a known wow

In anticipation of World Book Night and the pleasure of handing out copies of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, Natalya read it for the first time. (And really, wouldn’t have handed it to her any earlier.) She handed it back to me, “Wow. I only have one word for thisContinue reading “a known wow”

upon this rock i will build…

I had already been warned that Melina Marchetta’s Finnikin of the Rock would be a departure from her usual fare. Not a contemporary realist drama, though still imbued with magical sensibility, Finnikin is a fantasy novel of the flavor of a medieval realm . What I wasn’t quite ready for was what a departure FinnikinContinue reading “upon this rock i will build…”

this song is for you

a little wanting song by Cath Crowley I read the U.S. Printing: Knopf, 2010. 265 pages. Novel was first published in Australia in 2005 by Macmillan with the title Chasing Charlie Duskin. A Little Wanting Song It’s just a little wanting song It won’t go on for all that long Just long enough to sayContinue reading “this song is for you”

“belonging and longing to be” on the Jellicoe Road

Most would encourage note-taking while reading, or at least your becoming a regular reading-response-diarist. There are arguments against the former. I try to write down words I don’t know with a page number beside them. I occasionally put in scraps of paper to take me back to a page to try to remember why IContinue reading ““belonging and longing to be” on the Jellicoe Road”

place marker

I have a Word document open and I am trying to write about Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I looking for that angle in which to dive in. Mostly I am starting and stopping; leaving in the middle of sentences and spacing to the next paragraph. I finished Jellicoe Road last night. I cried myContinue reading “place marker”

one; two one-fourths; one third; and a half.

I read one book this weekend and started three; and Natalya and I are continuing Frances Hardinge’s The Lost Conspiracy. ** One:  The book read and finished in a sitting was Kazu Kibuishi‘s Copper (Graphix; 2010). The book is shelved in Children’s Non-Fiction Art section with their graphic novels and comics. Copper is a collectionContinue reading “one; two one-fourths; one third; and a half.”