Links for Friday

October 3, 2008 Categories: Books , Contests , Homeschooling , Politics , Television , Writing | 2 Comments  

It’s October! It felt like it this morning, which is nice after the beginning of the week, which was hot – in the 80s. I love fall, and I’m ready for some cool, crisp autumn mornings.

I’m looking forward to our weekend because we have absolutely nothing planned. The last two weekends have been busy with a birthday party, an archery tournament, helping friends move, cleaning the basement, etc. I’m ready for a Saturday morning to sleep in and enjoy some long, uninterrupted reading time. I do have a couple articles due next week, so I’ll spend some time working, but I’ll do it in my sweats on the couch. I’ll probably also be a really bad mom and let the kids have lots of game time on the PS2 so that I can have those uninterrupted hours.

Before I get to the links, I have to share how excited I am about Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel. Jonathan is not exactly what I would call a reluctant reader – he does his 45 minutes of free reading time during school without complaint, and often tells me he likes the books he’s reading. However, he has never picked up a book outside of school time to read for pleasure. He would rather build with Magnetix, or run around the backyard playing “Lord of the Rings” or “Transformers.” I ordered the graphic novel version of Artemis Fowl for the boys, and Jonathan picked it up. Yesterday afternoon, he spent over an hour reading while the rest of the kids played. He took the book to bed with him last night. He read a bunch more today. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

~ If you’re a writer and you find yourself blocked, try 911 Writer’s Block. A fun way to get ideas and even procrastinate a little.

~ Booking Mama is giving away a copy of Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

~ A member of the jury who decides the Nobel Prize in literature says American lit isn’t good enough to be considered.

~ The Cybils (Children and Young Adult Lit Bloggers Awards) site is open for nominations.

~ Devourer of Books is giving away a bunch of books in honor of her 100th review.

~ Anyone else loving Fox’s new sci-fi series Fringe? Fox just picked it up for a whole season.

~ Neil Gaiman has a site for young readers called Mouse Circus. He’s touring right now for his new novel, The Graveyard Book, reading a chapter at each stop. You can watch the videos of the reading at the site – just click on “reading tour.”

~ What if the world could vote?


  1. Lawanda

    What is Artemis Fowl the graphic novel? I listened to Artemis Fowl book 1 on cd. It was ok, but I never have proceeded with the series.

    I thought that it was interesting the comment made about modern American Literature being “insular” and much of the literature being too overflowing with our “mass culture”. I totally agree. If it is trendy, chances are it will be written in a book on our best seller list. *rolleyes*

    That seriously does bug me! But then, I am rarely impressed with the Nobel Lit winners, no matter where they are from. :-p haha

  2. carrie

    Lawanda – It’s a retelling of the first Artemis Fowl novel in graphic novel format. Kind of like a really cool hardback comic book with fantastic artwork, and the best thing is that the text maintains the level of vocabulary that the novel does, it’s not “dumbed down.”