It’s that time of year again. Temperatures rise, the sun seems to shine so much brighter, and summer reading arrives in full swing. Summer Reading, not only in schools, but a popular staple in public libraries. It is a special time where they really promote the great programs that occur and provide a great alternative of free summer activities that range from video game programs, art programs, movies, and knitting circles. And reading, of course.
But lately, I have noticed a change. While I worked at the library this past year, it will be 2 years this coming September, programs and initiatives that revolved around were severely lacking. I mean, there really was no accountability or little encouragement for people to participate in the challenge. However, an ongoing campaign at the library I work has made me question libraries’ true feelings about reading, which leads me to this week’s tea discussion, libraries sudden realization that they are institutions of reading. Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Libraries Reconnection With Reading”→
When I first heard that Amazon was opening bookstores, this was my initial reaction:
By creating their online business, Amazon has cornered a huge market of book buying which most of the purchasing is done online. So why would Amazon take the risk of opening a brick and mortar bookstore, especially when a lot of them have been closing and people continue to fear their extinction?
As we celebrate and give the love and affection our own mothers rightfully deserve, let us take the time to celebrate the great moms of literature ( what would we do without their comforting thoughts and words):
1. Mrs. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen) – Yes, she is crazy but what great mother isn’t? You can’t help but not love this desperate, social-climbing woman, especially with her “poor nerves”. Despite that, she is a caring mother who would do just about anything to see her daughters happy. And it appears to have worked, she has three married daughters. She is very blessed indeed.
2. Mrs. Gardiner (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen) – She may just be Elizabeth’s aunt but she provides more motherly advice than Mrs. Bennet ever could. Her intelligent and generous personality would always be a comfort to any surrogate daughter.
3. Molly Weasly (Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling) – The perfect embodiment of the saying “mama bear protecting her cubs”. She is not only a great witch, especially when she is protecting her loved ones, her attentiveness and loving nature doesn’t stop at her own kids but extend to Harry and Hermoine.
4. Jennifer Honey (Matilda, Roald Dahl) – Before becoming her adoptive mother, as her teacher, Miss Honey showed Matilda more love and attention that she ever received in her young life. What better qualities can you find in a mother?
5. Margaret “Marmee” March (Little Women, Louisa May Alcott)
Marmee (or Margaret March) is the core of her family, managing the household by herself while her husband is away, helping war efforts, and teaching her daughters — by example — how to grow into smart, strong, and kind women.”
6. Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White) -Charlotte may have been a spider and Wilbur may have been a pig, but in this unconventional companionship, Charlotte did everything in her power to protect Wilbur from any harm. A great characteristic to have in a mother.
7. Lily Potter (Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling) – She died trying to protect her son. I don’t think I have to say anything else to justify that.
8. Hester Prynne (The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne) – Exiled from her own community, Hester manages to take care of both herself and her rambunctious child , Pearl. She is not perfect and she did make mistakes but Hester manages to rise above it all to become a great mom.
She is the mother of Wendy, John, and Michael and is extremely loving and beautiful. She always tries to keep peace in the household and wants the best for her children. Although she does not fully believe in Peter Pan she does believe in the spirit of him and will do so to keep her children’s happiness!”
10. Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery) – Shows Anne tender, love and care when she takes her in and welcomes her into her family. But that doesn’t she is all ease. She can be strict and straightforward when she needs to be.
Everyday life can get overwhelming and stressful at times. This is a common emotion that happens to people most of the time. But there are some, including myself, that suffers extreme bouts of extreme emotions of stress and panic attacks that can crumple them emotionally and physically. This is an anxiety disorder that I have been dealing with since I was young. Anxiety is not something that goes away but it is an emotion that can be maintained and controlled. When I get high anxiety, there are some useful methods that cal me down and I would like to share with you, especially for those book lovers who needs new ways to relax:dies
1. Reading– This an obvious activity. Studies have shown that reading relaxes the mind. So this a top activity to do relieve anxiety. But for the times when your anxiety reaches a high point, what I suggest is to read in a quiet place, like a nice isolated sport in a park or a quiet room in your house. Try not to read on the train or the bus (especially if you live in a big city like I do. Having peace and quiet on public transportation will be difficult). Keep your phone and computer away from you. Take that time to take a break from technology. If you like having music while reading, I advise classical music. The soothing, calming music will be relaxing.
I took a short vacation this past week and a half and although I didn’t leave New York, a nice staycation was just what the doctor ordered. I read, I wrote, I visited places that either were for the first time or a place I haven’t been to in a long time. The past few months I have been extremely stressed and my anxiety being at high measures. This little reprieve allowed me to recharge and get back in the swing of things.
Welcome to another dose of Weekly Tea Discussion! This week’s discussion question: Who is more realistic, YA books or Adult Fiction?
As we book lovers know, books always manage to reflect the world around us, no matter how fictional they are. But lately there has been a slew of new books released that tie more closely to the cultural and political events that are happening around us, such as the New York Times Bestseller The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two books that surround the Black Lives Matter movement. There has been a huge cluster of YA books that are becoming more political, albeit becoming more realistic-well, this is an opinion of an article on LitHub.com. With writers (younger writers) representing the younger voice in issues that matter to them, it would be easier to say that YA books are more realistic than literary fiction. But I don’t think that is necessarily true. Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Who’s More Realistic, YA or Adult Books?”→
As Women’s History Month comes to a close, let us remember that the fight for equal rights for women is a daily battle and remembering the great women who made a mark in history is not something that should be done for one day, let alone an entire month. We should never forget the contributions these women make. And what better way to recognize them all year round with inspiring words we hear from amazing women or quotes that demonstrate the importance of women in society. Maybe your favorite made the list…
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own