Soooo many of the blogs I read have some sort of a "What is coming" or "Books out soon" or "On our Radar" type of post either weekly or more randomly. I am just a lowly, independent blogger with no connection to any sort of booksellers or publishers. This would make it difficult for me to do any sort of post about what is coming up aside from books you can find out about from the same places I do....booksellers ads, other more "in the loop" bloggers, and e-mails I get because I am a librarian who supposedly has loads of money to spend on books for middle-schoolers (Has no one heard about the dire straits schools are in these days?).
Bottom line...I am just going to bring to your attention a few books I have waiting on my shelves, some are new, some are old, some are really old, whatever the case they are books I own and intend to read...someday, maybe when I am rich and can quit working, or if there is another hurricane and I am stuck in the house for 18 hours. I have no plans for a regular posting about this, but I could, that's how many books I own that I have not read.
1. Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick This was just released yesterday, and I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret and was looking forward to this one, so I bought it, I am hoping to read it this weekend. Maybe after I finish the three books I am currently read, maybe not.
2. American Rose by Karen Abbott This is a biography of Gypsy Rose Lee. I directed a high school production of Gypsy quite a few years ago and always thought it would be nice to read more about her, most especially because I want the real story, not the musicalized story. I really enjoy biographies, but I do find it difficult to stay interested unless the subject is fascinating and the writing is stellar. We will see how this one goes, someday.
3. Seven Sorcerers by Carol King All I can say about this one is, I like fantasy, I liked the cover (Yes, I judged a book by its cover) so I picked it up. I still think it looks like it will be good, but I almost always choose sleep over reading in the wee hours on school nights, which severely cuts in to my reading time.
Three titles seems like enough for today. Check back, maybe I will read these soon now that I have reminded myself why they are here, and I will have posted a witty and insightful review.
Nerds Heart YA is a group of bloggers committed to bringing attention to under-represented by other awards, under-read, and under-blogged YA titles and authors. For this year's tournament, yours truly has been selected as a second round judge...woohoo!!!! The judges have already been chosen for this year, but anyone can nominate a title on the site.
I know I have written about this before, but have not yet figured out how to link to one of my own previous posts yet...I will soon! But in any case you can find out all about the tournament with the link to the site. Have fun and nominate, nominate, nominate!
I found this on one of the blogs I read regularly and thought it was worth re-blogging. I work at a school where many students would be labeled with "the r word" in a different time, but here they are gifted as well as autistic or Asperger's syndrome.
I don’t often post about my personal life here at The Well-Read Wife. Usually it’s strictly all book related material, but today I couldn’t sit by and not use my spotlight to draw attention to an organization doing wonderful work. After reading posts on Love That Max and Attack of the Redneck Mommy I learned of a movement supported by Special Olympics called Spread The Word To End The Word. The word in question is “retard” or “retarded”, but I’ll refer to it as the r-word for the rest of this post. Today, March 2nd is National Spread The Word To End The Word Day.
Why is this cause important to me?
My little brother has Autism. His whole life has been a struggle for my family. 31 years of beautiful, tireless struggle that we wouldn’t trade for anything. His life has meaning and worth. Not that I should have to make that statement. Shouldn’t it go without saying that every life has worth and meaning?
Some of you may think that using the r-word as slang to mean stupid is not hurtful, but I want to tell you that it is very hurtful. When I hear someone use that word. Especially if it’s someone that knows me. Someone who knows what my family has been through. It is a verbal face slap.