- When not all the books in the series are the same height.
- When books change covers with editions so they don’t all match unless you buy the series in one go.
- When some books are hardcover and some are softcover and it doesn’t match but you can’t find another copy.
- When some covers are different in certain countries so you don’t get the main one which also happens to look better than all the other varieties.
- Basically just books.
- God damn them.
Books that people read romantically but shouldn’t because they’re missing the point:
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
what books would you recommend for a school library? i’m trying to get some ideas. - siriusblackwhatthefrack
Since you didn’t specify what kind of school, I’ll just use this opportunity to name a lot of books for different grade/age levels!
Elementary School (under 10)
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy by S. Bear Bergman
Backwards Day by S. Bear Bergman
Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
King and King by Linda De Haan
The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein
Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude by Jonah Winter
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Middle School (10-14, roughly)
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz
My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson
So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez
Wandering Son by Shimura Takako
High School (14+)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws by Kate Bornstein
My Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein
Kicked Out edited by Sassafras Lowrey
I Am J by Cris Beam
Ash by Malinda Lo
Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology edited by Amy Sonnie
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson
The only thing I can remember reading from my high school library when I was a student were “classics”. If you’re talking about a high school library, it might be good to think about expanding the collection of “classic” queer literature - Orlando by Virginia Woolf, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson and The Color Purple by Alice Walker come to mind. Some queer-inclusive health books, like Our Bodies Our Selves or It’s Perfectly Normal would be a great school library resource too! Come to think of it, What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg is a queer-inclusive elementary-level picture book on reproduction.
Hope this is useful!
In response to our question, “What’s your favorite YA novel about the Asian American experience?” dacrayzblaze1 submitted:
Books about Asian Americans:
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord
A Gathering of Pearls (sequel to Year of Impossible Good Byes and Echoes of the White Giraffe)
Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
I read many of these books when I was young and obsessed with reading about World War II. It is one thing to read about the experiences of Jewish people in concentration camps (which was truly horrific) but these books opened my eyes to different Asian cultures and the racial mistreatment of various Asian ethnic groups over the years (which I would have never known about otherwise.
There is also a certain universality about the immigrant experience, no matter what the culture and language and time. As the child of immigrants, I can relate that way to these characters.
“As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And, as you read and re-read, the book of course participates in the creation of you, your thoughts and feelings, the size and temper of your soul.”
The art above is by the UK book & paper artist Emma Taylor.
it’s just fun to see people’s lives fall apart from a book/book series you recommended to them
- me: [walking past book store]
- me: [bREATHES HEAVILY]
- mom: no
Also, thanks to this post for typing out the dialogue, I used it and it saved me a lot of time.<3
I’m reading up on the Memoirs of a Geisha controversy, since I’d neither seen the movie nor read the book, and the more I read about it, the more pissed off I get. Basically it went down like this:
Japanese woman tells white American man about her past life as a geisha. White American man then writes a novel that sells itself as an accurate memoir of Japanese woman’s life, but instead falsifies a number of her life events, misrepresents her trade, and exoticises her culture. He also names her as a source even though she specifically asked him to keep her anonymous. Japanese woman gets death threats. White American man becomes bestselling author.
Then Japanese woman gets fed up and writes her own memoir to set the record straight. Meanwhile, white American man’s book gets adapted into a film that grosses $162 million and wins three Oscars.
“The book industry is under siege by digital technology, but the Monkey’s Paw has made peace with the Internet — has, in its dowdy analog way, replicated it.”—A peek in to Stephen Fowler’s “Oddly Modern Antiquarian Bookshop” The Monkey’s Paw
Penguin Group today announced that it will be changing the terms on its library ebook lending program, and on Tuesday, April 2, will begin allowing libraries to purchase and lend ebook titles the day that hardcover editions are released, according to The Associated Press. Previously, Penguin had placed a six month embargo on new ebooks, requiring libraries to wait half a year before purchasing.
If you work with kids from low-income neighborhoods, First Book can help you get brand-new, high-quality books.
This is how income inequality happens. Read to your kids, people! And donate to First Book, while you’re at it.
Fuck vicious cycles!