Dear Whoever…, #36

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Dear Whoever Likes Books(Part 2),                                       9/19/2011

*“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” -Harold Kushner

*And here’s your humorous quote of this post: “A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and I could only have one book, what would it be? I always say ‘How to Build a Boat.” -Stephen Wright

                                                  http://readforrelief.blogspot.com/

Here’s a great organization/auction dealing with signed books and stuff of that sort being auctioned to raise money for Hurricane Irene Relief.

Now onto a big list of SOME books released in September:

After Obsession-Carrie Jones

Blood Wounds-Susan Beth Pfeffer

Burnout-Adrienne Marie Vrettos

Drink Slay Love-Sarah Beth Durst

Every You, Every Me-David Levithan

Fateful-Claudia Gray

Frost-Marianna Baer

Glow-Amy Kathleen Ryan

Perfect-Ellen Hopkins

So Silver Bright-Lisa Mantchev

The Isle of Blood-Rick Yancey

The Night Circus-Erin Morgenstern

Wonderstruck-Brian Selznick

You Agaisnt Me-Jenny Downham

Modelland-Tyra Banks (released 9/13/11)

*video trailer for Modelland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bo8427cz0g&feature=player_embedded

*read the first chapter of Modelland here: http://www.randomhouse.biz/booksellers/childrens/files/2011/07/Modelland_ChapExcerpt_WEB.pdf

And now here’s a book released on September 6th that I’m DYING to read, mainly because it’s said to be a combination of my two favorite book series, Vampire Academy and Hunger Games, The Isle of Night. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It’s author is Veronica Wolff. The overview reads:

“Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead.

When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she’s whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she’s determined to do so, because to fail doesn’t mean dishonor-it means death.”

The trailer is just as kick-butt as the overview and the book is sure to be:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcldtZHb8Xo&feature=channel_video_title

Though in the trailer I think it makes the book sound gory, and it might be, I haven’t read it yet. It also makes the vampires look really cheesy and stereotypical, which they might be, but that’s the good thing about reading books, there’s no pictures, your imagination makes the characters come to life and the characters to you are always what your imagination thinks of them first. That’s the beauty in reading books without pictures. If you’ve already read it, I’d love to hear what you think of it in my comments.

     And now an actual movie that the book world has been following for some time, or should I say a saga for awhile. Yep, the Twilight last adaption- Breaking Dawn. I’m going to admit I’m not a big Twi-hard. Actually, I’ll be sorta happy when they’re done making the movies because they ruined the story by blowing up the whole Edward vs. Jacob thing. And by doing so they just didn’t mess up the story in the books but they made an impact on the world that all vampire movies and books are JUST LIKE IT. Which quite frankly, makes me want to cry. Because most people have seen Twilight in the movies, and refuse to see or read any more vampire books and movies. It’s not totally the movies fault or the people producing the movies, I’m sorry I didn’t mean to rag on your work, it’s part your fault for ruining people’s views, but it’s also the people’s own stubborn fault for stereotyping and being stubborn. But like I said it is the movie’s fault too for blowing up the story and giving people all these things to judge vampires on. However, people will judge anything and everything, no matter what. SO moving on. Not all vampire books are about revenge not all vampire books are sappy love stories, and not all vampire books are gory, believe it or not. And if you don’t particularly fancy Twilight just know that not all vampires are the special sparkly Twilight kind, and that they’re are many various types out there. I suggest reading Vampire Academy.

     Anyways back to Breaking Dawn. It started out as a book and is soon to be a movie. Let’s take a peek at some of the pics of the set and the characters in costume shall we(since my computer is being stupid and I can’t find any of the vid clips I was going to show you)?

Looks like a real wedding pic doesn't it? The type of wedding picture on a mantle in a happily wedded home.

 

 And now onto a movie adaption I’ll actually be happy about seeing:

Grow up, yes, I actually said it, I’ll see Breaking Dawn, but I’LL BE HAPPY about seeing Hunger Games. Before Breaking Dawn I have to see Eclipse first right? Ha, I know I don’t keep up with Twilight much. But enough about Twilight, let’s move onto the Hunger Games. So it’s coming out ^^^on March 23rd, 2012. And I, along with many many others, cannot wait. Too bad, we’ll have to. But in the waiting process the producers have been throwing us some bones to naw on and kill some of that time waiting. What type of bones? I don’t know, things like video trailers, pictures, magazine covers, those type of bones.

