Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I don't know how you would read this one:
Or this one:
But this one is cool and creepy at the same time:
A lot of the pictures were really scary and the books looked like they had been gruesomely mutilated, so I didn't want to put those up. :-O
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thank you so much, bookbutterfly!
Monday, November 23, 2009
The third Lightning Thief trailer is out, and it looks cool! I'm just wondering who the lady at 1:02 is. My friend and I have been running through different characters and no one seems to fit. Except Persephone. And she wasn't even in the first book anyways. Any ideas?
Gracias to Beth Kephart for this post. You're welcome, Beth! :D
I'm going to watch New Moon on Sunday! I'm quite excited, actually. I've heard mixed reviews about it, but the trailer made me laugh and I think it'll be funny (the kind of funny where it's not supposed to be funny but makes you laugh anyways).
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets. She knows how to ignore things. She knows that some things are better left unsaid... Or are they? When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine other suburban Pennsylvania kids to Anapra, a squatter's village in the heat-flattened border city of Juarez, Mexico, secrets seem to percolate and threaten both a friendship and a life. Certainties unravel. Reality changes. And Georgia is left to figure out who she is outside the world she's always known.
(From back summary)
The Heart is Not a Size is, by far, Beth Kephart's best YA novel yet. It's an incredibly lovely story about finding out who you really are. The plot was terrific and moved at a good pace, and the writing was stellar- beautiful and poetic, yet simple and heartfelt.
One wonderful thing about this book was that it was mostly set in Juarez, Mexico. Reading about life in places like Juarez really opened my eyes to poverty and living conditions around the world. I had no idea that there were communities like Anapra, where there were no bathrooms and just sand stretching on and on. That aspect of the story made it quite interesting and educational as well, and it was really touching to read about how hopeful the children there were, despite their surroundings.
What I most enjoyed about this book was the recurring theme of friendship. It's hard to find good books nowadays that really focus on friendship and support and compassion, but Heart encompasses all those ideas. I loved seeing the ups and downs of Georgia and Riley's friendship, and how both of them dealt with those changes. I loved seeing the bonding between the teenage volunteers and the young Juarez children. All the relationships were so realistic, making the characters quite tangible.
Even though this book deals with some serious issues such as anorexia, I think it's a must read for teenagers. The Heart is Not a Size is a truly exemplary novel about friendship and identity, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Coming out in March 2010.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
For those people who have an iGoogle page:
Every morning, at 3:14 am, a special "Easter Egg" pops up on several of the Google themes. Go here for a full list. I think that I'll get up and check sometime during vacation. :-)
A lot of fun stuff about Google here...
And finally, the coolest thing (in my opinion). For those of you who use Google Reader, go here and try it out!
I know I've been kind of slacking off on good blog posts lately. I've been really busy, but I promise that there will be more stuff next week (possibly including some reviews!).
Friday, November 13, 2009
as well as this 8-question meme from her as well:
Six names you go by:
I've been called several things in my life... too many to count. My favorite one is "Conniving Shrew." Not that I'd actually do anything illegal...
Three things you're wearing right now:
Jeans. Magenta and orange sweater. Magenta and orange scarf.
Three things you did last night/yesterday/today:
Started reading Ice by Sarah Beth Durst/Laughed at Taylor Swift's overly dramatic, chair-throwing performance at the CMA's/Wrote a sonnet.
Two things you ate today:
A banana and a burrito.
Two things you are going to do tomorrow:
Go to a math competition and work on my history project.
Your three favorite beverages:
Water, soda, and apple cider (either warm or sparkling).
I tag anyone who wants to do this!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I don't know exactly how I got started on them - I think it was just by coincidence that I picked one out of the shelves at the local library. This was in kindergarten. I started with the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series (featuring Karen, Kristy's younger stepsister). I began by reading slowly, savoring the fact that I was reading a chapter book (!) and stumbling over all the hard words.
First grade. I continued reading the Little Sister series. My teacher thought I was "advanced" in reading and told me to pick books from the third grade reading shelf. I saw "Kristy's Big Day," one of the original BSC books, and thought "Hey! I read these books! Let me try this one out."
Well, it proved to be harder then I expected. I hardly recognized any of the characters, and back then, the font was so small and the words were so big! I gave up and went back to the world of Karen and her friends.
In second grade, I was gobbling up the Little Sister series. I would go to the library every week and come out with a teetering stack of ten new books to read. I read book after book about Karen's holidays, school events, friends, and more.
And then in third grade, I finally tried the actual BSC books again. They were much easier to read and so much fun! I remember being in awe of how cool all the characters were, and I wished I could be in junior high like them and do all those awesome things like babysit and go shopping and everything. (Just for the record, I have never had a babysitting job in my entire life, even after reading these books.) Fourth grade came and went and I was still reading the books. All my friends had gotten into them too.
In fifth grade, I started moving away from the series and more towards stand-alone books from authors like Sharon Creech and Janet Lee Carey. I still collected the BSC books and read them whenever I could, though.
Now, I own several BSC books, ranging from the very first one to others that were published much later, when new characters had come in and old characters had left. Even now, whenever I see BSC books at a garage sale or something, I'll always get a few just for the fun of reading them. I recently reread my whole collection, and I'm surprised at how timeless they are. Although a lot of the covers and dialogue are so corny, I still immensely enjoy reading them.
So, to all Baby-Sitters Club fans- reread one of the books this week! Go over to Amy's blog and check out the other BSC posts! I'm sure you won't be disappointed :)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Well, the book I was supposed to be reviewing is called Valentine's Fall, and it's by Cary Fagan. And it seemed to be about someone called Valentine who fell off the school roof and died.
However, I never finished it. I actually never got past the first 3 pages. It was just so incredibly boring and choppy and made absolutely no sense. There was no dialogue at all from what I read, the chapters were each one page long and kept changing topics, and it didn't get my attention at all. So I had to put it down.
However, the good thing about this book is that it's eco-friendly! It's printed on FSC-certified paper and the pages were very white and clean :) I'm glad that companies such as Eco-Libris are really taking steps to increase awareness about safe environmental efforts. I hope you all check out the other reviews in this campaign!
Friday, November 06, 2009
bubblegum clouds against a pale blue sky
and the edges of the moon are
the smudge on the
frosted opaque except for the
words you traced yesterday.
and the horizon is orange now
as i walk into the fog
carried on a fragile
(Poetry Friday roundup here.)
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
The Dragon's Loyalty Award is for those followers who are the most loyal and give bloggers joy by commenting regularly and with their support.
Thanks, Kirthi! I'm passing this on to anyone who has ever commented on my blog. You guys are great! Your comments make my day.
Monday, November 02, 2009
I would enter if I were you :) Go on over to read all about it and find out how to enter!