This was also my very first Kindle read. I was given a Kindle for Christmas 3 years ago. I instantly purchased "The Princess Bride" (as my local library's copy had gone missing), but I have never been able to finish it!
I have read the first 15 chapters of "The Red Pyramid". This was sort of a "have to" assignment. In order to help my teaching partner, I agreed to shave 15 minutes off of each of my math classes in order to carve out some dedicated time for Novel Study groups. I offered to read this and create the Teacher's Guide for the group.
I liked the first Percy Jackson novel well enough but never felt particularly compelled to go back. I think I am feeling the same about this one. I'm sure I'll finish it, to help the kids, but it won't be a labor of love.
I understand that authors are able to hit a groove or style and run with it (Cussler and Patterson leap to mind) but sometimes the groove becomes a rut that I'm not interested in. Then again, I'm not the target audience. I will give Riordan full credit for attempting some newer ideas (the two main characters are not the typical protagonists of Young Adult works) and the wink towards his Percy Jackson series drew a smile, but that's about it.
Earlier this month, my teaching partner bought a book for my classroom library. Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young's "Fortunately, The Milk" was an absolute delight. An easy, breezy adventure that I think would make a lovely stage production. I could envision it performed in several different ways...a multi-media one person stage show...a full blown humorous play...it was so much fun. I've never been a big fan of Young's illustrations in the comic books I've seen, just not my cup of tea, but they work so well here. And Gaiman is firing on all cylinders.
I received "For Boston", the Boston Globe's World Series Commemorative book for Christmas and read it while sick one weekend earlier this month. I'm not a fan of Dan Shaughnessy, but most of the stories in here are great for a Boston fan. The layout of the book is curious, in that it starts with the Globe's stories about the World Series victory and then tells the tale of the rest of the season in reverse chronological order. Curious choice.
This allows me to publish my favorite picture of the post season:
I'm on the left. My teaching partner, a Phillies fan is next, followed by our Coffeehouse host, The Armchair Squid himself (an Orioles fan), and our host for the evening is seated (also a Sox fan). This was during the game 3 loss...I can't remember the play, but I left as soon as the game was over.
The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers. Please join us:
|1.||The Armchair Squid||2.||What's up, MOCK?!|
|3.||Words Incorporated||4.||Scouring Monk|
|5.||Huntress||6.||A Creative Exercise|
|7.||Libby Heily||8.||Trisha @ WORD STUFF|
|9.||Wishbone Soup Cures Everything||10.||mainewords|