I am very sorry that my 12 bookish days of Christmas were interrupted… I live in Toronto, and we had a major ice storm, with electricity, cell, and internet all affected. I will post the last few days as soon as I can.
I hope you all got wonderful bookish presents, and have a good time boxing day book shopping!
A wondrous yuletide to you.
The 2nd one surprised me, and then… hmm, okay. What do you guys think? Accurate? Surprising? How many have you read?
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Sometimes for a good idea of what a teen will think of a book, you need a teen review. Nitharshana, a middle school student, has written the following review (which I love and agree with) of New Moon by Stephanie Meyer. Take it away, Nitharshana…
I have read the book New Moon by Stephenie Meyer and I have to say that this was one of the oddest books I have ever read.
Stephenie Meyer has done an excellent job of writing the story. Her writing was clear and I understood the story more than I thought I would. However, the more I understood the story, the more I despised it. The main reason for me not liking this book is the main character. Bella Swan is the most idiotic character I have ever read. I understand why she would risk her life for her beloved’s. Doing multiple suicide missions just to feel her love’s presence is plain stupidity. That is what Bella was doing for three quarters of the story. Luckily, she had her werewolf friends to save her each time. If I could, I would ask Meggie or Mo from Inkheart to read me into this book so I could tell Bella how much a life is worth. I enjoy fantasy stories, but in this case where Bella’s boyfriend leaves her and she can not cope, I just couldn’t take the book seriously anymore.
Even though this book is not my cup of tea, people who enjoy supernatural characters and romance would actually have a good time reading this. Also, if you can cope with psychotic characters this would be a great book for you. I hope you find something better in this book than I did.
What she said. If you want to know what the target audience thinks… ask the target audience. Thanks N.P.!
Happy (or not) reading!
Apparently, I look remarkably like an elf, according to a customer today.
Now there’s a statement that opens up a lot of questions you probably don’t want the answers to. What kind of elf? Like Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings elf, or Will Ferrell? Lawn gnome or Keebler?
And remarkably like an elf he’s seen in a movie, or like the little green men he sees in his mother’s basement? Does he like elves or are they terrifying? Compliment, or deadly insult?
This is going to bug me for a while.
Currently reading: The Reckoning, by Kelley Armstrong, thanks to Rolanda who hooked me on her teen stuff like a literary crack dealer. Her adult stuff is also super fun, by the way.
Happy elfless reading.
The miracle of computers – we take them for granted, but what a boon to communication they have been in ways we never imagined. It has enabled Carly Fleischmann, a young woman with autism, to give a true expert opinion on what living with autism is really like, and to smash everyone’s preconceptions in wonderful ways.
She writes about how it feels to have all your senses turned up to high volume, and no way of filtering the input. She speaks of taking thousands of “photos” of someone’s face if she looks at them, which is why she doesn’t like looking people in the eye. It’s too overwhelming. And she does all this through her computer, since she doesn’t speak.
Here is the book trailer (have I mentioned I love book trailers?):
I am gaining a whole new perspective on autism, thanks to Carly. This book is like mind yoga – it stretches out and wakes up all kinds of notions you had, which is great. She has a blog, and is active on Twitter – @CarlysVoice . She created an interactive site called Carly’s Café to let users experience what it is like to be autistic. This young woman is a force to be reckoned with, and I’m looking forward to the changes she helps make.
I think that this book should be republished because it does not have the right adjectives. I thought that harold the dog was a small little puppy that was brown. But turned out that he was actually a big golden retriever. I also thought that chester the cat was a black cat like the ones that witches have.But i dident even know that BUNNICULA was black and white. Just read the book and go back to your child hood in grade 2. Then look at the first chapter it has no adjectives for what chester and harold look like or BUNNICULA. So you have an entirely diffrent picture in your head just like my teacher Mrs.Saunders told me.If Mrs.Saunders is reading this thank you so much for teaching me about adjectives. Or i would not know what to say.Any way i love this book. You should realy read it or give it to your kids just like my mom who owns this blog. so happy reading!p.s.My most favorite part of the book is on the cover TODAY VEGETABLES TOMORROW THE WORLD!