Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday - Allegiant, Plot Versus Character, The Hundred Dresses, and A Corner of the Universe

 Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Since The Maze Runner kept me up hours after I was supposed to be asleep two nights ago, I'm hesitant to start Allegiant in the middle of the week. However, I don't think I can resist. Unfortunately, part of the ending has already been spoiled for me because of a careless comment on Instagram, so I'm a little bummed about that. 

Plot Versus Character by Jeff Gerke

I can already tell I'm going to have to reread this book slowly with a notebook to really delve into my main character's psyche, with all the different facets of character building Jeff points out. Still, I wish he had provided more examples for some of the things he mentioned (for those of us plot-first writers). 

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

I'm reading this book with my 3rd grade class (I'm a student teacher). There was one line in the first chapter, "They had waited and waited for Wanda—to have some fun with her," that prompted a lot of discussion. We talked about what the author really meant by this line, and that she was trusting the reader to infer that Wanda probably wasn't having fun. 

A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin

I'm listening to this on audiobook. I was in the middle of Harry Potter when my library loan expired (sadface) so I checked this one out to listen to until I'm off the holds list and can finish Harry. I remember reading this book when I was young (I was nine when it was published), and I remember liking it a lot, but for the life of me I can't remember what happens. So far I'm very taken by the main character's voice; it stands out. 

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