Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Well, don't look at me for the answers. Check out the final installation of the sisterhood saga!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
I finally read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer over the past few days. I know it came out 2 years ago and I might seem really slow on this, but I have only been a young adult librarian for a few months so, I am not a delinquent librarian! That said, here is my review of Twilight:
Bella Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to a small town called Forks in Washington, where a sunny day is a rarity and no one questions you playing a game of baseball in the rain. Bella's a pale, clumsy seventeen-year-old who never attracted the attention of boys back in Phoenix, but for some reason, every guy at Forks seems to be checking her out. The weirdest thing is the effect she seems to have on the very attractive, model-like Edward Cullen, her biology partner. Sometimes he just looks so angry around her. Then one day, things change in a big way. He saves her life, and suddenly, she finds herself falling for him, falling hard, and developing a mental list of questions about this peculiar, hot guy. Is he maybe... a vampire? Clocking in at just under 500 pages, Twilight may look like a chunky read, but its fast pace will pull you through those 498 pages in no time. While I found myself totally interested in Bella's story, I was sometimes distracted by Meyer's lazy writing; she must've called Edward "beautiful" no less than 100 times. On a similar note, there were parts of the story that either left me confused or lead me to believe they would eventually come into play. For one, I thought the fact that Bella was so pasty might be important, but it never really came up as meaningful. Also, I wasn't sure where the author was going with the interactions between the Cullen family and Bella's father's longtime Native American friend. Perhaps these unanswered questions are intended, since there is a sequel: New Moon. As someone who's never read a book about vampires, so this was a first, I found it really interesting. Would you consider giving up life as you know it, exchanging a temporary life on earth, for an enduring life on earth where you could only be out at night?
Thursday, January 25, 2007
This Is All: the Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn
While the size of This Is All can seem intimidating (weighing in at a bit over 800 pages), one quickly forgets the heft as Cordelia begins to tell her story. The premise is that 19-year-old Cordelia is pregnant and writing a pillow book to give her daughter on her 16th birthday. A pillow book, as defined by wikipedia, is a "collection of notebooks and notes which have been collated to show a period of someone or something's life". Cordelia is also a poet so some of her favorite poems (and ones of her own) are included as well. The story mostly sticks to Cordelia's relationship with her boyfriend, and first love, Will.
In general, it is a good story, if a bit longwinded at times, but in that sense it makes it more real that a 19-year-old girl is writing it. There are times when the formatting gets creative, such as in one part of the book where it is divided into two stories (one on the right side, one of the left) and the reader gets to choose which one to read first. In a later section of the book, the main storyline is peppered with short unconnected stories and while that is an interesting choice, it seems to facilitate skimming the stories in order to get back to the suspenseful main story. Another possible issue is that one has to wonder what 16-year-old wants to read a detailed account of her mother’s sex life, no matter how well written.
It takes a little while to get into This is All, but by the end it's difficult not to get attached to Cordelia. If you've ever felt the thrill and desperation of teenage love, then there are many things in this book to relate to or live through vicariously.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The winner of the Michael L. Printz award was announced Monday, January 22, 2007. For the first time ever, the award went to a graphic novel: Gene Luan Yang’s American Born Chinese.
The 2007 Printz Honor Books are:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party
by M. T. Anderson
An Abundance of Katherines
by John Green
by Sonya Hartnett
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Monday, January 22, 2007
Oh Mia. Mia, Mia, Mia. You are always getting yourself into the worst situations!
She's baaa-ack. Yup, Mia Thermopolis is back in the latest entry in the Meg Cabot's popular and well-written Princess Diaries series. All of Mia's diary entries from less than a week are crammed into this title, which probably makes you ask, what does Mia have so much to write about? Well, my friend, Michael (Mia's beloved college boyfriend of the several books now, not to mention her best friend Lilly's brother) is moving to Japan. FOR A YEAR!!!! Yikes. This revelation has Mia thinking seriously about her game plan, and leads her to think that maybe she could give him Her Precious Gift (!!! she had been waiting until prom to do this). How is this one going to backfire? You know you've got to read Princess on the Brink to find out!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
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Monday, January 8, 2007
Yesterday I played Guitar Hero II for about 4 hours. It was awesome. I was wondering, do you guys/girls play Guitar Hero? Would you like to play it at the library? FYI: The library is about to purchase DDR equipment! So exciting! The first DDR program at the library will be happening Monday, January 22nd, at 7:00 PM and is for Junior High TAB (grades 7-8). The following month, the library will host a DDR evening for High School TAB. Start practicing!
Please comment on how much you want to play video games at the library!
Friday, January 5, 2007
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Josh Schwartz, the creator and executive producer of the canceled The O.C. is going to be adapting and directing John Green's awesome "Looking for Alaska," last year's Printz winner. I can't wait to see it! I already knew he was working on developing the book series Gossip Girls for a tv show. He sure has a lot on his plate, a lot of really fun work!
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Okay, not the real kind, but I just found out that The O.C. is officially over. How do you feel about this? (Sound off in the comments section!) I love and own the first season on DVD, watched the second, missed most of the third due to a timing conflict with "Everwood," but I've been trying to get into the current (final) season. Did the show get worse as it progressed? Surely. The brilliant, witty lines and scenarios of season one were short-lived as the show went on, but I still find myself endeared to the characters, even as they become caricatures of themselves.
UPDATE: The CW might pick up the show?!?