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Breaking the Block: The Reader’s Block

I’m going to start using the Daily Post prompts to help me write every day. Just so I can start getting back to blogging regularly. The Daily Post for today was about Reader’s Block.

I think the longest I ever went without reading a book that was for fun (I’m always reading after all, such is the life of a college student) was three months. Sometimes I get so caught up in school stuff and reading textbooks or children’s picture books for class that I don’t want to read, that I forget reading is for fun too.

Whenever this happens I get antsy. I’m an avid reader after all. I spent a whole summer in elementary school where I only left my room to eat and go to the library to get more books. I must have read over 75 books that summer!

However, I wouldn’t say there’s one particular book that gets me reading again when this happens. I’m always itching to read, but when I find myself stuck reading only things I HAVE to read as opposed to reading for pleasure, I always go back to my favorite series.

See, my theory is that I stop reading because of my excuse that I don’t have time to read with everything going on in life, but that simply isn’t true. I start to read one of my favorite childhood series such as Harry Potter or Anne of Green Gables I don’t have the pressure of having to focus so much on the plot because I already know it and I have that safety blanket that if I can’t finish the book I won’t be upset because I’ve already finished it before. But what starts to happen is I realize there is always some time to read for fun. There is always a need for some me time. And I start to see new books I want to read.

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That’s how I break the block. Easing myself into reading new things by starting with some old favorites.

If one cannot read a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all. – Oscar Wilde

 

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Book Nook: Skippyjon Jones and Khaled Hosseini

I’ve decided to add a category to my blog about books. I am a huge book worm and quite obsessive about them.

Lately I have taken to reading a lot of children’s literature for my reading class at FIU, but I have completely fallen in love with them. Adult books just don’t really do it for me like kids books do. Especially the Skippyjon Jones books by Judy Schachner. They are officially my new favorite kids picture books.

The Skippyjon Jones books are about a little Siamese cat whose ears are too big and who head is too big so he likes to imagine he is a chihuahua to the dismay of his mother and the bewilderment of his sisters. He gets into all sorts of crazy adventures with his friends in his closet to Mexico Los Chimichangos, a wild band of colorful chihuahuas.

The stories are all “roll on the floor laughing” hilarious, the pictures are beautiful, and they have these great little songs and rhymes. In conclusion, the best Read Aloud books I have ever read in my entire life and my only regret is that they weren’t around when I was little so I have top use the guise of buying them for my future classes or nieces and cousins when we all know I’m  buying them for myself!

Although, kids literature is amazing, I do realize that I am an adult so I have to read some adult literature too. A couple years ago I read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It was an absolutely amazing read and really opened my eyes to how different life is outside the United States.

The Kite Runner is about two boy characters and their relationship, but Hosseini has another book with two girl characters that I have begun to read. I thought that it would help me get a view of what my life could have been like if I didn’t grow up here in America. Once again, Hosseini hit a homer.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is absolutely incredible, illuminating, touching, and surprisingly it feels like a girl wrote it, not a male guessing at how women feel. It intertwines the stories of two girls who grow up in Afghanistan and the troubles and adversity they face and how too completely different lives can go through such similar things.

 

Skippyjon Jones books

Skippyjon Jones
Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice
Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
Skippyjon Jones, Cirque de Ole

Books by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner
A Thousand Splendid Suns
And the Mountains Echoed (5/21/13)

Have you read any of these books? Which ones? And what did you think about them?

 

Weekend Review

This weekend I spent truly and completely at home when I was not working. I finally caught that flu that went around and was laughing at because I hadn’t caught it. That just shows you, you should not laugh at fate. However it did give me a chance to finish up on some reading and watch a couple  of movies and TV shows.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

First off, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. The movie is out and my boyfriend had taken me to go see it and I fell in love with it. Like with everything I fall in love with, I became obsessive and promptly bought the ebook. Like most-books-turned-movie, the book is absolutely better than the movie, although some parts are almost word for word. What I like most about this book is that… well I like a lot of things about this book:

  1. It is written from the perspective of the zombie.
  2. It is very satirical at times and somewhat cynical,
  3. However, it has a sense of hope that humanity can be better.
  4. It had pictures! (I know that makes me like a little kid, but I absolutely love when a book has pictures. And these weren’t even like illustrations just kind of like anatomical drawings at the beginning of each chapter.)
  5. While the vocabulary and content were clearly adult level, the book was very easy to understand and read. I got through it in one week with a full schedule of work and school.

If you haven’t gone to go see the movie, go see it or at least read the book/ And if you’re not into zombie books like me, trust me, this is not your run-of-the mill zombie book.

Also this weekend, in my cocoon of sickness I made for myself in my bed, I watched Mirror, Mirror (currently on Netflix) with Julia Roberts. How could you expect anything Julia Roberts does to be less than perfect. I’ll admit, kinda cheesy, but it was different compared to every other Snow White story out there. I liked it.

Perks of Being a Wallflower
Written and Directed by Stephen Chobsky

And to top of my cherry of happiness, my boyfriend downloaded (I know, the horror! I’m a die hard buy the DVDs kind of gal but I was desperate to see this movie so I gave in. I have already pre-ordered it) The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Emma Watson (the girl I would go lesbian for). I read the book when I was in high school and fell in love with it. It covers every possible horror that could happen to a high schooler.

Slightly melodramatic? Yes, definitely. A tearjerker? Of course. All in all a good film? ABSOLUTELY! Stephen Chobsky wrote the book specifically with the intention of making it into a movie script so it went pretty much exactly as the book goes. The only thing they left out (and probably for the best because it gets pretty depressing at points) is a poem in the middle of the book. If you haven’t read it or heard of it, you should. It is very moving and pretty much a summary of the tone of the book.

It may seem like this is the most depressing book of the century, but it’s not. It’s more about how despite all the things we go through in life, everything will turn out all right in the end. Pretty hopeful I think. The movie really gets that hopeful feeling across. I really enjoyed it anyway, and it got my mind off the fact that I couldn’t breathe (until the crying parts) and was burning up with a fever.

All in all, a non productive weekend, just as weekends should be. Wouldn’t have minded being free of the massive sniffles, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Anyone see any movies or read any books that they absolutely fell in love with. Leave a comment and let me know. I need something new to read and watch.

Top 10 Books to Read in the Spirit of Valentine’s Day

Usually I prefer to spend Valentine’s Day at home with my boyfriend, candlelit dinner, and watch a movie cozy cuddled up on the couch under one of those microfiber extra fluffy blankets. This year however I will be packing for a trip to  the mountains in North Carolina, my first real, stress-free vacation in about 3 years.

I am beyond excited even though my plans to stay at home and not dress up were totally thwarted. Every once in while you do have to leave the house, however, seeing as how we are native South Floridians and my boyfriend has never seen snow, I have a feeling we will spend the majority of the time inside our cabin than gadding about the mountains.

Anyway, since I won’t be staying home and my boyfriend will be too freaked out about flying to entertain me on the plane, I have decided the best way to put in me in the spirit of Valentine’s Day is to read books that get ooey-gooey feeling going in my heart. Here’s my list of Valentine’s Day books to read:

  1. A Knight in Shining Armor
  2. Gone with the Wind

These books are new, old, classic, funny, for adults, for teens, for kids. The point is that love and romance do not have an age and do not go out of style. Happy reading and Happy Valentine’s Day!