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I would just like to point out, to anyone who frequents this account, I am still reading & reviewing books. I'm just doing it on an actual blog, making me on the cutting edge of technology circa 2006. Huzzah?

Anyway, I'm having fun with it. Please visit if you'd like. It's also easier to leave comments, so tell me how I'm doing. I doubt I have any hate-readers out there, but the interwebs can be surprising like that.

A scandal grows in Savannah






As the last entry on my second-to-last reading list (and don't worry, I have plenty of unlisted reading that I'm completing), this book holds the distinction of being the only book on that list with any ... well, distinction.



Savannah"s a real small town. It"s so small everybody knows everybody else"s business, which can be a pain, but it also means we know who all the undercover cops are, which can be a plus.Collapse )

Keeping up with the past






I bought this back when I was still at school.  I knew I'd have to wait for summer before starting it - otherwise I would've got a headache.






It took me a little over a month to complete, as I wanted to read Dracula beforehand.



It"s my belief that the study of history should be our preparation for understanding the present, rather than an escape from it.Collapse )

Scott Pilgrim vs. the Moive Critic


Prepare for spoilers, obviously.Collapse )I was very excited when I finally received the chance to watch Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the highly-praised yet largely unviewed movie that came out a year ago.  Even before watching it, I knew I would want to write about my experience with the film, and possibly of the graphic novel series from which it sprung. This is not, despite the title of this post,
really a review of the movie, since I'll be comparing it constantly with my interpretation of the books. As a big reader with a love of film, I just want to discuss the adaptation—where the movie got it so right, and where it didn't impress me so much.





Go on, go on!

 





I purchased this at the beginning of the summer, knowing that I'd be able to read it within a 24-hour period.  So I decided to wait until I was experiencing a lag in reviews.


I love these covers!  They are a great example of how interesting and attractive a book cover of any genre can be.  In the background is Prescott Academy, the private school Delia and her Gossip Girl classmates attend.  The astrological signs among the flowers tie into a prominent theme of the books.

I mean, it was one thing to decide your own parent"s an evildoer, but it was an entirely different thing for the person you were just kissing to tell you she"d thought so, too.Collapse )

Sweet Valley's bland 'Night' life

 




This is the fifth and next-to-last offering of the 2008 revised version of the Sweet Valley High book series, and thank God.


I reviewed the 3rd book in this particular series.  And after this one, I'm officially done with it.

This is all Elizabeth"s fault, Jessica thought suddenly. She could have talkd me out of this if she"d really tried.Collapse )

Approval rating: 100%

 




Chances are that if you were a kid growing up in the 80's or 90's (and I hope even today), you got your hands on at least a couple of Apple paperback books.  Apple (a division of Scholastic, which published the Harry Potter series in America) printed just about every popular juvenile lit book: Baby-Sitters Club, Goosebumps, the Wayside School stories, and the novels of Avi, for a start.  As a kid, you could hardly ever get away from that small apple logo at the top of the spine.  This gem is an offering from Apple.


I first read this while still in grade school, although I can't remember the exact age I was.  Hilariously, this was published just before the whole Clinton/Monica scandal broke.  For all practical purposes - and mainly to remain politically unbiased - Gutman doesn't use the names of any real politician of the 90s.
 
 
Mrs. Syers proceeded to give him a capsule history of the United States, which basically consisted of saying the Indians were fools, the Pilgrims were fools, the Founding Fathers were fools, the Union and the Confederacy were fools, and every politician except Franklin D. Roosevelt was a fool.Collapse )
 

So let's get into it

 




I normally don't go for self-help books.  I don't know why - it's not like I have the best self-esteem.  Even the best of us need a little help from time to time.  I usually just don't look for it in the bookstore.


I watched the movie adaptation (a self-help book with a movie?  How nuts is that?), which I found cloying and silly, but not in the enjoyable way.  The main character, a perpetually hopeful singleton even in the face of constant rejection, ultimately gets her guy without having learned anything about love or relationships.  Ironic, considering that one should ideally have learned something from a relationship advice book.
 
 
Oh sure, they say they"re busy. They say that they didn"t have even a moment in their insanely busy day to pick up the phone. All lies. If I were into you, you would be the bright spot in my horribly busy day. Which would be a day that I would never be too busy to call you.Collapse )
 

'Alpha'-Bettys

 




Harrison's latest foray into tween lit, the second in a series:



It's dressed up prettily, although in another sense it looks kind of bland.  Inside, however, is an unexpectedly entertaining premise.

Don"t be afraid to move on. Without growth, we"re just ... wasting time.Collapse )
 

Bye-bye Borders - for good

 I need to get a job so I can start supporting my book habit.






Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
The Janitor's Boy by Andrew Clements

You might notice a distinct pattern in the list above.  That's because I caved and bought a box set of Dessen books (including a cheap key pendant).  I also found Will Grayson in paperback (finally!) so I resolved on getting that.  Janitor's Boy was something my little bro found for me at a garage sale a couple days ago, but I thought it should be included.  As I have been a fan of Clements' work, I'm thinking of doing a special review for the four or five books of his I have.
In other news, yes, I have heard that Borders is officially going out of business.  I suppose I ought to be sad, but I really can't muster up the sympathy for an overpriced book chain being run over by the dismal economy.  Don't get me wrong: declining book sales absolutely suck, especially for prospective writers like myself.  Maybe I'm feeling smug because of my Kindle and the local Half-Priced Books ten minutes away.  But as it stands, I really won't miss Borders; I would rather champion the independent bookstore.