Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween 2013!

My Hermione costume, with pieces from each family member.  

Not too bad, huh?  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Every Day by David Leviathan

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

A day after I’ve finished, my thoughts are still jumbled.

·         Could be a sequel
Do I want a sequel?
·         I can't imagine this life...
A does such a good job describing it – I get it. I don’t want it for myself, but I get it.
·         Could I love someone who had a different body everyday?
·         Is it the body or the soul we love?
·         The ending Is perfect… perfectly awful, and painful, but perfect.
·         A, in the end, is a selfless person, and much better than me.

Favorite Quote:

                “This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.” p. 175

Thursday, October 17, 2013

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman


Mia, remembers her life while in a coma, after a horrific car accident, and must decide if she will stay among the living.

Many of my students have read and loved this book. I must say I agree with them. I read a school copy and wished for my own to mark up.  Ms. Foreman made me cry with her insight, laugh with Mia’s observations. My cover has a quote from USA today that says, “Will appeal to fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight.” If I Stay is so far above Twilight, I don’t think they even remotely compare.  

There is a sequel/companion that went immediately to my TBR pile. I don’t care if someone else wants to read it. I’m hoarding it. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel


Fast, sad read, with an ambiguous ending; that raises moral and ethical questions. Jen B made me read this so we could discuss it. We didn't agree. :) She uses it in a class.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

LaLa Eileen: Balloons

This is one of my library aides!  Isn't she awesome?!