Friday Debate: Women We Admire

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Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:

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Destructive Love: Books With Devastating Relationships

Today is Valentine’s Day, the day of love. A day to celebrate romance and the love of those around us. But romance sometimes doesn’t end with happily ever after. Sometimes love can cause pain, heartache, or worse, death. Yes, love can be a destructive emotion. Just ask these fictional characters how it worked out for them. Here are the best books that show the worst forms of romantic love: Continue reading “Destructive Love: Books With Devastating Relationships”

Platonic Love: Ten Friendships Best Display In Books

February may be considered as the most romantic month of the year. But people tend to fail to recognize the one love that tend to last longer than most romantic relationships: friendship.

Celebrating friendship may not line the pockets of many businesses and retailers, but it is a worthy relationship that should be celebrated. Having meaningful friendships is not only a joy, but a huge benefit to our health. After all, boyfriends and girlfriends come and go, but friends are for life. So since Valentine’s Day is so near, instead of focusing on the most romantic relationships, why not highlight the great friendships literature has given us? No need to be on the edge of your seat for these relationships. These always end with a happy ending: Continue reading “Platonic Love: Ten Friendships Best Display In Books”

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Dads in Literature

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.

I was going to list memorable fathers of literature but then I remember that I did a similar post two years ago so I am just going to link to that post. I only listed seven but if during the day I come up with more I will update the page:

Top Memorable Literary Fathers

Must Read Books That Represent Mental Illness

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There needs to be an open discussion about mental health. And what better way to stand up to the stigma than to read fiction books that portray the topic perfectly. Readers appreciate to have characters that we can connect with and see as real people. So for Mental Awareness Month, here is a list of books that portray mental illness more realistically:

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters I’d Name a Child or Pet After

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After

1. Gemma Doyle from A Great and Terrible Beauty

Gemma is fiery, independent, and care about those around her…what a strong name to have!

 

 

 

 

 

2. Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen

Emma might have been a spoiled and snobbish character but beneath there is a good heart.

 

 

3. Katrina Van Tassel from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

May not be a big fan of the character but I like the sound of “Katrina” as a name.

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Fitwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Maybe not Fitwilliam but William is a good name and I think Darcy could work for either a girl or a boy.

 

 

 

 

5. Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock Holmes Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Katarina Bishop from Heist Society by Ally Carter

It would be cool have a Katarina as child…hopefully, she won’t do that many robberies.

 

 

 

 

 

7.Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

For a dog, most likely

 

 

And last but not least:

8. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book! Of course I would find some way to name my child or my pet after one of my favorite characters. In fact I actually did!1344.jpg

Meet Lizzy, my guinea pig! She is just as headstrong and independent like her namesake.

 

I couldn’t think of anymore but if during the day I come up with one, I’ll write it down.What character names you would use?

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Read Week 2016

This week is the start of Teen Read Week, a national literacy event created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) that tries to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. This year’s slogan is “Read For The Of It!”

Being a young adult librarian, I can safely say that it is difficult to get teens to read, especially in this day and age. However, I try to stress to my teens the importance of not  only reading but the importance of the library. Without all this, they wouldn’t have a place to hang out, to feel safe. Coming to the library frequently and taking advantage of all the resources the library has to offer will help them succeed later in life and I try to instill that philosophy into the teens.

So I thought this was a perfect time to name the books that I read when I was a teenager (not all, we’ll be here all day!). I loved reading for fun, did it whenever I got a chance when I was a teenager.And these books are just a taste of all the different worlds I got to experience when I was a teen…

(All links lead to Goodreads.com)

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

I always loved reading about magic and witchcraft, but this series not only creased my interest in reading that genre, but introduced me to Libba Bray who I found to be a great storyteller and never left me disappointed. She is probably one of the few YA authors I still read to this day.

 

 

 

 

2. Blue is For Nightmares Series by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Another great supernatural series! I waited in anticipation when the next one in the series would be released and I was sad when it ended. But this is a perfect example of series where it didn’t get too cheesy and knew when to end. It didn’t overdo it and that’s why I treasure this series close to my heart.

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Book Nerds

Top Ten TuesdaysTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.)”

There are so many to choose from, but here we go:

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1. Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

 

 

 

 

2. Hermoine Granger, Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

3. Fanny Price, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

 

 

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4. Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

 

 

 

EyreAffair.jpg5. Thursday Next, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde  (She’s a literary detective! How awesome is that!)

 

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Bennet, La Belle Assemblée, and Early 19th Century Fashion

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“Votaries and observers of fashion, but not her slaves, we follow her through her versatile path; catch her varied attractions, and present her changes to our readers as they pass before us in gay succession.” La Belle Assemblée, 1812.

Portrait of Elizabeth, Mrs Horsley Palmer, by Thomas Lawrence, early 19th century.Portrait of Elizabeth, Mrs Horsley Palmer, by Thomas Lawrence, early 19th century.

Somehow, I cannot picture Elizabeth Bennet reclining on the drawing room sofa, idly flipping through the pages of the latest issue of La Belle Assemblée or The Lady’s Magazine.  And yet, if she had indulged in a bit of frivolous fashion magazine perusal, what advice might she have read there and what images might she have seen?

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813.  The story itself begins in the year 1811 and concludes at the close of 1812.  In June of 1812, Elizabeth Bennet is home at Longbourn, anxiously awaiting the July arrival of her…

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Diverse Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)”

I am ashamed to say that this took a lot of thinking. I love reading diverse books and for me to take so long to compile a list of only ten shows that we need more of them. But I managed to come up with these top ten (links go to Goodreads):

People of Color (POCs)

1. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende – Prestigious Spanish family during post-colonial Chile.

2. Kindred by Octavia Butler – features a black female protagonist

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – features a Native American teenager protagonist

4. Lives of Our Own by Lori Hewett – two young girls, one white and one black, dealing with the bias and racial prejudice in their small town.

5. Sula by Toni Morrison – features two black heroines

6. Soledad by Angie Cruz – features a Latina protagonist

7. My Best Friend’s Girl by Dorothy Koomson –  a black female protagonist who gains custody of her former best friend’s daughter, who is white.

8. If You Come Softly by Jaqueline Woodson – Interracial relationship (black guy and white girl)

9. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – features an eleven-year-old black female protagonist.

Religious Diversity:

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10. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene – a young Jewish girl harboring a German soldier. Also contains a maid who is black and her trusted ally.

Have you read any of these? What would be on your lists? Post your comments below!