My city has an amazing library system. There’s a lot of them and, because they are all networked, you can order books from any branch and have it delivered to the branch most convenient for you. The collection is incredible, and it’s rare for me not to find something I’m looking for.
But, unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. Even within Canada, there are areas with very little library access, and many municipalities are cutting funding for libraries as a way of saving money in the short term (which, as far as I am concerned, is extremely short-sighted, but that’s a separate discussion).
But regardless of a community’s library access, I think that these free neighbourhood book exchanges are fantastic! I know that a lot of employers and even some apartment buildings have them. The idea is quite simple – drop off any books you no longer want, pick up any books that take your fancy.
I’m sure that abuse does happen, but I’ve never seen it happen. The only problem I’ve ever seen with community libraries is that the book quality is often quite low. There’ll be the occasional great find, but community libraries will often be overtaken by read-in-two-hours mysteries and romances.
But despite this, I think they’re a great idea, and I’d like to see more communities and neighbourhoods set them up!
I’ve never really gotten into reading Stephen King, but one thing I think is quite cool about his writing is how self-referential his books are. So the next time you crack open a King novel, make sure you get all the inside jokes with this handy-dandy flowchart from Tessie Girl! (Click to enlarge.)
After I had a crazy run in January, I’ve slowed down to a creep as far as Reading Around the World has been going. I spent a lot of time working my way through my TBR pile and playing catch up in Science Fiction and Fantasy classics. Even so, I have managed to sneak a few of my global readers in, bringing my total up 15 countries out of approximately 120!
During the sex scenes in the book, did you picture the other people in the book group also having to read the sex scenes and feel sort of weird about it? Why do you think we have so much trouble acknowledging our friends as sexual beings?
Probably one of the most awkward book reading experiences I’ve ever had was reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo after BOTH my parents recommended it. I mean, yes, they can be sexual beings, good for them. But multiple anal rapes? Eeeeeew….
When I read Ender’s Game, I was blown away. It’s a beautiful book, excellently plotted, thought-provoking, and interesting, and I don’t hesitate to tell people to read it.
But the more I learn about the author, the more I am reminded of how amazing it is that a thing of such beauty could have come from a being of such ugliness.
When I tell people to read Ender’s Game, I urge them to borrow the book from the library, or buy a second hand copy. Because while it is so very much worth reading and owning, I don’t feel comfortable supporting the author.
Hank Green did a video recently about Card, and he perfectly encapsulates how problematic Card is making his relationship with his fans: