Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday why not read...Annexed by Sharon Dogar

I have always loved to read a familiar story from a different point of view.  Mists of Avalon and Wicked are two of my favorites.  Annexed is Peter Van Pels version of life with the Frank family hiding in Amersterdam.  I hadn’t read a WWII account for several years because so much seemed the same and each ending was sad or bittersweet.  I am glad I read this one even though I already knew the ending.  Ms.  Dogar made Peter interesting and accessible.  She fleshed him out from the semi-flat, paper doll version we get in Anne’s diary.  His response to her writing about him felt real and his conflicted feelings about hiding struck a nerve with me.   He is believable and I liked him.  I liked him so much that I wanted him to survive, and had to stop and think about what I remembered of the history of the annex occupants.  

originally published on April 24, 2011.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday art

Some recycled book projects we did in the library. What do you think?  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday why not read...Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I bought this as my Christmas
 present to my library.

Kindle    Nook
This book is …
beautifully crafted,
immensely quotable
heartbreakingly honest,
… just amazing.  

Read it.  Now, or at least soon; it’s made several lists.  It will make more.  Then you can be smug, because you’re not late to the party.  

My favorite quotes from the book.

pg, 113.  “And you look like a protagonist.” She was talking as fast as she could think. “You look like the person who wins in the end. You’re so pretty, and so good. You have magic eyes,” she whispered. “And you make me feel like a cannibal.”  Eleanor

pg. 164.  If Eleanor tried to kiss Park, it would be like a real-life version of some little gril making her Barbie kiss Ken. Just smashing their faces together.

pg. 172.  Her face was perfectly round, with dimples so deep that when she smiled, she looked tufted, like a cushion.  

pg. 173.  Thinking about going out with Park, in public, was kind of like thinking about taking your helmet off in space.  

pg. 178.  But he kept finding new pockets of shallow inside himself.  He kept finding new ways to betray her.  

pg. 198.  But you couldn’t enjoy the fact that he was in a good mood, because it was the kind of good mood that was just on the edge of a bad one.  They were all waiting for him to cross over.

pg. 204.  What if Park realized that all the things he thought were so mysterious and intriguing about her were actually just … bleak?  

pg. 205.  She didn’t know there were things worse than selfish.

pg. 248.  Her own hands hung stupidly at her side.  Like they weren’t even in the same scene as his.

pg. 251.  Like her freckles.  He said she was candy sprinkled.  

pg. 273  The Impala might not look pervy on the outside, not like a fully carpeted custom van or something--but the inside was a different story.  The front seat seat was almost as big as Eleanor’s bed, and the backseat was an Erica Jong novel just waiting to happen.  

Wednesday why not read...Scorch by Gina Dimaco

Lex, Driggs, and the rest of the junior reapers are on the run trying to find Zara before she gets her hands on the Wrong Book. Zara needs it to complete her power takeover and is killing lots of innocents to convinced Lex to hand it over.

I got bogged down in the middle of this one and quit reading for about a month. It was okay but started to feel a bit soap opera like and lost most of the snarkiness that characterized the first book Croak, and kept me interested.  I’m glad I finished but this is certainly a place holder in the series. Some plot issues are wrapped up, but others are opened wide, waiting to be resolved in book three.   I’m buying the third one for the high school but I can wait for the summer to read it.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday why not read...Alienated by Melissa Landers

Kindle   Nook 
Cara is all about checking off lists and being the best. She’s finally achieved valedictorian status. Yeah! Then she’s chosen for the dubious honor of hosting the new foreign exchange student – he’s so foreign, he’s an actual alien. Aelyx doesn’t really want to be on Earth, but discovers that humans aren’t all like he thought they would be.

Alienated does have some faults, like plenty of stereo-types and heavy-handed racism issues, but I don’t see that as all bad. Some of my students don’t recognize stereotypes or racism unless they are broadly brushed, living in a small insulated town will do that to a person.  I enjoyed this way more than I suspected I would. Yes – it’s a YA romance with an alien as the “Hottie” but yet I suspended my disbelief and just had to finish it, staying up late to do so.  I’ll be buying this for my high school library and am looking forward to the second one.