Month: January 2015

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Posted on January 31, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: I love it. Plot: So, first a little summary- the synopsis doesn’t really say much. When she goes to rescue Thane’s heart, she has the opportunity to see inside it, so she sees his past and his hopes for the future. So I feel like most of this story (the real substance in it) was actually in the past and the future, so it was satisfying enough without moving the plot along too quickly. Well, romance-wise anyway. It was cleverly done. We could fall for Emery Thane just as Ceony did, […]

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How to Start a Book Blog #2: Types of Posts

How to Start a Book Blog #2: Types of Posts
Posted on January 30, 2015 in series / 3 Comments

Welcome to the second installment in my How to Start a Book Blog series! I hope these posts help newbies AND seasoned bloggers in some way. So by this time you should have a nice blog set up. Nice design, organized menus and sidebars. Today I’m going to give you some ideas on types of posts.  How about reviews? Duh! Yes, the most common type of post you’ll see on book blogs is reviews, probably. (: I won’t say much here because in the end, each blogger has their own review style. There are a […]

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The Importance of Tom Bombadil

The Importance of Tom Bombadil
Posted on January 29, 2015 in Essay / 0 Comments

Foreward: In a Lord of the Rings read-along about a year ago, Stephanie at Chasm of Posts questioned the importance of Tom Bombadil. And so I decided to write an essay on it, even though I never finished my re-read of The Fellowship in order to review it. There is much debate on the need for/purpose of Tom Bombadil. It is my personal belief that not only is he crucial for the hobbits’ navigation through the Old Forest, but he is also structurally necessary to the story. Setting-wise, I should say. So you have an […]

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Posted on January 28, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: The writing is so simple there is no question that this is a children’s story, but he still has a certain charm in his style that just seems so clever. Plot: A lot of events are sort of passed over; not described in great detail at all. Had I not seen the movies (in which there was considerably more detail, which of course had to be made up) I’m sure I would have noticed all the same. It is a little bit of a disappointment indeed, but I suppose the movies […]

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How To Start a Book Blog #1: Setting up the blog

How To Start a Book Blog #1: Setting up the blog
Posted on January 27, 2015 in series / 2 Comments

Hello everyone! So over the past year or so, I’ve been getting a few questions on how to start a book blog, and people asking me to look at theirs and give feedback. Now, I don’t claim to be an expert, especially since as of writing this I’ve only been blogging about 1.5 years, but I feel like I do know a lot and I hope it helps people. So I’ve decided to start a series on my blog devoted to starting a book blog, and I have 4 posts total planned for now. Let’s […]

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Fatal Puzzle by Catherine Shepherd

Fatal Puzzle by Catherine Shepherd
Posted on January 25, 2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Main Points Plot: The plot was pretty exciting. It was cool how well the two stories- the one historical and the one in present day- were woven together. Sometimes events in one would foreshadow events in the other. And the final piece of the puzzle was one that I was able to guess towards the beginning (although I wasn’t positive) even though the present-day killer was not someone you could guess (easily). It got pretty tense towards the end. Things started to come together even while the danger grew. But there were certainly several things […]

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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
Posted on January 24, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: Fantastic, as usual. Plot: Note: In the last review, I expressed a wish to buy a spyglass so I could be just like Kate, and…I did! It’s awesome. I’m prepared for any spontaneous adventure now, haha. Man oh man, I LOVE these books! I really can’t express how great these are. The whole series is amazing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- these middle grade adventures are so great because they are so much more than that. It’s not even just how amazingly clever the plot is and […]

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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
Posted on January 23, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Plot: This book in particular is a surprisingly in depth exploration of character. I’ve always admired the characterization in these books. It might seem at first like you can pin down each character in one category, one type of person, but that’s not the case at all. They each have their own qualities that aren’t indicative of any character type. For instance, Kate is brave and resourceful and tireless, but she’s also vengeful and determined and endlessly optimistic. She has a bucket full of tools and a peregrine falcon and is always trying […]

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Posted on January 22, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style:  The writing is great. Plot: I absolutely love these books. I love the plot and the puzzles and the characters. It may seem enormously long when you look at it, but it’s really a fast read. It only took me two days. There is just so much good stuff about these books. The puzzles are really fun to try to figure out along with the characters and sometimes (rarely) I manage to solve them before they do. They are so well thought out. And the characters are all really wonderful. Every […]

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Reader Problems Tag

Reader Problems Tag
Posted on January 21, 2015 in Tag / 0 Comments

Tag time! Guess where I got this one. Guess! Guess! Haha, of course it’s from Jillie’s blog. No surprises there. Here we go! 1. You have 20K books in your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next? Read whatever I see first that appeals to me. I’m a mood reader. I’d probably start with whatever is on my shelves at home that appeals to me. Gotta read those first. 2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? I usually […]

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