Here’s an awesome article promising more Hunger Games, in the sequel movie adaptions, and talking all about Hunger Games, the movie and the trilogy: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/15/idUS170820862520110915

You can read the first couple of chapters here on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thehungergamesmovie?sk=app_186387361417514

http://www.thecapitol.pn/ here is where you can go onto the Capitol’s viral site and be assigned a district and keep up with the latest HG news. I have yet to be assigned my district, but I’m hoping for a district that had someone coming from it who had an actual role in the Hunger Games(say like Katniss, Rue, Prim, Peeta, Gale, Finnick).

And if you already HAVEN’T seen it, here’s the video clip from the movie that was introduced by Jennifer Lawrence(Katniss) at the MTV Awards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvyn86hObLw

On-the-set pics anyone?

Effie?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And now some lovely Entertainment Weekly magazine covers that I sadly didn’t find out in time to actually buy one.
 
 
 
 
 
Peeta and Gale<
        >Katniss>>>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
<Gale
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
I just pledged at  http://readit1st.com/ to read the book before I see the movie whenever humanly possible. And to not let the movie ruin the book. Will you? WILL YOU?
The following block quote is all about ReadIt1st and why it was created and what it stands for.

We created Read it 1st because five of the top 10 movies of 2010 were based on books. Most of the people who watched those movies had never read the book. In fact, most people in America read fewer than two books per year. While movies are great, and we love them, the stories from those movies were originally envisioned in a different way. A way that requires more interaction, more brain, more relaxation, more free time, and more commitment. We think those are all things that the world doesn’t have enough of these days.

So we wanted to tell the world that we were pledging to read the book before we watch the movie from this day forth. And we also wanted to invite the world to do that with us.

                                                                                   the HG fan and bookworm, eshy, 
 
 
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Dear Whoever…, #35

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Dear Whoever Likes Books,                                                                 9/17/2011

Some quotes:

  • Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown
  • The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  ~James Bryce
  • If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison
  • A good book has no ending.  ~R.D. Cumming
  • Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.  ~Attributed to Groucho Marx
  • You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.  ~Paul Sweeney
  • Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.  ~Jessamyn West
  • Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”  ~Helen Exley
  • Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

     What I’m about to blog about, I am not the first to blog about, not even the first to blog about on WordPress, but each person’s words are their own and every person says words a different way. In the current Freshly Pressed section on your WordPress homepage is a post about the very thing I’m going to post about but I assure you, I didn’t see that till after I had already written my first draft and thrown it out. Here’s a link to that blog:
http://talesfromanopenbook.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/mysterious-paper-sculptures/ . And here’s a link to the same bog that they linked: http://txikitoplanet.posterous.com/mysterious-paper-sculptures-at-edinburgh-libr. And finally, here’s the link that I first saw: http://community.thisiscentralstation.com/_Mysterious-paper-sculptures/blog/4991767/126249.html. Also if you get the Alice Marvels newsletter well that’s where I first heard about it from which then linked me to the last link I gave you. From there made me want to post, and from wanting to post I went on WordPress to find the other two links.

     Enough though about how I found out, about the artist, he or she remains a mystery. They are leaving beautiful, hand sculpted-sculptures in libraries in Edinburgh, Scotland. These remarkable and breath-taking sculptures are made out of books, paper. They’re so detailed and precise. Beautiful beyond belief.

     He’s leaving notes along with these sculptures at libraries. Notes similar to this one: “A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. and all things *magic*” I wish he’d make a stop in America, cause I changed my mind, if I could meet anybody in the world, it’d have to be the guy or gal who made these, I mean that sincerely, there’s almost nothing that I’d like more than to shake their hand. The Mystery Artist leaves these in libraries where they sometimes go days without being discovered. Some are talking about putting them in museums or other places of the sort, some say put them in glass boxes just where the creator left them. I agree with the second opinion and so do some of the libraries who have received one of these generous gifts like this one:


This one was left right there among the shelves of books.

This one as you can see was on a windowsill in a library. This has to be my second favorite, well perhaps my third, well fourth. They’re all epic, all the way around.

Here’s yet another beautiful one. The note for this one had to do with the library’s Twitter name. Which was very clever of the artist. The library it was found in was the Scottish Poetry Library and the library’s Twitter account was: @byleaveswelive . The note read: “It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree.…
… We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words.…
This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. a gesture (poetic maybe?)” This tree was the first sculpture found in March of 2011.

