Monday Miscellany

16 Fiction Book Characters’ Myers-Briggs Personality Types

Anne of Green Gables The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a psychological categorization tool based on the theories of Carl Jung. If you don’t know your type, this page includes links for finding out more about how this assessment works and what the results mean.

I’m an INFP myself, a group that includes some insanely small percentage of the population (~2%), so I was surprised to read this: “Interestingly, many protagonists and authors are INFPs due to the type’s creative, introspective nature, so don’t take offense if you’re matched up with a villain or a sidekick.” And the literary character who matches that type is Anne Of Green Gables, and I can live with that.

5 Great Vacations for Readers

This article from July 2011 is still appropriate if you’re looking to schedule a reading retreat.

Five trips for crime fiction lovers

To complement the previous article, CNN offers descriptions of 5 vacation spots for mystery lovers:

  • Baltimore, MD, USA: featured in novels by Laura Lipmann
  • Brattleboro, VT, USA: featured in novels by Archer Mayor
  • Edinburgh, Scotland: featured in novels by Ian Rankin
  • Gaborone, Botswana: featured in novels by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Sweden: featured in novels by Stieg Larsson, Camilla Läckberg, and Henning Mankell

We are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading

We often hear about the necessity to engage young boys in reading here in the U. S., but apparently the U. K. has the same problem. Here children’s author and former teacher Michael Morpurgo offers some suggestions for getting children, and boys in particular, to enjoy reading:

1.Why not have a dedicated half hour at the end of every school day in every primary school devoted to the simple enjoyment of reading and writing.

2. Regular visits from storytellers, theatre groups, poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, and librarians from the local library.

3. Inviting fathers and grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers into school to tell and read stories, to listen to children reading, one to one. The work of organisations such at Volunteer Reading Help and Reading Matters are already doing great thing to help young people and schools.

4. Ensuring that the enjoyment of literature takes precedence, particularly in the early years, over the learning of the rules of literacy, important though they are.  Children have to be motivated to want to learn to read. Reading must not be taught simply as a school exercise.

5.  Parents, fathers in particular, and teachers, might be encouraged to attend book groups themselves, in or out of the school, without children, so that they can develop a love of reading for themselves, which they can then pass on to the children.

6. Teacher training should always include modules dedicated to developing the teachers’ own appreciation of literature, so that when they come to read to the children or to recommend a book, it is meant, and the children know it. To use books simply as a teacher’s tool is unlikely to convince many children that books are for them, particularly those that are failing already, many of whom will be boys.

7.  The library in any school should have a dedicated librarian or teacher/librarian, be well resourced, and welcoming, the heart of every school.  Access to books and the encouragement of the habit of reading: these two things are the first and most necessary steps in education and librarians, teachers and parents all over the country know it. It is our children’s right and it is also our best hope and their best hope for the future.

#DailyBookPic – A Bookish Photo Project

I apologize for being a little late to the party on this one, but there’s still time for you to get in on the fun of posting and/or viewing photos of various book-related items for the month of July.

Gabriel García Márquez’s writing career ended by dementia

Finally comes this sad news: “The Nobel prizewinning author Gabriel García Márquez is suffering from senile dementia and can no longer write, his brother has revealed.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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