Pour a Mug of Hot Tea. . .

Because Girl Knows Books has passed 50 followers!!!

(You can pour whatever you like, really. You don’t even have to pour anything. Feel free to eat candy, though.)

You all are. . .here. I’m not even sure where many of you came from. Were you randomly surfing the Internet? Were you really, really bored? Are you from Hogwarts?

No, seriously, are you from Hogwarts?

I know 50 may seem like a really paltry achievement, but I’m still pretty happy. 2013 was a really great year for the blog. I got to go to Book Expo America, I spoke about blogging and books to a great class of 6th graders, and I got a number of new subscribers. (And I have a new record for most views in a day! Yay!) I also like to think I’ve gotten better at reviewing and just writing in general, instead of saying the exact same thing about each book, because BLEGH.

Thank you so much to everyone who has visited, subscribed, commented, or recommended the blog to somebody. Hopefully 2014 will be even better. So pull up a chair, put some sugar in your tea, because here we go again. 🙂

. . .Too cheesy?

P.S. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Here’s a video of the restored version of the movie THE MARCH, a film by James Blue. It’s a really amazing and interesting thing to see. (Unfortunately, Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech is silent due to a copyright restriction. But the movie is still fantastic!)

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The Project for Awesome 2013!!!

Hi everybody! Yesterday marked the beginning of the Project for Awesome for the year 2013, and it ends today. The Project for Awesome is an effort on the Internet to try to make the world a better place–people make videos talking about certain charities, and others can vote for these videos, comment, and donate. It was started by John and Hank Green, the vlogbrothers of YouTube, and it’s a really amazing event.

For my video, I focused on So Others Might Eat, which is an organization that focuses on helping the homeless. I’m posting my video here, but you should definitely check out the P4A’s website, where there are a ton of great videos to take a look at, and there’s more information about what the project is about, etc. And, yay, there’s a livestream going on at the vlogbrothers’ YouTube channel! So, feel free to take a look, and hopefully I’ll be back with a new book review soon. Have a great day!

P.S. Sorry about the horrible quality and video editing! I need a bit of practice. . .

It’s Ron Charles!

Okay, so for those of you who don’t know (and you should), Ron Charles is a fiction book reviewer for the Washington Post. But he is ALSO your Totally Hip Book Reviewer, helpfully swooping in to save you from the dastardly deeds of those books that would seek to bore you/irritate you/cause you to worry about the current state of the literary world. Well, okay, not exactly. Basically he tells you about ones that don’t do that, as well as just generally making fun of other literary happenings, which he excels at. Here’s his first video, I hope you like it!

Normally, this would be the end of a post, but I’ve been thinking of adding in something new: A Literary Quote of the Day. At the end of every post, I’ll add in a quote from a book, author, poem, or some such thing that I find particularly humorous, heartbreaking, or just plain cool. And, if you have a quote you’d like to suggest, just leave it in the comments and I’ll put it in. But absolutely no spoilers, because they’re ungodly if unbidden. So, anyway, because this book has so many awesome quotes, the first ever Literary Quote of the Day is: “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” –John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.

P.S. You can probably expect at least a couple more quotes from that book in the future. Because, you know, it’s awesome. Have a good Friday! (Because it’s Thursday night, and “Have a good day” would be pretty pointless.)