The Witch’s Revenge by Danny Odato

The Witch’s Revenge by Danny Odato
Posted on January 20, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I really liked this book. The writing was good, and the story was interesting. In a short time I grew to be very invested in the families, all of them. I think it was how they were described as people, because it wasn’t long enough to get to know them truly or see any development, but they were described as very loving, strong, family-oriented people. It was easy to believe because of their actions. They were so emotional but still rational in the face of all the tragedy. I loved how the Indian […]

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1930s Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Vol. 1 by Frank Brathwaite

1930s Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Vol. 1 by Frank Brathwaite
Posted on January 16, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main point This book was pretty all right. It was informative. I liked the presentation. The first section is short summaries of news articles throughout the decade. The middle section is all about Frank Capra. The last section is about Shirley Temple. I recognized some names, but didn’t know most. Still, it inspired me to check out a few old movies. I had already been familiar with Shirley Temple (I basically idolize her) so it was cool to read about how she became so famous. And reading about Capra’s movies made me want to watch […]

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Shadows and Fire by Jennifer Fales

Shadows and Fire by Jennifer Fales
Posted on January 14, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was okay, I guess. A lot confused me. The supernatural people confused me. I was never quite sure what they were supposed to look like. They were often described as being their animal, so Maltha was a dragon and Finch was a rat, for example, but then they would be described as having hair or clothes or body parts that make me imagine a human. So mostly I was picturing some animal-human hybrid, or like humans with heads of animals, and it was just unsatisfying not knowing what it was supposed […]

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While-Reading Notes: Animal Farm by George Orwell

While-Reading Notes: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Posted on January 10, 2017 in While-Reading Notes / 0 Comments

introduction See my review here! It’s a long one, and if you’re interested in the following notes, you probably don’t want to miss the full review. Also: ~ spoiler alert ~ Only proceed if you have already read the book, don’t intend to read it, or believe you’ll forget the spoilers by the time you read it. notes Let’s get started! page 27 The first descriptions of the animals are fraught with stereotypes; although such diverse character is welcome. The donkey has already amused me with his cynicism. page 28 Old Major’s speech seems to be […]

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Posted on January 10, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Preliminary remarks: This post is more an analysis (or an “assessment,” if you will) than a review, so if you’re worried about spoilers, maybe only read the first two paragraphs. The rest is a long Q&A session, where I ask questions about the book and then give possible answers. I’ve always liked this book. I mean, I’ve never been particularly knowledgeable about the Russian revolution, but I can tell that the state of things—of government—the farm devolved into is bad. (I did think it downright hilarious that the name Napoleon was used for […]

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Posted on January 7, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Foreword: Please listen to this and this while you read this review. Really get in the spirit of it. This book was amazing and deeply philosophical—and a bit religious, although not the kind of religious I tend to avoid. I will start with some notes about how I came to read it. I watched the movie for the first time years ago (when it came out in theaters) and have seen it a few times since. I didn’t know it was a book until after having seen it perhaps twice. I put it on […]

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Book Haul!

Book Haul!
Posted on January 2, 2017 in haul / 0 Comments

Hey everyone! In the usual tradition of after-Christmas book hauls (pretty much the only ones I do), I’m here to share what I’ve received recently. Only physical books are included in this haul. So under my Christmas tree, I got: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. My aunt is on a mission to send me every Pulitzer Prize winning book, even though I have almost no desire to read any of them. (I gave one a try and could not get through it.) I still might give this one a try […]

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2016 End of the Year Survey

2016 End of the Year Survey
Posted on December 31, 2016 in Survey / 0 Comments

It feels weird doing an End of the Year Survey when I hardly remember what I read! As per usual I did all my reading at the beginning of the year and read almost nothing in the second half. So now I have to go back and remember it all! I had started doing a Bookish Awards post giving “awards” to books based on what they did well, but since that only encapsulated a few months’ worth of books I can’t really go off of that for this post. So I’ll have a look at […]

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Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede

Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede
Posted on December 29, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book is…interesting. It’s hard to look at it as a cohesive book because all the short stories are so different. And they’re all written for different age groups. Some are kids’ stories, some for older audiences. Some are very dark, some make no sense, and some are just fun. I must say that my favorite was the last one, the one that brought back Cimorene and the Enchanted Forest. But a couple of the ones about princesses were good too. These stories felt like snippets of a lot of different mythologies. You […]

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Merry Christmas! 2016

Merry Christmas! 2016
Posted on December 25, 2016 in holiday / 2 Comments

(photo credit) Hello everyone! I apologize for my prolonged absence. I haven’t been doing much reading lately, but tons of crafting! (Check out my Instagram if you’re curious: @firefox9799) However, I am getting back into reading, starting with Cloud Atlas. The movie was one of my favorites, and reading the book helps make more sense of it. I had tons of plans for new features this year, but unfortunately most of them did not work out! When I have more time (I know, everyone always says that) I may be able to revive some of […]

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