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Transcript of Reading
According to popular reading tracking website, Goodreads, the most read book of 2014 so far is 'City of Heavenly Fire' by Cassandra Clare, the final installment in the Mortal Instruments series. According to Amazon, the most purchased book of this year so far is StrengthsFinder 2.0, a finance book by Tom Rath. Those may be popular, but the most purchased book ever is 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens. However, there are many more bestselling books besides those named titles.
Can you name any?
Book to Screen Adaptations
These days, book to movie and book to TV show adaptations are becoming more and more frequent. This year only, we've seen many adaptations hit theaters, such as 'The Fault in Our Stars', 'If I Stay', 'The Giver', 'Divergent', 'Gone Girl', 'Mockingjay Part 1', and many others! Most readers dislike movie adaptations for the scripts are unfaithful to the actual book. This is quite a controversial topic. Let's hear your opinion!
By Mya Nippak
The Publishing Process
The first step in the process of publishing a novel, is of course, writing the novel. Writing a book can be extremely hard. It takes tons of motivation and skill, but once that's over with, it only gets harder. Working with a literary agent is very helpful. A literary agent takes your manuscript to publishers, and if they agree to read it, that's already a huge accomplishment. Then, if they like what they read, they will have you sign a publishing contract to determine the royalties that you will receive and then the publishing madness ensues. The editing begins and the manuscript is polished. Cover and jacket designs for the book are designed and the copies are created. A huge part of a book's success is marketing. If a book is well advertised, the likelihood of it having good sales are higher. A release date should be announced at this marketing stage so people know when the book is up for grabs. The copies are then distributed to the places of selling and come the date of release, are available for purchase.
There are several different reading levels. The four large reading groups are Children, Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult. The Children's age group usually ranges from 3-8 years, Middle Grade is usually 9-12 years, Young Adult is usually 13-19 years and Adult is usually 20+. Within these large age groups, there is different 'genres' of books.
A literary genre is a style of writing. Your favorite literary genre might be science fiction, for example.
Books or Adaptations?
Popular genres tend to vary throughout the age groups, but some well-known ones are:
A bestseller is a book or product that sells in large numbers.
Reading Throughout the Years
As you can probably infer, reading has not always been the same. Books read in the early and mid 19 and 1800s are much different than books read and written nowadays.
Some popular books from the 1800s
Some popular books from modern day
Throughout the ages, books have definitely changed to reflect the interest of the times.
Your Opinion: Have you ever read an electronic book?
Do you prefer eBooks or physical books?
E-Readers have become insanely popular since the very first ones released in 1998. Many people own them and many people use them. The E-Reader allows you to purchase books through an online store, add them to your personal library and enjoy them as you please. There are many variations of E-Readers such as the four most popular, the Amazon Kindle, the Kobo, the Sony E-Reader and the Barnes and Noble Nook E-Reader.
Certain E-Readers have great features to them. Some have a Dictionary feature that defines a word for the reader if not understood. Some include a Highlighter that can highlight certain sentences or phrases the reader wishes to look back to. Others also include the Notes feature that allows the reader to make notes of the story.
Quite often books are banned by the government, libraries and schools for a variety of different reasons. Here are some banned books and their causes for being banned.
Banned for poems promoting messiness and death of girl after not getting what she wanted.
Banned for animals
acting on the same
level as humans.
it portrayed Jews
in a too favourable
Banned for referring to witches as 'good'.
Banned for having the
word 'black' in the title.
Banned for being
Do you think it is right to ban books?
Why or why not?
We've all heard the saying 'don't judge a book by it's cover.' It really is a great saying. But no one follows it. We all judge books by their covers. You all just did.
Symbolic and simple
Big, bright bold images
Focused on font mostly
Reading's Effect on the Mind
In 2013, neuroscientist Gregory Berns led an experiment with the researchers from Emory University in Atlanta to see if reading a novel actually has any affect on the mind. They say that 'reading makes you smarter', 'reading helps improve your mood', but no tests were actually performed to prove this theory, until last year when Gregory Berns picked up the project. He had 21undergraduates from Emory read the novel 'Pompeii' by Robert Harris. The story has a 'strong narrative line' and that was important, as the students had to read a book with an interesting plot. For 19 days, the researchers had the undergraduates come in and have brain scans performed. The scan picked up heightened connectivity in the left temporal cortex, which is an area of the brain linked to receptivity for language. Dr. Berns explains that this heightened connectivity remained, even though the students were not reading the book while they were being scanned. Gregory says that their findings "suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist." The researchers are unaware of how long these changes last, but say that five days after finishing the novel the reactions were still there. Therefore, reading does affect your brain, in a completely positive way!
Thank you for listening!
I appreciate your cooperation and participation throughout the duration of my presentation! I hope you learned something from my Genius Hour project! I sure did! It was great expressing my passion to you all and I look forward to seeing what makes you happy in your presentations!
Topics of Discussion
How books have changed throughout the years
How books are published
Reading's effect on the mind
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