Not a cult though, totally

I don’t know if you heard the whole who-haa about Rowling not being on the Queen’s Jubilee Lists. But she’s not on it, lol. Neither are a lot of authors that I would have excepted. What it made me do though was to go and look up a few things about authors and books. It’s quiet interesting.

You’d think that Rowling is the only female author to have ever existed.. Not true (though you all know this).

Did you know that Rowling is NOT the top selling female author of all time, and is not even the top children’s authors? Too be fair she is number 2, 3 and 4 for best selling children’s books. She is not top though for either category. For best selling female author of all time, she’s either number 3 or 4.

So, to get off that topic. Who do you think is the actual top selling female author of all time? She is a classic of all time author, still shocked she doesn’t have a novel on the Jubilee List. However, the list seems alright. This author has only been outsold by the Bible (lol) and Shakespeare.

(Answer at the bottom)

Do you know who has sold the most children’s books? Again, probably not who you think it! I thought it was her above, again though, it is not.

(Answer at the bottom)

I wasn’t that into the HP books, and now I refuse to buy anything, even second hand HP. Throughout this whole debacle though. It’s been interesting to see how many people have let her get away with a LOT of horrible things for such a long time. Every day I learn something new about the HP world, and it leaves me going … WTF, haha

Yesterday, as an example, I found out that in the books. Umbridge, is kidnapped by Centaurs and it’s implied she was sexually assaulted. At some point this memory is triggered, by Ron, and he laughs at her. Can you imagine my utter shock when I found this out? lol

So when I see people say that someone like her just suddenly fell to the wrong side. I always ask now when was she actually on the left? What had she actually done to prove that she was “left”. For years now, every time these problems, the lazy racism, the anti-Semitism, she ALWAYS brushed it under the carpet. I don’t think she’s EVER been left leaning, it’s just that, the transphobia, took.

Answer 1) Agatha Christie

Answer 2) The very hungry caterpillar – Eric Carle

World Book and Copyright Day 2022

23 April is a symbolic date in world literature. It is the date on which several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. This date was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books.

What do you love the most about books?

I love just “going away” for a little bit. Somewhere that’s not real, somewhere my imagination can take me away for a little while. Where I can dream, but come back as soon as I want too. I don’t HAVE to travel to get where I want to, or come back from. I’m there and back again, a Hobbits tale, lol.

If you want to talk more books, come and chat on my Discord Book Channel! ❤ Happy Book Day.

Thursday Theories – Here’s the thing about reading

So I see that banning books is causing a lot of controversy!lol

The reason that I am putting this under Thursday Theories, is because, like a lot of things in life. Reading is a very personal thing, best left up to the individuals.

Here’s the thing, when it comes to appropriateness for a child. I think it’s best to leave it up to that child’s librarian and sometimes the parents. I grew up in Libraries, my Gran was a Library Manager, who was spread around to a lot of Libraries, because she was good. I would trust a good Librarian any day to choose books for my child.

It all comes back to the individual. You can’t just ban all books, you can’t have politicians decide what is or what is not appropriate. Although I can understand why most people would think that Librarian check in and out books. When you’ve worked in a Library for a long time, you learn about the regulars, you learn how to “read” people.

My Gran, for example, she always knew what books we would like. Even with family members who didn’t read that much, she always knew what books they would like. After all, there is no point too force someone to read if they don’t want too. Sometimes, though it takes someone, like my Gran, too get a “right” book for someone.

Reading though, is really a personal thing. Which is why a lot of the time, one can’t say well this is inappropriate for EVERYONE. Sometimes, it just isn’t. I sure as heck wouldn’t let a politician with a clear agenda decide that either though, lol. If you leave it up to anyone, trust your Librarians!

Book Banning

It’s a weird notion, book banning.

It’s also a weirder notion that I, Lolsys Library, have not written about the situation yet.

