The World of a Word Nerd
Well said, Ross.
Alice Ozma’s debut memoir, The Reading Promise takes the reader into the magical world of books. Furthermore, it allows the reader to see the importance of the written word in every day life.
Alice’s life wasn’t always picture-perfect. Her mother left her at a young age on Thanksgiving, leaving her father alone to raise her. He may not have understood everything about his daughter. He didn’t understand puberty or what the big fuss with prom was…but he did understand one thing: the importance of the written word.
The reading streak started out with a goal of reading for 100 consecutive nights. That goal was meant with a relative sense of ease. The streak would then go on for over 3,000 more nights until Alice had to leave for college.
In those 3,000+ nights Alice and her father tackled a variety of stories from the Oz series (which Alice was partially named after) to Shakespeare and everything in between. They read about admirable heroines, fantasy worlds, growing up, grief, and many other issues and they grew closer through their reading. Whenever the duo encountered a problem in life, they turned to books. Books provided a sense of security or a safe haven to them. For everything that they experienced, a character in a book somewhere has experienced it, too.
In 2012 it can be rare to come across people that understand the true importance of books, but Alice and her librarian father understand it. Computers are computers and books are books — one should not replace the other. When asked to replace books with computers, Alice’s father decided it was time to retire and move on to other projects where his love for reading aloud could be better appreciated such as in retirement homes.
If you’re looking to renew your sense of appreciation for books then read The Reading Promise — but only on one condition. Read it while promising to always express a sense of love and devotion to reading. Alice and her father wouldn’t want it any other way.
Never be afraid to write about your experiences or the people in your life.
Apparently, Rachael Ray likes to eat her family members and pets.
Can you spot Twist Magazine’s spelling error/typo?
I love Sarah Addison Allen. Her books are always so magical, and this one is no exception. This book draws you in immediately as you are reminded of your own high school experiences as Willa reunites with Colin, Paxton, and Sebastian. The characters are very well developed and the plot is unpredictable. I suspected that Colin would help Willa return to her wild roots, but never really expected to see Willa help to tame Colin and the relationship between Willa and Paxton is amazing. I love how they end up forming a strong friendship by the end of the novel just like their grandmother’s had. All of the superstitions and the ghosts presented throughout the novel gives the book a sense of mysterious that keeps the reader’s interest. I love how the author managed to make this a story where murder is done in order to preserve friendship. It’s unique because it allows the reader to sympathize with Georgie and Agatha and forgive them for their actions. Allen also includes some of her trademark edible, magical flowers in this novel that allows people’s moods to be changed. This is an amazing book full of magical surprises throughout. A+ all the way.
In Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger Emily is just as strange as before, only now there is two of her! After moving to the town of Silifordville, Emily comes up with a master prank of duplicating all of the residents. However, her plan backfires when she accidentally duplicates herself while testing out her duplicating machine. At first having a twin sister doesn’t seem so bad. Emily’s “OtherMe” is able to help her accomplish scientific tasks and plan a new ultimate prank twice as fast. However, she soon realizes that “OtherMe” isn’t actually a copy of her after all. Instead, her traits have been split in half between two people. If Emily ever wants to go back to feeling like her old, normal self she must find a way to rejoin with “OtherMe” and make her two halves one whole person again.
Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger raises important questions about science and the dangers of cloning. At times it seems like a modern day take on Frankenstein. It also echoes an important lesson to young readers that they are unique and every part of them is important, even their flaws. Both our positive and negative traits make us who we are. To omit one or all of our traits is to omit who we are as a person.
Hey everyone! Alma Katsu, author of the Taker Triology is going to be giving away some copies of her new book, The Reckoning.
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