Magic Tuesdays

Tuesdays are the magic day if you’re a book lover or a movie lover. All new books and DVDs come out on Tuesdays and if you go to the right store they should all be in stock. Why is it Tuesday though? Why not Monday or Sunday? The one thing I don’t get is WHY TUESDAY!? If I were in charge of publishing a book I would want the release date to be on a Friday or a Saturday. So many people are out and about on those days that it seems like the perfect time to release a new item onto the market. The cinemas have it down, they release movies on Friday, so that all the hard working people can go to opening night. They depend on that opening night to set the rest of the feel for how well the movie will do in the market and how long they should keep it out. But with books and new DVDs it’s always Tuesday. Do you have any idea what it’s Tuesday?

Magic Tuesdays

Books for Boys

In todays world you can find books on pretty much any subject you want, so why is it so hard for teenage boys to find good books? Now a days it seems that most teen books, or YA as they are commonly called, have female heroins and are stuffed with romance. Guys aren’t that into reading about kissing and dresses, they want to read about killing demons and beheading people. Even with all of the male YA authors out there there is still a shortage. In today’s modern society girls are allowed to take intrest in books that have male protagonists and violence, where as the male population is ridiculed if they even try to read a book written for females. To me this seems wrong. There should be more books out there for teenage boys to read without having to gravitate towards the adult section, which includes more sex and violence than we want to expose teenage boys to.

Here is a list of books that boys may enjoy;

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Chronicals of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
  • The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare
  • Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman
  • Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride
  • Uglies, Pretties, Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Books for Boys

Required School Reading

Since I was in 2nd grade we’ve had books that we had to read for class. Sometimes we read them in class together, other times we read silently in class and did worksheets, and as I got older we were in charge of getting the books read with a variety of assignments to go with them. What I want to know is who picks these books. At least when I wasn in elementary school I mostly enjoyed the books we had to read, but as the years have gone on the books have gotten worse and worse. In my 9th grade year I had to read upward of five books, and they were almost all depressing. This year I’ve had to read a book about the cival war in Sudan, a very confusing book about a murder where we already knew the outcome, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and now we’re reading “Of Mice and Men”. I myself have never seen the point in having to read these books. Yes, I understand that some of these books are classics, but most of them are also very sad and not something a teenager would be interested in, so why make us read them? I have in intention of majoring in anything that will require me to know anything about any of these books. I can’t help but wonder if the people that make us read these books have read them themselves.

Think about it!

Required School Reading