Welcome

This is my first post!  I am excited to have this space in which to voice my ideas and opinions about libraries and young adult/teen materials.  And, admittedly, I am a bit nervous as well.  It’s a daunting task, preparing one’s thoughts for public view.  I am sure I’ll have no difficulty, however, forming ideas about the course material.  The topics of discussion sound very promising.

A note on the name and look of my blog.  I took the picture that I’ve used as my header this afternoon.  This is how my clever brain works.  It convinced me that it was absolutely all-important to pull off of my shelves as many YA books and movies that moved with me to grad school, line them up, and take photos for use on my blog – all this instead of getting down to the gnitty-gritty & often excrutiatingly uninspiring work of writing papers (you know, the kind of thing that actually earns you your masters?).  As for the name of my blog, well, it’s lame, I know.  I confess, I am having trouble thinking of something.  It shouldn’t be this difficult.  I don’t want it to be something boring (“Holly’s YA Materials Blog”), but at the same time I really don’t want anything forced – the ghost of teen-Holly writhes with embarrassment everytime adult-Holly thinks of something she thinks might be clever and appealing to “young adults”.  So, for now, I’m stuck with quotation marks dot-dot-dot.  Nameless Blog.  The Blog with an uncertain identity.  Now that’s something teen-Holly and adult-Holly can somehow grin at each other about.  Sigh. 

I finished reading one of the assigned books: Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.  It is actually our read for Week 5 (“Misfits, Outcasts and Criminals”).  I happened to open it first, and didn’t end up putting it down until I’d finished it.  What a fantastic book!  As I read it, I found myself wishing that I’d had it to read when I was a teen.  Melinda, the novel’s heroine, was touched by a personal tragedy I am thankful to have never suffered, but she expresses feelings I think most (if not all) of us experience to some degree as we struggle through highschool.  Terrible anxiety, fear, self-loathing, the desire to fit in, the desire to stand out, moments of joy and humour, hopefulness for our future, and a constant battle to “find” ourselves, to define our character and to speak with our own voice.  The book manages to tackle profound, dark, scary issues without sinking into off-putting morbidity.  Melinda’s opinions of her teachers, peers, parents, and the world around her are downright funny at times, so much so that I found myself laughing out loud!  I look forward to the opportunity to pass this fantastic read on.  I’ll be adding to my Reader’s Advisory arsenal.

Very soon I will be posting my first “official” report (the Library/Bookstore Visit).  An inspirational quote, then, to tide you over (bless the powers of internet reference):

[L]earn as much by writing as by reading; be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others.” ~ Lord Acton

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by paulette on January 19, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I love the photo! In fact, I think we should all rush out and do the same thing. I’m willing to bet that many of us share the same pleasure of looking over other people’s bookshelves 🙂

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