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by Rhonda
September 21st, 2010, 1:13 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Gender roles: Emotionally weak heroines
Replies: 58
Views: 16970

Re: Gender roles: Emotionally weak heroines

I didn't read every single word written here, so maybe I missed something, but does a girl have to be like a boy to be strong? Can't being a girl and embracing some of the weaknesses that go along with that be cool too? Is that perhaps what Bella and Katniss do and why the books they're in are so po...
by Rhonda
September 10th, 2010, 8:24 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Name that children's Christmas book!
Replies: 13
Views: 2360

Re: Name that children's Christmas book!

Oops. And I was just talking with some friends today about that test passed out at schools that says, "Read all directions before proceeding," and if you did, you would end up going straight to the bottom of the page and not answering any of the questions. Guess I still haven't learned!
by Rhonda
September 10th, 2010, 4:52 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Name that children's Christmas book!
Replies: 13
Views: 2360

Re: Name that children's Christmas book!

What you described sounds similar to "Bear Stays Up," so I looked that one up and found this one http://www.amazon.com/Wake-Bear-Its-Christmas-Stephen-Gammell/dp/0688099343/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284151767&sr=1-1 . There's not much of a description of it, but it seems like it at least has t...
by Rhonda
September 7th, 2010, 1:13 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: MOCKINGJAY - spoiler edition
Replies: 58
Views: 16494

Re: MOCKINGJAY - spoiler edition

I finally finished reading Mockinjay with my 11 year old son. We are both huge fans of Suzanne Collins. I have to say I was a bit depressed by the way everything wrapped up. I don't think it was bad. I would have liked it to take more advantage of the fact that it was "fiction" and therefore didn't ...
by Rhonda
July 26th, 2010, 8:25 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?
Replies: 85
Views: 19829

Re: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?

I don't even usually re-read books by the same author, so reading four in a row was quite a commitment. For my job I need to be as widely read as possible and that means I'm usually one-and-done when it comes to individuals authors. Your job seemed cool until I read that. I like to read as much as ...
by Rhonda
July 26th, 2010, 8:08 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Summer Reading for kids
Replies: 20
Views: 3717

Re: Summer Reading for kids

I see someone mentioned The Chronicles of Narnia, and I'll second that. At least for my son, the series has been a favorite since I first read it to him at age 6. He's read it all to himself more than once and he's now 10 years old. Another recommendation is The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. Both ...
by Rhonda
May 7th, 2010, 12:04 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?
Replies: 85
Views: 19829

Re: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?

I seem to be challenged in the use of quotes here, but I wanted to mention how funny it was that Nathan said the Hobbits are slow to get going. That was my son's big problem with The Hobbit when he read it recently. Guess he's used to the faster paced fantasy writing of today. On his book review blo...
by Rhonda
March 25th, 2010, 5:45 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Which book have you read the most number of times?
Replies: 90
Views: 13650

Re: Which book have you read the most number of times?

To be honest, the books I've probably read the most times are the Junie B. Jones books, but since I read them to my kids I guess that doesn't count. Right? On my own I don't really re-read ficiton books. However, if I had to re-read something it would be The Lord of the Rings books.
by Rhonda
March 23rd, 2010, 3:19 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Kids and reading
Replies: 17
Views: 8125

Re: Kids and reading

I can see accelerated reader quizes being used to guilt the kids, but so far my son loves taking those tests. They get rewards for how many words they read from the librarian at his school (he is one book away from reaching his 2,000,000 words mark for this school year) and also can earn rewards for...
by Rhonda
March 16th, 2010, 5:08 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Kids and reading
Replies: 17
Views: 8125

Re: Kids and reading

My son is in 4th grade. His most recent book report included a sensory botte filled with 7 items that he then wrote 7 sentences for describing how they related to the book and present to the class. He also had to write a 5 paragraph essay (each paragraph had a specific topic), and keep a daily journ...
by Rhonda
March 2nd, 2010, 12:06 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Peeta Vs. Gale
Replies: 32
Views: 5354

Re: Peeta Vs. Gale

Fun topic. I have to ask if any of you feels like you really know Gale. I don't. I found myself routing for him at times, but I'm not sure why. I know why I like Peeta. I would know why Katniss chose him if she did. Gale seems like a good guy and all, but there's not as much to go on. Not that I thi...
by Rhonda
February 26th, 2010, 12:14 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Lines from Novels
Replies: 30
Views: 5719

Re: Favorite Lines from Novels

A line I love comes from Chuck Palahniuk"s Choke . Unfortunately, I can't find it now, and I don't have the book here anymore. It was from a woman on an airplane and was about how she's so smart she can talk herself out of any plan. I'm going to have to find that again. There are lots of great lines...
by Rhonda
February 20th, 2010, 1:59 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: POLL: Where do you buy your books?
Replies: 21
Views: 4081

Re: POLL: Where do you buy your books?

Since I don't see it mentioned (maybe because you're talking about books for yourselves, not your kids) I will put Scholastic book orders on the list. I buy books for my kids through that or through their school's book fairs all the time. Other than that, Amazon is my most likely source. If I must h...
by Rhonda
February 19th, 2010, 3:12 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?
Replies: 49
Views: 8071

Re: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?

C.S. Lewis for sure. I haven't yet read everything he's written, but based on the Narnia series and Mere Christianity, I could listen and talk to him for hours. Not sure what specific thing I would ask. It would depend where the conversation were leading. Probably wouldn't have time for eating durin...
by Rhonda
February 18th, 2010, 12:33 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: TWILIGHT - thoughts?
Replies: 107
Views: 25480

Re: TWILIGHT - thoughts?

Twilight. Interesting topic. I did read the series. I read it mostly to see what all the hoopla was about, but managed to get sucked in (pun intended). I'm kind of embarrassed by that now, especially having seen the movies, which make it look way more cheesy than it did in my head. haha On the subje...