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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

Ribbon Rescue - Robert Munsch, Eugenie Fernandes I was reminiscing recently on my Elementary school days and the books I used to read. When I saw a friends review of [b:The Giving Tree|370493|The Giving Tree|Shel Silverstein|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327881961s/370493.jpg|30530] and this book suddenly came to mind. You see, when I was in Elementary school there was an annual school wide storytelling competition that one year I took part in. You would choose a short story and then present that story to your class, you had to use memorization or speech cards, and you could use any props or costumes you wanted. There was a time limit and you had to get the most votes in your class if you wanted to speak in front of the whole school where you could win awards.Anyways, one year I decided to try my hand at it and I choose this story. My mom made me a cover to go over my cloths that looked like the ribbon dress with ribbons attached with Velcro that could be ripped off. On side of the cover was dirty and the other side was clean. It was wonderful! I practised and practised, but unfortunately didn't get enough votes to move on to speak in front of the school. The boy I was up against in my class, his name was Matthew. He was probably the sweetest boy I have ever known. After he had won, I was so disappointed having been so sure in my performance and it must have shown because he came up to me after it was announced and told me that he had voted for me, even though we were allowed to vote for ourselves.I believe to this day, that the best sort of stories are the ones that have memories and experiences attached to them. Although my story is a little bitter-sweet, it's something I'm going to remember forever. So this isn't so much a review of the ribbon dress, as a review of what happens when books take on a life of their own beyond the shelves and into peoples lives.