Saturday, July 19, 2008

Weekly Geeks #12

Dewey. Weekly Geeks 12 Assignment:

How to:

1. In your blog, list any books you’ve read but haven’t reviewed yet. If you’re all caught up on reviews, maybe you could try this with whatever book(s) you finish this week.

2. Ask your readers to ask you questions about any of the books they want. In your comments, not in their blogs. Most likely, people who will ask you questions will be people who have read one of the books or know something about it because they want to read it.

3. Later, take whichever questions you like from your comments and use them in a post about each book. I’ll probably turn mine into a sort of interview-review. Link to each blogger next to that blogger’s question(s).

4. Visit other Weekly Geeks and ask them some questions!

Note: There will be no Weekly Geeks post on July 26th (next week) because she's moving.

Already read by Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Yum: Your Ultimate Manual for Good Nutrution by Daina Kalnins, MSC, RD
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander
Paper Towns by John Green
Safe in the Arms of God by John MacArthur
The Light of the World by Katherine Paterson

Ask away! Leave comments! I'll be happy to answer questions. (You'll see them in a separate post.)

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Anonymous said...

I've not read any John Green, so have you a favourite quote/line from Paper Towns that best sums up the relationship of the main protagonists?

Jennie said...

Is Paper Towns everything that we've now come to expect from John Green? Because I'm DYING to read this one!!! Will I just be disappointed, so is my internal hype well-deserved?

M. Molly said...

John Green said that Paper Towns was written as a response to Looking for Alaska. Do you see signs of this in PT? Also, does PT break out of JG's "Nerdy boy meets awesome girl who changes his life" equation (not that I mind it...)?

Dewey said...

YOU GOT A PAPER TOWNS ARC? How did you do that? I wanted one so badly! You can count this as a question if you want. ;)

Who is your favorite character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

Do you think your nutrition improved after reading Yum? How did your habits change?

Suey said...

I 2nd everything everyone's said about Paper Towns. Dying to know if it's like his others. Better maybe even?

Anonymous said...

Ha, ok, I don't actually have a question but wanted to say that I adore your blog header. I love that mostly 19th c period of painting from Europe -- absolute favourite. Could you tell me who did the middle painting? Thanks :).

Becky said...

The middle painting is by Sophie Anderson, and it is entitled "Reading Time." You can see the site here on a good day.

Anonymous said...

Is Katherine Paterson the same one who wrote Bridge to Terebithia a long time ago? Usually her books are pretty significant in terms of theme or message for the reader - is The Light of the World one of those serious kinds of books? What's it about?

Bybee said...

Does Yum provide advice and recipes that are easy to incorporate and use on a day-in, day-out basis?

What kind of life did Laura Bridgman live compared to someone with the same sorts of challenges like Helen Keller. Did Bridgman and Keller ever have a meet-up?

Maree said...

Is Yum an easy-to-read, practical guide to nutrition or just another diet book on the bandwagon?

Bibliolatrist said...

What is the single most important piece of advice you've learned from reading YUM?

Cheryl Vanatti said...

I noticed a couple titles were nonfiction. How do find reviewing fiction compared to reviewing nonfiction? harder? easier?

I barely wait until October for Paper Towns! Have you seen the author's video over on Amazon? Hilarious :-)

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

My question is about "Safe in the Arms of God"

Do you believe that this book would provide comfort to a parent who has lost a child?

Would this book be jsut as helpful to a non-religious person?

Melissa said...

Trying to say something different about Paper Towns: how does it compare to his other two? Better? Worse? Different? Do you think that his style works well for the story? (I don't even know the story!)

I saw The Light of the World over at Brooklyn Arden (I guess Cheryl's the one responsible for it) and it looked good. As a Christian, do you feel it reflects the life of Jesus well? I'd also like to know a bit about the drawings....

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Tom Sawyer - yeah!

1 - Have you read this before? If so, did your opinion of the book vary from last time?

2 - Some people complain about the racism in Twain's books. Does the racism of that time period bother you in the same was a modern writer making racist comments would? (I don't know if I'm making sense here ... let me know if you don't get what I'm asking.)

3 - If you have not read other books by Twain, will you? If you have, how does this compare with his other works?

Please let me know if/when you answer - I'd love to hear your responses!

Chrisbookarama said...

As an adult, did you find Tom Sawyer to be charming or a brat?

Anonymous said...

Tom Sawyer:

Who do you think would win in a fight, Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn?

Whose novel do you think wins?

Regional accent question: how do you, personally, pronounce Tom's last name? I say "Soy-yer" but my cousin insists the correct version is "saw-yer"...

tinylittlelibrarian said...

I was going to ask about Yum but everyone else beat me to it, so I'll just be interested to see the answers to their questions. :)

Joy Renee said...

I'm interested in the technique and art of storytelling itself so anything along that line would interest me. My questions are for any or all of the fiction titles in your list:

How was Point-of-View handled? Was there a single POV character or did it alternate among two or more. Was it always clear whose eyes and mind were filtering?

How was language used to set tone and mood?

Was the prose dense or spare? Were sentences generally simple or complex?

How was metaphor used? Were associations fresh or did they tend toward cliche? Did they add to your understanding of the theme?

What was the central or organizing theme?

How does the title relate to the story? Was it fitting?

Ah. I too would like to know how you get ahold of ARCs. Not specifically Paper Towns but any. The very concept makes me drool. At least for certain authors.
BTW I'm hosting a book giveaway this week. Four copies of Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Four chances to enter until Saturday 3PM PST.