I went to the drug store yesterday and picked up a boat-load of vitamins, including Vitamin D, which my body hasn’t naturally absorbed since October. I’m looking forward to the end of winter, but I’m trying to make the best of what’s left of it. I don’t have seasonal depression, but I’ve been feeling a bit blah lately. I really feel that it’s due to the lack of sunlight and any kind of outdoor activity. Hopefully, these vitamins will give me the extra boost I need.
Hopefully it’ll warm up out of the negatives soon so I can build a snowman, go ice skating, sled down a big hill, or a throw a giant snowball at someone. Until then, I’ll be binge watching figure skating on TV. I love the winter Olympics, but I am shamefully obsessed with figure skating. The skill, the athleticism, the costumes, the drama; I love it all.
Here are the best bookish links from around the web this week:
You Tube Star Fired from The Hate U Give after Racist Video – I recently read The Hate U Give and am excited that it’s being made into a movie. Of course, the book is always better, but I’m glad this topic is getting more of the attention it deserves. Apparently, the You Tube star in question was playing Chris, Starr’s boyfriend. No release date for this film has been set and I’m assuming we won’t see this for a while due to the fact that Chris will have to be re-cast and all of the scenes with him in it will have to be re-shot.
Read These 8 Books Before They Hit the Movie Theaters This Year – I’ve read exactly half of these books including Crazy Rich Asians and Where’d You Go Bernadette. I’m excited to see A Wrinkle in Time. I read this book as a kid and my mind was turned inside out. I completely loved it and was left with an insatiable hunger for more books.
A School District Drops ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ Over Use of the N-Word – This article raises an interesting topic: should parents have a say in not only what their kid reads, but what other kids read as well. I don’t have any quams about Huckleberry Finn being taken off the reading list. I didn’t realize anyone still read that book. The language is really dated and it’s hard for kids to get anything out of it anyways. The juice is not worth the squeeze.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a different story. This book is timeless. Yes, Harper’s prolific use of the ‘n’ word is in part due to the time in which it was written. In 1960, the word had not yet taken on the connotation that it has today. However, it shows how damaging and harmful hate-language can be. This is my favorite book of all time and I feel that every public school should teach it.
Oprah Winfrey Reveals Her Next Book Club Pick – I’ve been reading Oprah’s Book Club picks since I was a teenager. I must admit that she has led me astray a few times (She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb was rather disturbing), but I’ve enjoyed her picks since she’s started choosing books less frequently. Her last pick, Behold the Dreamers, was back in June of 2017. Click here to purchase An American Marriage.