We Don’t Know How You Celebrated Harry Potter’s Birthday, But We Hope It Was With Drunk Ron Weasley (via YouTube)
It was Harry Potter’s 33rd birthday last week and to celebrate Jimmy Fallon brought out comedian Simon Pegg dressed as Ronald Weasley to sing him a drunken birthday song. Be warned, it is very drunken. Twenty points to Gryffindor (or another house of your choosing) if you can figure out why he’s a grown man and still wearing his school wizard robes. Another ten points if you can figure out how fake Latin can make magic work.
Perfume Inspired By (Not Made Of) Dead Writers (via Book Riot)
From the endless materialistic depths of Etsy comes a perfume inspired by dead authors. The perfume can be purchased at SweetTeaApothocary and is described as, “a bookish blend of heliotrope, vetiver, black tea, clove, tobacco musk and vanilla and is supposed to evoke sitting in a library chair paging through yellowed tomes. Book Riot took the idea and ran with it, thinking up what author specific scents would smell like. Thankfully none of them smell like decaying author flesh.
Showtime Getting a Dr. Frankenstein/Dorian Gray/Dracula TV Show (via Deadline)
Because NBC shouldn’t get to have all the fun with their Dracula series “Dracula”, Showtime is getting a television show named “Penny Dreadful” centered around Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and Dracula. Apparently they’re the three amigos of the monster world or something. Set in Victorian London, the show claims that it will be the most realistic version possible because the characters all exist in their human forms at the time. So it’s Dr. Frankenstein, Dracula and Dorian Gray before they become vampires, immortal paintings and mad scientists. Gee, that sounds so much better. ::facepalm::
Yesterday, the lovely Kelly explained how books get banned, who they get banned by, and why. She also explored the inherit problem with censorship: it limits freedom and promotes ignorance. You will be hearing a lot of the word promote in the following paragraphs. It’s a word that people challenging books love to bandy about. Warning: this post does not promote idiocy.
Since the logistics and purpose of Banned Books Week has already been explained, I am going to explore specific books that have been challenged in the United States (that is books that, parents/teachers/schools tried to or are trying to ban).
When I first started my research I came across so many books I loved and wanted to talk about that just would not fit into the scope of a single post, so I decided to write this list with a focus on books that I enjoyed and read in Elementary and Middle School. It’s not so much strict children’s books- there are a lot of YA books in here as well, but books I read as a child. Sadly, I did not read His Dark Materials until my senior year of High School so it is not on this list. =( If it was, however, no doubt I would discuss how religious nuts enjoy challenging and banning books for differing beliefs. Oh Catholicism, you nut.
Word of warning before continuing, for the book cover thumbnails I used all the covers I knew and loved in the 90′s. You have been warned.
Is there a point to having a “summer reading list” when you aren’t in school anymore? Isn’t summer about the same as the rest of the year? Maybe because this is when people take more vacation days–traveling and beach trips are both great reading opportunities. For whatever reason, summer seems to be the time when people pick up a few more books to read (Bibliomantics resident librarian Kelly can perhaps verify this).
Now that I’m out of school, IN THEORY I have more time to read, so I should be zipping through my list easily. This past week, however, I have been suffering from what I shall henceforth call “commuter sleepies,” and so reading hasn’t been a hugely viable option. I’m HOPING this will wear off by next week, because man, there are a lot of books I want to read.
Here are my top 10 books (in no particular order) I want to read by the end of the summer. The theme of this year’s list is finishing old projects and re-visiting old favorites.