Bookish links for May 28, 2011 – and Armchair BEA wrap-up

It’s been a week full of ups and downs at our house – more on that tomorrow – but one of the highlights of the week was participating in Armchair BEA. If you can’t be at BEA, it’s the next best thing. While I didn’t participate in the themed posts every single day, I did most days – and I enjoyed reading other bloggers’ posts about their experiences with the book blogging community. Thank you so much to all of the organizers for making it such a great week! As I have no doubt that it will be years before I can afford to attend BEA in New York, I will definitely be participating here at home again next year.

Discussion starters:

~ Book Journey: Who Do You Write Your Book Reviews For?

~ Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy, writes about faith. One quote:

Two of the cardinal rules of a happy internet existence are these: Never talk politics and never talk religion. (Also never click on unknown links. Also never do a google image search without turning on the filters. Also spelling still counts.)

But increasingly it seems that the Never Talk Religion rule only applies to those of us who are quietly and devoutly religious. Those who aren’t have free reign to criticize, to mock, and to otherwise devalue faith.

Reviews and blog posts that have me adding to my to-read list:

~ The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, reviewed by Ibeeg at Polishing Mud Balls

~ The Pleasure Seeker by Tishani Doshi, reviewed by Iris at Iris on Books

Book to movie news:

~ Lenny Kravitz cast as Cinna in Hunger Games film. Really?

~ The ultimate book-to-movie adaptation: Survivor producer to take on The Bible.

Non-bookish links of interest:

~ NYTimes: Let Kids Rule the School

~ Semicolon: $500 Million to Fix Five Year Olds Who Can’t Sit Still To quote Sherry:

Maybe many, if not all, five year olds weren’t meant to sit still in a classroom. Maybe we should modify the curriculum or the environment rather than trying to modify the five year olds.

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14 Responses to Bookish links for May 28, 2011 – and Armchair BEA wrap-up

  1. Thanks for the link to Kiersten’s post, it was fabulous. I had no idea she was a person of faith.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Glad you enjoyed the Armchair BEA. I’m still catching up on my posts in my Reader but have no doubt I will enjoy all of the BEA and Armchair BEA posts this weekend! Have a great weekend!

  3. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I would never have thought of Lenny Kravitz for Cinna, but he is gorgeous! :-) Plus he was great in Precious, so I’ll definitely go see the movie just to watch him!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – I haven’t seen Precious, though I heard Kravitz was excellent in it. I think he’s very good-looking, but I think when I read the books, I picture Cinna as a bit more effeminate – and Lenny is definitely very masculine!

  4. Thank you for the links, Carrie. I especially liked White’s article. I am not a religious person, but I respect others’ beliefs and see faith as a strength in many lives.

    Kenny Kravitz as Cinna is an interesting choice. I’ll be curious to see how he does.

    I hope all is well for you and your family. Enjoy the week.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – I agree that he’s an interesting choice – I haven’t been thrilled with all of the casting, but am trying to withhold judgment till I see how the film turns out.

  5. irene says:

    I love the part of your post re:faith. My faith is very much who I am, and if I’m blogging about something in that respect, I have no problem breaking the rules and talking faith. I love some of the bloggers who have not qualm about posting books in this regard.

  6. Chrisbookarama
    Twitter: Chrisbookarama
    says:

    Glad you had a good time at Armchair BEA this week! Not sure what to think of Kravitz, other than he’s gorgeous. ;)

  7. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads
    says:

    I quite like the casting of Kravitz. I always thought that whilst Cinna could be quite effiminate, he also had a bit of swagger which I can totally see Kravitz having.