Recap: March 14th-20th 2010

Not as many links this week and many of them just re-tweets. Spring fever is in the air, I guess, and people would rather be out and about than posting articles about stuffy old books! I’d say if you check out no other link check out the last one about women’s fiction. That by far was the most interesting and was the one with the fewest clicks, I’m guessing my butchering to get it down to 140 characters ruined it!

RT: @booksandwine Oh so cool Rue’s Lullaby from The Hunger Games

Youtube video of Rue’s Lullaby from The Hunger Games.

RT: @wingstodust Bad Romance (or, YA & Rape Culture) – READ IT EVERYONE, SO GOOD.

Wow, I loved reading this. An essay on the Bad Romance and the prevalence (and encouragement) of rape culture in Young Adult novels, particularly the book Hush, Hush. Very well written and well thought out, definitely food for thought. No does not secretly mean yes.

@huffingtonpost Not everbody’s reading books at the top of the bestseller list. See what people are reading in public.

Interesting article on the books being read out in public around the world, it’s a slide show but at least it’s an interesting one!

RT @dreadcentral New Book Trailer: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls | Horror..

Supposedly the prequel is better than the original. Less Jane Austen and that freed the writer to write instead of edit, and he’s better at that. I guess we’ll see if that turns out to be true.

Flavorwire’s 10 Best YA Novels for Grownups (via @Gwenda)

I’ve been on a bit of a adult’s can read YA too crusade recently, haven’t I? I just think it’s silly to not read a well written book because it’s has a teen protagonist. You grow past the age and your past experiences are no longer viable to be explored in the context of reading a novel set in that age? Since when? Seriously, I’m out of the loop on this one.

Book Review Bingo: More book review cliche fun than you can shake a riveting, unputdownable stick at –

This one got tweeted all over the book blogging sphere and this was my contribution. Pretty funny, and a challenge to avoid those phrases in future! I felt relieved that most of the words were ones I never used at all at least. Most, but not all!

RT: @flwbooks Young Adult Alert! A brand new list for Women’s History Month: Young Adult Books Featuring Women From Another Era ->

I’m loving all of the women’s history month book lists that are coming out!

Been looking for a selfhosted, wordpress driven solution to replace mr. linky? I know I have. Check it out:

I was so happy to find this, you have no idea. I’ve had an inherent mistrust of remotely hosted solutions ever since I got my own host. A decade ago I needed three separate servers to be up to run my site: Blogger, Geocities (better ad display options so I FTPed my posts there) and Haloscan (when we HAD to go third party to get comments). One or the other would often be down and then my whole site would either go down or not be editable. The third party services I use now have a default it can switch to that my side provides if they go down. Not so for Mr. Linky and I kept hearing about problems with it: it’s up, it’s down, it’s having problems, etc. Well, now if I ever decide to run a challenge or meme I won’t have that issue.

Interesting #FLOW related link: Chandelier Made with 14,000 Tampons Talk about a conversation piece!

Ongoing discussion going on in the community about Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation. There is also a giveaway going on at The Book Lady’s Blog that I entered with advice on how to get rid of cramps.

When men write mediocre bks, they’re just mediocre, but when women do the same, they’re “what’s wrong w/ women’s fic.”

Salon article about women’s fiction and how the definition for it is both undecided and unfair, about how the attempt to pigeon hole it into chick-lit and misery-lit does a disservice to women readers and writers and, of course the line I included above. Talk about an article to get your feminist ire up!

Leave a Reply