Month: June 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #10

Top Ten Tuesday #10
Posted on June 17, 2014 in Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the future topics, click here! This week: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List 1984 by George Orwell Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot The Maze Runner by James Dashner If I Stay by Gayle Forman Divergent by Veronica Roth Syren by Angie Sage The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney Remember Me by Melanie Batchelor So what are your Top Ten Summer TBR books? Leave me the links to yours or just answer in the comments!  

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Letters to Characters #2: Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars

Letters to Characters #2: Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars
Posted on June 16, 2014 in letters to characters / 17 Comments

In this feature, we write letters to characters. They can be about anything, really. I kind of had the idea that if we didn’t like something they did in their book/series, we could yell at them about it or suggest something they should have done, or give advice some other way, or just gush about how awesome they are. And also- these don’t have to be book characters; they can be movie characters, TV show characters, webcomic characters, manga characters, whatever. Also, this will be my first feature where if you want to participate, you […]

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Musing Mondays #20: Discrepancies in the Rating System

Musing Mondays #20: Discrepancies in the Rating System
Posted on June 16, 2014 in Discussion, Musing Mondays / 2 Comments

Hosted by Should Be Reading Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week… • Describe one of your reading habits.• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) […]

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There Was Once a Man From the U.S.A. by Joshua Kraushar

There Was Once a Man From the U.S.A. by Joshua Kraushar
Posted on June 14, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

I quite enjoyed this fun book of limericks. As the description says, some were related to states and others weren’t, and that was fairly obvious. Living in Texas, I can tell you firsthand that the Texas limerick was very relevant. Some of the limericks seemed completely random and perhaps the rhyming was a bit of a stretch, but hey, I can imagine it’s hard trying to rhyme with every state. I wouldn’t fancy trying it myself. I actually loved the illustrations. It tied everything together. This makes a lovely children’s book, teaching both geography and […]

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Feature and Follow Friday #17- FEATURED BLOGGER!

Feature and Follow Friday #17- FEATURED BLOGGER!
Posted on June 12, 2014 in Feature and Follow Friday / 56 Comments

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. I’m participating in this blog hop! See the rules here. Follow me however you wish! And if you do, be sure to stop by this post and say hi! Let me know you followed me and I’ll follow you! Isn’t it marvelous how that works? THIS WEEK I’M THE FEATURED BLOGGER! Woohoo! Check out Alison’s post to see my little interview. Question of the Week: Armchair Travel! Tell us about your favorite book in a setting you’d […]

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June 2014 Interview of the Month: Michael Matassa, author of The Well House

June 2014 Interview of the Month: Michael Matassa, author of The Well House
Posted on June 12, 2014 in Interview of the Month / 0 Comments

This month I’m happy to have Michael Matassa for an interview. I reviewed his book The Well House here. We had an interesting discussion regarding his book and I decided to turn it into an interview! Many thanks to M.S. Matassa for agreeing to participate. First, tell us a little about yourself. I am an attorney, municipal court judge and now an author. I am 68 years old and live in Arvada Colorado. I was married for 42 years.  Unfortunately my Wife died last October of an unexpected heart attack at age 68. I have 5 […]

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A Cry in the Night by Mary S. Brown-Durr

A Cry in the Night by Mary S. Brown-Durr
Posted on June 11, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: The writing is okay. The first thing to understand is that most of the book (the middle) reads like a textbook. It’s very factual and objective. Only the beginning and the end are where the story is. Also, there are numerous grammar/spelling/punctuation errors. They get kind of distracting sometimes.Plot: I found the plot very intriguing. It was more like a textbook than an actual memoir, but it was a very interesting and important period of U.S. history. As for the actual story, it started off pretty personal and dramatic and picked up again […]

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Top Ten Tuesday #9

Top Ten Tuesday #9
Posted on June 10, 2014 in Top Ten Tuesday / 0 Comments

To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the future topics, click here! This week: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year Note: The first 7 are in chronological order. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green / Review The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke / Review I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith / Review The Emissary by Patricia Cori / Review Pivot Point by Kasie West / Review Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor / Review The Book Thief by Markus Zusak / Review Desperate Endurance by Kasey Riley / Review (out on […]

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Musing Mondays #19: Explicitness

Musing Mondays #19: Explicitness
Posted on June 9, 2014 in Discussion, Musing Mondays / 0 Comments

Hosted by Should Be Reading Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week… • Describe one of your reading habits.• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) […]

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The Fault in Our Stars movie essay

The Fault in Our Stars movie essay
Posted on June 7, 2014 in Essay / 1 Comment

After seeing the movie today, I have a few things to say. Not all of them are exactly very pleasant, so read on at your own risk. It’s actually more of a rant really…and there’s probably a lot of controversial stuff down there so be aware that thoughts demand to be expressed just like pain demands to be felt. Note: This was originally going to be either a movie review (which I don’t do) or a book/movie comparison, but after seeing it, it could only be an essay. Besides, I summed both of those up […]

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