Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I've been tagged by the lovely Naomi from Inkcrush. thank you.

so i have to tell you 10 things you don't know about me. i haven't been tagged in months so I'm really excited!!!

1. i plan to buy a book on every continent. obviously not including Antarctica, anyone who knows me knows that i don't mix well with cold temperatures. for this reason and the fact that i don't think there is a book shop there, Antarctica has been replaced by England. it sounds simple enough, but I'm a perfectionist so i will have to buy the perfect book, with the perfect cover and will have to be hardback of course. :)

2. i have multiple different journal type books each for a slightly different thing.
i have one for creative writing, one for list writing, one that i still things i love in, one for recipes and one that i just journal in.

3. my ipod is loaded with music none of my friends really like, though s few do humour me. my brother is into Ska/party punk/punk music and mainly loads my ipod for me. i love it. to give you an idea as i walked home today i was listening to Beatles, NOFX, mxpx, Chris duke and the royals and the Decline (his band).

4. a church choir practices in my lounge room on Sunday mornings and my brother holds practice for his other band in his room on Sunday afternoons. we're quite a musical household. one of my favourite things is to be lying in my bed late a night while my brother plays his guitar and sings old songs like i will survive, here's to you Mrs Robinson and ones from grease.

5. my favourite definition of love is the one from Deadline by Chris Crutcher. as 14 yr ODs we often make fun of each other and make jokes about who likes who which annoys me no end. this definition helps me to understand that i can love all my friends without it being like that.
"we can say we love each other if my life is better because you're in it and your life is better because I'm in it. The intensity of the love is weighted by how much better."

6. i get really excited over strange things. i sort of have epiphanies when i realise something, some kind of deep thought and i just bubbling about it. just yesterday my baby cousin was born and realised how much of an identity he was from the second he was separated from his mother. how much there already was to know about him.

7. I'm kinda paranoid. not in a crazy, people are out to kill me way, but i always worry people are being nice to me because they're polite. i also worry that my friends are going to make new friends and forget about me.

8. i can clearly remember getting my library card and the first time i reserved a library book. i got my library card at 4 and i remember reserving the Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr when i was 3 and getting terribly excited when my dad got the letter saying i could go get it.

9. i am the biggest harry potter nerd. honestly, i know almost everything about it. i have read all the books at least 3 times each.

10. when i was 4 I told my pediatrician that real girls don't look like barbies. he was trying to distract me as he took the cast of my broken arm so he asked if i had lots of barbies. mum says he was slightly shocked.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Jarvis 24

title: Jarvis 24
author: David Metzenthen
published: penguin

i actually read this a few weeks ago, but somehow never got round to reviewing it. Jarvis 24 has been a big award winner in Australia this year taking gold in the children's book council, and i gotta agree that it deserves it. it really enjoyed it.

Marc Jarvis has to do work experience, it's either that or spend a week in the school library doing assignments. as he walks past the local second hand car yard he decides to see if they'd let him work there for the week. only partly inspired by the beautiful girl walking out of the gate. from here the story unfolds. new and old friends and relationships.

this book kept me up all night, just because i couldn't bring myself to put it down. I'd also like to say that thanks to David metzenthen everyone who was near me while i was reading this book thinks I'm crazy because i couldn't help but laugh out loud.
i also loved reading from what seemed a typical guy, because it's rare in a non-adventure, sport, action book to have a main protagonist, especially one as realistic at Marc Jarvis.

over all i thought this book had a great, gentle ending, but there was one thing i was left wondering and i actually looked for a way to contact the author so i could ask him, unfortunately i couldn't. apart from that i loved the whole book.