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Friday Reads: The Help and Think

#fridayreads is a Twitter meme in which people tweet what they’re reading each Friday. I thought it would be fun to dedicate Friday posts to the books and blogs I’m reading. (I know it’s Saturday afternoon. I apologize – I had a long day of babysitting yesterday. I should have checked to see if Chuck E. Cheese had wifi!)

Books I finished this week:

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. If you’ve been reading this blog since…a couple weeks ago…you might recall that I said I was going to read all of the Harry Potter books and then finish the Hunger Games trilogy. Well, there’s been a slight change of plans. You see, I saw the trailer for The Help (the movie). I noticed that two of my favorite actresses of today, Viola Davis and Emma Stone, are the leads. I must see this movie. But before I see this movie, I wanted to have read the book.

Here’s a synopsis.

I didn’t expect to like this book so much. I expected the characters to be caricatures whose actions were based upon stereotypes. That wasn’t the case. I was pleasantly surprised whenever the characters discussed the dire consequences they could face as a result of Skeeter’s savior behavior. The relationships between the characters were really complex (naturally), and I loved how Stockett wove their back stories into their narratives. I found myself on the verge of tears as I read the last page. Not many books have that effect on me!

2. Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World by Lisa Bloom. I put this on hold at the library after I read Bloom’s article for Huffington Post on changing the way we speak to little girls. I thought she made a really compelling argument, so I wanted to read her book (the article is basically a plug for the recently-published book). This book didn’t feel like a slap in the face to me because I already read books often and try to read a little of the newspaper every day (I just really like to read, not out of contempt or for competition). Nevertheless, I am in my twenties, so it is practically given that I could be making better use of my time and mind. This book inspired me to do just that. And it was fun to read – I finished it in about 6 hours!

Memorable articles and links from this week:

The Case for Raunchy Teen Lit – Salon.com

Matt Damon schools some reporter and her sh*tty cameraman on teaching and fulfillment (is what the article should have been called) – Boing Boing

101 Ways to Find Inspiration, Stay Motivated, & Achieve your Goals – Silly Grrl

Some jerk decided he would impose his morals on everyone and ban a couple books (including Vonnegut’s classic Slaughterhouse-Five) from a school in Missouri (is what the article should have been called) – The Guardian. Some people in the non-library-realm don’t know that this kind of behavior still exists, bless their hearts. But it does. And it pisses us off.

We Can’t Teach Students to Love Reading – The Chronicle of Higher Education (this was written by Alan Jacobs, whose book I discussed a few weeks ago.)