects, especially in academia, can be terrible), but English has value in our academic institutions that should not be overlooked. Basically, “The reason we need the humanities is because we’re human.”
- Grad Student at Young Adult Fiction & Whiskey Sours reviewed the audiobook of Tina Fey’s Bossypants. Bossypants is my favorite memoir, and Tina Fey is my hero, so I recommend you check out her thoughts on the book.
- And speaking of Grad Student, she also reviewed the incredible novel Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: “Absurdity: ZERO. And props to Rowell for it.” My review is coming in a few weeks, but (spoiler alert) it’s probably my favorite book of the year.
- I discovered My Drunk Kitchen and now have a raging crush on Hannah Hart. Not book related, but still awesome. Can someone start a vlog series about drunk reading?
- Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide did a survey of everyone’s Goodreads habits, and wrote an interesting post summarizing her results. She offers some great tips on how to use the site better for blogging and reading organization. She even put the results in an info graphic to make it more digestible. Check it out!
- I wrote a post explaining new adult literature for anyone unfamiliar with this interest category.
- I also wrote a review of Veronica Roth’s Divergent in anticipation of the upcoming movie.
- Lauren crafted an excellent Banned Books Reading List.
- And Rebecca’s highlighted some 9/11 Literature that may be of interest as we remember those lost on that day.
And highlights from my own blog:
- I completely overhauled my blog’s design and organization. It took the better part of an entire day to fix everything for my new theme and category scheme, but I’m happy with the results!
- I geared up for my second year as a doctoral student, noting how much I’ve got on my plate this semester!
- How long have I been writing book reviews? Well, since 1993. Here’s where I share some of the book reviews I wrote in elementary school.
- For any English teachers out there, last week’s Top Ten Tuesday covered my favorite YA/Classic pairings for possible use in the classroom.
So that’s what I’ve found this week around the internets. Happy Sunday!