Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Used to Want to be a Cowboy by John Bird

First of all, you should know that I know John personally. Isn't that cool? I know someone that wrote a book that's for sale on amazon! (Two people, actually, because my brother wrote a book too!)

Second of all, you should know that back when I was...ten, I think, John and Amanda (his awesome wife) came to our church, and we all got to be really good friends, them and me and Mom and Dad. They're really great, and we miss them.

Third of all - I was thrilled to get read John's book, because (well, it's John!) it's about bull riding and cowboy-ing. I've never done much of that sort of thing myself (obviously not the bull riding...at all....), and I don't read literature on it very often, but I had a lot of fun reading John's book. My Dad used to be a bull rider, and it was great to get a glimpse of what that world is like. And it was great to get to know John better! He got me to laugh.

So, if you're interested in what it's like to be a bull rider and work on a ranch, you should go check it out. You can do so by clicking here.

You can also check out John's blog by clicking here.

I don't think I'm going to try to mess with doing a book of the month this year (since I only post reads a few times a year, now...) but if I were going to, I would have featured John's book.
Thanks for reading! :D

First Reads Post in FOREVER.

Okay! So I haven't posted a Reads post since last summer.

That's messed up.

I should stop not doing things like that. But I don't have a ton of readers on this blog, so I don't feel very.....obligated to post. I don't think I've *ever* had a blog with lots of readers. It's just something I do occasionally, for fun. Or when I'm doing a new 'evil' blog project with my friend H....mwhahaha!

Yeah, ahem, anyway. ;)

I'm not going to go through all the rest of my reads from last year, because frankly, there weren't very many. But there were a few that definitely deserve a mention!

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The final book to the Hunger Games Trilogy! Of course I loved it. I was very animated whilst reading it, too. I screamed at it, I hit myself in the head with it, and I got all teary-eyed near the end. Don't read this one unless you've read the first two books, though. And you haven't read the first two books, then - you've missed out on one of the few good books for teens out there. It's so well done. It's ridiculous. It's not fair. I want to be a good writer! But the best way to become one is to write and read good writers - so, whether you're a writer or not, this is a great story.

2. Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
This is the sequel to Howl's Moving Castle! Of course it's not as good as Howl's Moving Castle. For a long time, I was actually a bit bored....but I kept interested, because there's a magic carpet, and I like magic carpets. Me and North like magic carpets. North gets a magic carpet! You don't know North. Huh. Too bad!
Anyway, it got more interesting when a black cat showed up, and then even more interesting when it turned out that Howl was there the whole time.....

3. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
This isn't the only Shakespeare I read last year, but it was definitely one of my favorites. By far my favorite comedy - maybe because it had such a great movie? Kenneth Branaugh (or however you spell his last name - he was Gilderoy Lockhart in the second HP movie!) and Emma Thompson! I think that's her name! But it was *great!*

4. The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
It's no Howl's Moving Castle - but I'll be returning for the sequels. And the kid has nine lives! And there's a character named Tacroy. I had to like it. Tacroy is a great name. If I ever have a male cat living with me again, I might have to name it Tacroy. I might even name a dog or a fish that!

5. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Okay. This was amazing. It was breathtaking. (That's a really cliche word, isn't it? Huh.) I thought it was brilliant, though. I was in a Shakespeare class last fall, and I (not having read the play) volunteered to read Ophelia. That was a mistake on my part. I hate performing. Why did I think it would be any better to just use my voice? I don't know. And I didn't do Ophelia justice at all. And I didn't like her nearly as much as I thought I would....I was drawn in by her character sketch. It mentioned mad speeches about flowers, and that sounded fun to do, but I got the idea that she was a fun person when I read that, not a depressing one....
Hamlet, however, was a *great* character, and my favorite in the play besides Horatio. And I *loved* watching David Tennant's version. I tried to watch Kenneth Braunaugh (however you spell his last name) and I got extremely bored and didn't finish....

Okay. That's all for *this* post. I'm going to do one more because the book I'm going to talk about deserves it's own post, all by itself. Cause it's special.