Why Not Me? Find Out From Mindy Kaling

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I was so happy to get a copy of the audiobook version of Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?  I listened to her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and enjoyed it. Audio is the way to go.

In Why Not Me? Mindy wishes the reader to get to know her better. Through a series of essays, Mindy talks about her experiences in Hollywood and with the press, her relationships, dreams, and fears. Since her first book, Mindy has gone on to leave The Office and star in her own series. Part of this memoir explains why she left a successful show to take a chance on her own.

She talks about how her life has changed since becoming “a little bit famous” from the things she can no longer get away with to the things that have made her life better. She speaks candidly about her humbling feelings about being a role model to young women, especially young women of colour. The title essay “Why Not Me?” is a letter to a young Indian girl who asks her where her confidence comes from. Her answer is an interesting one: you have to earn it.

Her Hollywood experiences and her glamorous brushes with very famous people are entertaining, but the best essays are the ones where she is sincere about her friendships. She tells a touching story about her friend BJ Novak* that put a lump in my throat. She discusses why she hates weddings: it means the friendship will never be what it once was. She tells a story of Greta, a Hollywood fairy godfriend who swooped into her life briefly only to flutter away four months later. That break up left her feeling worse than any break up with a guy.

There are a couple of sections that are different from her essays. One is an imagined email exchange between a “sliding doors” version of herself as a Latin teacher and a gruff older colleague. (Spoiler alert: They fall in love.) The second is something I had to see for myself if it was real: her commencement speech to the 2014 graduating class of Harvard law students. It’s in the book nearly verbatim.

Probably the only essay I didn’t enjoy was the one about the Secret Serviceman she dated. I felt like her writing staff did about it. I lost interest. It didn’t go anywhere. 

Overall Why Not Me? is a better memoir than Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy has done a lot in the years since then. She’s gone from Kelly Kapoor, a side character in someone else’s sitcom to Mindy Lahiri, heroine front and center. In a way, the arc reflects her own life. She’s gained in confidence, gone from nervous twenty-something writer to successful star of her own show. I hope great things continue to happen for her. I do feel like I know her a little better now.

About the Audio: Mindy Kaling narrates her own book, of course. She’s funny and personable. I had to listen to it twice, though. She’s talks so fast!

*She convinced me to give BJ Novak’s writing a try. I put his book on hold at the library.

Thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for the review copy. All opinions are my own.

Media Madness Monday: Carmilla the Web Series

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I'm a media junkie, not just books, but TV, movies, music, podcasts, and internet nonsense. Some Mondays I discuss something that's caught my interest this past week.

On the Web

In my research for my Carmilla vs. Dracula infographic, I stumbled upon the 2014 web series Carmilla, a modern retelling of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella of the same name. Carmilla is a Canadian made series produced by Smokebomb Entertainment and is part of the Vervegirl channel on Youtube. Each episode is short (2 to 7 minutes long). There are 36 in the first season (plus extra content).

In the first episode, Laura’s dorm mate Betty goes missing after attending a party, and is quickly replaced by the abrasive Carmilla. Laura learns that other girls at Silas University have gone missing at parties, some of them appearing days later with no memory of the incident. Betty continues to stay gone. Laura spends her time investigating the disappearances while Carmilla lolls around in bed all day.

The episodes are filmed in front of Laura’s “web cam” so all the action either takes place in her room or off stage to be described later. A variety of girls and a couple of bros visit with new information. Romances, breakups, friend-drama all happen in Laura’s room.

Carmilla is more funny than scary. It’s a cute series. From the comments, I don’t think I am the demographic: young women in their teens and twenties (fans call themselves Creampuffs). I was entertained all the same. I also really like the theme song.

This Laura is much more curious and proactive than her original. Carmilla is less “I love you, I love you, I love you” and more goth girl does not give two bothers. Or does she???? I won’t tell. Even though weird things are going down, there is still time for romance, like the rather awkward flirtations with another girl in Laura’s building, and worries over midterm exams.

After finishing season one in a couple of days, I’m curious to see what season two will bring. 



Lazy Sunday Thoughts Are a Little Chilly

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Brr! It’s a bit fresh out there! Finally feels like fall, which is nice since October starts this week.

