I just had a great time following #titletalk on Twitter. Make sure you "tune in" every last Sunday of the month at 8:00. It's awesome to read about what great things teachers are doing to promote reading and great books in their classrooms.
Here is what I read this week:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
|adult-fiction, audio-book, fantasy-science-fiction|
To all those storytellers out there, this quote is for you..."It is important," the man in the grey suit interrupts. "Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift." And what a gift Erin Morgenstern has! I can't even begin to summarize this fantastical, exquisitely told fantasy. Brilliant. I listened to it on audio with Jim Dale narrating, which only made it that much more disturbing, unique, compelling, and magical. The contestants made me think of another great storyteller's heroine and hero, Katniss and Peeta.