Monday, June 24, 2013

Monica is reading in Saudi Arabia

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Blogger Monica Deschapell said...
I just finished reading the book If I Stay, by Gayle Forman, and I will admit that I cried through most of it. I found that it was a very heart-rending book to read and one that will relate to teens. If you do decide to read this novel however, it would be best to do it in private, unless you're okay with people seeing you break down into tears. Be sure to also read The Story Behind The Story in the back of the book.
I felt the same way, Monica! There's a sequel to it too, Where She Went. -- Ms. T

I've just recently read it, and I understand why it's always checked out. It's an amazing book that has some really interesting perspectives to things. It really challenges you to look at stuff in ways you don't normally tend to which, in my opinion, made it a great read.

A few days ago My family and I camped out with a group in the desert. It was really fun and we all had a great time.

Ms. T
It hasn't been very desert-like here! It's been pouring torrents every day this week -- rainbows one minute, and run for shelter the next.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to Read a Book You DON'T Want to Read

This video by author Jim Trelease gives a couple practical hints:  

  • Get comfortable but not too comfortable. Don't put your feet above your heart or you'll snooze off.
  • Read in parts, chapter by chapter or at least scene by scene. But I say that if you just read a page or two a day, the book will last forever and you won't get much out of it. Read chunk by chunk, hopefully chapter by chapter.
  • Use sticky notes or actually write in the book to interact with what you read.
  • I go on wikipedia for character lists when I find myself reading a book with long lists of characters with confusing names. Or just bookmark your own list.
  • Take the book everywhere you go. You never know when you'll have down time. Books are portable.
  • Read in bed with a bright bulb. It's a nice habit to get into.

Monday, June 17, 2013

This just in from Monica:

My family and I have been in Saudi Arabia for a couple of days now. We spent about a month here last summer, and that is what we are doing again now. As you can imagine, it's very different from Florida. There are some buildings around that marks this place as Riyadh, but besides that it's all sand. This sand is not the soft, white silky sand we have at our beaches, but gritty and yellow (almost like dirt). If you look outside your windows here you can see that the air and sky has a yellowish hue from all the sand that is in the air. I guess that's all for now, but I'll continue to post about Saudi and maybe do some book reviews while I'm here. ~Monica

Yeesh, dirty gritty sand. Thanks for helping me enjoy our beautiful beaches a little more as our incredibly hot summer weather starts up, Monica. And I can see that yellowish hue around the horizon.

I just finished reading John Green's Paper Towns, and I have to admit I didn't quite like the ending as much as 17 Katherines. But he is still always very fun, and I'm looking forward to reading The Fault in Our Stars if I can ever get my hands on a copy.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Teen Volunteers?

Hi Guys!
I hope that some of you will be able to stop by and lend a hook on Pirate Day. There's also Middle Earth Day, Dinosaur Day... 

Just want to congratulate Le'Ciang again for being SALUTATORIAN -- that is so MAJOR. And we knew her when.  

And also...hope to hear soon from Monica, as she packs up and flies to SAUDI Arabia. Here's hoping she'll blog in with us about what THAT'S like.  

I just finished reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I was not surprised to see in the back that her favorite authors included Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, because a) I loved this authors too and b) I loved Seraphina! Hartman creates a wonderfully rich world. There are dragons, and there are humans, and they've signed an uneasy peace but still hate each other. The dragons, however, are able to take human shape, and that's where poor outsider Seraphina comes into it... Her mom took human shape and now she's not one thing of the other, an abomination. A pretty abomination who sings like an angel, has visions and is plenty smart -- well, geez, she IS the heroine.

Looking forward to seeing you all this summer! Did I say I needed volunteers? Did I mention the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party and the whoopee cushions?