Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April Afternoons (4)

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April Afternoons is happening here at MJAO every Tuesday (or Wednesday).

I've been really busy the past couple of weeks working on a historical fiction paper for class. Other than that I've also been working on a One-Act play, when I'm not doing math or chemistry even. Gosh I hate homework.

I joined Book Mooch so if any of you readers are on there you can friend request me if you like.

I also signed up to be review for Book Sneeze. I'm quite excited about that.

Last week on Amazon I ordered Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell and it came this week. It's 600 pages. I did not see that coming.

I'm saving it for summer reading, along with Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and the Three Books (below).

I'm also signing up for a Aussie Reading Challenge. I'm not an Aussie, by the way.

This is the button. It's suppose to go on the sidebar but I don't know how to put it there.

The Challenge is as following: Read at least 6 young adult books by Australian authors from 1st January, 2011 to 31st December, 2011.They can be old or new titles, however no re-reads.
 Books for the Challenge: (my picks)

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

I've already read (not for the challenge) The Book Thief (which I also own, too) and Jellicoe Road (which I don't own but would like to. Loved it.)

Wish me luck on this challenge and have a good April Afternoon! (it's raining where I'm at!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April Afternoons (3)

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April Afternoons happens here at MJAO every Tuesday for the month of April.
(Gosh, it's been a tough week!)
Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?
for famous poems by famous poets go to:

Anyways I don't really know what this blog post is on. (if you look at the date it's Wednesday, because I forgot.)

Oh yes, I finished reading Northanger Abbey!!!!!!!!!!!!

I understand why the Which Jane Austen character are you? why I was Catherine Morland. We are a lot alike her and I.
So I'm glad to have finished MJAO book for the month of April--and also for March and February.

I also read a book called Keeping Corner, based on a true story. Highly recommended. It is about a child widow in Gandhi-era India who studies to go to school in the city. When women become widows they had to shave their heads, give up their bangles and jewelry, wear only solemn colors (like black and brown) and have to keep corner--stay in their house for one year.

I also read Farewell to Arms by Hemingway in English Class, but that's for another post.

In my finance class we watched Confessions of a Shopaholic with the red-head. Highly recommended also.
And the movie was based off a book, and there's a series, and the author writes other books too...I'm psyched.

I don't have much to write--or time--so I guess this concludes my April Afternoons post!

Have a good Tuesday (oh, it's really Wednesday, by the way). Have a good one, readers!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April Afternoons (2)

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Hey Yall, welcome back to April Afternoons, happening here at MJAO on Tuesdays. Today's post isn't on anything on history. It's just about my FABULOUS day!

At my school, we paired up with Special Olympics Athletes for a special track meet. Our class walked over to the football field where we waited for them to arrive.  I was with a guy named Ted and we shared a athlete named Anthony. I wanted my own athlete, but Anthony was a lot of work for both of us and I don't think I could have handled it. We sat in the bleachers while some other athletes ran for opening ceremony. We were assigned to the Star group where our camper got to run, jump, and catch at Star. He also got his forehead painted with the batman symbol by one of my friends at the face painting booth. He was really hungry and thirsty and crabby in the beginning, but after he got something to drink it got better. I saw some of my friends when we weren't with Star and some of them gave me tootsie rolls. Anthony really like an orange-haired girl who is one of my friends at the Bubble station. He loved the bubbles and the sponge game. He liked winning tickets so he could get silly bands at the prize table. He always asked everybody for tickets. He wasn't hungry until the very end at the relays but he ate a lot throughout the day. I had two hot dogs with ketchup and mustard which were tasty.

After walking Anthony back to his bus, I hung out with my friends and then we walked back to school. I saw a lot of my friends with their athletes. Our class even got our photo taken together--but I didn't smile, although I did get to sit next to one of my friends. Pretty good day.

And I have this new blue t-shirt--with stickers Anthony gave me.

