Tip of the Hat

Tip of the Hat

The fact that books have the power to bring you into their world and open your mind into a new way of thinking is just some kind of magic right? This Friday I feel inspired to tip my hat towards the great Making History video that Hannah posted. I want to share some of my favorite books and authors of the past. The first book that I remember getting completely lost in was The Giver by Louis Lowery. Only I didn’t get through reading it in one whole smooth read. I remember having to read it for school, which at first, made me so uninterested in it. However once I got in to the actual story I couldn’t put it down! I remember thinking who are these people?! Why is their world so off balance? How can this be? Where did these ideas come from? From then on I recall having a book in my hands constantly to draw me into this fictional world of books. Family members would even give me books for Christmas gifts, they were amazing!
How easy is it, once you’re hooked into the world of written fiction, to fall in love with a series? How much the book pulls you in, that world makes you crave that next book, that in itself is pure magic. V.C. Andrews was a favorite author of mine for a good while. If you are unfamiliar with her books, she does a lot of series work. In particular I was a big fan of the Landry series. Later on I learned that V.C. Andrews family hired on a ghost writer to finish some of books.I suppose this gave me a small case of the heebie jeebies, so I finished the series then went on to other things from there. How silly was that!

If you have a favorite book or book series how far are you willing to go to preserve its memory? the experience you had while reading it? I honestly hadn’t thought about it in a while. I used to think you had to keep every book you ever read, however moving so many times has definitely put an end to that! I do have The Giver in paperback, however I’ve given my original copy of The Giver, the one from school, out so it could be shared. I’ve read it a couple times and I suppose I would love to read it again and again. I have a couple V.C. Andrews books my mom picks up for me here and there as well. Another Book series that comes to mind that captivated me from the very start was the Boxcar Children. Although I didn’t read them, they were read to me in a classroom when I was pretty young. I’ve begun to collect these books here and there to have and be able to read to my children someday.

One of my more recent favorite authors is Sarah Addison Allen.There are bits of magic in each book. She wrote The Peach Keeper, The Sugar Queen, Garden Spells (my favorite!!) and The Girl Who Chased The Moon. She has a sort of magical realism touch to her stories. She makes you feel like you could believe in more possibilities in life, even as an adult, and I love her for that. Her books are easy to read, and because of the way she writes I would finish them in a matter of what seemed like no time at all.

To me words are far more beautiful than any movie could ever do. There is so much potential to the way a series of words sets into ones mind, and the differences in how we each receive it. Like I said books carry this magic. An amazing link transforming words into this perfectly described picture.


Making History-1

So…I am SUPER nervous to put this up today. I have never done a video blog before and for good reason. I think I am the most awkward person on the history of the planet and no one needs to suffer through a video of that. lol. But I really wanted to do this because I think it’s such a wonderful idea that Victoria Scbwab had. In honor of her upcoming release The Archived she is hosting a Making History video sequence. You can check out more information on it here. Before you watch this video you should know that I did a LOT of takes on this over a few days. I felt like a maniac sitting in front of my laptop talking to no one but hopefully it turned out okay.

Here is my Making History video post.


I hope you all enjoyed it! I have a few more planned so stick around until the release of The Archived to see some more memories!

Review: Inexcusable by Chris Lynch‏

Title: Inexcusable
Author: Chris Lynch
Publication Date: May 8, 2007
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Source: Library

From Goodreads

Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented football player, a loyal friend, a devoted son and brother. Most of all, he is a good guy.

And yet the love of his life thinks otherwise. Gigi says Keir has done something awful. Something unforgivable.

Keir doesn’t understand. He loves Gigi. He would never do anything to hurt her. So Keir carefully recounts the events leading up to that one fateful night, in order to uncover the truth. Clearly, there has been a mistake.

***This review contains Spoilers***

The story line for this tale starts out a bit foggy, however the further you come along, the more clarity shines on the truth. High school senior, Keir plays kicker for the schools football team. The first few pages hint towards an accident involving Keir and Gigi, who appears to be his girlfriend, and continues to drag on through out the next several chapters, without giving much information up front. Readers are however lead to think the couple are arguing about an explicit behavior.
I’m uncertain what I expected to find in these pages when choosing this book. One thing is clear though, I didn’t expect to find a rape story especially from such a risky point of view. The first several chapters flip back and fourth between the back story and reality now. This is what masked the story line in the beginning, however in the end reflecting on each bit of story, the cleverly intertwined pieces of reality and bits of past make for a satisfying read.
I felt a Lenny like (Of Mice and Men) quality to Keir’s character at first. The Point of view whines through chapter after chapter creating the thought process that all the horrible things that have happened in Keir’s life are to no fault of this own. Keir and Gigi appear to be an arguing couplecarrying on towards a good bit of the end, revealing that they were just good friends. Gigi has a boyfriend, a Marine boyfriend who is unable to make it out to see her. I found myself forcing my mind to pull through some of the pages, uncertain where the end would put us. Keir seems to twist the way the world seems into his own manicured box of all things operating to him come from being “a good boy”. He seems to believe he can do no harm with the title of “Good boy”. Until finally the argument and the reality of the whole chain of events leading up to the last chapter, the favorite, Keir pleads and begs and hopelessly attemps to charm Gigi into believing she has not be raped.
I have to say it was a hard book to read at certain points, particularly the end where the author opts to lend you the sickening details of what has actually happened. And even Keir himself finally understands ,in the last few sentences, his actions were wrong and that there will be consequences. I thought for a while this was a terrible title to have chosen to review. I didn’t feel comfortable being force fed this controversial one sided story. However, I’m so glad I finished it. The last few pages sewed up all the bits and pieces of story here and there, into a nice little neat package that made me sit back and say “oOh”.