Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Jackson County Library Services has summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults. Readers earn a free book and other prize opportunities. Sign up at any of the county's library branches. I've already read and turned in the log for my first four books; my seventeen year old daughter just finished her fourth book: Dante's Inferno.

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Currently reading Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix. A different twist to the Cinderella story. Now she is the princess waiting to marry Prince Charming, but she realizes she doesn't love him and doesn't want to marry him. What will she do to get out of it?

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And just finished two of Gary Paulsen's books, My Life in Dog Years and The Foxman. Paulsen writes of what he knows, always an interesting story, and stories often grew from his own experiences. If you haven't read any of Paulsen's upper grade, middle school, and young adult fiction, start with the book that makes Paulsen my favorite author: Hatchet.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving.

I'm thankful for books and that I know how to read. What a limited world one must have without the ability to read.

To know what my 13 year old 8th grader is going to read for class, I just read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. I don't recommend it for anyone under 17 or 18.
 I think Mr. Alexie could have left out the sexual stuff and have a good story, but with it, no.

An alternative to the Alexie book is Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell, which I am reading now. About a 14 year old Navaho girl. Image result for sing down the moon book 

Also just read Lord of the Flies by William Goldberg. I read it as a freshman in high school, then again in my early forties, and, now, for the third time. It's disturbing, but Goldberg does a good job of showing us what people are like if left to their own devices.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

What I'm reading now . . .

  When I'm done, I'll watch the movie, like I did with each of the Harry Potter books/movies. I'm done with that series, by the way. I checked out Stephanie Meyer's Twilight with the intention of doing the same thing, even though I have already seen the first movie and parts of subsequent movies in the series.

<b>PAULSEN</b>, <b>GARY</b> [JACKET ILLUSTRATION BY BRUCE EMMETT], <b>Brian&#39;s</b> <b>Hunt</b> I've read each book of the Brian series by Gary Paulsen several times. I've slowly again read my way through Hatchet, The River, Brian's Return, and  Brian's Winter and am now on Brian's Hunt. Yes, Gary Paulsen is my favorite young adult fiction author.

 I just finished reading . . .

Tuck Everlasting25.png Sad. Tears filled my eyes. Left my heart aching.
I came across this one in the teen library at the Medford, OR, branch of the Jackson County Library System. I didn't know it had been made into a movie, but I don't think I'll seek it out. The book is always better.

This is cool . . .

Wow . . .

Read every day!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What I've been reading . . .

When I'm done, I'll watch the movie.

the honest truth by dan gemeinhart--
   A kid with cancer sets out to climb Mt. Rainier.

marissa meyer's lunar chronicles book 4, Winter

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This would be a cool bookshelf, but I don't have any steps :(

But I could do this:

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord . . . Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men. That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

I had a call asking if the third book (book one: Three Dead Leaves; book two: New Leaves Are Green) is in print yet. Unfortunately, not yet. It's just about ready though. And the title is Next Time

Just finished:
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

About halfway through:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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Just started:
The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan, book 12 in the Ranger's Apprentice series

Friday, July 31, 2015

Think about it . . .

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A reader lives a thousand lives before she dies. The person who never reads lives only one.
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Sometimes I use big words I don't always fully understand in an effort to make myself sound more photosynthesis.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

It's true.

My girls and I took a road trip to Santa Clara, CA, to the One Direction concert at Levi's Stadium on July 11, 2015. Great concert!