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September 27, 2010

We had a fun day at King’s Dominion. I always tell my students not to use vague, common words like “fun,” but there you have it. Do as I say; not as I do. A few things I learned today

  • That sensation of your stomach dropping and imploding may not be as much fun at age 44 as it was at age 14.
  • Roller coasters were not designed with large derrieres in mind.
  • If your six-year-old throws a tantrum because one of the bumper cars won’t start, complete strangers will stare at you as if you have lobsters crawling out of your ears.
  • Never break down and eat at a restaurant on the grounds of a theme park. I never imagined $80 worth of food could be so mediocre.
  • There is only so much country/western music a reasonable person can take in one sitting!

Still, all in all, it was awesome (another word I discourage my students from using).

This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Books Reviewed This Week:

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia DeLuce Mystery by Alan Bradley

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (with some discussion of censorship)

Blackout by Connie Willis

Also Reading:


The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The story of the tragic decline of an Indian family whose members suffer the terrible consequences of forbidden love, The God of Small Things is set in the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, the twins Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family … When their English cousin and her mother arrive on a Christmas visit, the twins learn that Things Can Change in a Day. That lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever. The brilliantly plotted story uncoils with an agonizing sense of foreboding and inevitability. Yet nothing prepares you for what lies at the heart of it.

Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

As she begins a very tough last semester of high school, Holland finds herself puzzled about her future and intrigued by a transfer student who wants to start a lesbigay club at school.

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  1. September 27, 2010 12:36 am

    I found out that theme parks aren’t nearly as fun when you get older too. This occurred to me earlier this summer as I leaned over a fence willing myself not to throw up after stepping off a roller coaster. It was a VERY close call!

    • September 27, 2010 12:46 am

      *LOL* I know! My son was excited to get me on a roller coaster called The Grizzly. I wanted to be a good sport, but in addition to the fact that I had to squeeze myself into a relatively narrow seat, when I got off that thing, I felt like I had a hangover! 🙂 Overall, I had fun, though.

  2. September 27, 2010 12:57 am

    Ack! I’m on a trip to see my family, and on the way out I saw the airport had Blackout but I decided to be virtuous and resist! (I purposely bring books I don’t want to read so much on the airplane so I’ll get them read! If I had Blackout with me, no way!) But I can’t wait to read it! :–) Your other books look great too!

    • September 27, 2010 1:01 am

      I like your approach to airplanes. 😉 It’s a good way to delve into books you’ve been putting off. After all, what else is there to do on a plane once the novelty of staring out the window wears off? 😀

  3. September 27, 2010 1:48 am

    I really enjoyed Keeping You a Secret! It’s not my favorite Peters book, but it’s certainly near the top of the list.

    • September 27, 2010 1:50 am

      I’m glad you liked Keeping You a Secret. What is your favorite Peters book? 🙂

  4. She permalink
    September 27, 2010 2:09 am

    I haven’t been to Kings Dominion in years! Busch Gardens is my roller coaster haunt– closer to home plus it’s just so pretty!

  5. September 27, 2010 2:46 am

    I adore when I discover new books to add to my TBR list. Have a delightful week reading. My Monday can be found here: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/09/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-11.html

  6. September 27, 2010 3:09 am

    I’ve heard really great things about Sweetness, it sounds very interesting!

    Good luck this week! Mine is here:
    http://www.dorolerium.com/?p=1694

  7. September 27, 2010 3:36 am

    I had a “my stomach dropping and imploding” experience recently, but it was on an airplane flight and not a roller coaster! I would prefer the roller coaster version.
    Look forward to reading what you think of “The God of…”
    Here is my weekly review:
    http://www.gerberadaisydiaries.com/2010/09/its-monday-what-are-you-reading.html

    • September 27, 2010 1:04 pm

      Yes, the roller coaster version is far preferable to a scare during an airplane flight. I just finished The God of Small Things, and I hope to post my review sometime today.

  8. September 27, 2010 4:06 am

    I am currently reading Speak and I am still in the early pages but so far I am finding it really good and the writing fun and youthful..

  9. September 27, 2010 4:39 am

    I’m glad you had a good time at King’s Dominion even if you learned the hard way not to eat at the restaurants!
    Blackout sounds really “cool”. I bet you tell your students not to use that one either- or you would if it wasn’t such an old word.
    I enjoyed your reviews on Blackout and Speak.
    I hope you have a great week.

    • September 27, 2010 1:10 pm

      Thank you! Blackout is definitely “cool.” And yes, I’d suggest that my students avoid that word too. But I always break my own rules. 🙂

  10. September 27, 2010 4:49 am

    I thought you might be interested in this podcast where Connie Willis talks about doing the research for Blackout.

  11. givingreadingachance permalink
    September 27, 2010 10:13 am

    God of Small Things started out slow for me. But somewhere in the middle I was very engrossed. It helps that it is set in my place of birth 🙂
    I so want to read Speak! And I am reading Alan Bradly’s book too. It is so good 🙂 I love Flavia already 🙂

    • September 27, 2010 1:12 pm

      I’m glad you’re enjoying The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Flavia is a wonderfully unique character.

  12. September 27, 2010 11:57 am

    Dropping by. :)great titles you have there. If you have time, drop by my blog and say hi. Here’s my picks for this week

    And don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you want to. Have a great day! following via GFC.

  13. September 27, 2010 2:11 pm

    Great list!

    I went on a roller coaster for the first time in about 30 years last summer. My son’s Scout Troop went to Holiday World and his friends talked me into it. I don’t think I’ll be getting on another one in this lifetime….

  14. September 27, 2010 6:12 pm

    OMG, I love your theme park comments! I haven’t been to a park like this since my son was in 5th/6th grade. I do agree though, my stomach disagrees with the swing! I used to get so mad at my Mom for pulling this card… and now I have same issue.

    I have been seeing ‘Speak’ all over the blogs over the past two weeks.

    We bought a new puppy this weekend (photo on my blog) – she’s adorable, quiet and full of pep. She didn’t seem to miss her litter one bit, the whole goodbye was so uneventful. Kind of made me sad…

  15. September 27, 2010 6:48 pm

    I cannot keep Speak in the library long enough to take it out, it is a very popular book!
    ~Lily

  16. September 28, 2010 3:54 am

    It’s awesome that you had such a fun time at a theme park! I would so dearly love to hear country western music all day long 🙂

  17. September 30, 2010 12:12 am

    I’ve heard good things about The God of Small Things. I’ve recently purchased Speak and hope to read it soon. I want to see what all the hype and controversy is about.

  18. October 1, 2010 10:33 am

    I have the Bradley book out from the library at the moment. I am also really interested in reading Black Out having read To Say Nothing of the Dog not too long ago.

  19. October 1, 2010 2:54 pm

    I read The God of Small Things as a grad student a few years ago, and while it is a phenomenal book, I don’t know how anyone can possibly mine all of its riches without knowing a ton of background information about the history and culture of the country. That said, it is worth it learning all that background because it makes the book richer for the reader. I plan to read it again to better appreciate all the things I missed the first time around.

    As for amusement parks, I skip all the crazy-motion rides and happily spend my day on an innertube on the Lazy River ride at our local Valleyfair. Now, that’s entertainment!

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