Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In Exchange For Freedom

Bye bye birdie.

Not that I would exchange ANYTHING for my freedom, but in the case of Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, which I successfully returned to Chapters after 26 days under the Heather's Picks return policy (any books selected by the CEO as picks are 100% guaranteed or a full refund/exchange may take place), I picked up:

The Handmaid's Tale- Margaret Atwood
I've been dying to read something by Margaret Atwood.  Being a Canadian and an English degree holder, I'm ashamed to not have had the pleasure yet.  Then again, it's great to have a fresh perspective.  I've read recent reviews of THT, so this will be my first and hopefully not my last by this author.

The Stand- Stephen King
After reading Under the Dome, I decided to go for his other really big (1100+ page) epic.  I won't be reading it until I can devote lots of time to it.  Maybe during the winter holidays.  I also heard that King is soon releasing a book of 4 short stories/novellas called Full Dark, No Stars.  Sounds intriguing.  It'll likely go on the Xmas wish list.

Shutter Island- Dennis Lehane
I really liked the movie and though I know how it all ends, I'm curious about how the book tells the story and what differences I notice.  I've read Mystic River and thought it was such a different style of writing for a mystery, unlike typical authors of the same genre.

Water For Elephants- Sara Gruen
Truth be told, the title is what drew me to this book more than anything.  The setting is also unique, and I'm hoping this is as good as I've heard it is.

Carl Da Bunny

Now, just to clarify about my new profile picture:

A) No, this is not me...if you thought it was, maybe you're the one who needs glasses :oD
B)  No, this is not a real bunny.  He's stuffed and used to talk if you squeezed its tummy, but now it sounds like muffled gibberish.
C)  He was a former mascot for Blockbuster with a guinea pig named Ray, who sits next to Carl but has no glasses...yet.  He also talked, but is even worse sounding than Carl now.
D)  The glasses are for watching 3D movies, which I got at the theatre when I went to see Avatar.

I love the creative profile pictures I see out there, and it took me a while to think of something that complements me & my slightly strange sense of humour.  Voila!

Have a great weekend :o)


  1. I loved the Handmaid's Tale. It's one of my absolute favourite books. I've been wanting to read The Stand since I finished Under The Dome too.

  2. Loved Handmaid and Water, Shutter island and the Stand are on my TBR. I borrowed Freedom from my library, and although I actually did like it, I wouldn't buy it:)

    Was wondering who that bunny was, now I know!!

    BTW, I liked both Shutter Island and Avatar!!

  3. What a great exchange policy!

    I hope you enjoy The Stand. It's chock-full of details for sure but a great read for a long, winter break.

  4. Water for Elephants will be released as a movie early next year. That Twilight guy is the star.

  5. Looks like a great exchange. I loved The Handmaid's Tale, Water For Elephants and Shutter Island. They are very different books, but all excellent. I have been meaning to read The Stand, so I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.