Maybe you took a road trip around the country this summer, or wish you had! Either way, this book list will help you get a feel for each state. The list contains one fiction and one non-fiction book set in (or about) each state in the U.S. and also includes the most famous book set in each state. This is from an article on LitHub and you can read the full list here! Here are a few samples:
August 9th is National Book Lover’s Day, and as library people, it is no secret at all that we love books!! (And encourage our families to love books too, as you can see from this picture below!)
Just in case you need a little extra encouragement to celebrate this excellent day, here’s a great article from the Literacy and NCTE blog with suggestions on how to share your love of books. Check out this list of Twenty Sayings to Share with Bibliophiles. Or, just grab a selection from your TBR pile and get reading! 🙂
Since you are reading this, you are probably a library person, and you probably like books! But not everyone around us may understand our enjoyment of books and reading. Sometimes we just want to stay home and curl up with a stack of library books! Thankfully, there are some awesome online communities that you can connect with through social media that will appreciate and encourage your bookish ways.
This article from Book Riot details all the different ways you can connect to fellow bookish friends online, including book blogs, book Twitter, Goodreads, Bookstagram, and more!
You can check out these links to see which accounts you may be interested in following:
- Best libraries to follow on Instagram
- Cool librarians to follow on Twitter
- Bookish accounts (including Cat Book Club) to follow on Instagram
- Fun accounts for book lovers to follow on Twitter
- And don’t forget to include hashtags in your posts, so you can interact with fellow book loving people! Good ones to use include: #books, #bookstagram, #bookblogger, #amreading, #yalit, #bookshelfie
Did you see your favorite book-related account mentioned? If not, leave us a comment so we can check it out!
The enduring appeal of the lowest common denominator
Who was the target audience for pulp magazines and books?
Judging by the cover art and content, the vast majority of pulps were designed to appeal primarily to a young, lower-middle-class male audience. Many urban youths, immigrants, and other lower- and middle-class males were drawn to the pulps by the vivid cover art—which often featured voluptuous women in need of rescue—and became literate reading popular “adventure,” “spicy,” and “true crime” stories. There were also some “romance” and “confessional” pulp periodicals aiming for a female readership, such as Ideal Love, True Confessions, and All-Story Love Stories, and the Harlequin romance novels had their predecessors.
Who were the illustrators who created these images, and what became of the original works?
There were a number of talented artists who painted the artwork that was put on the covers of pulp magazines, including George Gross, Rafael de Soto, Hugh Joseph Ward, Paul Stahr, and David Berger, among others. There are a number of aficionados who have collected and preserved some of the original artwork, but much has also been lost.”
You definitely want to read through this whole article – or at least scroll through it all to check out the amazing art work!!
Just in case you needed any encouragement for fitting in some extra bedtime reading, this article from Bustle makes a strong case for the reasons why it’s actually healthy to read before falling asleep. (Although it does note the difference between getting so hooked into your book that you end up reading instead of sleeping, which is not the goal!)
Here are a few reasons from the article regarding why reading before bed is a great idea:
- Retain more: “When you sleep, your brain dumps all of your short term memory goo into the long term memory goo-reserves (in a manner of speaking). That means that the things you read right before bed stick with you better in the long run.”
- Calming ritual: “Reading is the perfect kind of ritual: it forces you to lie down and cut out the distractions, it’s quiet, and it doesn’t get boring because you’re always reading something new.”
- Better focus: “Not only does reading boost your concentration in general, reading before bed will help you concentrate more on whatever it is you’re reading in the moment. You won’t be battling ten thousand other distractions.”