i'm darkness and light, bubbles and faerie wings. i am sparkles and glitter, shadows and clouds. i love purple, and faeries, and books, and music.

Ramblings by Category

Ramblings by Year

The Future of Us

The Future of Us
by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.

Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on–and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. (goodreads.com)

This book depressed me. Not because of the subject or the writing, but because of this:

HOW CAN 1996 BE FIFTEEN YEARS AGO?

How was I not even in my TEENS 15 years ago?

In 1996 I was 20. Yet, when I think of the 1990s I always think I was a teen. Turns out at least four of those 90s years were in my 20s. How has it been so bloody long since I was in my 20s? Ugh.

The other thing that happened while reading this book was this:

OMG AOL
Did Crash really come out in 1996?
Diskman!!!
Last episode of Fresh Prince? Really?

God, I’m old.

VCRs!
I feel like Ellen has always been gay. Right? I mean, didn’t this happen a lot longer ago?

WAYNE’S WORLD? Shwing! I don’t think I’d find it funny now.

I feel old.

These are random exclamations I made while I turned the pages of The Future of Us.

Try as I might to focus on the story, I was stuck in the Land of Nostalgia for the 1990s. Oh, me. Although I have to say I rather liked the book. It might have tried just a little too hard to prove it was set in the late 90s, but the characters and the actual plot were enjoyable.

This is one of those books that has really great secondary characters, too. Tyler and Kellen were so fun to read. (Also, how cool is the name Kellen?) (Just realized I might be spelling it wrong, but my book is upstairs and I am feeling too lazy to go get it and double check. Oh, well.)

My one qualm about the book (other than the fact that it made me feel old) was that I found it too short. I kind of wish there had been more of a glimpse into the Facebook Future they found. A little more experimentation with changing the future. Not just Emma’s, but Josh’s too. Since the story was told from both perspectives, I would have enjoyed more Josh Future and not just all about Emma. I know it’s not right to play with your future, but, still. The curiosity would have killed me (my name IS Cat, afterall) and I’d have been testing the boundaries of what I could change or not.

I think the concept behind this story is interesting and clever. I have told a few other people of this book in the last week and though they aren’t all YA readers, even they expressed interest in it. Of course, I think for us it’s more of a curiosity about reliving our past and seeing those familiar pop culture references and reminiscing.

Seriously. How has is been 15 years since I was 20? How was I not a teen in 1996? Gah!

If all you Young People out there want to see how us dinosaurs discovered the beginning of the internet, pick up this book and learn a little about your elders. heh

a letter to my blog

Dear Blog,

I have oh, so many things to tell you, but I just can’t find the time to sit and write it all out. Back on the picket line and my free time seems to have evaporated. Thankfully, my health seems to be strong and I am not completely crippled by 4 hours of walking every day. I guess I was sicker than I thought I was before the strike started.

In other news, the same day I lost my mitten, I also managed to lose my bus pass (between metro stations, so I was almost stranded), found out my winter boots are broken and just had a generally miserable day. It was great.

This week may or may not prove to be better.

Either way, Blog, I shall write to you soon (on you?), I do have lots of news to share!

hugs & kisses,

Me

Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray

Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
by Nick Bruel

I am a completely sucker for any and all of these Bad Kitty books. It’s possible I have even stopped passing them on to my sister and niece. Heh. Ok, so I will be passing this one on as well. I think my sister might appreciate it more though. Whereas Kitty’s first two books were about the alphabet and much more young child-ish, the later ones are in chapter book format, though heavier on the artwork than the words.

In this humourous story, poor Kitty is left all alone with Puppy while her humans go away for a while. The humans do ask Uncle Murray to pet-sit, but no matter what he does, he seems to run into Kitty and scare her, until finally she runs out of the house and he has to track her down.

I will admit, that when I first saw Uncle Murray, I thought he was going to be a deadbeat and cause all the problems, but the dear man just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and Kitty just took out her naturally cranky reactions on him. I felt bad for Uncle Murray quite quickly in the little story.

These books never fail to make me laugh out loud. I love Kitty and her cranky, sceptical face. I cannot wait to see her reaction to what the humans brought home at the end of the book. I am sure there will be yet another test of wills between Kitty and the new arrival. She’s managed to ignore or break in Puppy enough by now, but we’ll see.

Bring on the Bad Kitty books, I say! She’s the best feline star book series I have ever discovered!

