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Catching up on some reading

As I wait for our "stuff" to arrive here, I've been spending time, you guessed it, at the local library. I've been spending my free time reading a lot. Here's what I've been reading and my reaction to it.

The Looking Glass Wars


This is a fun take on the classic, Alice in Wonderland. Alice is actually a princess, heir to the throne of Wonderland. But her parents are murdered by her evil Aunt Redd. Alice must escape into our mundane world where her memories are treated as delusions by those around her. Eventually she gets back to Wonderland to battle Redd for the throne.

The Hunger Games


Now I understand what all the hype is about for this series! The Hunger Games is the first book in a trilogy. (The final, Mockingjay was just released last month.) All three are available at the Brussels Library. When I first read the description, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy the book. But it really is fantastic! I can't wait for the copy of Catching Fire that I requested to arrive!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian


Yes, I know the title sounds odd. But this book is a lot of fun. It's good enough that a school district in Missouri has banned it. It sounds like it was written by a teen-age boy. No wonder somebody was offended! Seriously, it's a good read and well worth an ILL request.

I'm currently reading American Born Chinese


It's a graphic novel that has been fun so far. I'll let you know what I think once I've finished.

Meanwhile, I'd love to hear what you're reading!


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Farewell and thanks for a fun summer!

As I prepare to leave Brussels, I wanted to thank all of you who participated in the Brussels Library Teen Program (even if the CYSS made you come). I hope you had as much fun as I did. Please continue to use this site and the Animoto account! I will try to keep posting things I think might interest you as soon as I get settled. Please use the comment box or discussion box to send me messages or suggest things I could include.

I will certainly miss all of you. I hope that I will continue to learn things that may interest you. So please don't forget that this site is here for you! (11 August 2010)

The Seventeen Magazine Project

Follow Jamie Keiles as she attempts to live one month "according to the gospel of Seventeen Magazine."
The Seventeen Magazine Project

Having completed her 30 days following Seventeen Magazine's rules for life, Jamie moved on to a new project, a blog called Teenagerie.png
(Here's the link: Teenagerie)

What is teenagerie? Here's Jamie's definition:

Teenagerie noun 1: a collective set of media representations defining society's understanding of the exotic condition known as adolescence. 2: a blog meant to analyze, deconstruct, and promote discussion centered around these representations.
(August 11, 2010)

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