9.18.2014

Believe in the Possible - The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish

"Average people just give up at the obstacles we face every day. Scientists fail again and again and again. Sometimes for our whole lives. But we don't give up, because we want to solve the puzzle...Scientists never give up. They keep trying because they believe in the possible... That it's possible to create a cure for polio. That it's possible to sequence the human genome. That it's possible to find a way to reverse aging. That science can change the world. " ~Grandpa p. 47

"Science is powerful. There are always consequences - wonderful and terrible. I suppose I lost my way for a moment in all the excitement and forgot what Salk* said."  ~Grandpa, P. 181

"What did he say?"
"Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors"

*Jonas Salk (October 28 1914 – June 23 1995) was a medical researcher and author, the inventor of the Salk vaccine against Polio, and the founder of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

"To the possible!"
I am not a scientist, but I have failed again and again and again. I am not a scientist, but I keep trying because I believe in the possible. That it's possible to find the perfect book for any situation.  That it's possible to improve the lives of others one interaction at a time. That it's possible to attain intellectual freedom for all. That love can change the world.

Do you believe in the possible? If so, please share in the comments. Cheers, here's to the possible.


8.13.2014

Truth in Fiction: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

"But every person, both great and small, is asked to do difficult things - and this is the difficult thing that I must do." p.59 Professor Cake 

"More than any argument or reasoning, the thing that persuaded Peter to stay was this: Professor Cake had given him a choice - a gift that no one had ever offered him before." p. 68

"As you have undoubtedly noticed in your own life, unsolicited advice amounts to little more than criticism, and Peter had grown increasingly weary of these 'suggestions.'" p. 92

6.22.2014

2014 Hub Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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I participated in YALSA's 2014 Hub Reading Challenge. You can read about the challenge here. The objective of the challenge is to read/listen to 25 books from the  list of eligible titles. I completed this challenge for the first time last year because 1. I like challenges and 2. I am on a YA literature reading binge. This year I completed the challenge because last year was fun and because I liked discovering books that I normally wouldn't have read. The audio of Monstrous Beauty last year was a fantabulous discovery.

I finished the challenge earlier this week, and was able to complete my own personal mini-challenge by reading at least 1 book from each award category along with all of the great graphic novels. 


My 2014 Hub Reading Challenge Favorites:

  1. All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry
  2. Beautiful Music For Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  3. Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
  4. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  5. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
  6. Lexicon by Max Barry
  7. Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Goals for next year:
  • Finish the challenge.
  • Read at least 1 book from each award category and all of the amazing audio books. (Graphic novels and audio books are difficult for me so I use the challenge for motivation.)
  • Make the challenge more of a social experience by sharing progress updates on social media.

6.19.2014

Truth in Fiction: Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner


Maggot Moon

"I collect words - they are sweets in the mouth." Standish Treadwell p. 24

"It had struck me that the world was full of holes, holes which you could fall into, never to be seen again. I couldn't understand the difference between disappearance and death. Both seemed the same to me, both left holes. Holes in your heart. Holes in your life. " Standish Treadwell p. 32

Truth in Fiction - Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Boxers (Boxers & Saints, #1) Saints (Boxers & Saints, #2)


"The world will never be exactly as we want it, Vibiana. But regardless of how imperfect things may seem, God's will can still be found.

God doesn't always speak through angels. His voice is often much quieter, like a fluttering in your heart."

p.85 Joan to Vibiana aka Four-Girl

Truth in Fiction - Manga Edition Strobe Edge by Io Sakisaka


Strobe Edge, Vol. 1 (Strobe Edge, #1)

"Lately, I've been feeling truly blessed for being surrounded by such good people... Because I get to do my work while surrounded by these people, I haven't had to deal with work-related stress...It's because the goodness of the people around me has a healing effect. I'm surrounded by hard workers who serve as my role models. They're so inspiring... Do your best or don't do it at all! BE WELL-ROUNDED AND DO YOUR BEST!" (Io Sakisaka's motto)Vol. 5

Many of us do not get to choose our co-workers. I myself deal with quite a bit of work-related stress, but surrounding myself with positive people has helped tremendously, and in ways I wouldn't have imagined.

"It feels amazing to be yourself without having to worry about what others think." Vol. 6

I agree 100%

"Be Strong and carry on. That's what I told myself that summer night." Vol. 6


Technically, this post should not be part of the Truth in Fiction series because these words from Io Sakisaka are not from the text of Strobe Edge, but from the "free pages" in Strobe Edge where Io Sakisaka shares herself with her readers, so the truth is in the book just not in the fiction. Right?

6.13.2014

Truth in Fiction - All The Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry

All the Truth That's in Me

"I never knew a man could speak so boldly, so rudely to a woman. I never knew words could act like fingers, touching where they ought not, grasping their pleasure at the victim's expense." p 183

Most of the women I know remember the first time that a man's words had this effect on them. Do you remember the first time someone spoke to you in a way that violated your being?

*"Maria has taught me anew how to speak; I must teach myself better, when not to." p. 188

There is power in speech. People attend classes to become better speakers and join clubs to overcome the fear of public speaking. Yes, there is power in speech, but there is also power in silence. Perhaps as part of every speech or public speaking class, time out to be allocated for lessons on when not to speak.

*emphasis mine