Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blogging from A to Z Challenge, April 2012

So my friend Jen McConnel over at Crafting Magic has sucked me into another challenge. Not only am I committed to reading 100 books in 2012, I have now committed to blogging every day in April in support of the Blogging A to Z Challenge.

Don't you want to join us?!

I've decided that the theme of my April blogging will be my bucket list. I suppose you'll learn a little bit more about me as I learn more about myself! Happy reading and happy blogging!

100 Book Challenge: Stuart Little by E.B. White

Book 18: Stuart Little by E.B. White

It took me a little over a week to read Stuart Little again. That's because I was reading it with my five year old daughter.

I had fond memories of reading this book as a child myself, picturing Stuart in his little car roaming the countryside and seeing Stuart sailing the boat on the water at the park. *sigh*

As an adult, I found this book to have strange, wordy writing with a not as interesting plot. Maybe it's age or maybe it really is not the great classic that I thought it was. Either way, I tried to make it entertaining for my daughter as we read a chapter each night, and I forced myself to get through it.

Strange how some books keep you coming back to them and others not so much.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

100 Book Challenge: Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

Book 17: Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

I think this is now my favorite Lisa Yee book.

Maybelline, Maybe for short, lives with her beauty and man obsessed mother. After a misunderstanding with her mother and tired of being put on the back burner, Maybe decides to run away to California to look for her birth father. Accompanied by her two best friends, Hollywood/Daniel and Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider/Ted, Maybe sets out on a summer journey with a plan....sort of.

Funny, inspiring, sad, and hopeful.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

100 Books in 2012: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Book 16: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

A little Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but told through various "case file" entries, this middle school novel is a cute, fun, fast read. Tommy is trying to figure out whether the origami Yoda that his friend Dwight has created can really dispense useful and real advice. Dwight pulls out the origami Yoda finger puppet and in his best Yoda voice provides answers to his fellow middle schoolers' questions, with mostly positive results. Tommy has everyone who asked for origami Yoda's advice to record their experience, and he and Harvey, who doesn't believe in Yoda, comment on the entries. In the end, will Tommy end up believing or not?