Oh gosh. It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve posted. Sorry, folks. I can’t even really claim Battlestar Galactica as my excuse this time because I finished a few weeks or so ago. Amazing. If you haven’t watched it you need to so we can remain friends (cough cough, brother-in-law, cough cough)!
I’ve also been busy on the YA/my actual job front. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Hunger Games movie is out and I had been working on a program. No shooting people with fake bows and arrows; I’ve already mentioned how I’m not into that. Just a survival-type game, some trivia, and a movie ticket drawing. But I’ve had to gather all sorts of supplies for the game like sleeping bags, toy swords, hammers, and make fake provisions and medicine bottles. I ended up having 25 kids for the program; 10 of them were boys! Boys count for double! It was great.
Also, regarding the Hunger games movie, I saw it on Friday and I thought they did a good job. Suzanne Collins was one of the screenwriters so that helps a ton. There were a few things they changed that I didn’t like but for the most part it was good. The casting was really great except for one exception: Buttercup! She’s supposed to be orange!
To make up for my lack of posts, here’s some quick and dirty book reviews, both YA and grownup.
Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard: Nonfiction about the assassination of President Garfield. He was shot by a lunatic but he doctors weren’t much better. This was before the American acceptance of anti-septic surgery so if his doctors had practiced that and not stuck their dirty fingers into his bullet wound about 10 times a day, it wouldn’t have taken him 2 months to die from infection. Yay history!
Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore. I LURVE Clement-Moore! She might be my new favorite, go-to YA paranormal/fluff writer. The main character hilariously fights demons at Prom. If you’re looking for a smart, plucky heroine combating the forces of evil, look no further.
The Lost City of Z by David Grann. More nonfiction about searching for a lost explorer in the Amazon. Not as good as I thought it would be, but still very interesting.
There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff. This was the YA book that was promised a review. The premise is that God is a horny, lazy, and inept 16 year old boy named Bob who got the job (of God) because his mom won it in a poker game. I expected hijinks and hilarious explanations of world religions. Not so much. It kind of fizzled out and was a bit disappointing.
I just started Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I’ll let you know how that goes and try to be better about updating!