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review 2018-02-23 02:28
The Book With No Pictures
The Book with No Pictures - B.J. Novak

This book is so ridiculous - and that is what makes it great! B.J. Novak dared to be different. He created a funny and interesting book for children, but he wanted to make it with no pictures! This book is designed to make grownups sound incredibly silly. The text itself is bright and exuberant, and will hold the attention of young readers. I would allow my students to write an advertisement for this book and present it to their peers, the school librarian, or the principal. I think it would also be fun to write letters to Mr. Novak and thank him for writing this crazy book!


Read aloud by author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiiS2NDkfI4


Guided Reading - L

Lexile - 380L

DRA - 20



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text 2018-02-14 11:00
Facts About Me: Photography

I used to be a really keen photographer, and, if I say so myself, I was pretty good at it. But, over the years, I began having trouble getting decent pictures. I have a nerve condition that makes it hard for me to hold a camera still, plus a balance problem that means I often sway when standing still, so the combination really makes getting pictures nearly impossible.


However, I do love some of the old pictures I took, when I was able to, so I thought I'd share some of my favourites. I still try, now and then, to get a good picture when I'm having a good day, but none of them come out as well as these lot did.





(taken in my own back garden)



(taken in East Lothian)



(taken in Oban)



(taken in Oban)



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review 2017-12-16 02:14
Pictures of You (90s Coming of Age, #1) - DNF @ 11%
Pictures of You - Leta Blake

This one just wasn't working for me. The writing is average. It focuses on surface level stuff, and Peter's POV is not very engaging. Maybe this changes as the book goes on and Peter grows; I don't know and I'm not feeling compelled to stick around and find out. 


Because Adam's an asshole. He tells Peter that he thinks Peter's mom is considering molesting him, then he tells Peter he thinks molestation is okay by the right person, then he kisses Peter and tells him it's okay between friends. All in the span of about a minute. It's just a weird scene, and the whole "it's what friends do" bullcrap just makes him sound like that guy who tells the nerdy girl who has a crush on him that she can be his girlfriend but only if they have sex. Because that's just how it works.


Oh, and he lights up a toke without even asking Peter first if he's okay with that or not. Because he's just that cool. *rolls eyes* And then he goes to drive somewhere and I'm pretty sure he's still high. Can this idiot die already?


Peter's coming off as a complete doormat - but of course he's the skinny nerd without any friends so what else are his options? Apparently, this is not a romance, but it's still going to focus on these two as a couple and I already want them miles apart from each other.


I went looking at the glowing 4-star and 5-star reviews of my friends and those I follow and they say IT GETS WORSE. Nope. This book and the characters are already annoying me, and I'm not sticking it through just for it to get worse because apparently that's what being a teen in the 90s is about. I was a teen in the 90s. I don't recall it sucking this much. (But then I'm also asexual and skipped all the relationship melodrama angst, so there's that. :D )

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