These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
Not only is it #IMWAYR day, but it's Youth Media Awards Day! Woohoo! I'm writing this Sunday night, and we're supposed to get snow, so I don't know if I will be watching it with my students or at home. It's MUCH more fun with students because they have their favorites, too, and will be excited for the winners, but either way, I'm watching it! Good luck to all the wonderful writers and illustrators of young people's literature who wrote books in 2013. I can't imagine life without your art and am so grateful for how your books make my life and the life of kids, teachers, and kidlit fans better and richer. Thank you! I love what Jarrett Krosoczka said on Facebook Sunday:
2013-book, adventure, fantasy-science-fiction, imagination, journey, mock-caldecott-2014, picture-book
2013-book, adopted-foster-child, adult-fiction, art, book-club, character-motivation, character-who-writes, drug-and-alcohol-use, friendship, romance, sensory-details, setting, theme
There is SO much to this epic book, not only because of its monster length - 770 pages and dense - but because the story is so outrageous, sad, disturbing, and full of life, dysfunction, and pain. With all its heaviness, there are also humorous parts, and I have to say Boris must be one of the best characters in literature that I've read in a while! I love the idea of the painting carrying the thread of the story in all its symbolism, and as hopeless as Theo Decker is, you root for him all the way to the end. I loved Hobie, too. Tartt is an incredibly talented writer. She does so many amazing things with craft in this book. The settings are brilliant - characters in themselves - New York, Las Vegas, Amsterdam. Of course, now I want to see the painting. I've been to the Frick, but I don't remember seeing it. I didn't have a connection to it at the time, though. Most of the art I remember seeing and loving, I connected to it because of reading about it! Our book club about this book is Monday night, so I'm looking forward to hashing this out with everyone.