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

World Book Lovers Day!!! <3 <3 <3

First thing’s first, I have been doing things on my International Book Friends Club Discord Channel, I will be doing things all day. Including doing a stream on Twitch … Lady Lolsy

Some book facts:

The first-ever “Harry Potter” was a short story published in communist Poland in 1972.

In the Harvard Library, there are three books suspected to be bound in human skin.

According to the Guinness World Records, the largest book in the world weighs over 3,000 lb and measures 16.40 ft x 26.44 ft.

The first bookmobile in the world was launched in 1857. It was a horse-drawn wagon created to “diffuse good literature among the rural population.”

This monastery in Egypt is home to the oldest continually operating library in the world, established in AD 565.

Some reading facts:

Reading reduces stress by 68 percent .

When children have a home library, as few as 20 books of their own at home (think: one bookshelf full), they achieve three more years of schooling than children who don’t have any books at home.

Read 20 minutes a day, and you’ll read 1,800,000 words per year.

Children learn 4,000 to 12,000 words per year through reading.

What’s stopping you? Read!

12 SITES WHERE YOU CAN READ FULL BOOKS ONLINE: – ebook friendly


Johnny and the Raindrops

Read with Pride!

First of all, I really wish that I could change the colour of the post headings. I really wish that I could change Pride into the rainbow colours there.

Anywhooo,

I just wanted to post some books, that I think would be helpful to read over Pride month and support a lot of authors out there. LGBTQIA Reading is becoming more well known to the general public, which is fantastic! We still have a ways to go though.

Goodreads – The 2021 Pride Reading List: 75 New Books to Read Now

One of the authors books on this Goodreads lists is called “Detransition, Baby” written by Torrey Peters. It’s a well written book and has been up for many writing awards. Despite the “outrage” from transphobic people. This is one of the “we have a ways to go” books though. It is actually a really well written book, and really does deserve the accolades that it’s been receiving. When I looked at the negative reviews, it’s literally all TERF “buzzwords”. Yet, still, is STILL doing really well.

While I was doing some research for this post, I found this amazing site!

Reading Pride

Reading Pride is in the UK (lucky UK!)

Reading Pride was formed in 2003 to represent and support the local LGBT+ community. Since their first Festival attendance has grown steadily year on year with up to 15,000 people visiting the event throughout the day as well as up to 1500+ participating in the Parade.

At first, like some of you (I think) I thought it was about Reading LGBTQIA Books, hehe … It’s a place in the UK! But please go and check them out! Haha

Of course I couldn’t post lists of good Pride books to read without mentioning what the LGBTQIA consider the best LGBTQIA books

Pride.com – 26 New LGBTQ+ YA Books to Add to Your 2021 Reading List

A lot of them do overlap with the Goodreads, but they don’t have quiet a variety of reading as well. I think Pride.com has more Young Adults readings that Goodreads do.

Between these two lists. I have have decided I am going to try and get around to reading in PRIDE month, these books:

Detransition, Baby – Torrey Peters

Malice – Heather Walter

The 2000s made me Gay – Grace Perry … It just sounds funny.

The Savage Kind – John Copenhaver (this one isn’t expected until October 5th, 2021) But still it’s on the list

The Witch King – H.E. Edgmon, expected June 1, 2021

I’ve also just realise that Pride.com has in their title +YA (haha)

Now, I don’t expect to get through ALL of these in a month. I may not even be able to get access to them all straight away anyway. However, these are all on the list now!

Are you choosing to read any LGBTQIA books this year, or this Pride month?

My Planet Zoo <3

For my birthday, a couple of weeks ago, I did a little playing of my game live called Planet Zoo, and it was really fun! Since I had a good time playing and trying to chat to people, I’m going to do it again. I’ve doing it through my Discord channel. Which you can find the link to that below:

International Book Friends Club

Which you can all join even just for the books. What I’m doing today though, is not playing the Game (haha). Just a couple of screenshots from my game, it’s kind of funny.

Just for giggles and awwwww…

The books of my life in 2020

Two things.