 

This sculpture is of a gramophone and a coffin that was found in the National Library of Scotland in June of 2011. It was sculpted out of a copy of Ian Rankin’s, Exit Music. The note on this one, along with all the others, were addressed to the recieveing library’s Twitter account. It read:  “For @natlibscot – A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. (& against their exit)” >>>

 THIS one is my all time favorite. The one right above is my second. It was found August 24th, 2011 along with another one at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This one was addressed to @edbookfest (The Book Festival). It was left and found on one of the signing tables at the festival in the Bookshop. The note left with this one reads: “To @edbookfest ‘A gift’ This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas…… & festivals xx” It’s a teacup mounted upon a stand, that’s standing on a book with a lovely cupcake sitting next to it. This sculpture includes a teabag with letters cut out on it, reading: “by leaves we live” . And in the teacup were the words swirled to read: “Nothing beats a nice cup of tea(or coffee) and a really good BOOK”. The book the stand is mounted to serves as the tea tray and on the tray next to the cupcake reads “except maybe a cake as well”. On the tray also are “coffee stains”  and a little saying that reads: “This cup is awarded to @edbookfest” . Here’s some closer pics of the sayings, teabag, cup, cupcake, tray, book mount, and coffee spills.

the mount and tea bag/ coffee stains, the cupcake ((LOOK AT THE DETAIL, THE FOLDS OF THE LINER))

This one was the other one found at the book festival. It was addressed to @edincityoflit (UNESCO Edinburgh City of Literature) and was found by their stand in the entrance tent. The tag on it reads: ” To @edincityoflit ‘A gift’ LOST (albeit in a good book) This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas…. “No infant has the power of deciding….. by what circumstances (they) shall be surrounded.. Robert Owen” .

It was carved out of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg. The following picture is of the back of the carving to the left.

  Pretty great huh? Yeah, I know. And that’s not all of them.

  Another scupture has been found in the Central Lending Library on George IV Bridge. It’s a book with a maginfying glass mounted atop it.

                                                                                                        
 

Here’s a picture of that circle you see cut out of the top of the book.

Get this(below) is the magnifying glass actually magnifying the words below it. The words in the picture above. Note that the magnifying glass is made out of paper like the whole sculpture and all the other ones. And below is the picture of the magnifying glass on display exactly where it was left and then discovered. Wickedly awesome. And a little down to the right is the note that was left along with the magnifying glass.

Below this text that I’m writing is one of the more elaborate sculptures of the set. It’s a scene in a paper cineama, one blog writes describing the scene- “punters arrayed on seats watching men and horses coming alive from the screen and charging outwards.”

 

See how their seats are books? Genius.

This is the left side of the above picture. The people made out of paper and their seats are books ; books made out of paper!  Look above(the very first picture on here) to see the left side of this sculpture. It’s pretty epic to see how the men on horses are coming out from the middle of the screen.

 See what I mean about how epic and complex and how  much time must have been put in it to make it look like that. I’m talking about the split in the screen that the men riding horses are coming through. Awesome yes? I didn’t lie and I won’t even say I told you so.

Okay, actually I will say it, I told you they were epicly awesome and don’t try to lie to  yourself and say that they’re not because you know that they are.

                                                                                                           the awed, eshy,

P.S. Guess what I wish for besides to shake the artist’s hand?……To live in Scotland, well not to live, but maybe a couple weeks visit. (; that’d be awesome, am I right?

Dear Whoever…,#34

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Dear Whoever Was Wondering About My Epic Pajama Pants,               9/11/2011

***My parents are vampires. Some people might think that sounds cool, but I’m not talking about those romanticized bloodsuckers, like in novels where everybody walks around in ruffled white shirts and can quote poetry.***

     Now that that’s out of the way, on with the post! My epic pajama pants have never been more epic to me then the day I saw them at Target, sometime near Christmas, shopping with my grandma. At first I wasn’t too sure of them, at the time I hated pink(they’re pink) and also at the time I wasn’t totally sure I liked the little black Scotty dogs on them either. Always a dog person and one for comfort, I still didn’t object when my grandma put them in the cart. Eight months and some odd days later, I’m sitting at the computer at night, on Chatzy with a close friend, Faith((Insert link to Faith’s blog here)) and a couple of people from NaNo and I don’t even know how it came up but they did, my pink epic pajama pants. Of course, I told them that when I borrowed a camera I might be able to post a picture of them on my blog, so here I am, keeping my promise.

E.P.P. sideways

     Whatdya think? Pretty epic? I think so.

Owner of the epic pajama pants, eshy(see below),

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P.S. This post, post #34, is also dedicated to whoever was on Chatzy that day when we happened to be talking about my pants and they were given the title “The Epic Pajama Pants”.  Thanks for reading, guys! And I apologize for the E.P.P. pic being sideways.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR August/September contest winner Extreme Reader. I’ll mail you your prize, an awesome signed Saving Zoe bookmark or sticker ASAP along with a handwritten eshysletters letter, ASAP. Thanks to everyone who entered, keep an eye out for next month’s contest.

