So, on Wednesday there was a Big Ta-do about an article written in a smaller US publication by a woman complaining about how book bloggers are ruining publishing and we're just a bunch of yakking women reading fluff. I don't have a lot to add to this conversation that hasn't already been said by others. But I do want to express how sad I am that this was written by a woman about women. It's upsetting to see a member of my sex marginalize the women she observed at a book convention as the young and the mommies. The implication being that these groups are silly, because, you know, this group of people can't possibly have anything important to say about literature. We better leave that to the people who know better than us, even though we're the ones doing all the reading. It's kind of like how we had our men vote for us, so they made sure the right people got into parliament. The good old days before we got the vote.
In happier main stream media news, book bloggers. including John from The Book Mine Set, were mentioned in this article in the Globe and Mail. Yay! The topic is reading challenges and why people enjoy them. There were dissenting views of people who see them as competitive or vain, a view I don't understand.
This week I spent about an hour going through the books at my local thrift store. That section is getting huge now! I don't often shop there but it's a bit of a change from going to my used book store. The kids book section was where I had the most success. I'm going through a nostalgic period where I want to read the books I did as a kid just to see if I still like them, so I bought a Sweet Valley High (Elizabeth Betrayed, doesn't that sound dramatic?), Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, a Choose Your Own Adventure book (they were so much fun!). I also picked up Ella Enchanted, and Far Enough Island by Lesley Choyce (a Nova Scotia author), newer titles. I will be sharing them with the kid. For myself, I bought The Blue Castle (a brand new copy to replace my scruffy one), More Maritime Mysteries, and Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan. I realize now that I chose all books by Maritime authors for myself. Weird.
And finally, I heard tell that the postal strike will end soon. Yay! I can order books again! Somewhere my husband just got a cold chill and a feeling of doom.