Have a great April Afternoon today!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pefect You, See What I See, The Lonely Hearts Club

Reads: Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott, See What I See by Gloria Whelan, and The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Although disappointed by Scott's book, Bloom, I enjoyed Perfect You. It's about a high school girl, Kate, whose father has quit his job to see vitamins at the mall, making her and her brother work there. Her best friend Anna, now a popular cheerleader, doesn't talk to her anymore. Her mother has to work two jobs; their family is in debt. And Grandma, who has money, comes to stay with them. This is a novel of real life, which is why I guess I liked it some much. But there is also Will, a cute guy who works at another store in the mall. The moral of Perfect You is this "Things change, darling. That's what life is....Try to live. Try to be happy." Honestly, this was a novel full of flawed humans and it shows some of the best and the worst, as seen in her family. But, you know, isn't the world like that?

See What I See is a novel about Kate Talpert-Quinn, daughter of the famous artists, Dalton Quinn. I loved Kate's journey of self discovery and art, but felt like there were parts left out of this book and some undeveloped characters that I would have liked to see more. Kate goes to Detroit on an art scholarship to live with her dad who she hasn't seen since he left the family when she was seven. Her hometown is up north and she misses it. It is her inspiration for painting, a love her father passed on to her before he left. Also, her dad is sick and dying and only has a few months left. Kate does the unselfish thing and quits school to take care of him. The heart breaker is when he tells her that he loves his art more than his family, and that's why he left them. This book is a simple buildingsroman about art and love. I look forward to reading more of Whelan's novels.

The Lonely Hearts Club is about Penny Lane Bloom, high school junior, who is sick of dating boys who just want to get into her pants and don't really love her. She also hates how girls change for their boyfriends. And so the Lonely Hearts Club is formed by her and her two best friends, Tracie and Diane. This is a result of when she catches Nate, her childhood sweetheart, with another girl. Their other friends, Kara and Morgan, also enter the club. But what happens when they actually meet a good guy? And when one catches Penny Lane Bloom's heart? I loved this book and highly recommend it. It's about a bunch of girls, high-on-caffeine, struggling with normal high school issues (and Beatles names) and their friendship.

Still reading Northanger Abbey--Will I ever finish it?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April Afternoons (1)

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April Afternoons will be happening here at MJAO every Tuesday, and is basically a post about anything and, you know some random things as well.

This week's April Afternoons is on People's Park and the violence with the hippies

At University of California Berkeley in April of 1969, there was an empty lot. Many people, including the hippies and students, were upset because UCB had taken the home of residents with eminent domain and demolished their homes on the lot and had not done anything with it. The lot became a junk yard, due to debris, rubble, and abandoned cars that people were leaving there. Outraged at this, the people turned the empty lot into a park, named People's Park. At this time, the Reagan (governor at the time)  called UCB “a haven for communist sympathizers, protesters and sex deviants." By May, Reagan also ordered the park to be destroyed and had a chain link fence built around it to keep people out.  Upset, the people decided to take matters in their own hands and go against the Reagan's orders. Police were called in and over 128 UCB students had serious wounds inflicted by the police. One student was killed and one was injured. Reagan called a state of emergency and called in the National Guard for a 2 week occupation of the campus.

In anger and revolt against the police, students planted flowers at night. The police destroyed them in the morning. Police attacked several people who were found walking near the park.

The People's Park shooting was one of the most tragic things that happened on the UCB campus and to the hippies, who were about peace and nature.

Source/Citation: "The Hippie Counter Culture Movement (1960′s)." Mortal Journey « Footprints past Shall Determine the Scope of the Journey Ahead. Mortal Journey, 2010. Web. 05 Apr. 2011.

 Weather Facts:
Here's how this works: I pick 3 cities anywhere in the world and post the current temperature right now
57 degrees in Naples Italy
37 degrees in Quebec Canada
48 degrees in Odessa Ukraine

Update: my reads this week were Perfect You and Under The Baseball Moon. More on them later in the week.

I hope you enjoyed my first April Afternoons post!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools Day Quotes

April fool, n.  The March fool with another month added to his folly.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.  ~Japanese Proverb

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.-Charles Lamb 

Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It’s good to be silly at the right moment. -Horace

“The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one,
must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass.”-Bioleau

“The full area of ignorance is not mapped. We are at present only exploring the fringes.” -JD Bernal

Also an update: still reading Northanger Abbey....yeah, still. Sigh.
For more you can go to:

Also there is an interesting post on the Berners Street Hoax in London 1810 at Austen Authors blog. I encourage yall to check it out.

I played a really gotcha april-fools on my dad. Who did you play a joke on today?