 

Bad Kitty books

  1. Bad Kitty (either the original or the Cat-Nipped Edition) – picture book
  2. Poor Puppy – picture book
  3. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – chapter book
  4. Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty – chapter book
  5. Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
  6. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby
  7. A Bad Kitty Christmas

In My Mailbox #51

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

All my IMM posts can be found here!

First week back on the picket line wasn’t so bad, except for the cold I seem to have caught. Obviously some of the Canadian publishers thought they’d help cheer me up by sending me some surprises! Cannot wait to read all of these books!

For review:

The Scholastic Canada books were gifts from the event I attended last weekend (post here). I swear I feel like Christmas came a month early for me. I can’t wait to read all of these books! Trying very hard to hold off on the spring 2012 ones though. I don’t know if my willpower will be strong enough.

Montreal Book Bloggers Brunch with Cecil Castellucci

Oh, dear. I started this post a week ago but couldn’t finish it and then life got all hectic and I haven’t touched my blog (or a book, really) in a week. Now I have a miserable cold and my eyes are watering as I type this, but come on, Me! Get with the program! This event was a WEEK AGO!

Sunday, November 20 a handful of Montreal Book Bloggers were invited to brunch with two Scholastic Canada reps, Nikole and Catherine (lovely name ;)) and with Montreal author Cecil Castellucci. It was a fun time for all! I have never been to an event like this, so I was super excited and nervous all at the same time. I don’t know why I was nervous, I mean, I had met the other Bloggers before but I hadn’t ever met Nikole or Catherine or Cecil before.

The brunch was a sort of book club/all things book discussion, focused mostly on Cecil’s latest novel, First Day on Earth (linked to review). It was great to talk books with like-minded people and get some inside scoops from the publicist and author perspectives. Cecil explained some of the process of books being optioned for movies, which I found very interesting. We talked review responsibilities, what we liked to see on blogs, what we thought of book trailers and more. Since I blog about books a lot differently than many book blogs it was a great opportunity to hear why others like to have certain things on their blog and that I am not the only one who feels anxious about having deadlines on review copies (of which I received only a few compared to most book bloggers).

Back L-R: Me, Avis @ She Reads and Reads,  Lucy @ Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf, Cecil Castellucci, Tina @ Bookshipper, Melissa @ YA Bookshelf, Catherine from Scholastic Canada
Front L-R: Lisa @ Starmetal Oak Book Blog, Nikole from Scholastic Canada

The small group setting was just perfect, though I was sitting at the opposite end of the table from Melissa and Lisa and would have liked to have talked to them a little more. I’ll be sure to sit near them at our next Book Blogger meet up in December! (Just realized I was sitting next to them at the first meet up, too. I guess we’re kindred spirits!)

I’m not one to go ga-ga over getting books autographed normally. I tend to want them signed if I have gotten to know the author and/or if I absolutely adored a book. I wasn’t sure if this would seem gauche or not, but Cecil was the author of one of my favourite graphic novels, The Plain Janes and I snuck that book along with me for the event in case I could sneak it to her to sign. (I also found out at the time that the first and second books were split from one full one. I suppose that’s why I originally thought that it ended rather abruptly!) Turns out others also brought books to have signed, so I didn’t feel so bad. 😉

Signed Plain Janes

I was surprised by a brown paper Scholastic shopping bag on my chair when I got to the cafe. Those kind Scholastic reps, Nikole and Catherine had prepared goodie bags for us all! I swear it was like Christmas and lottery winning all at the same time! Why do all the surprise books always come at the same time!

 Scholastic swag!

(I now HAVE to get Clarity by Kim Harrington. Good thing I had it on my Christmas list!) I was so happy about all of these books. I kept saying “It’s like you KNOW me!” Since I have never been in contact with anyone from Scholastic until this event, I was very impressed with their selections for me!

The only bad thing I have to say about the entire experience was the creepy art on the wall directly facing me. I told Avis when I was leaving, I wasn’t avoiding looking at her all morning on purpose. I just couldn’t look at her and not see this on the wall behind her:

Gah! What kind of food establishment puts nekked boobs on their wall while people are trying to eat!? Especially me! Prude Extraordinaire! I did not like that one bit. Of course I had to snap a photo to show my husband (and all of you) what I had to deal with all morning. =P

So a HUGE thank you to Scholastic Canada for including me in their little brunch and to Cecil Castellucci for coming home for a visit and taking time to meet us all and share stories and laughs for a few hours on a gloomy, raining, Sunday morning.