Comments: My Thoughts Exactly

Liz B. from A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy pretty much summed up my own thoughts on comments.  I especially agreed with the following:

I cannot comment on blogs at work, so to the extent I do comment, it’s after work hours or a day off (or, perhaps, during lunch or a break).

You know what that means? Sometimes the conversation is over at that point. My point has been made by someone else, and I’m not a “me, too” fan, not to mention that reading and finding those blogs to comment on cuts into my limited time to do my own blogging and reading (and other real life things.)

I only comment when I feel particularly compelled or if I think I might have something unique to add.  If someone has already made my point, I don’t comment to agree or say I feel the same, and people have often already made my point because I don’t usually have time to check blogs every day so I tend to be several days behind.

I certainly respect people who are better or more regular commenters, it’s just not who I am or how I interact with the blogosphere.  I hope people know, though, that just because I’m not a prolific commenter, that does not mean I do not enjoy or find valuable the content on my favorite blogs.

Library Loot: October 14-20

Library LootLibrary Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

Small week.  Here’s what I checked out:

Currently Reading: Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Current Checkouts: 51
Current Holds: 7


National Book Award Finalists, 2009

The finalists have been announced.  Here’s the list of finalists for Young People’s Literature:

I’m a bit surprised.  At least last year there were a few that I expected, this year not a one.  I’m familiar with most of the titles and I’ve heard good things about Charles and Emma but still not one that I would call a standout of the year, at least as far as buzz is concerned.  Despite my surprise, I’m definitely interested in getting to know some of these books.  I’ve put a couple on hold already.

Anyone else have any thoughts on the list?

Cybils 2009: Have you voted yet?

Cybils20092We’re over half way through the voting window.  Have you nominated your favorite book from October 08-October 09?  If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!  You only have until October 15.  It’s easy.  Click here, fill out the form, and voila.

As I mentioned, I am a judge on the graphic novel panel this year and I’m in good company.  Here are my fellow panel members:

Panel Organizer: Liz Jones, Liz Jones Books

Panelists (Round I Judges):

Alyssa Feller, The Shady Glade
Maggi Idzikowski, Mama Librarian
Liz Jones (see panel organizer)
Nicola Manning, Back to Books
Kim Rapier, Si, se puede! Yes we can
Gina Ruiz, AmoXcalli
Alysa Stewart, Everead

Judges (Round II):

Walter Biggins, The Quiet Bubble
Justin Colussy-Estes, Guys Lit Wire
Sarah Sammis, Puss Reboots
Sarah Stevenson, Finding Wonderland
Casey Titschinger, Bookworm 4 Life

Also, check out Liz discussing what makes graphic novels unique and what makes a great graphic novel.

I’m looking forward to another great Cybils!

Library Loot: October 1-13

Library LootLibrary Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

Well, I had my checkouts down to a reasonable number but so many new books have been released recently my total’s back up.  Here’s what I checkout:


Currently Reading: Once again between books but I just finished Fire and I’m still on a bit of a high from it. :)
Current Checkouts: 49
Current Holds: 6

Waiting on Wednesday: Fallen

FallenFallen by Lauren Kate

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Fallen will be released December 8, 2009.

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  What are you waiting for?

Review: The Splendor Falls

Splendor Fallsby Rosemary Clement-Moore

After a devastating leg injury ends her promising career as a principle ballerina and some poor choices at her mother’s wedding get her in hot water, Sylvie Davis’ life is in an upheaval.  While her mother and her mother’s new husband are away on an extended honeymoon, Sylvie is shipped off to spend part of her summer with her deceased father’s cousin, a woman she’s only met once–at her father’s funeral.  Her father’s cousin, Paula, is working on refurbishing Sylvie’s father’s family’s ancestral home in Alabama, and that is where Sylvie is going to stay.  Sylvie is hoping for a relaxing time full of reading, healing, and figuring out what she wants to do with her life now that her dream, her career, her passion has been taken away.  Instead, Sylvie gets a watchful cousin, warned by Sylvie’s psychologist stepfather that Sylvie is headed for danger, a house and town rich with a family history she never knew about and expectations linked to that history that she’s not sure she wants to live up to, a broody boy and a charming boy both vying for her attention, and visions of a watching colonel, a running woman, and a crying baby.  What is going on in this small Alabama community?  Is Sylvie going crazy or is what she’s seeing and feel for real?  And if it’s real, what does it mean?

Reaction: Overall, another solid story from RCM.  There were a lot of really well-done elements. I found Sylvie a very believable character.  Her struggle with her identity after her injury and her sanity as she started seeing things felt real.  I could understand her anger and her frustration over her situation even as those around her seemed to think she should be able to move on by now.  I also enjoyed how little Sylvie reminded me of Maggie Quinn, the protagonist of RCM’s other novels.  I think it is a sign of a good writer when her characters are distinctly different.  I also greatly enjoyed the setting.  It was well-drawn, atmospheric, and really added to the overall effect of the story.  Finally, one little thing but something that stood out to me, I appreciated Sylvie’s lackluster relationship with her cousin Paula.  I feel so often in other stories, teens find these immediate and amazing relationships with a previously unknown adult when they are thrust in new situations and I really appreciated the fact that Sylvie and Paula didn’t see eye to eye; it just felt more realistic to me.  There were a few things I didn’t like: 1. there were some inconsistencies (Sylvie being freaked by the lilac sent in her room one minute then thinking not long after that the scent was the only unexplained event that didn’t creep her out); 2. the length, it could have been shorter; and 3. the lack of time Rhys and Sylvie had to develop their feelings.  The complaints are minor in the end and do not keep me from recommending this title to those who like a bit of history and mystery with their ghosty, supernatural stories.

Also by RCM:

Book provided by my local library.

Gigantic "To Do" List: Reading and Reviewing

I’m feeling overwhelmed by my “required” reading and reviewing piles.  In order to help myself stay on track, I decided to write a trusty list.

To be reviewed:

  • The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (a satisfying ending)
  • Homicide Related: A Ryan Dooley Mystery by Norah McClintock (even better than the first!)
  • The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds (odd but interesting)
  • Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala (fun mg graphic novel)
  • Mugen Spiral v.1 by Mizuho Kusangagi (good but not memorable)
  • Vampire Knight v.4-7 by Matsuri Hino (much better vampire story than Twilight)
  • The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore (atmospheric supernatural story) review

To be read:

  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Oct. 14 — Adult Book Club)
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green (Nov. 5 — High School Book Club)
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (Nov. 5 — High School Book Club)
  • How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford (Nov. 10 — ROYAL)
  • Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (Nov. 10 — ROYAL)
  • Ghost Huntress Book 1: The Awakening by Marley Gibson (Nov. 10 — ROYAL)
  • Ash by Melinda Lo (Nov. 10 — ROYAL)
  • Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur (Nov. 10 — ROYAL)

Plus, I have less than a week (until Oct. 9) to read a few more books to make a semi-respectable showing at the It’s the End of the World Challenge, hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews.

Let’s see how I do!