  1. I am taking the books of my 2020 from my Goodreads account. However, I’m sure with a lot of you as well, who like to read. There were “others”. You know the ones, I mean. The ones who you reread for the 20th time, the ones that you don’t actually want to people to know about.
  2. I am just going to post a link to my Discord Book Channel again.

I wanted to start off with a statement as well. 2020, has been a pretty rotten year, let alone mentally draining. At the start of the year I wanted to get more involved and read more out of my safe space box, of books. As the year went on, it was becoming more obvious that I just wanted to stay in my safe space box.

Lauren’s Year in Books

The other great readings for me this year, has been the new authors that I have had the pleasure of getting to know. I had quiet a few! That has been mainly due to buying a lot of Book Box’s this year. While my wallet hasn’t appreciated it, my mind certainly has! And isn’t that what’s really important!

As I said above I have been introduce to quiet a few new authors this years, and I can’t actually think, who is probably my favourite author. Simply, I loved their books. I noticed that with the new authors, if I did like their book, I would end up reading at LEAST one more of their books this year.

There are three that really stand out:

  • Kiersten White – The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and the Camelot Rising series.
  • Renee Ahdieh – The Beautiful series
  • Kate Quinn – The Empress of Rome series

All different times and places, all taking me away to their world. Never have I needed to be taken away to different worlds, where the bad guy ALWAYS loses. You just know that the dream couple are going to get together. It’s predictable, but in the way you want it too be. 2020 hasn’t completely made you so cynical, you know what’s going to happen. That you’re not so completely lost yet, that you mind.

World, Copyright and talk Like Shakespeare Day

There is SO much going on today!

The first thing I am going to introduce you to today is: “The Top 50 Shakespeare Insults” I am going to try and commit them to memory.

The Top 50 Shakespeare Insults“, posted by “No Sweat Shakespeare

Who can talk about World Book Day without mentioning a few books that were then turned into famous musicals.

  • The Phantom of the Opera. by Gaston Leroux. …
  • The Color Purple. by Alice Walker. …
  • Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper. by Gypsy Rose Lee. …
  • Ragtime. by E.L. Doctorow. …
  • Oliver Twist. by Charles Dickens. …
  • Wicked. by Gregory Maguire. …
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. by T.S. Eliot. …

My personal favourite musical of all time came from a book (well a lot of them do,lol)

I don’t think that I could even begin to make a list of books and comics that have been made into movies.

I am not 100% sure that Mark Twain actually said this. It’s 100% true though!

Mark Twian

I don’t even know what title to give this

As I wrote above, I have no idea what title to give this post. So I’m just going to be straight up and write it.

Where I work, I am very lucky in that it is a very multicultural society. I work in an adult education situation. Where we have different campuses around the city, all with their own specialisation. So one school/campus where I work, we mainly have new migrants, families who have escaped volatile countries and people who want to work on their English. We provide a creche on-site for them.

I work with the Library and also as Administration for students. As I was cleaning up the children’s area, I found this really beautiful book. It is obviously for POC children. As I was flipping through though, I loved the story and I loved the colours. My question is though because it is clearly not a book for white people. Would it still be appropriate for myself to buy, for my children in the future? It has such beautiful colouring and a great story, it’s one of our most popular children’s books.

It’s like with Coco, I loved that movie. I thought it was absolutely beautiful. But, can I teach my future children to do that? To have photos up of those have passed. Would it appropriate for me to teach my children the beauty in the Mexcian afterlife? Too teach the beauty and maybe even celebrate the beauty in the Day of the Dead?

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Join Us!

So I decided to start a Discord International Book Club. It’s one of the things that I promised to myself. Too get more involved with my friends, but also to see what I can do about reaching out more to the Book community. Books and Friends…How can you lose! What better day to start than on Tolkiens Birthday!

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I have so many friend in my country and internationally, so why not try to bring it all together! I have so many friends and family who love books. I thought it’s be a nice idea to have a safe space for us book worms to talk all things books =D I don’t know what I’m expecting of this, but I’m hoping it’ll get a lot of us talking about books. Having something fun to concentrate on.

This is the link if you wish to join…Hope to see you there!

https://discord.gg/BepecB