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Weekend Reads 10/30/2009

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Here are the books that I have at home to read over the weekend:

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The Shining by Steven King

Happy Malloween!!!

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Dead to the World (Southern Vampire Series) by Charlaine Harris.

Yeah, I am reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels. They are fun and at night I pretend that I live in Bon Temps. If this librarian thing doesn’t work out, I am going to open up Fangtasia in Shreveport.

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Frommer’s San Antonio and Austin

Since it’s too far for either of us to be with our families for Thanksgiving this year, my darling boyfriend and I are going to Austin, and Frommer’s is gonna help us plan our mini-vacation!

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The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series) by Rick Riordan

I’m a sucker for a series. What can I say? Can’t wait for the movie for ‘The Lightning Thief’ to come out!

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Mare’s War by Tanita Davis

I love historical fiction. The end.

Will I read all of these books this weekend?  Depends on how interested I am in college football tomorrow.  And since the Saints are playing Monday night, I think Sunday will be pretty open, so we’ll see.

Yeah, I’m gonna go with “no.”  I’ll try to finish two, though!!

 

Oh, and let’s talk about The Graveyard Book, shall we?

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I love Neil Gaiman. I particularly loved Coraline and the Sandman.

But I have a confession.  I only read half of the Graveyard Book.

Is that bad?

I am not sure why the book never grabbed me; it certainly is well-
written and entertaining, but I guess I never felt connected to the characters.  It was like I was reading the book through a haze, if
that makes any sense.  It was hard for me to concentrate on the words on the page.  So, I gave up.

I’m sorry, Neil.  I’ll try again when my brain is less foggy, I promise!

 

‘Shadowed Summer’ – Saundra Mitchell 10/29/2009

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Saundra Mitchell

Delacorte Press, 2009

180 pages.

I'm a sucker for anything that has to do with Louisiana.  If a book is set in Louisiana, I will read it.  If a television show takes place in Louisiana, I will watch it.  And I will probably go on and on complaining about the inaccuracies laced throughout the story.  I'm a South Louisiana girl, and I always will be…and I love New Orleans and my Cajun culture so much that I will squawk until your ears bleed if something is just not right.  Seriously, can we quit with the bad Cajun accents??

I didn't have that urge, though, with this story.  Set in fictional Ondine, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish, 'Shadowed Summer' follows Iris and two of her friends as they try to solve a decades-old disappearance of a teenage boy in their sleepy little town.

Often when Louisiana is the backdrop for a story, it's all bells and whistles, (horrible) Cajun accents, Swamp Thing, and Mardi Gras…but Saundra Mitchell impressively writes a story set in Louisiana without beating us over the head with stereotypes.  The story is about a ghost and graveyards, and a small town nestled somewhere between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is a perfect backdrop.  There's a brief mention of Katrina, a couple of nods towards NOLA and BR, but other than that, Mitchell lets Louisiana be just what it's supposed to be– the setting.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Iris and her best friend Collette spend their summers trying to conjure up ghosts in the graveyard (not unlike many bored pre-teens who live near cemetaries, am I right???) But when Iris is greeted with a whispered "Where y'at?" from an unknown voice, it sets them on a ghost chase and invites the restless soul of Elijah Landry into Iris' home. 

The story is fast-paced; the mystery of Elijah's disappearance pushes the story along, with glimpses into Iris' struggles with her friends, reminding us that our narrator is, indeed, a teenager with teenage issues.  It was certainly a quality read;  I started it on my break this morning at work and finished about 7PM tonight — I am happy to say that it held my interest (tricky to do as of late), and the revelation of what happened to Elijah did not disappoint.

I am very satisfied that this novel successfully and genuinely used LA as a backdrop.  HOORAY FOR SAUNDRA MITCHELL!!  And, the inclusion of "Where y'at?" as Elijah's catch phrase just warmed my heart…Mitchell certainly knows her true Louisiana stuff.

 

Firsties

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Since this is my first post, I figured it's a good spot to lay out some goals for this here blog.  This is mainly so I can remember why I started this thing in the first place.

I would mainly like to use this blog to keep track of books I've been reading, and what I thought about said books.  It'll be mostly for me, but if other people stumble across this and are interested in what I have to say, well, then, that is awesome.

I'd like to post about every book I read, but I realize that could be a big feat, so maybe I'll just post about several of the books I read.

I'm a 20-something librarian living in north Louisiana.  I like to read young adult novels, mainly, but I venture out every now and then.  I've got an Excel spreadsheet that I use to keep track of the books I want to read, which is easier than just writing them down in a notebook for me.

I'm also on the 6th-8th grade committee for the Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award (LYRC), so a lot of the books I am reading right now fall into that category.  Middle school fiction is the most!