Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Art Of Leaving Free Books In Random Places and Book News!

Happy July everyone! I hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July if you live in the US, I had a great one watching the fireworks at our fairgrounds.

Anyways back on track now....

After doing my contests I had some left over Arcs of books just sitting around my house. Now I don't think it is right to waste a perfectly good book so I have started leaving them in random places with a yellow post it on them with one word " Free". I left one at a doctors office I went to this week and I will be living one at our apartments office. Pretty much anywhere that there is a chance people will be sitting in wait for something is free game. This I feel is just my little way of spreading the love of reading! I am actually looking forward to getting a lot of Arcs from publishers now just so I can keep doing this. Who knows maybe someone will find a book I left and it could change their whole day and maybe cause just a bit of happiness.



Below are this weeks Top 10 Bestsellers paperback fiction and YA!  

Paperback Fiction

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

3. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

4. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

5. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

6. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

7.The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

8. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka) J. K. Rowling

9. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


10. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Young Adult

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

4. Paper Towns by John Green

 5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 8. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Now it's time for Book News!

World Book Night Suspension 

Sadly it was announced on July 2nd that World Book Night has suspended the handing out of books due to lack of funding. I myself am very sad about this because for the past three years I have been handing out books but it is understandable since without funding the printing of the special books for the night can not be made.
Carl Lennertz who is the executive director of WBN had this to say on the subject:

"The expenses of running World Book Night U.S., even given the significant financial and time commitment from publishers, writers, booksellers, librarians, printers, distributors, and shippers, are too high to sustain without additional outside funding."

Carl Lennertz tried to get outside grants for WBN but what was gathered didn't meet the amount needed to keep everything running smoothly. This year WBN was able to hand out with the help of the volunteers 500,000 books! WBN social media will continue through early September but as of right now there is no word on if WBN will come back. 

Backlash Over the Little Free Libraries


Now we got to Wisconsin where a Whitefish Bay Village Board has waged war on the use of Little Free Libraries . Little free library was created as a unique way to promote literacy and is like a little mail box that you would put in front of your home which is then filled with books of your choosing. People then would come and take a book from your library to read, the person would also have the option to replace a book taken with one of their own. A unnamed person set out to get formal permission from the building inspectors of the Whitefish Bay area to erect a little free library in front of his home. Well his request found it's way up to chain command to members of the board who sounded the alarm on the little free libraries. Though the little libraries were not banned out right they are now only allowed in back yards of homes which would defeat the purpose of the whole thing in the first place! 


There was only one person on the board that protested the ruling, Richard Foster had this to say on the subject:

“It’s ridiculous. This is a harmless activity. People exchange books there. If this gets to be a problem, then we’ll do something about it. But not now.”

The rest of the board argued that there should be only one free library in Whitefish Bay and it is located in front of the Christ Church Episcopal and it is also in the form of a Church. The Village Board manager Patrick DeGrave  had this to say about the reasoning behind all this mess: 

“There seems to be no end to the silliness that we think of where these things can go, Not just in the size, shape, color or oddities, but what can go in there? You’re not going to regulate what goes inside.”

Sounds to me like the board are just afraid of the little libraries because they have no control over what is put in them so because of their fear people will suffer. 

Reading Rainbow is Making a Comeback! 
As most of you know Reading Rainbow a PBS show that promoted reading to young children has been trying to make a come back since LeVar Burton said that he wishes to do it once again. So far the kick starter campaign has raised $5,408,916! Soon every person and classroom will be able to use the Reading Rainbow app for FREE! For more information about this campaign and if you would like to donate please follow this link Help Bring Reading Rainbow Back!  


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