Friday, May 31, 2013

Facts About Me

Here's a list of facts about me:

1. I have a 5-year-old mustached parakeet named India. She's feisty and adorable, and she's sitting on my shoulder (pirate style) right now.

2. My absolute favorite books are The Book Thief, The Giver, The Catcher in the Rye, and Go and Come Back. My favorite series is Harry Potter.
3. I love watching Japanese commercials. They're very entertaining and kinda addictive. There's a whole YouTube channel devoted to them, so you can have Japanese commercial marathons. Here's the link:
5. My favorite TV shows are Downton Abby and The Simpsons.

6. When I grow up, I want to be a writer or an anthropologist. Someday, I want to write for National Geographic.
7. I'm a big nerd. Actually, you probably already knew that. 
8. I love crafty/DIY stuff, especially origami and collages. 
9. I am afraid of mushrooms. Google "Mycophobia". Yes, it's actually a thing. 
10. It's finally summer, and hopefully I'll have a lot of down time. That means a lot more posts are coming up soon!

Versatile Blogger Award

Hi, everybody. I have exciting news: I've been nominated for the versatile blogger award! The versatile blogger award, for anyone who doesn't know, is an award bloggers give and pass on to other bloggers. I was nominated by Chloe, who writes Rhinestone Moon (
The Versatile Blogger Award is passed on from blogger to blogger, and helps bloggers gain recognition - so, I need to nominate other blogs I like and follow.

I nominate: 
This blog proves to those pretentious grown-ups of the world that YES, teenagers can think about meaningful topics. It's interesting and thoughtful.
This one really captures the feel of writing as a teen. Also, Karoline, who writes the blog, has started to serialise a novel she's written - which is super exciting and cool.
this is a super cool teen book blog. I just discovered it a few days ago, and I love it. I honestly don't mind if all of my followers ditch me in favor of The Book Chewers, It's that good. 

I wanted to nominate some of the fabulous bloggers I've found via rookie, but it was hard to find one that hadn't been nominated already!

(If I've nominated you, you don't need to do anything - just pass it on to your favorite blogs, and post a list of things your followers don't know about you! Also, if you have any objection to my nomination, comment and I'll remove your blog)

Monday, May 6, 2013

In Memoriam: All about E. L. Konigsburg

A few weeks ago, E. L. Konigsburg - my absolute favorite writer between the ages of 8 and 11 - died. Her books included From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World, as well as View from Saturday. I loved her books. her characters were incredibly vivid, from feisty grand dames (ie, Mrs. Zender, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) to my first fictional crush. She wrote about art, which made me, the daughter of two artists, feel smart. Her books were a huge part of my childhood. I haven't read one of in years, but I'll always remember and love them.
In honor of Mrs. Koningsburg's life, I'm making a booklist devoted to her books:
The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World

While I was working on this post, I took a break for a while to read the reviews of this book on goodreads, and I seriously wished I hadn't, because they depressed me. The reviewers, mostly grownups, had opinions about the book and it's intended age range. Apparently, 10-year-olds aren't supposed to care bout art. 10-year-olds aren't supposed read books that deal with the Holocaust or include the word bitch. I say, screw the grown-ups with grown-up opinions about what ten-year-olds should read. That's one of the best things about E. L. Konigsburg - she broke the standards of Kid Lit, but that only made them better. When I was a ten-year-old, I didn't care about what I was supposed to like or read. I read this book anyway, and I loved it.
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

A totally charming book about a girl  struggling to save the giant folk art sculpture her two uncles spent years making. I didn't let myself read the reviews on goodreads, so I can't rant against stupid grown-ups who have stupid opinions about this book.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler
The classic. You might have read this book for school. Anyway, if you don't already know, it's about Claudia and Jamie - brother and sister - who run away to live in the metropolitan museum of art. It's all about art, New York City, mysteries, and Konigsburg's signature feisty old lady - so how could it not be great? 
I loved this book so much. It's brilliant and funny - and to me, when I first read it, it was awe-inspiring. Reading and re-reading this book was a huge part of my childhood - I mean, I even carried it around just in case I suddenly, urgently needed to read it. I'm re-reading it now, and I still love it. It's just as charming as it always was. 
I'll miss you, E.L. Konigsburg.