Monday, September 21, 2009
Check it out!
I like simple songs with pretty words
I tried poetry, but it's just no good
the pages get lost, besides I'd much rather sing to you
I love living life with you by my side
you're a smart kid with a beautiful smile
and oh god those technicolor eyes
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Fade to Blue by Sean Beaudoin
Sophie Blue started wearing a black skirt and Midnight Noir lipstick on her last birthday. It was also the day her father disappeared. Or spontaneously combusted. Which is sort of bad timing, since a Popsicle truck with tinted windows has started circling the house.
Kenny Fade is a basketball god. His sneakers cost more than his Jeep. He's the guy all the ladies (and their mommas) want. Bad.
Sophie Blue and Kenny Fade don't have a thing in common. Aside from being reasonably sure they're losing their minds.
Acclaimed author Sean Beadoin's wildly innovative novel combines uproarious humor with enough plot twists to fill a tube sock. Park thriller, part darkly comic philosophical discussion, and accompanied by a comic book interstitial, Fade to Blue is a whip-smart romp that keeps readers guessing until the last paragraph.
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today's bestselling teen authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.
How was everyone else's week?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
What I'm reading right now:
The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. In December 1999, we learned that the teenage killers specifically targeted Rachel Scott and mocked her Christian faith on their chilling, homemade videotapes. Rachel Scott died for her faith. Now her parents talk about Rachel's life and how they have found meaning in their daughter's martyrdom in the aftermath of the school shooting. Rachel's Tears comes from a heartfelt need to celebrate this young girl's life, to work through the grief and the questions of a nation, and to comfort those who have been touched by violence in our schools today. Using excerpts and drawings from Rachel's own journals, her parents offer a spiritual perspective on the Columbine tragedy and provide a vision of hope for preventing youth violence across the nation.
Lately, I've been finding myself more and more interested in the events behind the Columbine School Shooting. One of my favorite Documentaries of all time was about the subject, Bowling For Columbine, which I urge everyone here to watch at some point. Non-fiction is not a big favorite among people my age, but I think if you can find a particular subject that interests you, then Non-fiction can be just as enthralling as fiction.
What do you think? What kind of Non-fiction do you like to read? Or do you not like Non-fiction at all?
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hardback's look the best on my bookshelf, but I only by Hardcover's for books written by my favorite authors. So, I own mostly trade paperbacks.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Bookmark or dog-ear?
Amazon or brick-and-mortar?
I definitely like seeing the books in person. I like holding them, and feeling the cover (that sounds so weird). I have bought a lot of out of print books off of amazon, though.
Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Short story or novel?
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Stand-alone or series?
Favorite children’s book?
Favorite books of all time?
What are you reading next?
Favorite book to re-read?
Do you ever smell books?
Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I've always been a big Boys Like Girls fan. Their music has always been upbeat and fun to sing along with. With this new song off their new record, Love Drunk, fans get to see a new side of the band. The harmonies with Taylor Swift are gorgous, and this is definitely one of my new favorite songs.
What do you think?