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Archives - July 2013

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a huge fan of any novel that has action, adventure and/or fantasy. Those three genres are always what determines what books I buy and read. Now it has occurred to me that maybe I should venture out and try some different genres. Maybe I’d like the different genre just as much as I like the action/adventure/fantasy novels. However, I’ve always pushed that thought aside. I’ve read some novels out of my normal genre…and I never truly enjoyed them. I love the thrill of adventure and action, the whimsical feel of reading a fantasy novel.  To be quite honest, I’ve never read another novel that had such thrill, until last night, that is.
One of the most eventful part in an intern's day is lunch hour. The hour where interns are free to roam the city (if they know where they’re going), sample the cities cuisine (for example, street hotdogs) and do whatever it is their little intern hearts desire (read, most likely). It’s an hour that we have all to ourselves and everyone uses it differently.
Welcome back, readers! Does anyone else feel like there’s no escape from all the Royal Baby Hype? Like, the kid’s more famous after a day than any of us will ever be? Bitter some? Nahhh. All respect to the Duke and Duchess and little prince baby George Alexander Louis, but this week we’re going to get down and dirty with some scary good themes and tell Mary Shelley’s notorious monster of a novel, FRANKENSTEIN --- a book that’s pretty much the exact opposite of the royal baby. Or kind of the same. Depends which literary theorist you subscribe to, you know?
What commutes by train and usually has a book (or three) in her bag? --- a intern, of course! Or, more specifically, this intern. Students all over America get internships each summer and luckily, this year I’m one of them! Internships get your feet wet. They provide an inside look into a career that a job description can’t. Plus, they’re kind of fun, too. While I’m finding that my internship is connecting me with great books and authors, it’s also providing me with some new life skills.
Have you ever felt like other people don’t understand your passion for reading? I know I have! Here are some of the most common problems I come across while reading.
Welcome back, readers! Hope you all enjoyed your long holiday weekend and had ample opportunity to express your freedom and wear red, white and blue non-ironically and watch the most beautiful fireworks ever (because aren’t the ones you’re watching always the most beautiful? --- there’s a casual life metaphor for you). Hopefully, you’ve slept off your hot dog coma by now, and you’re ready to get back to Telling It Like It Is business with me.
We recently asked our Teen Board to tell us their favorite book quotations. You probably have one yourself --- you read an excellent book and a line just sticks with you. You may not know why (and maybe not even care), but there it is, in the back of your mind, on the tip of your tongue or on the back of your eyelids. It speaks to you in some way, and that's all that matters. Maybe you even recite it during the perfect moment, and you smile to yourself because it's your own inside joke. Let's see which quotations stood out to a few members of the Teen Board and maybe you'll get to know them a little better this way.
Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the Children's Department Director for Books Inc., a group of independent bookstores in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this blog post, she gives us the inside scoop on a term you may not have heard of before, but is super important for all book lovers.