Do-si-do, Fellow Readers, and welcome to Week 4 of this square dance we call summer reading. This week’s invitation to be our Special Guest Star was extended to Barbie, as in the doll—seeing as how books about her and her lifestyle have been quite popular this summer. Barbie blushed at the offer. (That’s a lie. She is, as the young people like to say, a big ol’ attention-ho.) She only agreed to participate, however, if we promised to (1) plug a few books about her on the blog this week and (2) change her title from “Special Guest Star” to “Reigning Queen of the Summer Reading Pageant.” So our Reigning Queen randomly crowned braerog90 as the first runner-up for her review of Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley:
A great book that teaches kids all about force and how things move.
Here’s a line from this very funny book that brought back a fond memory for us: “If the [toy] car doesn’t hit a wall or your big brother, or the couch or the cat or anything else you can see, it still stops. What is pushing on the car to make it stop? A force called friction!” (Once upon a time, when we were in junior high, we threw a can of StarKist tuna at our older brother. Unfortunately for him, it was not friction that stopped the tuna. It was the back of his stupid head.)
Congratulations, braerog90! You are now the owner of a $25.00 gift card from Cellar Door Books.
Okay, Barbie—here’s the fulfillment of your condition #2. Allow us to present mayagb1‘s review of Love Is in the Air by Apple Jordan:
I read this book to my daughter. Don’t be fooled by the cover. The cover shows Barbie the doll, but the pictures inside the book are hand drawn. I like this because there is so much debate over Barbie being a positive or negative play item for girls. I liked the message of the story. The title makes the book seem like it is about romantic love, but it is actually just about happiness being shared in various ways: families, friends, pets, relatives.
Oh, yes—the Great Barbie Debate. Whether one is pro- or anti-, we think our Fellow Readers will love the book Kinky by Densise Duhamel—a collection of poems all about Barbie.
Titles include :
“Barbie as Mafiosa”
“Barbie Joins a Twelve Step Program”
“One Afternoon When Barbie Wanted to Join the Military”
“Why Barbie and Ken Don’t Dress in Underwear”
We will follow the rules of our own FAQs and donate a copy of this book to the library so our Fellow Readers can check it out and enjoy. (Warning: don’t read these poems in public unless you are willing to have strangers stare at you because you’re laughing so hard liquids are squirting out your nose.)
Speaking of sometimes needing a little privacy to experience a good read—we’d like to highlight cristi1‘s review of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green:
Very often, when I read a super hyped book, I find myself significantly disappointed. Because I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about the book, it becomes this huge literary giant in my head, and most of the time, the book cannot live up to this. And so, I finish up the book feeling like it let me down in some way, though I know it’s not the book’s fault. It’s all the hype. For this reason, I tend to avoid overly hyped books. However, I only took 9 books with me on my trip, and yesterday I realized I had read all but 2 of them. So, I pulled out The Fault in our Stars and hoped for the best.
And I’m very pleased to say that this overly hyped book did not disappoint in the least. I found myself fully engaged throughout the entire story, and connected to the characters. While I’ll agree that Green’s teens are often too mature, clever and witty, I still really like reading them. And, with this being the 3rd Green book that I’ve read, and I’ve liked or loved each one, I’m very much looking forward to obtaining and reading the rest.
Folks told me to make sure to have tissues, and they were right. Though, I got to the emotional bits while sitting in a minivan with my entire family. This meant that I had to do my very best to keep my emotions in check so my family didn’t notice I was losing it over fictitious characters. I’m proud to say that, with angling my body just right and keeping quiet, I was able to keep my tears to myself.
I’m so glad I finally read this and I’m looking forward to watching the movie as soon as I can.
We are totally picturing cristi1 all pretzeled-up in the corner of that minivan with a wad of Kleenex hidden in her sleeve.
We’d also like to give a shoutout to techia1 for making us laugh out loud with her review of Rustic Chic Wedding: 55 Projects for Crafting Your Own Wedding Style by Morgann Hill:
Ok, I just want everyone to know I’m not actually planning a wedding. (Although one of my best friends is recently engaged, for some reason he has not requested my assistance in planning his upcoming nuptials.) I just really like looking at the elegant crafts. That’s all.
If we ever decide to dive back into the marriage pond, techia1, we are absolutely asking for your planning assistance.
Finally, props to danascully1 for reviewing Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn:
When I read Flynn’s other novel “Gone Girl” I believed that no other book could be darker or weirder (in a good way). I was wrong. “Sharp Objects” is dark and is filled with twists that make you incredibly confused but in the best way possible. It’s a great book but if you have a problem with psychological issues in novels, don’t read it.
We posted last year about our raging conversion to the Gillian Flynn fan club. We are currently re-reading her novel Dark Places–which we loved even more than we loved Gone Girl. BUT—we are just going to throw this out there:
Are these not THE MOST bland titles for the most amazing and engaging books? (Talk amongst yourselves.)
Until next week—Happy Reading!