Although Depression Awareness Day this year isn’t until October 10, this blog post by one of my fave authors says soooo much about how it feels, and also takes another step in the direction of helping the rest of the world become more aware of the illness that cannot be ignored and is not the sufferer’s fault, no matter what people may think right now.
Having been through this maelstrom on and off since I was 11, I am aware of the discomfort learning about it causes in those who don’t suffer from it, and the wall that seems to come up between them and those who learn about it firsthand. Libba Bray puts the whole crappy mess of it into a beautiful, dark analogy.
Read it and weep. But before you do, I want you to know that you are NOT alone; there IS a light at the end of the tunnel, and that might mean living chemically-assisted; and you are one of MANY who need to be treated with kindness and understanding, not fear, disdain, loathing, or ridicule. I know; I’m right there in the ranks with you.
-Angie, Eola Road Branch Teen Librarian
It’s that time again!!!!!! Here is the topic at hand.
I had a discussion with one of my TAB members at our last meeting that got me thinking. We were talking about how when she gets really into a book she wants to toss is across the room when certain things happen. I on the other hand do the opposite. If I’m reading a book that I’m really into and something (for example: like the end of the final book of the Divergent series) happens then I yell at the book, but I don’t throw is across the room. I only have the urge to throw a book when it is incredibly dull, nothing is happening to keep me with it, and yet I have to read the whole thing because it is required!!
So my question(s) to you all is this:
How often do you get the urge to throw a book you are reading across the room? And what does the book have to do to get you to do such damage to it?
PLEASE DO NOT HARM LIBRARY BOOKS BY THROWING THEM ACROSS THE ROOM! THEY AREN’T YOURS TO DESTROY.
Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading this book. I’d heard all the buzz about it, and then the movie came out and I thought I should really read that book. And so here I am a year later, and may I just say that reading this book was quite the experience. There were so many times throughout this book where I would read a line, put the book down, think about my life, pick the book back up, read the line again, put it back down, maybe cry a little bit, etc. Some of the stuff just hit my soul, y’know? And it may be just the fact that I’m a moody teenager like so many others out there, but… you have to read this book if you haven’t. And maybe you should read it again if you already have. It just puts a lot of things in perspective. Charlie is probably one of the most awkward characters I’ve ever read about and along with, but I’m glad I did. I’m still a bit confused about some things, but I plan on having a discussion with someone. Now, I’m going to watch the movie [insert cringe] hopefully it isn’t that bad.
Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends—everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.
Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted—to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?
As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy—or as difficult—as it seems.
So this is the book that my book club at school read last month. I was a little unsure of reading it at first, just because I’m not really in to stories like these, but I didn’t want to judge to soon. And I’m really glad I did. Read the book, that is. It was one of those stories that make you appreciate all of the things you have in life, the good and the bad. I was especially able to relate to Jill’s relationship with her father. All in all, the book was great. And remember, folks: Try a little tenderness.
~~~!!!DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO!!!~~~
Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they’re quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it’s not like they can just go to the authorities for help.
All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they’re so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.
But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she’ll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can’t keep running forever.
I was kind of… actually a lot disappointed with this final installation. It was utterly unsatisfying. I was expecting a lot more. It was nice to see the cross over and the return of some characters, but from Maya’s point of view, they kind of seemed boring. At the end of The Calling, they hinted that the kids from Canada would be meeting up with characters from the The Darkest Powers trilogoy, and I got super excited, but I was let down. I felt like they were just running around getting captured and “rescued” all the time. There honestly wasn’t much development in anything. I mean, if you’ve come this far already, I would just finish it. Heck, Armstrong might even branch off from this series again, so you better catch up on your reading.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
I know they say not judge a book by it’s cover, but as soon as I saw that this book was by Rick Yancey, I immediately checked it out. And may I just say that I was wise with this choice. This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Amazing, just in case you didn’t get that first part. It didn’t end the way I thought it was going to, and there were a few times I yelled at the characters in the book, hoping that in some impossible way they’d listen to my advice, but of course, authors write to break our hearts, and so that is what happened. And that is the joy of this book. There’s absolutely everything you could want out of a book in The 5th Wave, and plus Rick Yancey’s beautiful writing. That man really does have a way with words. I was surprised to find Yancey writing from the female perspective (and a wee bit firhgtened), and I obviously was worried for nothing because Cassie was perfectly bad a$$. Any who, if you haven’t already read it, READ IT! Like, right now. Oh, and I just found out that there’s going to be a sequel, so yeah, I’m happier than a mother that just gave birth.
The poll right now is about book clubs and what types of books you want to talk about. And while some that attend my book discussion tend to call it their “therapy session” I’ve come to see it more as a place to vent all the troubles and frustrations you have with all the topics the books cover. This tends to get us talking about a lot of random things as well. So my question for all of you is:
Would you go to book club to talk about your problems?
Talking with someone who will listen helps, and we definitely aren’t counselors, but the teens in the book discussions at Main listen, as do I. Sometimes it just helps to talk about things that are bothering you and our book discussions tend to turn to real life after we start talking about the book. Each book we discuss has different teens facing different issues (and yes some of the books are pure fantasy, but that dosen’t mean we can’t compare them to our own lives).
Our Next books are:
Every day by David Levithan = October
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card = November
Dealine by Cris Crutcher = December
So what books would you like to discuss?
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I wanted to write to you all now that the new version of the blog has been up a while. I kinda also wanted to ask what you all think?
- Too busy?
- Easier to sign up?
Let me know, whatever your thoughts, in the comments on this post. Anyway, down to business. I’ve decided that from time to time I will post what I’m calling “the disscussion boards.” I will post a book with a few of my radom thoughts about the book. Your job (if you have read the book) is to post a few of your own random thoughts.
So lets try it and see if anyone has the courage to post something. There is no right thing to say, but there is a wrong thing! No bad language. I see that and I cant post it.
First Disscussion Board Book is…
Random thoughts of Hannah
- Ender’s Shadow was a better book set in the same time and place.
- Bean should have been the one to save the world. ***Spoiler*** He’s the one who rallys Ender in the end to do his job!
- Calling the aliens “Buggers” drove me crazy!!! They coulnd’t figure out what they called themselves and use that name? Even if its a total language barrier. Really? “Buggers” is the best they can come up with for a name?
- I hope the movie stands up to the book and that they don’t mess it up and make Bean some 2nd string player. I’d love to see some of his back story.
- Kids in command! Do I need to say more to that?
Okay I spoke my mind now its your turn. Post your thoughts in the comments.
On another note the Main Library should have the DVD’s back out on the floor in the next week or so. The new dvd despencers got installed yesterday!
Happy Friday everyone!
Young Adult Librarian @ the Main Library
This would be my first blog ever. I am extremely new at this and am seeking some advice or tips.