April 8th, 2014
faultinourstarsmovie:

One note = one vote. Like or reblog to vote for your state! Go Connecticut! http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/demandourstars 

faultinourstarsmovie:

One note = one vote. Like or reblog to vote for your state! Go Connecticut! http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/demandourstars 

March 7th, 2014

Selections from "21 Beautiful and Unique Wedding Readings from Books" on buzzfeed because I’m feeling a little sappy and these are so lovely!

Random past-my-bedtime ramblings on the idea of celebrity

Really, I’d just like to know why we care so much about the lifestyles of the rich and famous. I’m guilty of it, too, so this isn’t meant as a judgmental rant, but rather as a genuine inquiry. Is it because of our natural interest in gossip? We feel like because we see them in the movies and doing interviews, we know them well enough to justify talking about them with other people who feel the same? Is it because we want to celebrate their hard work? Sometimes that seems reasonable; making art you care about can be a labor of love. Are we idolizing their talents? That seems somewhat unfair considering some of that is something they’re just born with. I hate the idea of priviledging someone who are just in the right place at the right time, but that is how the business works.
Why do these things make us care about who’s dating who or who’s expecting twins or how many times Justin Bieber has been arrested in the past year? Why do more people know about John Travolta’s Oscar flub than about the conflict in Ukraine right now? I say, let’s limit celebrities to people who deserve to be celebrated, and then just leave them alone. Put the US Weekly down, America. Everything will be ok.

November 1st, 2013

People of earth, please learn all the things. Thank you.

Sincerely,

~Julie

September 25th, 2013

yainterrobang:

LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN CHALLENGED YA NOVELS
Oppressing YA literature is nothing news. Let’s give it up for the books that challenge our beliefs and allow us to relate to people when we might feel alone.

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The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie is a freshman and undeniably, a wall-flower. Shy, introverted, ignored; Charlie fumbles through high-school life trying to enjoy it while stepping away from anything uncomfortable. However, when new friends bring on everything he’s been missing out on: first dates, friendship, family drama, sex, and drugs.

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
A coming-of-age story following Junior, a Native American boy who leaves his troubled reservation school to attend an all-white school where the only Indian is the school mascot. There, he faces issues of racism, classism, and sexism – all while discovering both his social and cultural identity.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set in 1986, two star-crossed lovers meet over the course of one year. Despite knowing first love never lasts, when Eleanor meets Park, they just might be brave enough to try.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Based on her own daughter’s experiences, Crank follows ill-fated Kristina spiral into crystal meth while on a visit to her absentee. She takes on the alter ego of Bree: sexy, dangerous, and addicted.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak tells the story of Melinda, a high school freshman who is raped at a party and is isolated and cast aside by her peers. The story follows her repression, recovery, and refusal to stay silent.
 The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Virginia Shreves has a massive inferiority complex, and a plus-size body, especially when compared to her picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking allegation about her rugby-star brother changes everything.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Clay Jensen comes home from school to find a strange box on his front doorstep. Closer inspection reveals them to be tapes, record by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush. The problem? Hannah killed herself two weeks prior. And these tapes say it’s partly Clay’s fault.
 
Looking For Alaska by John Green
Miles has always lived an uneventful life — full of boredom and famous last words. However, when he moves to Culver Creek Boarding School, his life becomes the opposite of safe. He meets a group of friends who are nothing but trouble (and hilarious to boot), a side of himself he never knew, and Alaska Young: clever, gorgeous, and utterly self-destructive.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katniss, in a desperate move, takes her sister’s place in a nationalized TV event dubbed the Hunger Games where children fight to the death in an arena for the Capitol’s entertainment. Only one can survive — but they’ll be set for life.

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
After her older sister runs away, Caitlin decides her life needs to change. and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.

books so often banned by people WHO HAVEN’T EVEN READ THEM!  Read better!

(via heyteenbookshey)

September 23rd, 2013
Happy Banned Books Week!

Happy Banned Books Week!

Talking to Teens

Would any teens out there be willing to chat about books and such for an assignment for my Teen Lit class?

September 18th, 2013

I’m Dumbledore, and I am totally OK with that.

September 13th, 2013

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

August 13th, 2013
BuzzFeed brought this travesty that is the second definition listed here to my attention.  As they said “RIP English.”  What the heck?

BuzzFeed brought this travesty that is the second definition listed here to my attention.  As they said “RIP English.”  What the heck?

August 6th, 2013
"A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic" ~Carl Sagan
http://zenpencils.com/comic/63-carl-sagan-books-are-awesome/

"A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic" ~Carl Sagan

http://zenpencils.com/comic/63-carl-sagan-books-are-awesome/

July 23rd, 2013

44

I confess: I only got 25 out of 30.  Three of the ones I got wrong were spelling related; apparently I rely on that little red squiggle more than I thought.

July 17th, 2013

Because sometimes you just need some advice from Dumbledore

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/15/harry-potter-quotes_n_3600097.html

July 15th, 2013

In the words of John Green: “Shut up, and stop condescending the teenagers!”  

Too many parents who want to ban books are trying to shelter their children from content that a) they don’t need to be sheltered from anyway because if they care enough to read it, they are likely smart enough to understand situations in context and b) they probably already know about from, ya know, the internet and television and other things that often require less brain power and critical thinking than reading does.

That is all.

(Source: youtube.com)