Anyone going to watch the Blood Moon eclipse tonight? I’m going to try my night photography skills on the moon. I hope I get some non-blurry shots.

I’m almost done The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood which is one of the weirdest books I read this year. I don’t know what to make of it.

I have a review scheduled for Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, the audiobook. Yay!

Monkalong is this Thursday! I’ve read my chapters. Have you?


Thought I’d share some interesting links I read this week:

So, Ryan Adams covered Taylor Swift’s 1989 and music critics somehow managed to simultaneously praise Adams and insult Swift. Anna Leszkiewicz gathers the worst offenders in her article The Mansplaining of Taylor Swift. Swift’s songs, which she actually wrote, are only any good if some dude sings them. I’m not a Swift Superfan, but I think she’s doing well for herself and these criticisms are both sexist and patronizing. Oh and I listened to Adams’s version and I was bored.

This is too real: How to Stock an Independent Bookstore. You’ll find the books at the back of my local chain bookstore.

In medieval Poland there was a connection between cholera and “vampires,” via Strange Company (lots of interesting links there).

I thought this video from Skit Box was really funny. Sometimes I put on some yoga pants and fluffy socks and call it a day.

Carmilla vs. Dracula Infographic!

This is my first Piktochart Infographic! I thought I'd start with a comparison of two characters/novels and since it's fall now, what would be better than two classic vampires. This was fun but time consuming. I'm probably going to make more in the future though.

I've reviewed both Carmilla and Dracula. They're both excellent gothic novels and free online. I hope you'll read them.

 Now for the infographic.

Enjoy!

Destiny’s Captive, Didn’t Captivate

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A romance with a lady pirate should be my jam, but there was less lady piracy than I wished in Destiny’s Captive.

Things take off like a shot. When Noah Yates was a young man he was set upon by a press gang and forced to work aboard a ship. He’s got major PTSD from this episode of his life but it did put the sea in his veins. He’s now a successful businessman with his own ship to captain. Even though his brothers in California are successful in their own right, they’re also all married. However for Noah, his life, his lover, his lady is the sea.

Business is great, until a lady pirate in disguise steals his ship. Noah vows REVENGE! and sets out to find the woman who took his ship. The lady, Pilar Banderas, is a Cuban rebel and freedom fighter. Noah’s ship is sunk during a battle with the Spanish. Oops.

In a bizarre coincidence, Noah and Pilar attend the same party. Once he recognizes her as the pirate who took his ship, he…must…marry her! Like right then and there, pretty much. No one can understand his love for the sea and high adventure like she can. So once he convinces her to marry him, they do the logical thing for two lovers of the sea, they ride a train to a ranch in California. And here’s where Destiny’s Captive becomes a different book.

Noah and Pilar are polite to each other. They have nice, polite sexytimes. His family is polite to Pilar. She’s well mannered and polite to his family. It’s so boring. I hadn’t read the other two books, so I didn’t care about the other wedding or anything else going on at the ranch. I almost quit reading at this point, because it was just dragging on.

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I did stick it out and things pick up quite a bit in the last few chapters. They never do sail off into the sunset though.

I did think there were some positive things about Destiny’s Captive. The history, the Caribbean setting, the characters are well written. Beverly Jenkins can WRITE, there is no doubt about it. I just feel like she had to have all the characters from the series together in California. I wish she had let them have high seas adventures instead. Or had Noah chase Pilar all over the ocean first. THEN head to California to meet the family.

I loved Pilar at the beginning of the novel. She’s tough, brave. She wears disguises! I couldn’t help imagining Dutch from Killjoys as Pilar at this point. Dutch is a ship’s captain. She has a nefarious family history. Her men respect her, and she kicks ass.

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Once Pilar gets together with Noah, the woman who vowed to never marry settles right into wedded bliss. She worries about the money he spends on her, how her lack of style might embarrass him, and even asks about having children. Who is this woman?! Where did her freedom fighting dreams go?

If you are looking for adventure and pirates and rebels, look elsewhere. If you are looking to finish up the Destiny series, then read Destiny’s Captive.

