Showing posts with label Reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reading. Show all posts

Monday, September 09, 2013

Me Before You – A Question for Jojo Moyes

I confess I had Me Before You in my eReader for a while before I finally was in the mental place to read it. I was urged on by a discussion with my coworkers. When I finally did read it, I read it in one fell swoop, over the course of 1-2 days during the weekend.

I remember a time when I read all the time. At night before I went to bed every day and sometimes throughout the day too. I have fond memories of breaking night in High School and reading books like the Witching Hour by Anne Rice in one night or sitting on a rooftop in Hunter College, or the Central Park Conservatory Garden and reading feminist or political nonfiction.

In light of that it's heartbreaking to think how it seems very hard now to dedicate time to reading at leisurely pace or even finishing a book. I read so many aggregated feeds a day, digest so much data from so many places that sometimes it feels like my head was spinning.

Anyhow, I did enjoy Me Before You, which will be made into a movie. I found it to be both unique and and resonated with me because I once was lost and forlorn very much in the same way. It was entertaining and offered a sense of comfort in both the traditional boy-girl save each other but also heartbreaking in a tragic sense. There was something very poetic about the liberation they both receive at the end of the story.

I was very curious the meaning behind the prominent feature of the biology book, The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley, in the story. You see, this is a book I read in college.

Honestly, it was such a good book that I wish Matt Ridley would go back and write an updated version every couple of years. In Me Before You, the main character "Lou" or "Louisa" is encouraged to read it by her adult charge, who has become a quadriplegic.

Cover of "The Red Queen: Sex and the Evol...
Cover via Amazon
If I had the chance to ask Jojo Moyes, I would love to know why the Red Queen has such a noticeble placement in the story and hear the backstory. What did you make of it?

* Full disclore: I received an eGalley for review from the publisher.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Who Says Teens are Reading Less? I do

"As the content of young adult literature matures, libraries are experiencing a boom in enthusiastic teen readers. Teens say they're attracted to the printed word because today's literature honestly reflects their lives..."

So says this interesting article, however, while it sounds like good news I wonder if this is true accross all socio-economic strata and in inner cities where libraries are closing due to funding and poorer families don't frequent bookstores.

Also as usual, I see that the majority of teen readers spoken of this article are female, which leads me to wonder once again "where are the books geared at our young men?" Are there really niche books out there for all as is claimed by the article? You tell me.

read more | digg story

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A sad article on the death of reading in America

Facts from the article:

- More than half the adults in this country won't pick up a novel this year, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. Not one.

- And the rate of decline has almost tripled in the past decade.

- Data from the NEA point to a dramatic and accelerating decline in the number of young people reading fiction. Despite their enthusiasm for books in grade school, by high school, most kids are not reading for pleasure at all.

Tragic, if you ask me!
Web Analytics