Friday, May 29, 2009
Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
I hope that by now all of you have read this book. I mean it has spent about 30 weeks as number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It's a depressing story, but the writing, characters, and plot make it one of the best books I've ever read. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Anyways, the two books (there's more than just reading, but I'm not even going to get into that.) that I have to read are: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Great Gatsby
The Grapes of Wrath
So, someone lie to me and tell me that not only am I going to love reading these books, but I'll also love analyzing them to death.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Your Personality: Involved Serial Reader!
Your responses place you into two different groups - the involved reader and the serial reader. Not only do you love to read, but you also love finding out about new and interesting books and the authors who write them. You're also a publisher's dream, because once you discover a favorite writer you tend to stick with him/her through thick and thin - but even you need to discover some new blood from time to time!
That sounds about right!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
25. Days Like This (A 2004-2005 Student Anthology)
Hard Love- Ellen Wittlinger
So while I was there I picked up:
Five years after a deadly plague killed all the Grown-ups, the world's population has nearly vanished. But a group of children have survived and forged a new family, a new life, and together traveled up the coast of Florida, looking for answers.
To their shock, they've found a group of adults, the only Grown-ups they've seen for years, living in an abandoned shopping mall. It's a world the travelers had almost forgotten -- cupcakes, clean clothes, adults to depend on.
But something is terribly wrong. The family must find the truth before it's too late.
Friday, May 15, 2009
So, this weeks favorite is:
Love, Rosie by Cecila Ahern
Summary (off of Amazon):
"Love, Rosie is the amusing story of Alex and Rosie, best friends who grow up together in Ireland and stay close throughout cross-continental moves, marriages, parenthood, family dramas. and professional triumphs. Friends for close to 50 years, the potential for romance between the pair is always under the surface, yet never seems to find the right time or place to become a reality.
Love, Rosie is written through a series of notes, letters, IMs, e-mails, and text messages between the two protagonists and their various friends and family members."
Sort of like The Year of Secret Assignments, One of the main attractions, to me, of this book is the fact that it's written through notes and letters. I dig books like that. I also am just in love with the characters in this book. They each are so unique and special, and even in the best books, those are hard to come by. Plus, it's just so funny. I cracked up may times in the one day it took me to read it.
Seriously, if you've ever been intrigued by a book written in only letters, etc. you should definitley try and pick this one up. You won't regret it.
Friday, May 1, 2009
To start out, I pick The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
In The Year of Secret Assignments, a tenth grade English teacher attempts to unite feuding schools by launching a pen-pal project. Best friends Cassie, Emily and Lydia initiate the correspondence, and are answered by Matthew, Charlie and Seb. Emily and Lydia are more than pleased with their matches, but quiet Cassie has a frightening experience with Matthew. When Lydia and Emily discover that Matthew has threatened their fragile friend, the Ashbury girls close ranks, declaring an all-out war on the Brookfield boys. Soon, the couples are caught up in everything from car-jacking and lock-picking, to undercover spying and identity theft.
This is definitely a fun read. I have reread it countless times and it never gets old. I just bought myself a copy of it when I went to Powell's last week, so I no longer have to keep checking it out from the Library. I love books that aren't straight narrative, like books that are told in letters and emails. I recommend this to everyone!