Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy holidays I will be reading...

Macedonia passage: Dangerous Cargo by Wright Gres! That's what I' ll be reading during the break. I met the writer at the Okefenokee Public Library some months ago so I'm looking forward to an interesting read. Five star rating by six amazon readers so far.

Enjoy the holidays y'all.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Curiosity + Library Book = Success for William Kamkwambe

Just finished reading the book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwambe. It's a very interesting story told in the voice of a teenaged boy. William was 14 and a high school drop out when he built his first windmill.

The idea to harness the wind did not come up until page 153. This means quite a bit of the book is about William's life in Malawi: the traditions, the superstitions, the poverty, and the hunger. I was eating while reading about William's intense hunger and had to skip a few pages. This is a book that will awaken all kinds of emotions: anger at the indifference of government, horror at the awful famine, and tears of joy when William's story receives attention from the Malawian journalists.

This is the story of a curious innovative young man who discovered marvelous science books within a very disorganized library and did wonders for his family and community with his primitive creation.

Check out William's blog!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Books into Movies: Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones, one of our bookclub selections in the past, is now available in film format. Hope they do the book justice.

It is a story told from the point of view of a dead teenaged girl, Susie Salmon, from heaven. She watches from heaven how her family deals with her death and how they track her killer. Sounds morbid but it was extremely well written.

Having written about death, I feel like I should take a moment and pause to remember two men who passed this year; Buffalo Soldier and faithful Kiwanian Lester Young and faithful Rotarian Akinyele. May their souls rest in peace. It was a joy to have known them both in Waycross.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

New Garwood Book: Sizzle

It's cold and a good time to get sizzling hot with a book day or night :). That's my cue to segue to my book of the day. I got an email from Julie Garwood promoting her latest book, Sizzle. It will be in stores December 29. Ms. Garwood says in the email that "you will meet Lyra Prescott, a film student working on a documentary project, who soon discovers that nothing is as it seems. Lyra has two great obsessions: movies and chocolate". Ms. Garwood is therefore giving away a box of her favorite chocolates from Andre's Confisserie and also a $100 gift certificate for AMC Theaters.

Go check out her really cool website for more information.

Friday, December 04, 2009

TOP Five Best Sellers

According to USA Today, these are the nation's best sellers:

Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin

Eclipse, New Moon, Twilight, and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

No big surprises there.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Butterfly Beauties

I took this pic of these butterfly beauties last week in Gainesville, Florida.
Now let's get back to books. I am trying to read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind byWilliam Kamkwamba in preparation for book club meeting in January.