I had so much fun at the Indianapolis Library Foundation’s Cheers for 50 Years event last week to celebrate 50 years of ensuring quality programming for the library! I got to speak about how the library impacted me and represent young library users of the 1990s, and thought I would share my remarks below. Happy reading!Read More
Or basically, a book tag that was MADE for me.
If you don't know, I love Disney. I don't care what the haters say, it's awesome and I adore it and I want to work for the company one day. Because who wouldn't want to be a part of making the world a happier place?
But I digress. This is a tag about books and relating them to the princesses (and in a POSITIVE way, thank you creator of this tag Of Stacks and Cups). I accept this challenge.
Snow White - Name your favorite classic.
I LOVE classics so all my favorite books are classics. But since my favorite book of all time is The Great Gatsby, I'm going with that.
Cinderella - Name a book that kept you reading well past your bedtime.
At first I thought this would have to be a book I read as a kid because sleep is far too important to young adult me. But then I remembered I stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish What this River Keeps a couple weeks ago....
Still, I'm going with Harry Potter because I stayed up way past my bedtime to read every. single. one. of those books. YOU JUST CAN'T STOP.
Aurora - Name your favorite classic romance.
Pride and Prejudice. Don't hate, it's genius. I own multiple copies and I'm always on the hunt for more beautiful covers.
Ariel - Name a book that's about making sacrifices.
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. PLOT TWIST- it's about human kind needing to make sacrifices in how we live and how we view the world. It's mind blowing. Thought provoking. Unusual. And involves a talking animal--that's Disney like, right? (Wrong, OMG don't read this thinking it's like Disney).
Belle - Name a book with a smart and independent female character.
Oh my goodness, where do I begin. Hermione. Elizabeth Bennet. Jo March (and her sisters, they never get enough credit).
In the interest in choosing something a little less famous, I'm going with Taylor Greer from The Bean Trees. She leaves home and adopts a child all in two (or three?) days and is determined to make it. She might make mistakes, but she's smart in her own, unique way.
Jasmine - Name a book with a character who challenged the social conventions of his or her world.
I hesitantly pick Things Fall Apart, which, while a favorite, has a character too complicated for me to say he truly challenges social conventions. He more like.... makes the reader question them. But hey, it made me question them, and I think that's the true sign of a successful book.
Pocahontas - Name a book whose ending was a roller coaster of emotions.
Gone Girl, because my goodness that was crazy. I went from relieved to panicked to confused to anxious to miserable all in the last couple chapters. And when I finished I wasn't quite sure what just happened to me.
Mulan - Name a book with a kick-ass female character.
I don't read violent books, so I don't really have an answer for this one (not one different than the Belle question anyway). So I'm going to name a book with a kick-ass female author (ooo plot twist). J.K. Rowling, this one goes out to you....
Tiana - Name a book featuring a hardworking, self-made character.
This is a hard one, because I think people are constantly influenced and helped by the people around them, rather they realize it or not. It's never as straightforward as Tiana's story. But...oh, I know! Mr. Hosokawa from Bel Canto. He's a very powerful man who his position through his own hard work and ambition. And opera.
Rapunzel - Name a book that features an artist.
I'm going to cheat a little bit here and go with someone who isn't really featured, just present: Ambrose Pike from Elizabeth Gilbert's (yes, Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert) The Signature of All Things. It's long and different and talks a lot about moss...but so worth a read if you don't mind slow Victorian-type novels.
Merida - Name a book that features a mother-daughter relationship.
There are not enough books that tackle this, in my opinion--at least that I've come across. The Help features a mother-daughter relationship, as does Pride and Prejudice, The Signature of All Things, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Boy, Snow, Bird... but they're not exactly positive relationships.
Which I guess Merida doesn't have either, but in the end it all works out.
Still, I can't think of one to recommend. Please, PLEASE, suggest something in the comments below!
Anna and Elsa - Name a book that features a great relationship between siblings.
One about me and MY sister! Just joking. But seriously C, it would be a great book.
I'm going to have to go with Little Women for this one. Those sisters would do anything for each other, even if it's in their own special ways. They have realistic relationships with each other, something we can all relate to and, if we're lucky, achieve.
If there are any other Disney-related posts out there, please tell me. I need them in my life :) And does anyone have some good mother/daughter relationship book recommendations? Let me know in the comments!
In case you haven't noticed, I haven't read anything for almost two weeks now. Men Explain Things to Me sits on my coffee table, staring back at me, begging to be read. And I did give it a glance, I read the first essay...a week ago...
Men Explain Things to Me is not the only book I should be reading. My to-read list grows weekly as I find or hear about books that interest me. And yet there is one list of books I should be reading that I probably never will.Read More
I know what you're thinking:
How delayed is this haul? It's June 6, for goodness sake.
But take a look around. Where are you? Yes, it's Scribbling in the Margins. But it's Scribbling in the Margins 2.0.
Exciting stuff, no?
It could still use some tweaking, but I'm working out the bugs as I go. I'm not a designer by any means and my designing friend is doing good in Peru so I will have to wait for her return in order to fully complete the site. But for now, I think it's looking pretty good. And if you haven't already, please tell me what you think. I want to know!
Okay, okay. On with the haul!Read More