Thursday, April 30, 2015

Poem in Your Pocket Day

The Academy of American Poets encourage people to carry a poem with them and share it with other throughout the day.

I had originally thought to use a poem provided for this year's celebration by Poets.org:
Song of Myself, I by Walt Whitman 
I Celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. 
I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. 
My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.  
Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.

I really liked the opening stanza to this poem. But then I picked up Christine Hppermann's Poisoned Apples and read the poem To My Sheep, Wherever You Are. The last two stanzas are great!
But I'm happy now. I have a new job
at the library, where all the books are arranged
so they're easy to find.  Even then there are no
guarantees, which is why I steal my favorites
and stack them beside my bed. I keep them 
safe from the man who likes to read
in the tub, the toddler with the Sharpie marker,
the woman who stands at the circulation desk
telling me she's looked everywhere. Really,
she doesn't know what happened, it's just
gone.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Read Harder Challenge - A collection of short stories

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and DisturbancesTrigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Neil Gaiman. I didn't love this book. There were only a handful of stories I really liked and a few of them I had read/heard before picking up this book.  A few I had heard Neil read during a speaking engagement. A few I had listened to in audiobook format.

I enjoyed:

  • The Thing About Cassandra
  • Down to a Sunless Sea
  • The Truth is a Cave in the Dark Mountain
  • My Last Landlady
  • Orange
  • The Case of Death and Honey (a Sherlock Holmes story)
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag
  • Nothing O'clock (Doctor Who story)


A number of the stories just weren't holding my attention and I ended up just skipping over them.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Read Harder Challenge - A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've been sitting on writing this review for awhile now.  I don't know what to really say about this book.  I went into reading this book after reading a lot of reviews which were all over the place.  A number mention how the story is all over the place and the characters are unsympathetic and I fully agree.

I started reading and quickly found that I wasn't finding a connection to these characters so I started skimming the book.  At some point I found myself no longer skimming but really reading the book.  While I never cared about the characters, I found I wanted to know how this story played out.

Bianca built barriers to keep herself apart from those around her. Wesley was able to break through her barriers.  Wesley, like Bianca, has sort of built a persona around himself to protect himself from the facts of his life.  Even knowing that they are this way as a kind of defense, I still don't like either one of them.

I think the best review (the one I agree with the most) is this one from a reviewer on Goodreads.  She writes it so much better than I could.