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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.


2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!


I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.


I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!


Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish - So, it has been a LONG time since I last read Rainbow Fish but I still have a general idea of why I liked it. Being little was so much fun! When I read books it really wasn't about the story or the artwork, it was about what kind of noises the book would make, how colourful it was, and how much candy I could get by memorizing the words and pretending I could actually read it as my grandparents huddled around me in utter fascination at my genius. Which let's be honest, was seriously genius for a kid who couldn't even read yet.But when it comes to Rainbow Fish I have a very distinct memory etched into my brain. The sole reason I remember this book above any other picture book I pulled off the shelf with my never, ever sticky paws, was because ... IT WAS SO SHINEY!!!!! Soooooooo VERY, VERY shiny!I still remember how shiny Rainbow Fish was to such an extent that when I saw this cover I got a ridiculously big smile on my face. I even have this one memory where tiny Jessica-Robyn went to the library and saw rainbow fish on a display shelf, opened it up, and put it straight back for the simple reason that it wasn't nearly as shiny as the one at home.So, maybe this isn't how you write for children, but how should I really know? I don't have the foggiest idea of what the story was about. But let's be frank not enough picture books are aimed towards the easily swayed "shiny" market. I mean, imagine how much more I would have enjoyed other picture book had someone had the foresight to make them sparkle.I'm just sayin'.