Current Theme Song (aka what's playing on my ipod right now): Aria by Mediaeval Baebes.
Today's bunch is small but packs a serious punch. Some part funny, some part jaw-dropping, all part awesome. the same way I like my shakes. :D
What do teens want? Well apparently Publisher's Weekly knows in a big way. They have gone in depth (and I mean serious in depth) in finding out what teens read why and everything else under the sun. It is incredible. Definitely one of the best links I have found all year, hands down. They enough graphs and charts to even make a mathematician giggle.
Do you want to help build a library for a community that has none? Michelle Wright is doing just that. And she would love your help. Housing them in her community center, she is building a library one book at a time. What a great way to give back with those unwanted or outgrown books. I wholeheartedly endorse this idea.
A new online magazine for young writers has just emerged - Survival By Storytelling Magazine, and it looks fantastic.
After finding out most people know of The Lady of Shallot (recently reviewed here via Song of the Sparrow) through Anne of Green Gables, I found an article at mentalfloss about her. Apparently Japan is gaga for Anne of Green Gables too. Never woulda thunk. A small excerpt:
Anne is huge in Japan. Like Harry Potter huge. Anne of Green Gables was translated into Japanese by a respected and well-known Japanese author; in 1952, when Japanese officials were looking for translations of enriching, inspirational Western literature to teach in schools, Anne became part of the Japanese curriculum. Japan fell head over heels for Anne, finding her red hair exotic, her hardworking attitude and kind nature endearing, and her story of winning over the town inspirational.
Rock on Japan and rock on Anne! She became so popular, there were special stamps released of her, anime style. They sold 10 of the 15 million in the first month. I don't know which makes me more happy, the Japan aspect or the Anne aspect, but I love that literature can make such a difference. Yay for plucky heroines!