Thursday, May 20, 2010

Grieving the loss of a sister

is not easy for Lennie as she and her sister were so close, shared a room, and made up stories about their mom who abandoned them when they were little. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is the story of loss, love and the toll that grieving takes on everyone who was close to the person they lost. Lennie's sister was 19 and living the life of a young adult who loves life. Lennie lived in her shadows until she died, then Lennie began having feelings for her sister's boyfriend and the musical wonderful boy who fell in love with her. Love triangles never work and this one will almost destroy all of them.
I almost never go to bed with a book on my brain, but this one kept my mind occupied for a good part of my nighttime hours. It has it all- love, loss, sadness, romance, music, fun, family and a bit of intrigue. The twists and turns, heartbreaking losses and the choices might just keep you awake as well. A definite read for any reader with a heart!!

An oldie but goodie!

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time and I finally decided to pick it up. Now I am sorry I waited so long. If you like fast, light reads, this isn't the book for you. If you are thoughtful and willing to have a story move slowly like a snail-paced river, then go for it.
Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother when she was eleven and the memories of her real life get mixed in with the book her mentor and mother figure Hannah is writing. The story takes place in Australia, so some of the language takes some time to comprehend, but it is worth the trouble. A lovely story of coming to terms with your life, your past and your future with small doses of romance and intrigue built in. Enjoy!

Wish You Were Dead- have you ever thought this?

Be careful what you wish for!! In this novel Todd Strasser (who is coming to our TeenLitFest on January 29, 2011) delves into the world of blogging and bullying when a teen blogger makes comments about people she hates and one by one they are found dead. How would you feel? Who would you trust? Why would someone kill people on this blogger's hit list? Madison tries to discover why her popular friends are disappearing and as she does, she is being stalked online and in person. This read is a great way to get your heart pumping, but don't read it late at night when you are alone!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

TAKS testing gave me a great chance

to read an awesome new book titled You by Charles Benoit. Story takes place in your typical high school, where a boy named Kyle Chase is invisible to most, with thoughts and feelings ignored by many, and parents who don't get it. He has a precious little sister, some loser friends, and a huge crush on a girl who wants to be friends. Daily life is a drag and Kyle bears the brunt of some cruel bullies. A must-read novel for those like Kyle or who know some Kyles. Gripping and compelling-great to recommend to readers who love Gail Giles. Definitely one to pick up- you won't want to put it down.

Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Oh, my goodness!! I picked up this book twice to read it and had to put it down. It was so graphic and gory, in my opinion, that I wasn't sure I could get through it. If you like monsters, blood and guts, and the thrill of discovery, then you will love it. The main character, Will Henry, is an orphan taken in by Pellinore Warthrop, a monstrumologist. You can use your Latin to figure out his occupation. The creatures in this novel are Anthropophagi, and they do things to people that are far beyond your worst nightmare!!! Read this one at your own risk, ladies and gents!! I finished it, and was glad I did, but getting to the end of the novel made my stomach hurt more than once.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Homework again

Now I have an assignment from our high school administrators. I am supposed to create and post on the door the following statement, followed by my own thoughts: I believe.... When I googled this statement, I found a great writing curriculum based on these two words for high schoolers, which I am going to share with our English department on Monday!
In thinking about this statement, I find it so very difficult to complete. Do I complete is as a hs librarian, a teacher, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a Christian, or a friend? I want this statement to reflect me and to be something profound; something that I can live the rest of my life attempting to model for my children and hopefully, my grandchildren (someday!) , not to mention the students who will walk into those library doors and see what I have posted.
It is not something I can take on lightly or do quickly, yet "I believe ..." is supposed to be on my door by Monday!! No pressure, for sure! Guess I am going to have to ponder this some more. Wish me luck.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Books on my bookshelf

This summer I read Stephenie Meyer's The Host and Breaking Dawn. Even if you aren't a fan of hers, you should read her adult novel The Host. The book is about a human being who has a spirit surgically implanted in her body, a la alien invasion. The human host, Melanie, is supposed to disappear and the spirit named Wanderer is supposed to be in charge. Things go awry when Melanie tries to interject her feelings and thoughts to the point that Wanderer struggles to maintain control. Humans have to hide to keep from being implanted and spirits are taking over the earth. Melanie reconnects with her brother and boyfriend, still human, and live in caves somewhere in the Arizona desert where Wanderer/Melanie learn to coexist. Very creative book full of twists and turns- quite a departure from the bloodsucking vampires of Twilight fame.

Breaking Dawn is not to be missed if you are a Twilight fan. Jacob continues to be a part of Bella's life, even after she and Edward are married. Tension rises as the Volturi visit the Cullens in person, leaving Italy behind to wreak havoc in Forks, Washington. A very satisfying ending for some, and too "pat" for many fans. I loved it and look forward to many more books as Meyer left herself plenty of room for sequels of the many "loveable" characters.