About the audio: Destiny’s Captive is narrated by Thomas Penny, who has a very nice voice, but… I shouldn’t listen to romance on audio, or read by a man. I felt weird about it. Also, he read the book slowly which probably didn’t help the boring bits. Sorry, Mr Penny.

Wishes Do Come True! Get A Monkey’s Paw

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Anyone alive today is in some way familiar with The Monkey’s Paw, even if you’ve never read it. It’s just in air. If nothing else, you are aware of the idea that wishes can come back to bite you in the ass.

The Whites are just hanging out at home when an old acquaintance of the father shows up for a visit. They sit around listening to the visitor’s adventures. He’s a retired soldier and he’s been everywhere, man. Including India. This is where he obtained the monkey’s paw.
The monkey’s paw had a curse put upon it by a holy man:
“He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it.”
The traveler wasn’t the first person to have owned the monkey’s paw. The first owner used his last wish to ask for death. The man hints that he also made three wishes. It doesn’t seem like it went well.
Before he leaves, the man throws the monkey’s paw on the fire, but Mr White grabs it. He’s now the third owner of the item. The family treats it as a joke. They’re not greedy, and in fact Mr White comments that he has all he needs. His son Herbert suggests two hundred pounds. The wish is made and Mr White gasps. The paw moved!

In the cold light of the next day, the wish seems silly. Young Herbert goes off to work. The older couple go on with their day, until a stranger appears at their door with terrible news. Herbert was killed, “caught in the machinery.” And while his employer claims no liability, they do offer Herbert’s parents… two hundred pounds.

After burying their only child, the couple try to comfort each other. Mrs White remembers that there are still two wishes left and begs her husband to make another wish. A short time later, there’s a knock on the door.

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The Monkey’s Paw is W.W. Jacobs best known short story. It’s in the first sentence of every online biography about him. Hey, did you know he wrote The Monkey’s Paw? There is something about it that captures the imagination. If you had three wishes but knew they’d come at a terrible price, would you still risk it?

As Mrs White says, the tale could just be the imaginings of an old soldier. Who believes in such things these days? The appearance of the two hundred pounds could be a coincidence. Herbert might have died whether they wished or not. At this point in the story, it could be either. It’s what happens after the second wish, and considering how things went the first time, would anyone want to open that door?

Jacobs often wrote humorous stories, and though there are humorous elements to this story, it’s perhaps its macabre tone that makes it stand out. The old soldier’s attitude changes when he talks of the monkey’s paw. He never says what his wishes were, but his contempt for it shows in his actions. The light hearted banter of the old couple turns to grief at discovering the loss of their son. The tension builds in the last scene as Mrs White rushes for the door. Will she see what’s on the other side?

Jacobs grew up poor. Perhaps the idea of suddenly having the ability to make yourself rich was on his mind well before he wrote The Monkey’s Paw. Wherever the idea came from, the lesson here is as always- be careful what you wish for!

Pin It And Do It In September 2015

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Trish from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity is once again hosting Pin It and Do It. Check out her introductory post and join in.

With the cooler weather coming (supposedly), it’s time around here to get ready for it. Hang on kids, winter is coming and real soon!

A couple of weeks ago, I made these crochet slippers and they were so easy I’m making another pair. The pattern is in the pin itself. I tried to hunt down the source, but I could not find a reference to the original anywhere. Not even on Ravelry.

Here’s how they turned out!

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It took me about an hour per slipper. The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Stripes in Spartans. It took one skein. I have the same yarn in Hudson Bay and hope to make another pair with it soon.


Because I’m easily influenced, I bought myself a planner. Some of the people (Michelle) I follow on Twitter and Instagram are veeery into them. I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out for me, but I saw this one and had to have it.   

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I used to be into scrapbooking before the digital age made it too much of a hassle. (I love Shutterfly.) I have a lot of stuff I can use for decorating my planner. Still, I needed something specific to planners. Pinterent to the rescue. This blog post from Everything Etsy has a collection of links to free printable stickers. I had a printer, large white labels, and a paper cutter. Here were the results:

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I also looked at this post from The Love Nerds as a guide. Some people are so organized and creative. I’m going to try. I’m hoping this will mean I forget fewer appointments!

