He's all muscle under that shaggy hair

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It just occurred to me that I haven't updated the Exile with my feelings on Jellicoe Road. I did write a full review* for my class, but here I'll just say this: upon closing the book, I turned to Beth and said, "That was the best book of all time."

Now, yes. I do tend to speak in superlatives. But obviously I loved it, and am fully onboard with the hype, as I proceeded to Twitter, as well.

In other news:

1. Harry got his summer short do, and looks like a completely different dog. (Less like Eddie, and more like Wishbone, that is.)

2. To the right, you will see I've added a little glossary of acronyms I use on this blog frequently, at Roo's request. If any come up that I've forgotten, do let me know. I think it looks a bit skimpy as is.

*The ongoing assignment in this class is a Mock Printz Award Nomination thing, for which I will be reading 10+ YA titles and either nominating or rejecting each for the award. I'm a little concerned about this, since I don't want to make a habit of "rejecting" any of my fellow YA authors' works. Diplomacy will be of the utmost, I suppose. I'll probably make an effort to only read greats, so that even if they get a rejection (I can't nominate everyone, after all), I'll have lots of nice things to say.

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Tina Lee said...

Yet another person praises Jelicoe Road. I hope I am not looking too forward to it....(I think I said that before).

I hope you will blog about your class book reviews. I am intensely interested in that balance between recommending books that worked so well (for me) and understanding that reading is subjective (especially to where I am in the process) and finally supporting other writers/books in that great search for their perfect readers. I just said all that to say, I have reading tastes and we all do but I don't want to use them just to be snarky. But yet I want to be involved in the conversation. I'm obviously trying to work this out.

I could go on forever. I better stop. I look forward to reading more!

May 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM
Christy Raedeke said...

Excellent endorsement, I'll get Jellicoe today. Just finished King Dork and LOVED it - looking forward to your opinion on it. I think it's on your to-read list...

May 27, 2009 at 11:48 AM
Ms. Yingling said...

Jellicoe Road was not what I need in my library right now. Sorry it took me so long to realize what you write-- I have a couple of your Stone Arch books, but they are generally slightly low for my readers. I will look forward to your new YA stuff! And it does get easier with babies. Mine are 15, 13, and 11 and all self-sufficient AND environmentally conscious!

May 28, 2009 at 4:20 AM
Steve Brezenoff said...

My YA might be more for the high schoolers, Ms. Yingling, but I do hope you'll check it out. (Might be too depressing for you!)

May 28, 2009 at 6:24 AM