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Insurgent, Divergent, Dark Days Tour with Veronica Roth May 8, 2012

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I had pre-ordered Insurgent many months ago, but ended up also buying it on my Kindle so I could make sure I had it on release day. I had read Divergent that way originally so I thought it would be interesting to continue in that tradition. No sooner had I read the first several pages and then re-read the pages, it was apparent that I was going to need to re-read Divergent to refresh my memory of characters and plot lines. I know some people always read the preceding books over before reading a sequel, but that is not my MO. I’m always anticipating book releases and don’t want to take the time away from other reads to re-read. I decided I could probably keep plowing through Insurgent and get the gist of what I hadn’t remembered, but I REALLY wanted to enjoy reading Insurgent. I set it aside and fast read Divergent. I am very glad I did as it also served to remind me why I had liked Divergent so much on the first read.

I like the descriptions of the factions, the main and supporting characters, and the many intricacies that are woven throughout the book. It’s interesting to think about the choices the characters made that led them to leave or join a faction and then consider what you would have done in that situation.

The Dark Days tour-Cover to Cover June 7th

I have actually seen Veronica Roth at ALAN/NCTE this past year and while she is super cute and young, she was not that impressive as a speaker. I actually feel really bad writing that but I was surprised by how underwhelmed I was after being such a huge fan of the book from the release of Divergent. Now just because you are a great author, does not mean you have to be a great speaker. Being a great public speaker is just as hard as being a great author in a different way.

Despite that I am ready to give her another chance and will be joining book blogging friends to see Veronica Roth, Aprilynne Pike, Ellen Schreiber, and Josephine Angelini. Now I haven’t read anything  by the other YA authors, but stacking up a great TBR pile to kick off the summer seems like a great idea!


Making Crocodile Skin Belts April 30, 2012

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Making Crocodile Skin Belts

Guy got to check out the time-consuming process while in the Market.


yummy fruit and Sorbet in Saly, Senegal April 19, 2012

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yummy fruit and Sorbet in Saly, Senegal


Thatching a Roof in Saly, Senegal April 10, 2012

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Thatching a Roof in Saly, Senegal

These friendly guys were re-thatching the roof of the bungalow at the hotel we were staying at in Saly, Senegal. Someone told me that Saly is in the part of Africa known as the West African Riveria. The ocean views were beautiful!


Christmas Books 2011 Given and Received January 5, 2012

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The Scorpio Races By Maggie Stiefvater

Icefall by Matthew Kirby

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill

Crossed by Ally Condie

It’s Christmas David by David Shannon

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristen Kladstrup and Matt Tavares

Ivy and Bean books by Annie Barrows

Babymouse books by Jennifer Holm

It’s Not Fair by Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichenheld

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Divergent by Veronica Roth (x2)

The Death Cure, The Scorch Trials, The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

Shark Wars by Ernie Altbacker

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

This Plus That: Life’s Little Equations by Amy Rosenthal

Mentor Author, Mentor Texts by Ralph Fletcher




2011 in review January 1, 2012

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Books I’ve Passed Out to Teachers so far this year August 29, 2011

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The first week of school saw me passing out bags of books from my home library and office. While it’s a form of “weeding”, handing out the bags for me is bittersweet. I always say that the best book is one in the hands of a child. On the other hand, we know I come to book hoarding naturally, so parting with books I’ve loved, does require disciplline on my part. Here are some newer titles I’ve passed on.

Troublemaker by Andrew Clements

Stink: The Ultimate  Thumb Wrestling Smackdown by Megan McDonald

Miss Child Has Gone Wild by Dan Gutman

Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea by Annie Barrows

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventure: The Japanese Ninja Surprise  by Jeff Brown


Blank Confession by Pete Hautman