Jun 6, 2008

Booking Through Thursday - Trends

Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?
I think my books tastes have changed but only by the slightest degree. When I was a teen, I was less interested in "classic" literature. I wanted to read what I wanted to read. I was less interested in good writing. I was more interested in an easy to read love story.

Now that I am a little older my tastes have definitely matured. But really the content I enjoy most is the same that I enjoyed when I was a teen. I still love young adult literature and I am still a sucker for a good love story. I think in part that is what I love about young adult stuff, it is pretty rare you don't find one without some sort of love interest.

When I was pregnant with my first child I read A LOT. I had some weird thing happen to me where I couldn't watch TV or it would give me nightmares. I was trying to read a book a day since I wasn't going to school. But after my daughter came all that changed. I found myself unable to read fiction. I just couldn't detach myself enough from the real world to get into fiction. I started reading more non fiction. I liked essays because I could read them one at a time.

When my youngest turned two I was finally able to get back into fiction a little bit. Sometimes I read a lot and sometimes I read a little. I like to vary the books I read. Follow one difficult one with an easy one. Or if I know it will be a really long read I read at least two books concurrently.


Gus became comfortable enough to walk into the Gold household without knocking; Melanie borrowed baby-name books on interlibrary loan and left them in Gus's mailbox. Melanie started to wear Gus's maternity clothes; Gus bought Melanie's favorite brand of decaffeinated coffee to keep on hand; they grew able to finish each other's sentence.
Page 21 from The Pact by Jodi Picoult.

Jun 4, 2008

Writing Wednesday - Gail Carson Levine

PhotobucketI know there are a lot of Gail Carson Levine fans out there.

She burst onto the children's book scene in 1998 with the publication of Ella Enchanted. But maybe burst isn't the right word, since she had been writing her whole life.

id you know she wrote a book about writing?
I know
there are a lot of writers out there too!
The books is called Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly and it was
published in 2006.
I had no idea this book existed until I was looking up Levine at the library late last week.
You guys know what a junkie I am for writing books. What I love about Levine's attitude is her simple, no nonsense attitude. Her sense of humor doesn't hurt either.

In Writing Magic, this Newbery Honor author shares insight into her writing experience and encourages young writers (or any writer for that matter) to simply write. Get the words out of you and onto the page!
Levine gives examples of her writing experience from many of her published works.
Previous to Writing Magic I enjoyed reading Ella Enchanted and Dave at Night. (I don't hear many people talking about Dave at Night, but I personally absolutely adore it.)
It was such a joy to learn more about the crafting of the these two stories I already love and the others I can't wait to read.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a writer, anyone who wants to teach writing, or anyone who simply adores Gail Carson Levine's books and wants to learn more about her writing process and ideas.
Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly

Mix Tape Monday Even Though It Is Wednesday

When Clio had first started coming here, Johnny Cash was just some very old, very annoying singer tormenting her as she picked up her supplies. But she had come to love the deep voice and the simple guitar because they were the backdrop to some of her best conversations with Ollie....
Pages 26 and 27 of Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson.


Jun 3, 2008

Another Day

Yep, another day has passed and I still haven't posted. I keep on intending to but I get distracted or have technical difficulties. I have written several blog posts but they have not made it into the computer yet. Yes, I am weird, I often hand write my blog posts before typing them up. I have been reading a lot, I am also currently sick and having a little bit of brain melt down. I hope everyone is doing really, really, really well.

Jun 1, 2008

You're Ulysses!

by James Joyce

Most people are convinced that you don't make any sense, but compared
to what else you could say, what you're saying now makes tons of sense. What people do
understand about you is your vulgarity, which has convinced people that you are at once
brilliant and repugnant. Meanwhile you are content to wander around aimlessly, taking in
the sights and sounds of the city. What you see is vast, almost limitless, and brings you
additional fame. When no one is looking, you dream of being a Greek folk hero.

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