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Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays are a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week’s musing asks…

Do you tend to read to the end of a chapter or can you stop anywhere?

Personally, I prefer to read to the end of the chapter if at all possible. But if time constraints don’t permit me to finish a chapter, I will stop at the closest page break. If I were to stop just anywhere, I would probably not be able to find right where I left off, which annoys me.

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Favorite Quotes from Paper Towns

I just finished reading Paper Towns by John Green yesterday, and as expected, I adored it. John Green is a wonderful, talented novelist, and Paper Towns did not disappoint. And because John Green is awesome and I suck at writing book reviews, especially for books I really loved, I thought I would share some of my favorite Paper Towns quotes with you. Spoilers ahead.

“And thus commenced a brief conversation with myself.

Me: But the rats.
Me: Yeah, but they seem to stay in the ceiling.
Me: But the lizards.
Me: Oh, come on. You used to pull their tails off when you were little. You’re not scared of lizards.
Me: But the rats.
Me: Rats can’t really hurt you anyway. They’re more scared of you than you are of them.
Me: Okay, but what about the rats?
Me: Shut up.”

“Chuck Parson was a person. Like me. Margo Roth Speigalman was a person, too. And I had never quite thought of her that way, not really; it was a failure of all my previous imaginings. All along–not only since she left but a decade before–I had been imagining her without listening, without knowing that she made as poor a window as I did. And so I could not imagine her as a person who could feel fear, who could feel isolated in a roomful of people, who could be shy about her record collection because it was too personal to share. Someone who might read travel books to escape having to live in the town that so many people escape to. Someone who–because no one thought she was a person–had no one to really talk to.”

“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”

“What a treacherous thing is it to believe that a person is more than a person.”

“When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”

Sumner County School Ban Looking for Alaska Over Teen Sex Scene

Sumner County School Ban Looking for Alaska Over Teen Sex Scene

“The district banned the book from its assigned classroom reading list, becoming at least the second in the state, after Knox County in March, to keep students from reading it together in class.”

More at the link.

This just makes my heart hurt.  John Green is an amazing writer, and the claims for not wanting students to read Looking For Alaska are completely off-base. Looking for Alaska argues against meaningless physical interaction; the scene in question is in the book to make the point that sex is not necessarily emotional intimacy and that it cannot replace emotional intimacy.

It just makes me so sad to see books being banned.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children–Ransom Riggs

I’ve been reading this book for almost a week now. I’m about six chapters into it, and to tell you the truth, I just don’t like it. I mean, I keep reading it because I want to like it, but I don’t. I keep guessing the plot twists before they happen and figuring things out before the characters do, and it’s just a real letdown. However, there have been some genuinely creepy moments, and the pictures are very eerie and strange. But even so, I think I’m going to have to give up on it. I feel a bit guilty, but I just don’t think I can finish it.

WWW Wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading Starving for Salvation and Holy Anorexia for my class on anorexia.

I recently finished reading a whole bunch of stuff: Boy Gets Girl and Blue Surge by Rebecca Gilman, Flyin’ West and Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage, Intimate Apparel and Ruined by Lynn Nottage, and Fasting Girls by Joan Brumberg.

I can’t even think about what I’ll be reading next at the moment because I have so much to do.

Top Ten Books to Read in A Day

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them).  This week’s theme is Top Ten Books to Read in a Day.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. Boyproof- Cecil Castelucci
  3. Grace- Elizabeth Scott
  4. The Time-traveling Fashionista- Bianca Turetsky
  5. Green Angel- Alice Hoffman
  6. TTYL- Lauren Myracle
  7. What my Mother Doesn’t Know- Sonya Sones
  8. Undead and Unwed- MaryJanice Davidson
  9. Ella Enchanted- Gail Carson Levine
  10. Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson