July 14th, 2009

e looking into distance

Tolle Tuesday...

and a pertinent thought (for me), it is:

When you react against the form that Life takes at this moment, when you treat the Now as a means, an obstacle, or an enemy, you strengthen your own form identity, the ego...The more reactive you are, the more entangled you become with form...Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe.

Coming back from something special (like ALA), it's easy to either be let down or overwhelmed (or any number of other feelings). Part of that is the anticipation and the question of whether or not it lived up to expectations or exceeded them, I think. For me, I like the idea of being able to move from moment to moment through Life with the same contentment about each new circumstance, the patience to see what good each can bring, the desire to find beauty regardless of the familiar or not familiar...today, I will try to simply enjoy the moments which come my way, even though they are made up more of the familiar (and sometimes mundane), and to greet the day as I did when at ALA -- with anticipation and excitement.

How do you deal with the familiar? What beauty will you find today?
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Book Reports (138-143)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Different colored font means it's an ARC (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!

Carter Finally Gets It, by Brent Crawford ***** This could very well be the funniest book I've ever read. I laughed so hard I cried (numerous times), and my husband got so tired of seeing me giggle and chuckle and out-and-out guffaw that he finally said he's going to read it too! From the POV of a 15-year old guy, it's hysterical.

September Sisters, by Jillian Cantor *** I read most of this (though I did skim a little); it's an interesting story, because it focuses much more on how the family reacts to the kidnapping more than the mystery of it all. I felt some distance from the MC at times, but I think that might be necessary because of the painful subject -- and I liked how the ending showed that they're all finding a way to continue living somehow.

Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco Stork ** I skimmed most of this. I picked it up originally because I'd heard about it in a number of places, but it's pretty literary (which we all know means it's not really my thing). I did like some parts of it, mostly because it gave me insight into my cousin, who was diagnosed with autism when we were kids. I'm amazed that Stork was able to write this and find his way so completely into Marcelo's world.

Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins ***** Yeah, this is just as good as everyone else has said. It started off at a nice pace and just increased it -- I began it as we sat on the runway waiting for take-off, and by the time we landed, I only had about 20 pages to go (which I read as soon as I'd unpacked). If you liked Hunger Games, you'll love this one! (upper YA, releases 9/09)

Troy High, by Shana Norris (shanawrites) ***+ I read this while still in Chicago -- Saturday evening, in fact. I picked it up first because of the intriguing premise, and it didn't disappoint. I think Shana did a great job taking an older story and making it contemporary. I liked the characters and their interactions. If you're interested in Greek tales, I think you'll enjoy this! (YA, releases 8/09)

Smash Cut, by Sandra Brown *** I like Sandra Brown, and this one was her typical style. I thought the twist at the end was good. I read it in the airport on Sunday, and it definitely kept me entertained. (adult, releases fall/09)