Check out the other Pin It and Do It participants posts!

Lazy Sunday Thoughts and the End of Bloggiesta

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Yay! Bloggiesta was a success for me this time around. I did pretty much everything on my list except for a book cull. That’s a big project. Maybe next week. I did pin a bunch of bookshelf organization ideas on Pinterest. That’s the same thing, right?

Speaking of Pinterest… Trish will be hosting Pin It and Do It again tomorrow. I actually have something to contribute! I might even have something for October too. I’ve been working on a cross stitch while I listen to Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? Mindy’s series started on City TV (we do not have Hulu in Canada). So I watched the first episode of Season 4 and it was really good. Too bad Fox cancelled it.

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Coming back around to Bloggiesta- I remembered to use a calendar for blog posts and I actually have posts scheduled for the next couple of weeks! Go me! I finally spent some time on Piktochart and created an infographic. It was fun but time consuming. I hope you all like it.  It’s coming soon.

I got a handle on Evernote, and (related) cleaned up my Pocket account. I love Pocket, but I got out of control saving photography articles. I managed my photography for blog posts by organizing a “Stock Photo” library. If I ever need a photo of a cake or a lighthouse, I know where it is!

I can’t believe it’s almost October and I only have one book read for RIP X. I’m reading The Heart Goes Last now too, so RIP is going to have to wait. The Monkalong is coming soon. I will be ready!

That’s it! It’s time to step away from the computer now. If you were Bloggiesta-ing, I hope you did all you wanted. Bye!

Fall Bloggiesta Baby!

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Bloggiesta time again! Do you have a blog? Do you need to do some maintenance or want to make changes? Bloggiesta weekend is the perfect time for that. September 17-20. Work on your blog as much as you can in that time and check out what others are doing on the main site.

Here’s what I’ll be up to:

  • Brainstorm and write posts. (3 posts written)
  • Update review page.
  • Organize stock photos for blogging.
  • Figure out how to use Piktochart for future blog posts.
  • Remember to use blogging calendar! And put something in it.
  • Back up blog.
  • Clean out email (shouldn’t be too bad now).
  • Book cull and bookshelf organizing. (Maybe??)
  • Twitter chat.
A big thing for me is figuring out a way to be more organized. I have Evernote but do not utilize it well. If you’re an Evernote user and blogger, how do you use it? Any tips would be great.

Hope to get lots done this weekend!

Spend a Ghost Summer with Tananarive Due

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Ghosts, zombies, werewolves are what you can expect from Tananarive Due’s collection of short stories, Ghost Summer: Stories. For the first time, Due’s previously published short fiction (one unpublished) can be found in one place.

After reading The Lake last autumn, I knew her short stories would be good, but I wasn’t expecting to be blown away the way I was reading Ghost Summer. Due’s stories produce a feeling of unease, tension, and even melancholy. The characters are ordinary people (even the supernatural among them) who wrestle with extraordinary situations. That’s what makes the stories so frightening.

The collection is divided into four sections: Gracetown, The Knowing, Carriers, and Vanishings. The people in Gracetown spend the summer in the town of Gracetown, a place where the summers are unusual. I’ve read “The Lake” previously. “Summer” was …ahh… relatable as a parent. And “Ghost Summer” explains why Gracetown is haunted in the summer.

The Knowing involves entanglements with the supernatural. “Aftermoon” was my favorite in this section. A werewolf struggles to hide her true nature from humans, until she meets a specialist. Carriers is about viruses, zombie and flu. “Patient Zero” is a moving story, where a boy kept in isolation is unaware of the havoc beyond the door of his room. “Removal Order, Herd Immunity, and Carriers” follow Nayima in the early days to the years after a plague wipes out most of the human population. Finally, Vanishings looks at death, whether it’s a welcome event or something denied.

The stories were written for various magazines and anthologies, including Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writers. The settings and time periods vary from the slavery era to a post-apocalyptic future. Though some are horror, there are also elements of speculative fiction.

If you’re looking for something spooky but also moving, Ghost Summer is a great choice.
Thanks to Diamond Book Distributors via Netgalley for the review copy. All opinions are my own.

Lazy Sunday Thoughts On a Monday Because It’s My Blog

Hello! Welcome to a new week! Hope you’ll have a good one. It’s a rainy ole day here, but I don’t mind, I have a bunch of stuff to do inside anyway.

Bloggiesta is coming this Thursday September 17-20. I’m hoping that it will motivate me. The thing is I have lots of ideas, but there are times I think to myself if I should even bother. Blogging is not what it used to be. Is anybody reading blogs anymore? This is not a woe is me post, just a thinking out loud one. It seems as though, if you’re not writing something controversial on a big blog then nobody cares. Then you get the hits and comments, but do you want to deal with the drama?

Related to all that is this post from Emily’s Reading Room, You Won’t Be Blogging in Five Years. That’s a bit of a bummer title, but she has some thoughts on why that is.

Trish over at Love, Laughter, and A Touch of Insanity put together a list of fun fall blogging events. If that’s not enough, there’s also the Monkalong hosted by Alice of Reading Rambo. What is a Monkalong? No, you do not have to live a life of silence and chastity for a month (or you can, I don’t know your life), you just read Matthew Lewis’s The Monk with a bunch of other people and talk about it. Here’s a bit from Librivox narrator James K White:
Matthew Gregory Lewis's The Monk: A Romance is a story of frustrated and unrequited desire between mentor and pupil mixed with elements of the supernatural. It includes several subplots: rape, torture and incest. It is the old story of the forces of good versus the forces of evil, except that in this one evil comes out ahead.
And the best bit:
The version I will read for you is the unexpurgated version including all of the “scandal and immorality” of the original.
Scandal and immorality? You know you wanna.

If you’re going to listen to The Monk as an audiobook, like I am, maybe do a little colouring as well. I bought this cute postcard book “Under the Sea.” It is adorable.

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Did you see my library tour post over on Book Bloggers International? Go check that out!

I had fun writing about the Dime Novel, Countess Vera or The Oath of Vengeance over on Project Gutenberg Project.

With RIPX upon us, you may find this list of scary short stories useful. I did. I read Green Tea because it was on this list.

I think that's all I have to say for now! Byyyye!

A Great Sleuth Pairing That Never Was

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This time of year makes me think of The Woman In White. If you remember, The Woman In White had this amazing, brave, and smart main character: Marian Halcombe. (Let’s forget about Walter here.) Capable Marian who did her best to protect her empty-headed sister while the sister’s boyfriend was off painting pictures in South America and being useless. Okay, she wasn’t the main main character, but she was the best and there wasn’t enough of her in the book.

I started reading Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries and couldn’t think of a better pair of sleuths than these two. If someone hasn’t written fan fiction about them, they should. It’s perfect: Miss Marple could do all the thinking, and Marian all the investigating. Let’s pretend that they lived in the same era and Marian moved to St Mary’s Mead to get away from Walter and Laura.

Miss Marple: Marian, I was just thinking of the time Mr Whistby lost his portmanteau and he found it later at the train station. Silly boy! That reminds me, I think you should go and poke about the train tracks where that young lady disappeared.

Marian: I’m on it! But first I must scale a wall in the rain and spy on the suspected murderer through the window.

Miss Marple: Well, be careful and take an umbrella. We don’t want you catching brain fever again. (Finishes knitting a sock.)

Why isn’t someone writing this? I would read the hell out of that book. I would read the whole series!

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Furious George: Green Tea By Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu


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In this bizarre short story by Joseph S Le Fanu, a surgeon is transcribing some old accounts from his mentor. The old story within a story. I’m not a fan of this particular device here, it takes some time for things to get going. The mentor is Dr Hesselius, a German doctor visiting London, and his account is the strange case of Reverend Jennings.

Jennings is a clergyman who suffers from a mysterious illness every time he gives a sermon in his parish. Hesselius meets Jennings at a get-together and knows a number of odd facts about him just from looking at him, how he learns this is never explained, including the fact that he once loved green tea. Hesselius ends up meeting the man alone another time, but Jennings doesn’t open up to the doctor about his affliction.

Later Jennings has another attack while sermonizing, and finally tells the doctor his story. About four years before, Jennings was studying some books on pagan religions and was really into it. He also drank a lot of green tea. Jennings was quite content at this time. Then one night while heading home, he begins to see a spectral monkey with glowing red eyes. From that moment on the monkey follows him around appearing, disappearing, and making a nuisance of himself, but he’s especially agitated when the reverend is praying. For over 3 years this has escalated to the point that the monkey now talks to Jennings, urging him to do evil things.

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Hesselius is unable to help Jennings *ahem* get this monkey off his back because Jennings kills himself a short time later.

So, yeah, the monkey thing is weird. Hesselius thinks it’s because of excessive green tea drinking coupled with a familial tendency to suicide. But why a monkey? Can green tea cause a person to hallucinate a monkey? This modern doctor points out that too much green tea can cause a psychosis. But a monkey? He wasn’t shooting heroin. Hesselius also has a theory that Jennings’s tea drinking may have opened a spiritual door within him that let in an evil entity as the manifestation of a monkey. All those people in the 1960s doing LSD trying to obtain the same thing could have just had a nice spot of tea and some light reading of pagan books.

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Theory: Marcel is a shared hallucination brought on by too much Central Perk coffee
Green Tea reminded me a bit of the movie Monkey Shines, where a helper monkey turns on its disabled owner. Maybe Green Tea was the beginning of the Evil Monkey trope. The story just adds to my list of reasons I don’t like monkeys, gross little disease spreaders.



Sun-Mi Hwang Makes a Hen’s Dream Come True

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An egg laying hen named Sprout can’t lay eggs anymore. She’s tossed aside and left to die, but her survival instincts are strong. With the encouragement of Straggler, the wild duck, Sprout avoids death and plans to live the rest of her life as a free bird. It’s not an easy life, death is around every corner: starvation, disease, weasel, or farmer. When Sprout finds an egg, she sees a way to make her biggest dream come true, to raise a chick of her own.

For those of you who like your anthropomorphized animals on the realistic side, like Watership Down or Charlotte’s Web, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is for you. Sprout’s reality is a harsh one. The farm animals are unkind (with the exception of Straggler) and being a hen on her own is dangerous business. Sprout’s thoughts and dreams are quite human. She wants to raise a chick of her own. When it turns out Baby isn’t quite the chick she expected, she has to adjust her thinking. It’s not easy.

There is a human element to The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly. Sprout wants to be free, she has dreams. The challenges she faces in raising Baby can be compared to human families, especially multi-cultural families. There’s even a pearl-clutching “Won’t someone think of the children moment” from the other animals. In the end, Sprout does what’s best for Baby, even at great cost to herself.

The Hen That Dreamed She Could Fly is a simply told tale. It’s charming, but not saccharine.  Sun-Mi Hwang herself is a bit of a Sprout. She was unable to go to school as a child, but went on to sell over 2 million copies of this little book.

Translated from Korean by Chi-Young Kim, illustrations by Nomoco.

Love Letter to IRL Books

There is nothing like a pulp and paper book. A real tangible object.

Now before someone accuses me of being a Luddite, I will say that I love my e-books. I belong to Scribd (or I did). I buy books through every reading app on my tablet. Overdrive? Yes. And Netgalley? What a feeling it is to get approved for that coveted ARC. My tablet and ipod is full up with books both E and Audio. If I could have books downloaded directly into my brain, I would.

But walking into a bookstore is transcendent.

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Do they send serotonin into the air through the ventilation system? They must. What other explanation for my feeling of calm? A stroll down the aisles feels like being wrapped in a snuggie. And all those books. Stacked so neatly. Anyone of them could be mine.

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I don’t get the same feeling looking at a online bookstore. I just want to touch them all in real life. The publishers spend so much time and money designing those covers. The art, the colours, the texture of the paper. I prefer paperback to hardcover just for the variety of styles paperback novels come in. And unlike an ebook, I can see at a glance how big the book is, and therefore, how much time I’ll be investing in reading it.

As much as I like the convenience of ebooks, I know every time I enter a bookstore that I’ll always have shelves of books in my home. No amount of rational thinking about space, dust, or clutter can convince me otherwise.

**This post was inspired by my recent visit to a large bookstore.**