Monthly Archives: January 2015

#BookFail

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Recently I tried to read two books that I failed at finishing. The Slap, which is becoming a TV show, and Wildalone, which received great reviews and was compared to other books I love (Discovery of Witches in particular).

I got about 50 pages into The Slap and had to let it go. I hated it all. Side note, I try to read at least 50 pages before I determine if I hate a book. I was semi-excited to read this book and a little wary also. It had a 3.12 Goodreads review which is far from great. But the cover says it was on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. I really only picked it up because I saw a preview for the TV show and I’m always interested to compare books to TV/movies. But I got to page 50 and hated every second. Superfluous cursing, sexing & whatever else just made me hate all of it. Moving on.

My next book was Wildalone. I read a lot of blogs and one of them suggested this book. I wanted to like it, I really did. “Mesmerizing and addictive, Wildalone is a thrilling blend of the modern and the fantastic. Krassi Zourkova creates an atmospheric world filled with rich characters as compelling as those of Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness, and Stephenie Meyer.” Sounds amazing, no? Definitely not. It is all the worst character moments of Twilight & DOW. Not interested. Moving on.

I am now reading The Girl on the Train and it is full of crazy sauce. 

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Storytime for Scooters: Concepts

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

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The More we get Together (with ASL)

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Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt

SONG

Head Shoulders Knees & Toes

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Hokey Pokey (by request)

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From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

I have a 25 book set of this particular title so we all got to turn the pages and read it together.

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Big Bug by Henry Cole

The concept of this book is way above my kids heads but we liked spreading our arms big and making our fingers together to show small. It also transitioned into Old MacDonald really well since it takes place on a farm.

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Old MacDonald

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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Seventh Annual Battle of the Books

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School Library Journal has posted some of their book contenders for the 7th Annual Battle of the Books (BoB). I’ve only read one of them, so apparently I have some work to do!

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The Boston Girl by Diamant

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Whenever people ask what my favorite book is I always say, The Red Tent. Now I just recently read an older book by the same author, Anita Diamant. It was called Good Harbor. Anyway, she has this new book out. So I picked it up. Most of her books take place in Massachusetts but this was in Boston specifically. And the main character, Addie, took classes at Simmons. I always find it refreshing to read books that are about the place you live or the life you have. This one had some of both. For example, I loved Still Alice because it was in Boston (which is now a movie btw). Anyway, the story is interesting in it’s narrative because the main character is actually relaying her life to her grand daughter. So in the midst of the story you can sometimes get a present comment that throws you off. I did enjoy the story but I keep coming back to The Red Tent as her masterpiece. Better read it again just to make sure.

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Still Alice Trailer

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Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

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After I read Americanah I decided I had to read something ridiculous since my previous book was so heavy with language and events. I’ve not heard of the author of this book but it was recommended to me by a patron who said it was funny. Having been married only a few months ago she admitted I might not find it as amusing as she did. It was a pretty good book, written in an unusual style. I wouldn’t call it epistolary because it’s not all letters but it’s something like that, written in divorce paperwork and emails along with notes and memorandums. This style makes the reading go by quickly and enjoyably because you’re not suffering through pages of explanation on something that’s not important. Definitely a fun and quick read for those who need to separate two heavy novels back to back.

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Americanah by Adichie

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This book. At the beginning I was so enthralled. I took it on my honeymoon & slammed through half of it which is surprising because it is loooong (589 pages). I had heard a lot about it and it doesn’t disappoint. But after the honeymoon I had to catch up on life which meant a stall in my reading. Whenever that happens I tend to think the beginning of the book is stellar and am less interested in the last fourth. That situation notwithstanding, this is a great book. It’s also very relevant to the news concerning the subject matter. The main character, Ifemelu, writes a blog called “Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negroes) by a Non-­American Black”. A mouthful. But the blog posts she writes in the book are amazing and so thought provoking. I even used a quote from one on my Facebook and thought about using a million others. I love it. I love her as a character. The general premise is, she moves from Nigeria to America and then decides to move back to Africa. The book goes back and forth between her move back Africa and her move to the US. The NYT Book Review did a great write up on this book in 2013. “Adichie, born in Nigeria but now living both in her homeland and in the United States, is an extraordinarily self-aware thinker and writer, possessing the ability to lambaste society without sneering or patronizing or polemicizing.”

I highly recommend this book. I bought it for my best friend for Christmas. I hope she likes it!

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