In the Books: This Week’s Best Bookish Links

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.


7 New Books To Read This February  – Surprisingly, none of these books were in my list for Best Books of 2018. It’s always good to add fresh books to your TBR!


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.


4 thoughts on “In the Books: This Week’s Best Bookish Links

  1. I would first like to say that this is a great post and well written. I disagree with your assessment of Huckleberry Fin. People might not view it as good of a novel as To Kill A Mocking Bird, but it has some really good material in there as well. I also disagree that the connotation of the N word is any different today compared to the 60s. I believe people’s tolorance of the word has changed as it should have. I do agree that both these books should be read to understand why and how the word was used to learn from it.

    1. Thanks for the thoughts! What I meant to communicate was that the “n” word was more normalized in the 60’s. I don’t think we should try to censor that word at all because many people’s attitude about race remain the same. Thanks for reading kind sir!

  2. I haven’t read any of the books for the adaptations hitting the theaters this year. I didn’t even realize Annihilation was based on a book. I guess now I should feel bad about how absurd I thought the movie was when I saw the preview. I wanted to read A Wrinkle in Time and The Hate U Give before the movies, but the books are NEVER available at the library. I guess that means they are just that good! I’m still going to see the movies though. 🙂

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