Sunday, June 8, 2014
In all I read 2 books, finished another book that I'd already started, and am more than half-way through The Savage Fortress. I read for 12 hours and 31 minutes and I blogged and visited other sites for 3 hours and 35 minutes. I spent more time visiting and commenting other sites this year than I have in the past and I really enjoyed that aspect of the challenge. I did notice that I'm reading more slowly than I did in the past -- I'm not sure if that's due to age or just general tiredness.
I look forward to next year's challenge -- it's a great way to start a summer.
Shalini has been raised in India with her entire extended family – thirty-seven family members living in the house and she is not the least bit excited when her father announces that he has taken a job in the United States and their family of four will be moving there for two years. Not only will she have to leave her extended family, she’ll also have to leave her fiancé, a boy she has been engaged to since she was three. Going from her small private school to being a junior at a large public school is also a challenge. Some people make fun of her and she doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. To make matters worse, her mother falls into a deep depression and spends days at time in her bedroom.
But then Shalini joins a group called Food4Life and she becomes involved in raising money for the charity. She meets a boy named Toby and is instantly attracted to him. Now she is torn – how can she fall for an American boy when she’s engaged to someone else?
I liked Lovetorn but I felt it was a mess in places. I grant you that I am a middle school librarian and have never been in a high school, but I thought the girls who were mean to Shalini acted more like middle school students than high school students. I also had a hard time believing that a girl who has been engaged and devoted to a boy since she was little would so quickly fall for someone else.
One thing I liked about the story was closeness of her family, and yet their inability at first to help the mom. I felt that this was perhaps the most authentic part of the book.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
I read for about 8 hours and I've spent 2 hours with blogging and social media. I've only completed 2 books so this isn't my fastest work but I'm just glad to be able to spend some time reading this weekend. Here's my review for the book I finished this afternoon:
90 Miles to Havana
Pura Belpre Honor Book
Julian is the youngest of three brothers in Cuba in 1961. His biggest problem seems to be learning to stand up for himself until the Revolution happens and life is turned upside down. Julian comes from a fairly well-to-do family (his father builds buildings) and things become difficult for them. Afraid that her children will be taken away from her, Julian's mother decides to send her boys to America where she promises that they will go to a lovely camp until their parents can join them. The camp, however, is not lovely -- and the boys are in danger of being separated and sent to different orphanages across the country. Julian has a lot of growing up to do and in a world that is very foreign to him.
I liked this book fairly well. I really felt for Julian and his family. I did feel that several events were implausible, but this didn't destroy to story for me. I must admit to knowing very little about the Cuban Revolution, so it was nice to read a book set during this time period.
Here's my breakdown so far. I'm really trying to spend time on the social media portion of the challenge, something I've not done before:
Friday, June 6
7:30 - 9:30 Read Command Authority.
Saturday, June 7
9:08 - 9:19 Blogging/ Social Media
9:19 - 12:39 Finished Command Authority
1:03 - 1:42 Blogging/Social Media
I read for a couple of hours last night before I collapsed in the bed. I'm going to keep on reading Command Authority and as soon as I finish it I'm going to start 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Folores-Galbis. Since this is a children's/young adult book blog, I won't be posting a review of the Clancy book.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Because I hadn't planned to do the challenge, I am in the middle of Tom Clancy's book, Command Authority. It certainly wouldn't be my first choice to read this weekend, but I stink at reading more than one book at a time so I'll finish it before I start on the diverse titles I have on my to-read stack (reading diverse books for children and young adults is this year's theme).
It's been a rotten week, so I'm looking forward to a weekend of reading and relaxing!