Monday, March 28, 2011

Maureen Johnson...I should be studying right now

Just two quick updates before I go back to studying for my Religious Studies final.

1. The Last Little Blue Envelope will be released on April 26th!

2. There's finally a cover for her other book The Name of the Star which will be coming out around October. The first in her Shades of London series. Perfect timing since it's Halloween month and the novel is a murder mystery/thriller that involves Jack the Ripper. VAIR VAIR INTERESTING.

I'm glad she didn't resort to werewolves and vampires because frankly, I am a bit sick of every dark themed novel having one or both of those. If Criminal Minds proves anything, the scarier monsters are the more human ones.

And with that, GOODBYE.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sad News in the World of Magic

Diana Wynne Jones has passed away today after a long battle with lung cancer, which she was diagnosed with back in 2009.

Jones had an impressive and limitless imagination, the likes of which I don't think we'll ever see again. She wrote such books as Howl's Moving Castle (1986) and the lives of Christopher Chant (1988).

If you haven't read one of her novels, now is a good time to pick one up and spend some quiet time immersing yourself in her magical world.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot

The official book trailer for Abandon by Meg Cabot. I cannot wait for April 26th. This is going to be exciting.

Release Dates:
April 26, 2011 for North America (USA and Canada)
October 7, 2011 for the UK.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Keep Toronto Reading Festival 2011

The Keep Toronto Reading Festival is something I look forward to every year. During that one month, there is so much enthusiasm for books and reading that I can't help but feel excited.

The festival starts April 1st and ends on the 30th. There are 88 events happening all over the city. Like The Art Garage Inc. event where kids can get to create their own pop-up books. That sounds like a lot of fun. It saddens me that I'm not still six-years-old and able to take part in something this awesome. But do not despair adults of Toronto! There are many other Festival events for you to attend and participate in.

They have also scattered 99 little books around the city titled Books We Love that can be filled out by anyone who finds them. I think it's an incredibly neat idea. The website also has a map of where you can find them. So happy hunting!

And this April, for the love of all that is holy, please read a book.

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors 
by Francisco X. Stork

17-year-old Pancho plans to avenge the death of his 20-year-old mentally disabled sister. But before he can do this, he is sent to a home for boys where he meets D.Q.  D.Q knows what Pancho is planning to do and tries to show his friend that there are more important things in life like love rather than revenge.


I don't know quite where to start with this entry but I suppose the beginning is always good. The thing is, it is a rare occurrence when a book affects me. Most often, I remain detached from the fictional realm and characters in which the stories take place. Francisco X. Stork's writing but especially, Marcelo in the Real World and The Last Summer of the Death Warriors affects me. I do not know how else to put it.

I just recently finished reading The Last Summer of the Death Warriors and I loved it. Pancho and D.Q. are such unforgettable characters. Pancho, who is reckless, smart, dangerous, unaware and kind. D.Q., who is dying, enthusiastic, self-aware and observant. They make an unlikely pair but what they give each other in the end - direction and truth - is so important.

The novel ended unexpectedly for me. I thought it would end on a much more somber note but instead it was hopeful. And I selfishly wanted a bit more.