Commonplace Post (29)

Happy Saturday, everyone! At this point I’m about one week away from moving into my new house, if everything goes well. Yay! I’ll have pictures and things of my room once I’ve gotten it painted/unpacked/etc. Furnishing it may take a while, since I’ll be picking stuff out from flea markets and whatnot, but eventually it’ll be pretty.

Next weekend is, of course, the LA Times Festival of Books. I’m…not entirely sure I’ll make it. I have no idea what’s going to happen that weekend re:moving in, and so I may just have to skip the festival and go next year. :(

Only two months until ALA, though! And that’s right where I’ll be living, so for sure I can make it to THAT. Who else is going? Raise your hands!

Cover Trends & The Female Body:

Part of why many believe books are gendered — why some books are for boys and some are for girls — is because of the images and what they’re doing or saying. Even if the story itself doesn’t have a message about the female body within it, readers, especially teen girls who are already bombarded with a sickening number of messages about their bodies thanks to every other media they encounter, the cover is telling them something. It’s further offering up beliefs about the ideal image. It’s not just teen girls getting and internalizing the messages though; teen males are, too. They’re seeing books as gendered and they’re also internalizing those messages, which only continues the cycle. We sell the female body on book covers in a way we don’t on male book covers.

The Most Frequently Challenged Book Features Scandalous Texts and Dubious Emoticons @ Jezebel. Meaning, of course, Lauren Myracle’s ttyl. And then…