Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Book Thief Movie

The Guardian did an interview with Markus Zusak  about his book, The Book Thief, being turned into a movie. I’m always fascinated with how authors feel about this happening ever since I read and then watched My Sister’s Keeper. I love Jodi Picoult and I’ve seen her speak a lot. She always gets that question about how she feels about My Sister’s Keeper and the way they changed the movie. I love her answer. It goes something like this, “You sell the [book] rights and it’s like giving a baby up for adoption – you aren’t allowed to call daily and ask what she’s been fed for breakfast. Of course, you hope that the family you’re trusting with your baby is a good one, and that she’ll turn out well in the long run…but sometimes you give your baby over to a bunch of crack heads.” Markus doesn’t say anything like that but he does say something about an age old debate. Do you read the book before the movie? This is what he says, “I’m not a purist in that way at all. Lots of readers say they have to read the book first but I quite like to do it the other way round. In most cases when people see the film of a book they’ve read they say the book’s better, usually, so I think there’s less chance of disappointment when you do it the other way round.”

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Babies as Book Characters

Oh.My.Gosh. Adorable. As a librarian to kids ages 0-3 I appreciate a good baby post every now and then. This gallery has photos of babies dressed up to represent kids books. Love it. Here’s some of my favorites.

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College Libraries

There’s always jokes about students not knowing where the library is on campus. We have a library? Of course. And these libraries didn’t go unnoticed. Check out the 12 most beautiful college libraries in this gallery. One is at Boston College. I will be checking it out!

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Surprise present?

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February 20, 2014 · 4:28 pm

Still Life with Bread Crumbs

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I put this book on hold because I really liked her other book, Every Last One. This book is nothing like that but it was still good. Every Last One had suspense and more than one character’s POV… I think. Still Life with Bread Crumbs only has the POV of Rebecca, the main character. It seems like a more realistic fiction, follow her life kind of book. There is no major climax in my opinion but it’s still a life story worth following. I enjoyed it enough to finish. I did rush the ending because someone else had it on hold. But it seemed satisfactory.

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More Raina Telgemeier

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So, those two previous reviews were in order to get me to this. The new Raina Telgemeier book, Sisters. The newly revealed cover art implies that it is a sequel to Smile but I’m sure reading Smile first is not a requirement. Having brought back my memories of her two previous books I’m really excited about this one coming up. Should be released August 2014.

 

Also, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier

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More Raina Telgemeier. I also read this book a million years ago. I got it as an ARC & read it right after Smile in 2012. It was a pretty good graphic novel about a girl named Callie. She is a set director of a high school play and gets into some drama of her own when two brothers show up on the scene. One of them she may or may not have a crush on…

 

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