A great article on how people react to books.
Hello all. :-) Anyone read anything good? Going to be honest, I just read Pokemon Adventures, the Pokemon manga. Feel free to feel ashamed for/of me. I had fun though, and am still on track for my reading goal so yay! How about you guys? Feel free to rant about your feels, a book you hate, anything.
We already know that reading is awesome, but today we learned that cats enjoy reading too. In Pennsylvania the Animal Rescue League of Berks County has a wonderful program called Book Buddies that invites children in grades 1-8 to visit the shelter and read to their cats.
Kids participating in the program get to improve their reading skills and hang out with cute cats while providing much-desired company for the cats at the shelter awaiting adoption. The ARL says that the “cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing.”
And then we get to enjoy these incredibly sweet photos.
Click here to learn more about the Book Buddies program and view more photos.
Goodreads is a website that lets readers post books they’ve read, shelve them virtually, post reviews, and keep track of stats. It has groups you can join (virtual book clubs), personalized recommendations, and is generally a very lovely website. I’m a huge fan. However, I feel like the reviews aren’t very helpful to me, which is one of the main purposes of the website.
And while we’re on the subject, I’d like to say a few words about escapism. I hear the term bandied about as if it’s a bad thing. As if “escapist” fiction is a cheap opiate used by the muddled and the foolish and the deluded, and the only fiction that is worthy, for adults or for children, is mimetic fiction, mirroring the worst of the world the reader finds herself in.
If you were trapped in an impossible situation, in an unpleasant place, with people who meant you ill, and someone offered you a temporary escape, why wouldn’t you take it? And escapist fiction is just that: fiction that opens a door, shows the sunlight outside, gives you a place to go where you are in control, are with people you want to be with(and books are real places, make no mistake about that); and more importantly, during your escape, books can also give you knowledge about the world and your predicament, give you weapons, give you armour: real things you can take back into your prison. Skills and knowledge and tools you can use to escape for real.