|A LITTLE BOOK FUN FOR THE HOLIDAYS!|
For 17 days during the Christmas break, Karin & Julie, the bloggers at Edifying and Edgy will be posting a book related activity every day. You can choose to participate everyday or once or twice during the entire challenge. It is totally up to you. The Holiday Break Reading Challenge is meant to be fun and low pressure. There are prizes every day.
Here's what I've submitted: Days 1 - 8
Day 8: Hit and Miss HOORAY! I WON A BOOK IN THE DRAWING TODAY!
HIT: Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card. I intentionally avoided this book for years because 1) it was Sci-Fi, and I hate Sci-Fi, yes I do, and 2) it had a dumb name and cover art. All the males in my house (and there are a lot of them) raved about it and the sequels, but I couldn't afford to spend time on a book I knew I wouldn't like. (did I mention it's Sci-Fi??!! ICK.) When the book came across the list of reads for my YA Lit class, I resigned myself to trudge through but found myself absolutely sucked-in to the story. I was especially fascinated that Card was thinking so far ahead of his time with the concepts in the book (hello Drones), and the many parallels to the politics of today. Beyond that, the characters were rich and believable, and the story had a great twist to it. I just bought the set for my seventy-six-year-old father for Christmas; it's that good.
MISS: Jumped, by Rita Williams-Garcia. This book was a National Award winner and a Coretta Scott King Honor Author winner, but as I blogged on this site after reading it, it was hard for me to think of an audience this book would benefit. It may be that this "snapshot" of a day in an inner city high school was just too realistic for me, and I found it terribly depressing that none of the kids did the right thing. And to make matters worse, none seemed to care that the consequences were dire. I suppose the author should be complimented for writing so well that the impression stays with the reader long after the reading is done, but I don't care for the content or the impression left.
Day 7: Your Favorite Book Character of 2011 in Pictures
This may be a little bit of a cheat since one of my favorite characters was from the graphic novel, The Savage. Blue is a little boy dealing with the death of his father, and he turns to writing to work through his feelings. As time goes by his writing becomes reality. . . or does it? It's up to the reader to decide.