Hello everyone! We’re going to try something different this week. This week, I want you to give me the name and author of your book and then just a short blurb (2-3 sentences) about it.
THEN…. Instead of a connection, I want you to pick 3 out of the following 7 questions to respond to.
1. Which characters in your novel do you like OR dislike? Why?
2. Which character would you most like to have as your friend? Why?
3. If the main character were in our class, how would he or she fit in?
4. How does the setting of your novel compare to our community?
5. What are two of your criteria for a good book? How does the novel that you’re reading rate using your criteria?
6. What is your favourite line in the novel? Why?
7. Write about something that author did that you might try in your writing.
Here goes my response:
The book I am reading is called Sender Unknown by Sallie Lowenstein. It is about a guy named Mark that has just bought his first house. He appears to be super smart and because of his job as a “fix-it guy”, he is very rich. The odd thing is that every day in the mail, hundreds of catalogs show up and he can’t seem to cancel the subscriptions. This is going to be interesting!
1. I dislike Elliot who is hired to be Mark’s personal organizer. He is a bit arrogant and seems to think that his way is always right. I know this because he forces Mark to go shopping for furniture for his new house (even though Mark is content without furniture). Then he is appalled when Mark takes him to this dumpy little furniture store. Elliot seems like the kind of guy to whom brand names matter and under no circumstances would he ever be found in the wrong part of town. The good thing is that Mark is able to stand up to him and is able to show Elliot that he doesn’t always need to be so serious but can have fun too. I agree with that way of thinking!
4. The setting of the novel does remind me of any ordinary community. There are houses and cars and trees. But very quickly you realize that things are not what they seem. Grade one students are doing video-editing projects and many things are computerized. Also, Mark goes to a bookstore to buy a copy of Mother Goose nursery rhymes and the cost is $150 and the book is torn and falling apart. The owner tells him that “they are not publishing the book anymore, not even as an interactive.” Interactive? What is that? I’m guessing that this book must take place in the future –funny how I didn’t even suspect it until chapter 3. It’s going to be cool to see how similar their community is to our world. I’ll let you know how it goes.
6. My favourite line in the novel is when Mark says that he need to take a shower to wash off the “perfection of success”. I like this because it seems like a perfect way of expressing Mark’s frustration with his life. I wonder if he is really happy with all of his success. I don’t think that success makes us happy although sometimes, it sure seems like it might make our lives easier if we won a million dollars or a new car. I also think he must find it hard living up to the expectations of others and how they think he should be and I too agree with that. Living up to what other people want us to be can frustrating and then disappointing them can be even more painful. I hope that Mark is strong enough to just be himself. I think he’ll be happiest then.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me the name of your book, the author and a short blurb. Then pick any three out of the 7 questions and answer them. Got it? Now get to it! Remember that this is due by the end of the class.
Looking forward to reading your blogs this weekend,
Love Miss Esselink