Skip to main content

First book of 2008

Just finished Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg. I am a sucker for memoirs about dysfunctional families the only caveat being that I sometimes feel less bad for the victim when they come from a family dripping with money. Susanna had an overexposed childhood because of a wild mother, and it warped her into a sex fiend. Part of the fun of the book was trying to figure out who the disguised characters were (as most of the people in the book's names have been changed to protect their privacy). If it were fiction, the book would be a basic Danielle Steel plot, but the fact that these things really happened lead to some credibility. Through a great deal of the story, though, the reader is left with the feeling that the narrator is as confused as her mother and that we may not be getting the real story anyway. I am beginning to wonder if Jeanette Walls has just ruined me for anymore memoirs. How could anything compare to the Glass Castle?

I also finished the Teen One Book New Jersey 2008 pick: Dr. Franklin's Island by Ann Halam. I like this one, it was a cross between the Island of Dr Moreau and Lord of the Flies. Three kids survive a plane crash, only to end up on an island of an evil genius who wants to alter them genetically. I think this was a good choice for the Teens this year. I'll link to the One Book NJ website as soon as they update it. The adult choice is The Plot Against America, which I read a while ago and loved, loved, loved it. Because I'm so close to Philly, I feel obliged to read the One Book Philadelphia choice as well. This year it is What is the What by Dave Eggers. At 475 pages, WITW would qualify as one of my chunksters....HMMM. Is anyone else going through their books checking page counts right now? Until I get my list straight it's gonna be all about the numbers....


Andrea said…
Hey I'm glad you started up this blog, I'm new to the book blogging world as well. I'm reading The Human Stain by Roth for My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge, but I haven't read anything else by him.

Popular posts from this blog

Attention Lucky Leprechauns.....

Whoo hoo! Time for some lucky, Irish fun. One lucky, lucky person will win a $25 gift card to Amazon to spend on whatever your little heart desires.
Fill out the form. Comments and follows are not required, but sure are nice!
US only, I am just too new at this to attempt International at this point.
Check out all of the blogs on the hop! There are loads of chances to win some great stuff.
Thank you for entering, and please feel free to stop back and visit me anytime!
Contest open: March 17, 2011 to March 20, 2011. Winner will be notified on the 21st by email.
Hop to here to see the list of participating blogs!


How to Make a Sharknado for Your Shark Craft

I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

But for ME, I wanted a Sharknado.
Inspired by this post, and I tried several different dish soaps and NONE of the tornadoes looked as good as they did in this lady's posts. She must have magic soap, but it really works!

Then I went to three stores to find either plastic sharks that would be light enough to float and not just sink to the bottom of the jar and/or shrinky dink material (make my own damn sharks!) Both hunts were fail, so I made them myself using  a template I cannot find again. Sorry.

 I flipped the images, cut them out, glued them together and then book-taped the hell out of them! Presto, waterproof.

The jar needed I made a small label with
"Sharknado" bookended with some fancy orange chainsaws and voila!

One Sharknado for the parents to play…

Teddy Bear Storytime

Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

My opening song is Hello Bubbles which I learned from Read Sing Play here. BTW this woman is a storytime goddess and I have picked up many great ideas on her blog.

Story the 1st: The Red Hat by Lita Judge

 Why? Because I want to get across to my kids that books do not always have to have words in order for us to "read" them, and I want to give pre-readers a chance to feel proud they finished a book on their own. I plan to try to read or highlight at least one wordless read for the next couple of storytimes.

Flannel Board: Ten in the Bed
I used a modified versi…