(Banned) Book Talk: *A Wrinkle in Time*, by Madeleine L’Engle

(Banned) Book Talk: *A Wrinkle in Time*, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Originally published 1962 This edition: Yearling (Bantam Dell) (1973), reprint, Paperback (0440498058 / 9780440498056) Fiction (children/young adult), 211 pages Source: personal copy (borrowed from kids’ bookshelf) Reason for reading: Re-read for Banned Books Week 2010 Opening Lines: “It was a dark and stormy night.” Book Description: Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an […]

Readathon Wrapup

It’s the Readathon End-of-Event Meme! 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Probably hour 19, since I called it after that! 2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Not really – I think Readers should choose books that would interest them on any occasion. However, picking shorter, faster-moving, more plot-oriented books is a good idea; humorous essay collections that can be read […]

Readathon Update #5 – Calling it a Night (Morning?)

I’ve just finished a fourth book – The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams – but it was a tough push, and so after being up for almost 20 hours, I think my Readathon is over! I’ll do a final recap some time on Sunday with the End of Event Meme. Good night, Readathoners! Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by […]

Readathon Update #4 – Cheer Up!

My three-hour cheerleading commitment has been officially fulfilled! If a blog was on my list and had posted at least one Readathon update today, I left a comment. I’ve finished three books, although two of them were in one volume. I’m undecided about what book to tackle next, but I’ve narrowed it down to three: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead – because I just finished re-reading A Wrinkle in Time, and I’m pretty […]

Readathon Update #3: Mid-Event Meme

I missed the opening meme of Readathon, but I thought I’d take a break from my book for the traditional Mid-Event Meme. Mid-Event Survey: 1. What are you reading right now? Carney’s House Party, by Maud Hart Lovelace 2. How many books have you read so far? This is my second. I spent an hour and a half cheerleading in between books. 3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half […]

Readathon Update #2

I’ve finished a book! Folks who recommend going with relatively short, quick reads are right – they do give you a sense of accomplishment. More importantly, I loved the first book I read: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. I’m looking forward to writing up this one – it’s very clever. I’d really like Katie (my 16-year-old) to read it. I took a break after I finished reading my first book, and when I came […]

Readathon Update #1 – Let’s get it started!

The 24-Hour Readathon’s local start time is 5 AM, and I’m up. I have my contact lenses in but am still in my pajamas. I want to hit the couch reading right away; I’ll break after an hour or two to shower and get dressed, and resume reading during breakfast. My plans for the day: Reading, Cheerleading (3 hours total), Tweeting, updating the blog every few hours, and don’t expect to do any mini-challenges unless […]

Week-End Review: Links & whatnot

Week-End Review: Links & whatnot

First the whatnot, then the links… A good conference requires plenty of planning, so it’s smart to start early. And even if you’re not sure you’ll be going to a particular conference, if they’re asking for input on the programming, you might as well give ’em your ideas! I really want to attend the 2nd Book Blogger Convention in New York next May, and their request for topic suggestions (anonymous) is still open. This year’s […]

(Banned) Book Talk: *Forever*, by Judy Blume

(Banned) Book Talk: *Forever*, by Judy Blume

Forever… Judy Blume Originally published 1975 This edition: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (2007), Paperback (ISBN 1416953914 / 9781416953913) Fiction (YA), 208 pages Source: personal copy (purchased) Reason for Reading: Re-read for Banned Books Week 2010 Opening Lines: “Sybil Davison has a genius IQ and has been laid by at least six different guys. She told me so herself, the last time she was visiting her cousin, Erica, who is my good friend. Erica says this is […]

(Banned) Book Talk: *Speak*, by Laurie Halse Anderson

(Banned) Book Talk: *Speak*, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak Laurie Halse Anderson Original copyright 1999 This edition: Penguin Platinum, 2006, Paperback (ISBN 0142407321 / 9780142407325) Fiction (YA), 197 pages Source: Purchased/personal copy Reason for Reading: Banned Books Week 2010 Opening Lines: “It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.” Book description: Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people […]

Weekend Assignment #338: In Another World…

Weekend Assignment #338: In Another World…

“Goldilocks planet” illustration by Lynette Cook,  National Science Foundation. Weekend Assignment # 338: A World of Their Own Even as astronomers discover planets that may be capable of supporting life, such destinations remain out of reach of would-be human colonists, even if the world is “only” twenty light years away. But if some science fictional technology were discovered in the next year or two (warp drive, matter transmission or whatever) that made it possible to […]

Walk with me, and remember: Mom, Alice, and Alzheimer’s

Walk with me, and remember: Mom, Alice, and Alzheimer’s

This Friday, October 8, it will be eleven years since my mom, Mary Ann, passed away. A resident of St. Petersburg, Florida for 22 years, she was 69 years old at the time of her death. She was survived by her husband, two adult daughters, and one teenage grandson. We’re left to remember. But our family had lost her well before that. For over seven years, she had been living in a nursing home, incapacitated […]

Sunday Salon/Weekly Geeks: Readathon plans, and other items on the reading agenda

Sunday Salon/Weekly Geeks: Readathon plans, and other items on the reading agenda

I don’t have a theme for this Sunday’s Salon – I’m a bit random this week. HELD OVER – Banned Books Week: After reading Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, I’ve decided to stretch out Banned Books Week a little longer and pull out two books I’d set aside for my failed Shelf Discovery Challenge. Forever… by Judy Blume and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle are very different from each other, but they’ve both been […]

That’s Enough, Thanks! Songs I never need to hear again

When I think of “songs I never need to hear again,” I don’t necessarily mean songs I absolutely can’t stand. I do my best to avoid hearing those already, unless they happen to be on my husband’s playlists (I am in the car listening to you under duress, “A Horse With No Name”). There are other songs that I don’t actively despise, but in close to 35 years of paying attention to music, I have […]