The Gardener–Post #1

This morning during SSR time I started reading The Gardener, S.A. Boodeen’s new book (please see my review of her first book, The Compound); four SSR periods later, I am on page 112.  It is a good book.  Stay tuned for Post #2, which will include a full review.

Please note:  This book is not yet released, but is available for pre-order for its July release.  Or, if you are one of my students, you can just borrow my ARC.  (Vocab term–ARC–advanced reading copy aka–most of those books I brought back from my ‘teacher conference’!)

No New Books

I thought I should update this as I have not done so in a while.  I’d like to offer several excuses for that...

1.  School started again, so I have many fewer hours per day to read.

2.  I’m currently reading several novels, and have not been able to commit to one long enough to finish it.  Right now I’m reading “Birthmarked”, due out sometime in March (I think), “Hush, Hush”, and “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” (this one on my Kindle) (and please note, I don’t know how to underline on here, which is why book titles are in quotes!)  I often have this problem; I think it is caused by not finding the right book.  When I find the right book, I abandon all others and commit myself entirely to that book.  I’m still waiting for the right one right now.

3.  I”m also currently reading several informative, nonfiction books.  This is appropriate because, well, we’re working on nonfiction in class.  Which means…time for a lesson.  Nonfiction books are often the most important books you will read.  They can encourage life-changing events in your actual life.  For example, right now I’m reading both “Ask Arthur Frommer”, a generic travel book that gives tips and tricks to ‘travel better, cheaper, and smarter, which is the subtitle, along with the book “Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door”, which I’m using to plan what I hope will be a dream vacation through Europe this summer (though it is in its planning stages, and might not happen this year; it will happen some day!)

2010 Debut Author Challenge

Click on the badge in the right sidebar titled ‘2010 Debut Author Challenge’–I found this blog whilst, well, searching other blogs, and it is amazing!  Beyond the actual challenge aspect, the author of the blog does a FANTASTIC job of reviewing (extremely) current young adult literature.  I will most definitely be referencing this blog frequently.  Please visit the site–The Story Siren— and consider participating in the challenge!

Carpe Diem

I bought this book months ago–right before I got my Kindle–and right AFTER I got my Kindle, reading books ‘the old fashioned way’ seemed so 20th century…so I didn’t even pick this book up again until last night.  And I’ve already finished it–so that says a lot!

This is the story of a girl named Vassar Spore–in case you didn’t know, Vassar is an extremely competitive college in New York (state, not city); the character was ‘named after’ this college.  Her mother is a life coach and her father is an efficiency expert, and she states her main life goals in the first chapter, which include but are not limited to graduating with a 5.3 GPA (this is actually possible–I looked it up) getting in to ACTUAL Vassar, and marrying a surgeon or lawyer.  She’s almost–ok totally–unbelievable as a character in the first third of the book.  But she’s forced to loosen up–and thus becomes more believable–when her grandmother blackmails her parents into letting Vassar (well, MAKING Vassar, really) accompany her on a summer-long trip through Southeast Asia.

I really liked this book–as I’ve said, I read it in less than one day–but am interested to hear if actual teenagers like it at all.  It seems like the kind of story you need a little life perspective to appreciate, but then again, a lot of young adults have much more life experience and perspective than I do, and I’m an ‘old lady’! To be fair, I cannot imagine anywhere I’d less like to visit than Southeast Asia, but halfway through this book I found myself google image searching the ruins of Angkor Wat (which is in Cambodia–I’d already checked out my globe to locate Cambodia!).  It looks like this…

Maybe this is a trip I will take some day.  And if a book can get me to want to visit Cambodia, well, that’s some book!