The places I go

The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. -Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Two books this week

Finally got around to reading this. Angelou's story is hearbreaking, and yet hopeful.

Rand bought this, and highly recommended it to me. Jules Feiffer wrote this book for his (then) 9-year-old adopted daughter. He writes the story from her point of view, and captures the child's voice amazingly well. This was adorable. :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Does She or Doesn't She?

I liked this one a great deal as well. I wasn't so crazy about the ending...although I do see where it was hard to go with a "yay, they're in love and happy" ending, given the situation.

Hurrah for chicklit. :)

Monday, March 20, 2006


Last week, I finished Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. This is one of those YA novels that I wonder whether teachers love it and kids hate it. Because I adored it. I finished it while I was supervising an art class that didn’t really require my supervision. It was all I could do to hold back my big, huge, ugly tears...I kept it to a few discreet ones that I was able to wipe away quickly. This is a book that I would like to own and reread over and over again.

The message, quite simply, is that one person really can change the world...or at least her little part of it.


Sunday, March 19, 2006

Stupid, stupid rat creatures

Rand and I have been reading Bone together, and I'm really, really enjoying it. The artwork is unbelievably cute, but also very expressive. And the writing is very, very good. It goes from being Looney-Tunes silly (one of the main characters reminds me a lot of Daffy Duck) to being incredibly well-written fantasy.

And yeah, it owes a lot to Tolkien, but what modern fantasy doesn't?

I can't wait to finish it...we're 2/3 of the way through.

ETA: Finished it. How much did I like it? I cried because it was over. No kidding. ;)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

On the Couch

I *heart* Alisa Kwitney. That is all. Thanks again to Lady T for letting me partake of her chicklit collection!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Challenged books

The ALA's most challenged books of 2005.

Reading this list sent me on a couple of tangents...I have a couple of writing friends who may stop speaking to me for this, but I really don't like Catcher in the Rye much. I didn't read it as a teenager...I read it for the first time a few years ago. I found Holden whiny and irritating. (Sorry Eden! Sorry Theryn!)

Of the other books on the list, I've read The Chocolate War, but I don't think it was because I was forced to. It depressed me.

My high school apparently didn't put a lot of value on literature. Most of what I read, I read because I wanted to. The things I remember being "required reading" for me were Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM is my favorite), and The Color Purple. I remember writing book reports as a freshman, but I don't have any memory of reading a novel as a class. We stuck to the lit book mostly. I took AP English as a senior, and our teacher gave us sort of "independent required reading."

I've made it a point to read many of the other "required" novels as an adult...Huck Finn, 1984, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, The Outsiders, That Was Then, This is Now, Night.

Some I have not read...Brave New World, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Native Son, The Awakening, Ethan Frome, Animal Farm, My Antonia, Moby Dick.

What's your favorite "required reading" book? What should I add to my to-read list? :)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

30 books thing

Seen here, via Eden, who saw it here.

BOLD means I've read it.
Italics means it's in my possession and I intend to read it one day.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Bible (yeah...never in full.)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
1984 by George Orwell
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
All Quiet on the Western Front by E M Remarque
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Tess of the D'urbevilles by Thomas Hardy
Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn

There are other things here that I wouldn't mind checking out. Kind of a strange list, I think.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Contest news at TC

:: Spring Three Cheers contest coming up::

This year's Three Cheers and a Tiger Spring contest opens at 5 pm ET on Friday, March 17th.

At that time, the topic and word count will be posted at Just the Place for a Snark.

Entries are due by 5 pm ET on Sunday, March 19th.

See the Contest page for full details.