Saturday, January 30, 2010

Writing Contest

Very cool writing contest I came across:

Kidlit Contest

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Another for Today

My mother was rearranging the family room today. She set up the coffee table with some pretty decorations, and a book - her version of a coffee table book. It is John Adams by David McCullough. It is a great book, one I really enjoyed reading. (I am very into history. I probably should have majored in it. I'm also obsessed with the Revolutionary War, and used to volunteer at Fort Stanwix) It might not be my idea of a coffee table book, but so far it has sparked conversation. My mother and I are also going to start taking quotes from it to use on a daily basis.

Today's Novel

Today I shall talk about The Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns. Dobyns, Stephen. (1997). The Church of dead girls. Henry Holt & Co. The characters are all very believable, and by the end, I felt like I knew them. I felt like I could drive to their village of Aurelius and see them all there. This might also have to do with the fact that Aurelius exists near my actual hometown, so throughout the novel, places I ACTUALLY KNOW OF were mentioned. It kept me riveted to my seat, anxiously awaiting the next time Syracuse or Utica were mentioned, to name a few. I even grinned - yes, I grinned - when a Hamilton shirt was mentioned. I pictured my boyfriend wearing his Hamilton hoodie. Really though, this was a good book and I enjoyed it from cover to cover. The first chapter is amazing, although gruesome.

In all honesty, I really didn't get to read today. As one of my last days of summer vacation, I spent it watching Supernatural on television and then playing a video game. I shall try to read more tonight, but I may write instead.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Why to review...

I love books. A few years ago, my father built some bookshelves for me in the cellar. They filled up quickly, spilling over into cardboard boxes and piles atop a table left over from the move. A few small bookshelves were well as more books, and as time continued onwards, I decided to log all of the books that I've read into a document. 1,318 books later, I decided to share my love of literature with others. Hopefully this blog will be read by fellow book-a-holics, and we can compare and contrast our thoughts. Books can be reviewed, analyzed, and recommended.

The book I shall start with is Life Mask by Emma Donoghue. Donoghue, Emma. (2004). Life mask. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (Yes, I've been taught well in college. I always cite books in APA format) I finished reading it the other day, purchased from the used bookroom at the local public library. I grabbed it due to it's setting in England, the eighteenth-century to be exact. I have always had a strong fondness for history. It was exciting and enjoyable. I looked forward to picking it up to read some more.