Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hi! It's Rin!

So, I'm finally posting! Well, I'm very MOLDY! The definition of MOLD is basically a definition of me. I also really like writing. Here are some of my favorite books:

All of Shannon Hale's
The Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
East by Edith Patou
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

and lots more.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Special Waiting Room

Wow, guys, sorry I haven't posted in FOREVER. I'll post a real Waiting Room soon, but for now, here is a special announcement:
Ally Carter is giving away an ARC of Gallagher Girl Book 3: Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover which will be released June 9. All that's required is a short essay (250 words or less) on "What it means to be a real Gallagher Girl."
Rules are as follows:

Entrants should write an essay on the topic "What it means to be a real Gallagher Girl." Please email your essay to on or before April 30, 2009. Your essay cannot be longer than 250 words. Essays may be shorter than 250 words, but essays over this length will not be considered. Essays will be judged both on what you say and how you say it, so be sure and spell-check, proofread, and turn in an essay that would make a Gallagher Girl proud. A parent, guardian, or teacher may assist, but you must write the essay yourself. Entries must be included in the body of the email—no attachments. Emails that contain attachments will be deleted immediately and will not be considered. The subject line of your email should read GG3 ARC contest. You may only submit ONE entry, so make it a good one. Along with your essay, you must include the following information:
Your Name
Your age (if under 18)
A complete mailing address where any prizes you might receive should be mailed (this could be home, school, your parent's work address, etc.—please note to whose attention the package should be addressed)
Your preferred t-shirt size
Your email address Unfortunately, due to the cost and difficulty of shipping overseas, the contest will be limited to people in the U.S. and Canada.

Winners will be notified by May 8. First place will recieve an ARC and a T-shirt, as well as their essay being posted on the website. Second place will recieve a play away version of Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy and a T-shirt.

Start writing!

*Note: Information came from the Ally Carter Newsletter, Volume 15

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fruits Basket

This is one of my favorite manga. It's about a girl who figures out one of her class mates has a curse placed upon him. I don't want to give away to much... It's a romantic comedy with some adventure/actionish stuff. It's tres cute. ^-^ The ending is perfect, so if you're tired of reading those depressing books where your favorite characters die (coughHarryPottercough) then you should read fruits basket. It's a fairly short manga (for manga). I think it contains 130 chapters, but each chapter takes hardly 5 min to read. It's originally in japanese, so the book is read opposite an american style book.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Let's revive this blog!

Even if you're too busy to keep up a blog of your own, you could still probably contribute one MOLDy post every two weeks or so. And I know I'm not the only MOLDy girl out here. Besides, this blog's a decent enough way to keep in touch. And the summer's coming up. Plenty of time to read and give into MOLD then. ;-)

So post!

I'll be back soon with something MOLDy, be it a book review or something else. Promise. 


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox

I love this series! I have every book except for this one! It will soon be added to my collection. Artemis Fowl is the best bad guy to good guy story I've read yet! I love how Eoin Colfer creates his world of fairies!

I really liked this book. Not to much unnecessary stuff explanations and description. I really liked how the plot kept going and surprised you a lot and the unexpected little twists on the plot that made the story not to generic. It's one of those books that gets you thinking about what would happen if time travel was possible. It's a good book if you like Action and Adventure mixed with a bit of fantasy and a little romance. It's very funny and witty. Eion Colfer is one of my favorite authors ever!

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Great MOLDY Book

The Lost Memoirs of Jane AustenThe Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
by Syie James

Oh my, this book was lovely. Syrie James does her very hardest to convince you that this is Jane Austen's very words written down on paper, and she did a wonderful job. She must have read Jane's books many times, because she had the Regency language down to an art.

I really came to know and love Jane Austen more, even though a lot of it was only probable. I really wanted this story to be real, I loved the characters . . . especially Mr Ashford.

I would advice people who have not read Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice should read them before devouring this book, as it gives away some of the plot, since Jane is working on them through most of the story.

I hope others enjoy this book as much as I did. Except for the ending, which was historically accurate and made me wish history had been different, I still thought this book was great, and I'm glad my mother found it while we were perusing a bookstore on my birthday.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Therapist Returns

Wow. I'm sorry that I've been out of touch so long, but I have been conducting some serious undercover research on one of the new symptoms of MOLD. My findings have been somewhat disturbing.
It started when I received a copy of one of my regular patients essays. A regular high school book essay, or so it appeared. But this particular essay seemed to demonstrate a rather flawed view of reality. It was on a book called The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. An excellent piece of literature, but complete fiction. This essay recognized it as fiction, which is odd for a victim of MOLD, but it also recognized it as a deliberate literary distortion. Which is to say, the patient read the book and not only identified the story as "make-believe", but realized that the author had purposefully twisted an otherwise believable story to make a point! AND THEN THEY IDENTIFIED WHAT THE POINT WAS!!!
It was incredible. Throughout my career, I had never seen anything like it. Usually those with MOLD read commercial fiction, books that are blatantly fantastic, and then identify those stories as fact. Or at least, they treat them as seriously as if they were fact. I had never encountered an example of what would happen if a MOLD patient actually read something that was more 'realistic' than not.
And so I have been conducting secret research on the phenomena of what happens when a victim of MOLD encounters a work of literary fiction. It was not easy. It involved more essays, numerous interviews, elevator shafts, the infernal No Child Left Behind Act, eccentric English professors, secret documents, an unpleasant brush with the FBI, an annoying reporter from the New York Times, and hidden recording devices. The results have been amazing. I have discovered that the mind of a MOLDy individual processes literary fiction differently than a 'normal' individual. It would seem that the mind of a MOLD patient is preset to understand the allusions, analogies, and obscure intentions of the authors of novels like Life of Pi. In other words, they actually know what the author is really saying, as versus what is actually written in the pages of the book. I have discovered that MOLDy people can do instinctively what science has dubbed impossible.

They can crack the infamous literary code.

This discovery could revolutionize the study of MOLD as we know it.
Keep standing by.