***This is taken from pg.1, ch. 1, para. 2, 1st sent. of S.T.B.M. Just kidding that’s too many abr. in 1 sent. So here’s what I just said in actual English: The book I got this one from was Sucks To Be Me by Kimberly Pauley. It is the first sentence of the second paragraph on the first page of chapter 1. This book was voted an ALA Quick Pick for reluctant Readers. It’s hilarious. It is. It’s not the whole bloodsucking, I wanna eat you type vampires, and definitely not the shiny type either. But the main character is a typical teen with a little attitude that we all posses. She’s quite funny. There’s a few puns and the writing is so awesome and funny, and so teen-like written it makes any teen laugh when they pick it up. I suggest you read this one.***

Dear Whoever…, #33

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Dear Whoever Has Heard About Irene and Thinks Books Are Important, 9/3/2011

***They say there are five stages of grief:

1. Denial

2. Anger

3. Bargaining

4. Depression

5. Acceptance

Up until last year I didn’t know there were lists like that. ***

((Here’s the link to my current contest that ends in 6 days on Sept. 9th: https://eshysletters.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/dear-whoever-31/#comment-55  ))

 I’d also like to just say that I love my sister, sure I always love her, but  this post #, 33, reminded me of how much. So love you, Kimmy.

     I get a young adult books email newsletter thing and that’s how I know about the Hunger Games and competitions some authors have but I also found out today that hurricane Irene destroyed many libraries, especially the kids’ section is wrecked. Up the east coast of the United States, children and teens’, who had to wait out the hurricane, books were destroyed as they were waiting and when going to the library after. Some for escape of the disaster. Some seeking relief. And some just a simple escape. Many though who went to their libraries were turned down because Irene had destroyed the children’s section. Many are still trying to recover from the brutal winds and the destruction they may have caused. Most kids now in my generation, this generation, already don’t like to read, with less books, the few who DO like to read will probably try other things to pass the time. And in time, they’ll be so used to that they won’t like reading anymore either. Without books where would be? We wouldn’t know history, schooling would be much harder, and we’d be venting anywhere and everywhere and journels simply wouldn’t exist. I would hate to live in a world without books.

     I’m no good at writing moving and motivational speeches so I’ll just flatout tell you right now where I’m going with this. Donate. Yep, believe me I know times are tough, but I’m pretty sure you have some old battered copies of books laying around that you can pass on, to the new generation, to my generation, to our generation. If you’re an adult and reading this then you’re probably one of the people who think none of us kids and teens are ever intrested in anything like books and all we do is play video games. Who can blame us, with all the stupid book bans, our libraries being destroyed, and lazy selfish people not donated any books to their youth anymore. Yeah, I miss the simpler days too, without all the technology but they’re facing a book epidemic on the east coast. They need help. So are you going to keep thinking that us kids are just videogame addicts when in reality most of us want to read, want to help, want to broaden our vocabularies and with that-our horizons.

     To help with the book relief effort check out this blog post for complete listings of libraries and details and ways to help, I’ll post one or two on here:  http://www.katemessner.com/after-irene-a-small-town-adirondack-library-needs-your-help/ .

See? This is a library. See that heap of wet soggy paper in the lower left corner? Yeah, that’s their children’s section of books….destroyed. The people that work at and manage the library explained that the children’s books got destroyed because they were on the lower shelves so that the kids could reach them and see them at their height level. To donate to this library please send a check to:

Wells Memorial Library

P.O. Box 57

Upper Jay, NY 12987

                                                  These are more ruined books.

To donate to a library in Vermont either:

a) send a check to:

West Hartford Public Library
P.O. Box 26
West Hartford, VT 05084
 
OR b)
Contact local independent bookseller The Norwich Bookstore at 802-649-1114. to purchase books and/or contribute to a library gift card.
 
 
Please help out any way you can, even if it’s only a dollar. Anything is appreciated and it’d be totally awesome if you could help the kids of this generation.
 
                                                                                                         A book lover myself, eshy,
 
***This very long one happened to be out of Saving Zoe, written by Alyson Noel. First paragraph of the 1st page in the 1st chapter and this was my 1st ever YA book I read and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Alyson Noel, and she was the 1st author I’ve ever met in real life. ***
 
My italics are being stupid, sorry.
 
P.S. This post is dedicated to Kimberly E. and Faith O., the #3 lovers.

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