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Book #2: Ahmek

I never would have picked this book for myself in a million years, or likely even, eternity. It found it’s way into my reading pile thanks to the school librarian. We were doing a lesson in art class on Ted Harrison and when I went to the library searching for examples of his artwork I incorrectly told the librarian we were doing an art project in the style of Tom Thomson. She said she would find some books for me and “Ahmek” was one of the books that she brought me, and specifically said that the book was really more for me than it was for the kids.

Ahmek, by Patrick Watson, is about a family of beavers that get separated thanks to a group of poachers that destroy their family dam. Tom Thomson is an artist mentioned in the story that sort of befriends the beaver. In real life Tom Thomson was one of the Group of Seven who died mysteriously. The book made some interesting connections between Tom Thomson’s style of painting and his relationship with the beavers.

Even though our librarian recommended the book for me I still had no intention of reading it. In fact once I realized that the stack of books she had collected for me was for Tom Thomson instead of Ted Harrison I tried to return Ahmek alongside the other books she had given me. However when I left the books in the return bin in the library she came to ask me the next day, Ahmek in hand, what I had thought of the book? I didn’t want to disappoint her and tell her I hadn’t read it so instead I said, “I returned that!? I haven’t even read it yet! Oops!” And that is exactly how Ahmek fell into my reading list this year – out of guilt.

It’s supposed to be a young adult book though I feel like aside from myself and the librarian no one else has ever checked this book out of the library. It was very much along the lines of a folk story, but it was good. It wasn’t nail biting, or all that gripping. It was pretty easy to pick it up and put it down as I so felt. In the end though I finished the book while I was in North Dakota and closed the book thinking it was a good story. Would I recommend it to someone? Not necessarily. It was alright, but will likely not go down in my list of all time favorite books. I’m not really that surprised to see that Chapters has it on sale on their website for only $2.00. That being said I am glad I got a little out of my typical comfort zone and read something different than normal.

Book #1: Diary of a Whimpy Kid

One of my projects for the year was to read 12 new books – that’s one book a month. Well, it’s March and the only book I’ve officially finished during 2011 so far is Diary of a Whimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth. These books make me laugh out loud and there are times during reading period when I’ve been reading the series where I’ve made a big enough scene that the kids have stopped reading their own books just to stare at me.

The entire series is hilarious as can be seen in this excerpt, one that lead me to an outburst that disrupted my whole class:

Tyson is nice enough, and we like the same video games. But he pulls his pants all the way down when he uses the urinal, and I don’t know if I can ever get past that.

The book also includes sketches, which in themselves are just as funny as the written part of the book.

Although the books are meant for children, I love them as an adult. So much so that in order for me to read this book I had to put my name on a list of ten to fifteen students waiting to get their hands on it! In fact the list continues because today our librarian had to come remind me to bring the book back because there were more kids on the list waiting for it!

So far I’m about halfway through A Year of Reading (or something like that) and I finished reading Eat, Pray, Love but I started reading that back when school first started in September so I can hardly count that as one of my 12 new books considering it took me 6 months to read it!