With teens and adults everywhere flocking to his books and devouring them (not to mention the movie adaptations of The Fault in our Stars and Paper Towns), John Green has risen to super-stardom in the literary world.
This week has been pretty crazy with news of the bookish sort. We have had BEA, a return of Reading Rainbow, and the death of Maya Angelou. So for today’s post, I’ve decided to post a few videos to give us some inspiration for the weekend.
Levar Burton raised over 2 million dollars for the return of Reading Rainbow as an app that can be used by both teachers and parents to foster the love of reading in children. As a teacher (even though I’m not currently teaching) I understand and appreciate the need for programs that teach children the power an importance of reading. If this love is built at a young age, it is sure to flourish as a child grows older.
If you haven’t seen this article or watched the attached video, please do so. Levar Burton’s joy at reaching his goal of 1 million dollars in less than one day is beautiful.
We also lost a literary icon this week, someone who has been a writer, civil rights advocate, and inspiration to so many people, Maya Angelou. I was first exposed to her poetry in high school and read more of it later on in college. She has such a beautiful and unique voice that transcends so many boundaries. Rest in Peace Maya Angelou.
Maya Angelou, reading her poem “Phenomenal Woman.”
Maya Angelou, reciting her poem “And Still I Rise.”
And finally, just because it’s interesting, fun, and I love John Green.
I have been on a bit of a writing kick lately, as I prepare for two writing challenges for the month of April. This Ray Bradbury quote is excellent, especially when it comes to NaNoWriMo, drafting, and revising. I may even print out a copy of this photograph and put it on the wall next to my desk.
Do you have any writerly words of wisdom that you try to abide by while you write, or that inspire you to write?
There are so many books that I constantly recommend to people, books that I have lent out time and time again in the hopes that people will read and love them as much as I did.
Has anyone ever felt this way about a book?
Paper towns is one of those books that we have come to love, know, and expect from John Green. Quentin “Q” is the the smart, sensitive, and nerdy type who has obsessed over his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman for nearly his whole life. Margo is someone who no one really knows, but who everyone adores, wants to be around, and aspires to be like.
While this book is sometimes annoyingly quirky (Quentin constantly uses Margo’s full name), it was a thought provoking, insightful, and heartwarming read. Paper Towns really makes me wonder what life is really like for Quentin’s friends in the book. It shows that people have views of others, made up by themselves, that they project onto the people around them without even knowing it. Like many people do, Quentin didn’t bother getting to know the people around him, and instead became disappointed when these people don’t live up to who he thought they were and wanted them to be.
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10. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
The Adoration of Jenna Fox was one of the best sci-fi books that I read this in 2013 it brought up so many ethical and personal questions that one wouldn’t typically think about. I was so sucked in by this book that I read 3/4 of it in one setting.
9. Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor
Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor was the first book that I read and reviewed for this blog, so it holds a special place in my heart, but it is also a great book! Ascendant was an exciting supernatural thriller full of secret societies and a strong heroine who comes into her own over the course of the novel. Read my review here!
8. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan was one of the first books I read in 2013 and it is definitely one of the books that has stuck with me the most over the course of the year. The dual narrative, one written by each of the authors was brilliant. While each was distinctive, both Will Graysons were fun to read about and I loved seeing how their lives collided.
7. The Diviners by Libba Bray
The idea of The Diviners (a supernatural serial killer roaming Manhattan during the Roaring Twenties) was what originally caught my eye and made me want to pick it up and in no way was I disappointed. Read my review here!
6. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Going Bovine by Libba Bray was such a funny and moving roller coaster of a book. I loved that it was so unpredictable and that I had literally no idea what adventure would come next. I wasn’t disappointed with anything I read by Libba Bray this year. Read my review here!
5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
2013 was the year of me discovering how much I love Rainbow Rowell’s books. When I saw the synopsis for Fangirl I knew that I had to have it! I found Fangirl to be a fun and entertaining read whose main character reminded me of myself in so many ways. Click here for my review!
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This book is probably on so many top 10 lists and rightfully so. The Fault in our Stars is heartbreakingly beautiful and I found myself sobbing throughout about half of it. But the biggest thing that I loved about this book was that the characters showed so much strength despite terrible illnesses. They didn’t allow their sickness to define them.
3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
For me, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was one of the most awaited books of 2013. I started reading it and finished it within a sitting and was left in awe of what I had read. I tried over and over again to review it, but I felt like I couldn’t do it justice. The Ocean at the End of the Lane proves that Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller.
2. Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
I love the Heroes of Olympus series so much I am actually re-reading it again before I allow myself to pick up House of Hades. This series is just so much fun and it is great to continue the adventures of Percy Jackson and friends after his series was over. I also loved the new characters that were introduced to the story as well as how we now see the Roman aspect of mythology.
1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor and Park was quite possibly one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful books that I read in 2013. While it tackles some really difficult subjects, Eleanor and Park has so much heart and is a love story that everyone can appreciate.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show. I have read a million books that I think would make wonderful movies/ tv shows. Some of my choices might be a little unconventional, but I have my reasons 🙂
Here is my list of books that if I had my way, would be fantastically, wonderful, fabulous movies.