Updates on the reading front

Posted: August 14, 2012 in Reading
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I truly can’t believe it has been nearly three months since my last post to our JFD blog! Since the last post in May, we’ve skyped with author Linda Sue Park, ended the year with a book fair, and book swap, and have had over 110 JFD students visit the library during summer reading on Wednesdays.

One of my favorite memories of this summer was when I had an early morning all to myself at our campsite in Acadia National Park. Rising before everyone else, it was very peaceful as I enjoyed the view of Somes Sound and then finished one of my favorite books of the summer, The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

I knew this was likely going to be a sad story since one of the main characters, Hazel, has been battling cancer for years and is only sixteen. When Hazel meets Gus at a cancer support group meeting, she finally understands what it’s like to be a “normal” teenager. Unfortunately, life is messy, complicated, and filled with moments where we need to be brave and strong, or not.

John Green has created two characters who I will always remember, and at times when life gets hard, I will also remember some of my favorite quotes from Hazel and Gus: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book,”  and “The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

I can’t wait to hear about the books you’ve read this summer. Feel free to REPLY to this post and talk about your favorites!

Comments
  1. Robert J.-K. says:

    Has it been that long? Wow! Anyway how was that skype with a long walk to water author?

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Hi Bob,

      Glad you’re back on the blog 🙂 Time is flying by, isn’t it? The skype discussion with author, Linda Sue Park, was wonderful. Ms. Park shared stories from her personal life, as well as why she wrote A Long Walk to Water. I really liked it when she told the kids to NEVER give up as a writer. That even she, an extremely successful author, has to work really hard at her writing, and that she too even gets “rejection” letters for some of her books. Lucky for us that she never let those tough moments end her writing career because I am sure she has many more important stories to tell!

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