It’s a cool thing when a friend recommends a book saying, “I think this is my new favorite book of all time!” When your friend also happens to be a smart, voracious reader, you know you’re in for a treat.
The book recommended to me today, which I’m now passing on to you, is from a new author named R.J. Palacio. The book is called Wonder, and it sounds like it’s as powerful as it is well-written. Here’s the book trailer. If it sounds interesting, check out the class library next week. I’m sure my copy will be there by then!
My favorite city (other than Buffalo, of course…) is New York City. One of the things I love about New York is that it has such a strong arts community. New York has some of the best music, art, theater and literary events in the country. I try to visit as often as possible, and, luckily for me, my in-laws live in Mount Vernon, which is a short train ride outside of the city.
Last Thursday, we drove to New York for the long weekend. On Friday, we took the train into Manhattan and visited the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). They had a special exhibit on the artist Diego Rivera. He was a Mexican painter who mostly did large murals. They were incredibly powerful and thought-provoking. Even my 8-year-old son was in awe of his work. His art was beautiful but also told stories – stories of his heritage, stories of government abuse, stories that could be told better in a picture than in words.
On Saturday, we drove to Brooklyn and saw a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. My son didn’t get to see this one. (Shakespeare isn’t interesting to most people, but especially not to those under the age of 10.) The play was written around 1590, but it still rang true in 2012. They used technology and music to make it even more powerful than it must have been in the 16th century. We were still talking about it hours after we’d left the theater.
So, what’s the point of all of this?
I guess my point is to share how important the arts are to me – music, art, books, theater – and to encourage you to experience the arts as often as you can. Buffalo isn’t New York of course, but there are still some amazing experiences to be had. For example, I just read that Theater of Youth is putting on a production of A Wrinkle in Time this month. You could read the book and then watch the play. If you like visual arts, Buffalo is blessed with the world-renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery. They even have cool summer workshops for kids. Remember – you’re never too young to start developing a love of the arts!
I love my Nook Color e-reader. Now, don’t get me wrong – I still love books. Over the years, I’ve become as much a collector of books as a reader of them. I could take you on a tour of my bookshelves and tell you where, when, and with whom I bought most of the titles. Each book has become a memory stored on a shelf, ready to be revisited.
But, lately, I find myself reading more digital books than paper ones. The Nook is an impressive piece of technology. I can have magazines delivered wirelessly to my Nook. I can carry a bookshelf of books under my arm when I go to my son’s hockey practices. I can look up definitions of words just by touching them on the screen. I never thought I’d make the jump to e-readers, but I’m glad I did!
I’ve noticed more and more students using e-readers in class lately, which leads me to this week’s poll:
I just started reading The Maze Runner two days ago. I’ve already gotten to the point where I can’t put it down. I’m sure I’ll be on to the next book by this weekend. This leads me to the question: What’s your favorite young adult series right now?
I’m excited to be typing out my first ever blog post! I hope you check back often and follow how this blog develops over time. I’ll mainly be posting about issues related to reading – favorite authors, trends in young adult literature, books I’m reading, new books that I’ve discovered, reviews, etc. I may also add the occasional post about writing, music, or the Sabres… although they may never win another game, so there may not be much to say. 🙂
I’ll try to have at least one quality blog every week. (The first one will be posted tomorrow!) I will also have plenty of shorter posts throughout the week.
Feel free to join in the discussion and leave comments – just be aware that I need to approve them before they are published to the site. Also, if you have ideas for blog topics please let me know!