Weekend Ramblings 2

I’ve been suffering from both reader’s and writer’s block over the past week. I finished my reading (yeah!) but have had difficulty starting anything new or writing the reviews for what I’ve read. This is due in part to the fact that I LOVED The Lantern and feel that my review just won’t do it justice…it’s also (possibly, probably, highly likely — take your pick) due to the series of migraine headaches suffered over the past week. Since I generally have a migraine (or two) each and every day this shouldn’t have been anything out of the norm but add in a sinus headache component along with severe allergies and it made for a doozy of a headache for a few days.  On the plus side, I had a few hours of sinus and allergy respite yesterday and went to see The Help movie with some family members. I’ve got to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was and how closely the movie followed the book. For those of you that have read the book, go see the movie! For those of you that have seen the movie, go read the book!

The West Virginia Book Festival made an exciting announcement earlier this week: Jerry West will be speaking at the festival on Saturday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM on his book West by West. Mr. West will also be signing autographs after his talk. Another author of note at the festival is Bonnie Stewart, No. 9: The 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster. Ms. Stewart’s book is scheduled to be released in November by the West Virginia University Press. This year’s festival looks to be just as exciting and interesting as previous years. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for October 22-23 to attend this year’s West Virginia Book Festival!

I guess I should spend some time writing reviews and get back to some reading. My TBR list is huge so I can’t say I don’t know what to read…  Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. 

If you’re spending a few hours reading this weekend please share your reads with us.

Headlines about West Virginia and Books

I’m a native West Virginian and I returned to my home state three years ago after being away for almost 30 years (I left shortly after graduating college). There’s a lot that I miss about being in a larger city (such as having a Barnes & Noble right down the street – the closest store is currently 190 miles away or a Borders right around the corner – the closest full-service Borders is approximately 45 miles away), but there are a lot of things to be appreciated as well: a lower crime rate, family all around, and a generally slower pace to life. Normally you only hear about West Virginia with regards to bad news: mine disasters, most obese state, most medicated state, bottom of the list in educational standards, etc. Needless to say these aren’t things that we West Virginians are proud of and are actively striving to change. One such change, I’m happy to note, is the new Read WV campaign sponsored by the WV Dept. of Education, Read Aloud West Virginia, the West Virginia Library Commission, and the Imagination Library. This advertising campaign will feature such notable West Virginians as Jennifer Garner, John Corbett and Sam Trammell. I’m glad to see a program promoting not only reading as a learning tool but a love of reading. I hope it becomes widely successful.

Now back to the bad news…there’s a new book being released later this year that discusses the 1968 mining disaster that killed 78 WV miners. West Virginia University professor Bonnie Stewart investigated this incident and the result is No. 9: The 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster. The 1968 mining incident is an indelible part of our history and this book sheds new light on the disaster

Does your village/town/city, county, district, state, province or country have a reading promotional campaign? If so, what impact is it having overall?