I’ve been practicing fashion illustration out of this awesome book. I made all these long-legged ladies be members of a book club. In real life, my book club voted for the name I came up with… “Bitchez be Readin” and I’m having fun with the concept. Will eventually make a logo for a tshirt or something. The red head turned out to be my fave
All my life, I've been scared
of men standing over me.
THE BOOK THIEF — "The Standover Man," by Max Vandenburg, for Liesel Meminger, painted over the pages of Adolf Hitler’s "Mein Kampf"
This mother that I saw, her daughter was about seven, reading The Mighty Miss Malone. … The book has a beautiful cover with a little black girl on it. And her daughter is reading it, and I could see she was totally into it, like in the second chapter already. And I was just about to go over to her and say, ‘That’s a great book,’ when her mother came over and took it from her hands and put it back, and said, ‘No honey, that book is not for you.’ And I’ve seen that happen over and over again. And you have to wonder at the message the kids are taking away from that. The by who can’t read a princess or fairy book. The girl who can’t read a pirate book. What are the messages you’re telling? It’s not just race, it’s gender, it’s sexuality, it’s religion.Ellen Oh on encouraging all children to read diversely. Hear the full interview here! (via firstdraftwithsarahenni)
"We know your type. You love the look and feel of books so much that you yearn to possess them. Just walking into a bookshop turns you on. Your greatest pleasure in life is bringing the new books home and slipping them onto your immaculate shelves. You stand back to admire them, wonder what it will be like to have read them - then you go off and do something else instead.
Invest in an e-reader. By reducing a book to its words - no elegant cover, no fashionable or esoteric author name for others to notice - you will soon discover if you really want to read the book, or if you just want to own it. If it passes the test, wait until you’re actually ready to read it before you press ‘download’ (keeping it on a wish-list in the meantime). If, and only if, you love it when you read it on your e-reader, then you may allow yourself a beautiful hard copy to keep on your shelves, to read and re-read, to love and touch and drool over, to show off to your friends, and just have.
If an e-reader’s not for you, designate one shelf in your house a Current Reading shelf. This should be near your bed, or wherever you like to read most, and contain the half dozen books next-up on your ‘to read’ list. Keep the turnover on this shelf brisk. Because rule number one is that you can only buy a new book when one of the other books on your Current Reading shelf has been read and returned to its place on your general shelves. Rule number two is that you must read the books on this shelf in the order in which they arrive, more or less. And rule number three is that if any of the books are leap-frogged more than once, or stay on the shelf for more than four months, they go to a friend or a charity shop.
No cheating! You’ll be cured of your habit within the year.”
From The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkind