Fascinating Monday Morning Read

This one interested me so much that I couldn’t wait until the “Week in Review: What I Read” post! There’s a hotel in England that is putting kindles in every room instead of using printed Bibles. While this is an expensive proposition it seems really awesome! If you get bored while staying at the hotel you could download a free ebook and read it, rather than turning to trashy television.

Hotel replaces printed Bibles with Kindles – CNN.com.



Week in Review: What I Read

There was a flood of really interesting articles on the web this week. Here is a very small selection of what I perused:

  1. Work Wear: Office Style at the New York Public Library (WSJ)– One of the things I was most excited about doing in NYC was getting my very own NYPL card, corny I know. This story reminds everyone else of what I already know: Librarians are pretty stylish folk!
  2. Letters from Authors to Their Young Fans (Flavorwire) — Authors may be curmudgeonly some of the time but these letters prove that they can also be huge teddy bears. Read through to the end and you’ll come across some of the most heartwarming letters I’ve ever read.
  3. Having Your Coffee and Enjoying It Too (NYT) — It seems as though every day there is new evidence to “prove” that coffee is good/bad for us. This article examines the newest findings and shows that a coffee habit doesn’t make a huge difference overall.
  4. The Timeless Resonance of Dorian Gray (Everyday eBook) — This one just might be cheating since I love Wilde so much but I had to share it! The story truly is timeless and this article sets out to prove it.

Check out previous week’s “What I  Read”:

Week in Review: What I Read

I inadvertendly culled together a list of feminist articles this week — probably because I have been thinking about B-school admissions for women!  Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading on the web this week:

  1. Keeping Your Maiden Name Could Be Strictly Business: An interesting article about the relative feminism of keeping your last name after marriage. It’s interesting that something that once denoted such a feminist statement has become a career move!
  2. The Fat Envelope Please: It’s no surprise that there has been an uptick in college applications, but what is surprising is that there are so many more females applying than men. Suddenly, what used to help get you into school (being a girl) has turned into what may keep you from getting in.
  3. Firebombing Clinics is Not That Funny: While we may disagree on the politics of Planned Parenthood, I’m hoping we can all agree that violence is never the answer. What exactly was putting lives in danger supposed to prove — that the clinic should take lives? A little strange, no?
  4. Young Consumers Switch Media 27 Times an Hour: As a social media intern for several different companies I constantly switch between platforms to get my news and keep up with the latest trend. These findings didn’t surprise me but they do make me concerned about what will happen to digital natives when they are forced to “uni-task”!

Week in Review: What I Read

This week has been spent playing catch-up after a lovely weekend away in Chapel Hill, NC (more on that later). Here are a few articles I found interesting this week:

  1. How Gen-Y And Millenials Can Avoid the Pitfalls of Burnout: As someone who has been incredibly stressed at the end of senior year, I found this article enlightening. I agree with the author that all too often my generation has a drive to “do more” or “be more” without a real end-goal in sight. Without this thing to work toward it’s hard to appreciate accomplishments!
  2. Wealth or Waste? Rethinking the Value of a Business Major: Music to my ears! So often the value of a liberal arts education is downplayed and it is nice to see a major news outlet acknowledging the good things about majoring in a “non-professional” area.
  3. Private Islands for Rent: I know where I am headed for my next vacation! Who hasn’t dreamt of living it up like Johnny Depp on a private island with all the ameneties? It’s like Never Never Land only you get to be a grown-up.
  4. 17 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee: I guzzle coffee like Lorelei Gilmore and I’m not ashamed to admit it. My coffee consumption is second only to my tea consumption. That being said, it’s always nice to read a little more about my (second) favorite beverage.

Week in Review: What I Read

The lack of pictures for the post is due entirely to my weekend “getaway” (more on that in a post later this week). Here’s a look at my reading for this week:

  1. Racist Hunger Games Fans Disappointed:  This article just makes me really sad. Apparently there are many Hunger Games fans who didn’t get the memo that not only is Suzanne Collins not racist, she actually *gasp* put characters who weren’t white in her books! Not only did these people say really terrible things but they somehow think that these things are okay to publish all over twitter.

  2. Poem of the Week:Wynken, Blynken and Nod:   I remember reading this poem when I was little so this was a wonderful rediscovery! It’s funny how a lot of the books and poems I adored so much as a child were written in the late Victorian period or were set then — it dovetails perfectly with my academic coursework at Kenyon/University of Exeter!

  3. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops: This one is just a funny little book-related piece to laugh over. It never ceases to amaze me how tickled pink I get over bookshop anecdotes!
  4. Woman Files 1M Dollar Lawsuit Against Apple For Broken Nose: In another case of extreme stupidity, a woman walked into a glass wall and is suing Apple. Hasn’t she seen the commercial with the birds flying into windows?

Week in Review: What I Read

It’s my first week back at school and also the week of comps! You know the song and dance by now…here’s what I read this week:

  1. Law Will Allow Employers to Fire Women for Using Whore Pills: In the latest iteration of the birth control controversy, Arkansas law makers want to have women provide prescriptions to their employers when they use birth control for “non-sexual” reasons. It’s just a short leap from a law like this to being denied a job based on personal details. Scary.

  2. Google Begins to Scale Back Its Scanning of Books From University Libraries: Though I’m still not sure where I stand on the whole Google Books controversy, it’s interesting that the project is slowing down. I always thought that something like this project would continue indefinitely (since it would be impossible to scan all the world’s books without a constant influx of new titles).
  3. My Roommate, Gloria: Though I could’ve chosen another of the myriad of articles published for Steinem’s birthday this one resonated with me the most. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen The Education of Shelby Knox and heard Ms. Knox speak at AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders when I attended last year, but her story seemed powerful. All too often I get caught up in thinking icons like Gloria Steinem are personas instead of persons — a slight distinction in spelling but an important one in meaning.
  4. Their Lotus Can’t Take Root on a Yoga Mat: As I fall more in love with yoga I’m interested to see the differing opinions on practice. This NYT article takes a look at the new trend of practicing without a mat. Sound interesting, and economical, but without that cushioning some of the poses would hurt!


  5. 4 Things the Hunger Games Can Teach Us About the War on Women: My friends are endlessly sick of my snapping at everyone who says THG is like Twilight so it’s nice to find an article to illustrate my point. Where Bella is passive, personality-lacking, and a general curmudgeon, Katniss is strong, selfless and independent. It also helps that Suzanne Collins manages to write stories with real plot. (click on the image above for a cool Katniss braid tutorial)

Week in Review: What I Read

As I mentioned in my previous post I haven’t had a whole lot of time to read for fun over my break since I’ve been studying (sort of) diligently for my comprehensive exams. When I popped my head out of the comps hole here is what I took a look at:

  1. Mugglenet March Madness: Anyone who has met me knows that sports aren’t exactly my thing. No really, I almost managed to fail high school P.E.! The March Madness brackets are Greek to me but this one from mugglenet is right up my alley. Pick a Harry Potter character, any Harry Potter character!
  2. Book Madness: So not to sound like I’m too caught up in this March Madness thing, but Out of Print has a great match up of books instead of teams. If you haven’t already heard of this amazing clothing company head over to their site and check out their cozy sweatshirts and the brackets at the same time.
  3. Ebooks Interupted: I’m always interested to hear how others interact with the e-book medium. I adore my kindle but I find myself reading “real” books much more often. This article suggests that devices that do it all are poor substitutes for books because they provide too many distractions from the written word. I’m inclined to agree. When I use my (borrowed) ipad to read it’s all too easy to take a break to check twitter.
  4. 7 Children’s Books Written in Response to Other Books: This article was a lighthearted examination of some of my favorite children’s books. Who knew that  The Lorax angered the timber industry enough to write a rebuttal book?