Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Sledding Hill

The Sledding Hill
By Chris Crutcher


Eddie hasn't had an easy year
First his father dies. Then his best friend Billy accidentally kicks a stack of Sheetrock over on himself, breaking his neck and effectively hitting tilt on his Earthgame. Eddie and Billy were inseparable. Still are. Billy isn't going to let a little thing like death stop him from hanging in there with his friend. And when Eddie faces an epic struggle with the powers that be, Billy will remain right there beside him.

My Thoughts:
This is the first Chris Crutcher novel I've read. And I really enjoyed it.
I like how the topic of censorship and free thought was a central theme.
The relationship between Billy and Eddie was wonderfully crafted.
The only thing that really threw me was how the author inserted his real name and self as a character. I wasn't expecting it, and personally that just stuck out in a way I didn't really enjoy. Overall, The Sledding Hill was a great concept, and I loved that Billy was the omnipresent narrator, even though he was dead.

Monday, July 11, 2011

In My Book Bag

My original goal was to post an In My Book Bag every Friday... but now that it's summer, my library visiting habits are a bit up in the air. So for the next two months I'll just be updating whenever I get a new stack of books on my shelf.

After Hamelin
By Bill Richardson

This is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed when it was read to me 6 or 7 years ago.
It's a retelling of the famous tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Re-reading it now, I still love it just as much.

Helen Lowe

I just picked this one up, based on the reasoning that I feel like I haven't read a fantasy book in a while(After Hamelin being the excepting). I've never heard of this book before.
So we'll see what I think.

Returnable Girl
By Pamela A. Lowell

I had never heard of this book before either, but it caught my eye, so I added it my pile.
This book was published in 2006, which seems like forever ago.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
By J.K. Rowling

This is actually the cover of the copy that was waiting for me on the hold shelf.
I have only ever read this series through once, and I feel like I want to work my way through them again this summer.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Book Bag

I recently found this video on YouTube:

How awesome would it be to have a purse made out of a book?
This makes me want to go thrift store hunting to find an old book and make one of these for myself!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Miles From Ordinary

Miles from Ordinary
By Carol Lynch Williams

Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control....
“No one can get inside the head and heart of a 13-year-old girl better than Carol Lynch Williams, and I mean no one," said James S. Jacobs, Professor of Children's Literature at Brigham Young University, of her breakout novel, The Chosen One. Now this award-winning YA author brings us an equally gripping story of a girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.

My Thoughts:
This book actually has a lot of parallels with the last book I read/reviewed on this blog.
One is that the protagonist feels like a nobody.
I really enjoyed reading Miles From Ordinary.
It was a fairly quick read, once I set my mind to finishing it(and also having a day at the beach to do nothing but lounge and read helped too).
Now that I think about it, the entire story really took place over a span of one day.
Which is something that I don't seem to find very often.
It was effective, but also a very full crazy day.
Over all it was quite good.
The flip-flopped mother daughter relationship was intriguing and kept me interested, and also made me worried for Lacey and her situation.
There is so much pressure on her to take care of her mother, and herself.
I can't imagine ever having to deal personally with anything like that.

"Together we climbed on the Peace City bus and road back towards my house. My almost normal feeling was gone. I was miles from ordinary now. Miles."

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer Reading Plans

My posts have been fairly sporadic lately.
I haven't been reading too much for my own pleasure.
Now that it's summer, all of that is going to change!

I have a fairly healthy stocked bookshelf, and one of my goals is to get a few more of the books I own read and reviewed.


The Lord of The Rings - JRR Tolkien
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Specials/Extras - Scott Westerfeld (the last two books of the Uglies series)
How To Build a House - Dana Reinhardt
The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis

There are several others. But I think those have highest priority right now.