I’m not going to talk about it from a political view, I am going to write about it from a human view. First though, the below link is a lit of books that have been banned over the years. You will recognise a lot of them. Some are even taught in schools now. Which is a lot about my point of this post.

Banned & Challenged Classics
© 1996–2022 American Library Association

Even Tolkien books were burnt for Satanism in 2001.

I have never once known book banning to “work”. It always ends up working against the people burning the book. Just because one organisation burn or “cancel” a book, doesn’t mean that the book can’t be purchased elsewhere. So it doesn’t really work anyway. The only time a book “cancelling” REALLY works, is when the publisher or the author does it themselves.

Take Dr Seuss for example, they have stopped publishing a book that was no one was buying anymore. When that happened I remember seeing total ignoramus trying to flood Facebook with the Dr Seuss’s that you can still buy/purchase. What would be the point of that exactly? I bet more than 3/4 quarters of those people wouldn’t have even known the name of the Dr Seuss book that had stopped being published.

So why do people KEEP doing it, when it clearly does not. It seems to be it always has the opposite effect, which seems to be in contradiction with the book burners want. It’d be interesting to see what goes on in their mind sometimes. But then again, I don’t want to know either, lol

What about yourselves? Have you ever heard of a book banning that actually worked?

Book Problem

So I know I said that I was going to make it “lighter” this week, but there is something that we need to discuss!

I cannot get back into reading! It’s been horrible! Normally when I hear that I have a book waiting for me at the Library, I do everything I can do get there. But I’ve let two books go back now, without getting them! I decided to try and see if I could find them on my Kobo, but they’re no on there.

So I have found a couple of books on Kobo, thank god! That I am currently reading, but what if they don’t get me back into the groove of things either!?

What do you do when you have a book slump? Do you even do anything, or do you just wait it out?

The Book Horror of it all!

Is there anything worse than what happens in a book, and I am not talking about the stories! Here are a few of my “horror” book incidents! All from real life!

Pencil marks and comments throughout the book

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When a book is supposed to be about magic or beasts…and there is very little of magic or beasts…

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When a magic or beast book is more a romance novel…

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When a page is ripped out, and the Library has not noticed -.-

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When you buy books throughout it’s series…Only to discover the books comes in different sizes! And THEN they bring out the set, all in the same size!

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That moment when you realise, just because someone wrote a book, doesn’t mean they’re intelligent.

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When I’m watching a program, and it’s about a celebrity whose researching their family history…AND THEY TOUCH THE BOOKS WITH NO PROTECTIVE GLOVES!!!

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Hobbit Day

September the 22nd is Hobbit Day.

Why?

It being the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular set of books. According to the fictional setting, Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.)

I’m posting because that way it’s still technically the 22nd of September where I live. So celebrate by playing with a Dragon or two, and HAVE that second breakfast!

Did you know? Due to the discrepancies between the fictional Shire calendar and the Gregorian calendar there is some debate about when to celebrate Hobbit Day, since the actual birthday would be between September 12 and 14 in the Gregorian calendar, as explained in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings.

Personally, I think when we talk about fiction, you need to stick with the fiction world’s calendar. It is always nice when the real world and the fiction world can work together. However, sometimes it is even nicer, to not have the real world collide with the fiction world. Keep the real world and the fiction world separated.

Children’s Book Week … Australia <3

What a fun way to wake up this morning! I went onto Facebook this morning and I saw so many pictures of nephews and nieces and friends kids all dressed up for Book Week!


Book Week 2021 runs from 21-27 August and this year asks your children to embrace the theme “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”. This year award-winning author, illustrator and film-maker Shaun Tan has illustrated the CBCA Book Week 2021 theme.

CBCA BOOK WEEK 2021

Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. You will often see parades with students dressed as their favourite book character.

CBCA

I would love to know if other countries do the same thing, or something similar. Do you have a week in your country where Children’s reading really has a focus?

I also apoligise for my quietness over the weekend. I was really ill, not COVID ill, just your general illness, lol