Monthly Archives: August 2013

Underground New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is possibly one of the most famous libraries in the world.  It is definitely a significant institution of information–as well as a tourist destination!  This blog, “Underground New York Public Library,” features candid photos taken of various NYC subway riders reading books.  Each entry displays the photo and the title and author of the book being read.  It’s simple in nature, but the idea behind it is unique.

And, as a librarian and teacher, anything that promotes reading (in any nature) is wonderful in my book! [no pun intended 🙂 ]

What do you think of this simple blog?  Would you take these book titles as suggestions for your next read?

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August 30, 2013 · 3:07 am

The Mortal Instruments: Book versus Movie

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For those of you readers, both young adult and otherwise, you may have heard of the YAL series, The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare.  The first book of the series, The City of Bones, has just been released on film in movie theatres worldwide.  This turns to the never-ending debate of books versus their movie counterparts–which one is better?  Do film versions ultimately ruin novels, or add to their appeal and understanding?  As Clare states during her interview, which can be read through the link below:  “You’re always worried, ‘Is the movie going to stay true to the book?’ But they should remember it’s an interpretation of the books, and I want every reader to feel that their interpretation is the true interpretation.'”  This debate may be infinite, but only you, as both a reader and film-viewer, can make the decision yourself.

Cassandra Clare NY Times Interview

Are there are Clare fans out there?  Have you read The City of Bones?  Did you watch the movie?  What are your thoughts?

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