Links + Things: Colbert on The Great Gatsby, Mean Girling, The Importance of Pleasure Reading, Guinea Pigs in Outfits, Cheapo Books, Discounted Tablets + More

Links + Things: Colbert on The Great Gatsby, Mean Girling, The Importance of Pleasure Reading, Guinea Pigs in Outfits, Cheapo Books, Discounted Tablets + More

Better late than never, right? Welcome to this week's edition of Links + Things!

This week I've got a bunch of interestingness for you, including guinea pigs wearing cute outfits, a fabulous discussion of the practice of mean girling, the importance of reading for fun and some good discounts on ebooks and Nooks/Kindles.


This Week's Video of Awesome

I had to choke back tears of laughter watching Levar Burton explain The Great Gatsby to Stephen Colbert and Carey Muligan.

Required Reading

Reading for pleasure leads to greater self-understanding, the fostering of social relations, greater well-being, improved cognitive and academic development, and a higher disposition to participate in civic society…

The Canadian government's National Reading Campaign commissioned a study about the benefits of reading in terms of, well, its impact on society. What is most interesting is that it reveals that reading for fun reaps many rewards--yet another reason to think twice before deriding anyone's choice in reading material.

Here's my concern, people hate Gwyneth Paltrow more than Chris Brown - a man who beat his girlfriend. 
The first round of understanding Mean Girling starts with figuring out what it is about these people that sets us off. Sure, people rub us the wrong way and to each his own, but... come on.  All of these flaws we're heaping onto these women - would they bother you if a man did it?  Are you saying Anne Hathaway's (#9 on the list, btdubs) nerdy, forced ease with awards season is worthy of a legion of Hathahaters, but Adrien Brody (not on the list at all) can steal an epic kiss from Halle Berry without her permission and still be adorable? 

I reviewed Liza Palmer's wonderful novel, Nowhere But Home, earlier this week, which is an absolute must-read. Also a must-read from Liza is her blog post about the way we--as a society--engage in the practice of "mean girling." 

McCleave's question—and Messud's outburst—raise two broader issues. First, do people treat male and female literary characters differently? That is, are readers actually more inclined to evaluate female, as opposed to male, protagonists on the basis of their potential as friendship material? And second, gender issues aside, what kind of a question is that, anyway—a legitimate one, or, in essence, a fairly dumb one? Should we be going to literature to look for potential friends in the first place?

The Atlantic raises some interesting questions about the standards to which readers hold male versus female characters, asking the question of why so often female characters are often expected to be "friend material." I don't necessarily agree with all the conclusions made in this piece, but the discussion is an important one.

Further Reading

Santa Guinea Pig - Via Laughing Squid

Cheapo Books

(Click on the cover for more information--and make sure you double-check prices before clicking "buy.")

The Scorpio Races
By Maggie Stiefvater
By Robison Wells

I could only find three intriguing deals this week, unfortunately. The first is Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races, which is one of my favorites, and is priced at $2.99 for the Kindle book (sorry Nook people, it's not price-matched on BN). Shiver, the first book in her Wolves of Mercy Falls series, is also discounted for Kindle ($4) at the moment. 

The book formerly known as Level 2, The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans, is discounted to $3.79 through this weekend only. I'm not a huge science fiction reader, but I've only read good things about this book and will be snagging it at this price for sure. It's priced at $3.99 for Nook.

Robison Wells' Variant is a book I snagged last time it was on sale and haven't read yet, but I have yet to read it. It's supposedly a creepy dystopian/sci-fi novel in a boarding school setting. It's $1.99 on Kindle at the moment. The price is the same for Nook.

More Deals

I received a ton of promotional emails about Mother's Day discounts this week and I thought I'd pass along a few. 

Happy weekending, all!

And happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

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