BA News: Hiatus, Content and Giveaway Winners.

Hey friends.

I am stopping by briefly to let you know that for the time being Bonnie (administrator/editor) will be taking a hiatus due to some health problems. Do not fret, it is nothing serious, it is just that things have been quite hectic lately and as a result Bonnie has not had the time to get the rest needed to recover properly.

Adam and Ashley will be resuming their reviews here on BA and I will be returning, as the new school year starts, with Sunday Sessions.

Bonnie will be back before you know it, but for now, she must take a break.

The winners of the recent Indie Summer Giveaway competitions will be receiving an email from myself to congratulate them and organise their prizes. However the giveaways are still underway so please continue to enter and win yourself a fantastic read for 2012.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to sharing a year of reading with you in 2012.

Through The Lens: Chasers by James Phelan

Welcome to our weekly meme, Through The Lens! We’re combining a love of books with photography in order to visually display what we read and love.

How It Works

Each Thursday BA will be sharing a photograph taken of a book, such as a current read, recommendation, or a favourite, with an object or in a setting the reader feels represents an element in the story. Then we’ll share a short blurb about why we chose it.

You Can Join In Too

If you want to participate you can. You don’t have to be an expert photographer, the point of this meme is to be creative and share! Take your book, including eBooks, and display those covers with something that shows what you took away from the story. You’re welcome to post another day, we just like alliteration here at BA, and there is no theme unless you want to have one.

We do ask, if you wish to join in, that you grab the banner, link back to us, and share your link too so everyone can see your photos! Continue reading

Through The Lens: On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Welcome to our weekly meme, Through The Lens! We’re combining a love of books with photography in order to visually display what we read and love.

How It Works

Each Thursday BA will be sharing a photograph taken of a book, such as a current read, recommendation, or a favourite, with an object or in a setting the reader feels represents an element in the story. Then we’ll share a short blurb about why we chose it.

You Can Join In Too

If you want to participate you can. You don’t have to be an expert photographer, the point of this meme is to be creative and share! Take your book, including eBooks, and display those covers with something that shows what you took away from the story. You’re welcome to post another day, we just like alliteration here at BA, and there is no theme unless you want to have one.

We do ask, if you wish to join in, that you grab the banner, link back to us, and share your link too so everyone can see your photos!

Continue reading

Sunday Sessions: Halloween Costumes

So in honour of Halloween I am going to do a post on Halloween costumes and why people choose what they choose.

Let me start with my experience of Halloween costumes over the past 2 years. I have a Halloween party coming up next Saturday and theme was dead musicians, so I will be attending as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. That’s right, the famous rapping member of TLC. I will be dressing as Left Eye of the 90s with brightly coloured, oversized clothing, and doc martens with scrunchie socks. I shall post pictures after the event.

Last year I went to the same Halloween party as a Mathlete, that’s right, I don’t abide by the rules of women and Halloween. Apparently Halloween is code for dress as a slut and claim it’s a costume. My friend Mel and I had a conversation about this the other day, it went something like this:

Me: Why is Halloween code for dress like a slut?
Mel sarcastically: Oh I think I’m going to go as Snow White but my skirt is going to only just reach my ass and I will wear slutty high heels.
Me: Pretty sure Snow  White’s dress was full length.
Mel: Pretty sure she wore flats.
Me: How can you be running around the forest away from witches in heels?
Mel: I’m going as a cat.
Me: Hey Mel, you’re wearing underwear, what’s your costume?
Mel: Oh can’t you see these ears? I’m a cat obviously.
Me: Oh right, sorry, I was so focused on the fact that you weren’t wearing any clothes, I didn’t see the two small ears that make you a cat. A slutty cat. Continue reading

Sunday Sessions: Just a few words

So I haven’t posted in awhile. To be honest, I haven’t had a lot to say. I recently lost my grandma, and let me tell you, your grandma and your mum within 7 months of each other is no easy task to deal with so I haven’t really felt like writing much lately.

Today I’m just going to talk a bit about my favourite books and why they are indeed my favourites. I’m not much of a romance reader but I’m currently reading “One Day” by David Nicholls and is fast becoming one of my new favourite books but I’ll tell you more about that as I finish it off. What I will say about it is this, have you ever had a book that you start reading and just cannot stop thinking about? That’s what it is like.

One of my favourite books of all time is “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. Is that cliche? Well either way I do love that book. I think part of the reason for my true love of this novel is that I read it at time in my life when I was going a little stir crazy. I was in my third year of UNI, looking ahead to another year at that place, not just any year, a year of a Masters Degree in Teaching, and life seemed like it was just one dull routine. I wanted to get out of there, I wanted to see the world, but I was stuck. Through Sal and Dean, I was able to escape the boring drain that was my day to day life at the time and I will forever love “On The Road” for letting me do that. I am also a big fan of realism and there’s nothing more real than a novel filled with characters who are endlessly flawed and not all that likable. Continue reading

Sunday Sessions: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I’ve said on many occasions that the choice of texts for year 12 students is as important as how you teach them. Having the year 12 class I did this year, my choices had to be made very carefully. I’ve already shared 2 out of the 4 texts my year 12s have studied, The Simple Gift and A Man with Five Children. The other two texts we studied were a selection of speeches by the likes of Martin Luther King Jr, John F Kennedy, and Indira Ghandi, and also the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Curious Incident) is a story that follows the character Christopher Boone. It was written in 2003 by Mark Haddon and has since won the Whitbread Book of the Year award and the Commonwealth Writer’s prize for best first book.

I think the thing that makes this book so good is that it is so different to anything I’ve ever read, or my students had ever seen. Christopher has autism, he is fifteen and is living alone with his father. We are told that his mother died in a car accident. Christopher needs routine, otherwise he can react very badly, and throughout the book, which is written in first person narrative, we begin to understand the way Christopher sees the world. Continue reading

Sunday Sessions: Where the Wild Things Are

Year 8 study a unit called Appropriation, my current year 8s just finished this unit, we studied Snow White and Sydney White. Last year however, I had an extension class and we studied Where the Wild Things Are the picture book and the film.

I have been a fan of the picture book ever since I was a little kid and I was surprised to see that most of the students had never read the book before and had not seen the new film version. I love both.

The picture book is short, and to the point. It was written and illustrated in 1963 by Maurice Sendak.  The basic storyline is that Max, a young boy, has a fight with his mum and gets sent to his room. While he is in there he takes an imaginative journey to the land of the Wild Things, though they are fearsome and huge, Max conquers them and becomes their king. However, as time goes on he realises he is lonely and homesick and returns to his bedroom to find his supper waiting for him. The overall moral of the story is don’t take your home for granted because in the end, it’s where you want to be. Continue reading