Always save a draft. That’s my WordPress lesson today. No more than a second after I had finished typing up this post I pressed an arrow key and — WHAT HAPPENED? My post vanished, replaced by the WP homepage. As it turns out: a draft was automatically saved, and that is how the Internet was spared from my onslaught of fury and wordrage.
- Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post — feel free to steal the button — and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.
For goodness sake, these books can drown you. In my last library loot post I had picked up eleven books. Adding to those eleven, other library items were still in my possession from previous raids. Oy vey. Now I have another nine items while five (or is it now six?) are on hold, requesting a pick-up by the 21st. Ooooh.
Current number of checked-out books: 19. I believe someone should temporarily strip me of library privileges until this “problem” is under control.
Quoted from GoodReads:
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
As one can expect, I already read Keats’ book although I haven’t come around to taking a glance at the DVD (too many books!). Why did no one read me The Snowy Day as a child? I feel left out, disappointed, like… the adults in my life made a terrible mistake by never introducing Peter and I.
- Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
I first learned of Kleon’s book from Savindi, and I instantly hit the request button at the library. It took such a long time! But it finally reached me, and I finally read it. If you have a free hour, give Steal Like an Artist a try — I enjoy Kleon’s perspective and his tips on how to maintain a fresh dose of creativity.
- Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
At the beginning of his junior year at a boys’ boarding school, 16-year-old Alex is devastated when he fails to save a drowning friend. When questioned, Alex and his friend Glenn, who was also at the river, begin weaving their web of lies. Plagued by guilt, Alex takes refuge in the library, telling his tale in a journal he hides behind Moby-Dick.
I’m wary about Hubbard’s novel. It was a William C. Morris Debut Award finalist, but that doesn’t stop dissatisfied to minimally appeased two and three star reviews from blemishing it. I read a few comments comparing Paper Covers Rock to Dead Poets Society. Now, I remember enjoying the film, and I wouldn’t want to read a literary knock-off. I’ll see!
- Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Should I embarrass myself? (I ask, as if I don’t do that already.) I’ve never read J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan play or novel. I’ve only ever seen film adaptions, and familiar as I am with the storyline, I still feel like I should first read Barrie’s work. I would feel more knowledgeable, I think, on the characters before walking into Anderson’s own creation of a side-story. Regardless, I have the book and I’m not about to return it before a thorough reading!
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Holy Mother of Gorgeous, where has Hartman been hiding all my life? I barely crossed the 100-page threshold and I’m trying to convince others to join me on this wondrous fantasy escapade. Why aren’t you reading Seraphina yet?! What will it take for you pick up Hartman’s novel and crack the cover open? Tell me and I’ll do it, because you need to read this book and love it like I’m loving it. I’m pretty sure April, Savindi, and my good pal Kayla are on the Seraphina bandwagon, and I reserved a spot for you, too.
(Side note: Bardugo’s Darkling character haunts me. I see him in almost every male character I like. Prince Lucian is The Darkling’s equivalent? Nooo. Shoo away.)
Lastly: visual art! Graphic novels, you know. (I don’t think Selznick’s book classifies as a graphic novel, really, but I’m lumping it in with the others anyway.) You can always expect sequential art to appear.
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
- Habibi by Craig Thompson
As you can tell, I’m over-loaded and have an overwhelming amount of reading to accomplish if I am to finish these.