Sunday #Bookstack No. 21: Week of February 10, 2013

Happy Sunday. I am the (book) supplier and this is Sunday #Bookstack for the week of February 10, 2013.

I am almost never absent from school. I hate being gone because people stepping into the class have a hard time with the way it’s structured. I don’t think it’s complicated, but I’ve been teaching this class, and refining how it works for a while now. Needless to say, I was out half a day on Thursday because of the district spelling bee. I have a kid reading UnWholly and a kid reading The Fault in Our Stars, both in ebook form. Because the equipment is mine and I didn’t know who the sub was going to be, I didn’t leave it, and left them a note to do something else with their independent reading time. They were less than thrilled with me when I saw them on Friday, and you know, I’m actually kind of happy about that.

And now onto the stack!

I have four books in my stack this week, even though only three are pictured in the thumbnail. So we’ll talk about the missing one first. This weekend I’d planned to finish reading Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall. But in my infinite brilliance, I left it at school. So it’s making a repeat appearance.

Today, I’m reading My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. I can’t remember where I heard about this one, but it’s a graphic novel about Jeffrey Dahmer’s youth — Backderf set out to tell the story that wasn’t told by the media. I’m about 70 pages in and it’s incredibly intriguing.

So last month’s 20th century literature read was Cat’s Cradle. This month’s, since I read them in the wrong order, is Brave New World. Whenever you’re ready to talk about it, Tim, let me know.

The other book I plan to read this week is Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. I’ve wanted to read some A.S. King since my ALAN friend Laura was hunting for either Please Ignore Vera Deitz or Everybody Sees the Ants the last time I saw her. Like, seriously hunting. A number of readers whose opinions I respect said this one was very good, so I picked it up. I do have Please Ignore Vera Deitz in one of the two to-read stacks on my desk, so I’ll probably get to that soon.

It should be a good reading week for me, I think.

[Question of the Week]
Last week I asked you guys what books you’ve read because of hype that left you disappointed. I’m going to try something different with the responses this time. Let me know what you think.

Both ABookHobbit and flewbetween weighed in with Beautiful Creatures, and guys, I’m right there with you. I felt like there was a lot more tell than show, and while I’m intrigued, I’m really glad I picked up the audiobook for cheap. I’d love to go through the beginning and count the times they talked about lemons. I think it could have been significantly shorter than it actually was.

tilchapterthree, I understand about Beauty Queens. While I don’t think it’s the best of Libba’s books, I did find it hilarious. I think what kept me reading was drawing parallels between it and Lord of the Flies. There were a lot of things, like the reality tv show about pirates, that I just couldn’t figure out.

The Book Thief. I saw another booktuber, and I can’t remember who off the top of my head right now, say she had problems with this one as well. I found the narration a little confusing at first, but got into it. Biddybums, I’ll find out who that other booktuber is and let you know. You guys can commiserate.

And Divergent. You know, flewbetween, this is one of those books that I read, but it really didn’t stick with me. I think because I read it after I read Hunger Games, and The Hunger Games just kind of overshadowed everything.

My answer is The Tragedy Paper, which I finished a few days ago. And I’m actually going to do a whole video about it on Tuesday, so I’ll talk a little more about it then.

Thanks for your answers to last week’s question. I’m really enjoying this interaction with you guys. There are links to the channels of the YouTubers who answered last week’s question in the description.

This week’s question is about influence. How influenced are you by the opinions of other readers?

Leave your thoughts about this question, feature shelf requests and whatever in the comments wherever you happen to be watching this video.

So that’s it for me today. It’s going to be a busy week here on the channel, so I’m going to go get working on those other videos. Have a great week. I am the (book) supplier wishing you happy reading. Don’t forget to be awesome.

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