A to Z Book Survey

A to Z Book Survey
Posted on August 23, 2013 in Survey / 2 Comments

I found this book survey at Feed Your Fiction Addiction, even though it was started by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and she deserves full credit. It looked really fun so I decided to fill it out! You should too and link in the comments.   Author you’ve read the most books from:   J.K. Rowling, Darren Shan, Sara Shepard (8 books each)   Best Sequel Ever:   Bitterblue (sequel to Graceling by Kristin Cashore)   Currently Reading:   Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce   Drink of Choice While Reading:   Water! Or tea! E-reader or Physical Book? […]

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Essay inspired by The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Posted on August 22, 2013 in Essay / 0 Comments

Sometimes I get suddenly inspired to write essays. This was one I wrote on a plane, where I read most of The Paris Wife (link to the review). I was about 1/3 of the way done with the book. There are light books and there are heavy books. What I am reading now is a heavy book. It is no beach read. It is something to reflect upon, and reminisce about things you’ve never experienced, only heard about. It makes you wish you were there, and at the same time, you are grateful you are not. […]

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While-Listening Notes: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

While-Listening Notes: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Posted on August 21, 2013 in While-Reading Notes / 0 Comments

This is a post of notes I took while listening to this audiobook. It does include some spoilers, so read at your own risk. Note: You probably won’t understand what’s going on anyway if you haven’t read the book, so it might just bore you. But if you have read it, enjoy! After Chapter 1: The Corporation is basically a socialist government. Most of the girls are really dumb, which isn’t surprising. [yes, I was totally stereotyping beauty queens] For example, how do you not realize there is a tray lodged in your forehead? Only 12 […]

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Favorites Friday: Animal POV

Favorites Friday: Animal POV
Posted on August 16, 2013 in Favorites Friday / 0 Comments

  The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, […]

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Monkey Talk by T. Lucas Earle

Monkey Talk by T. Lucas Earle
Posted on August 11, 2013 in Book Review, Short Story Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style Well-written. The descriptions were just vivid enough to satisfy without being overdone.This story was definitely written for adults- style, message, content, everything. But I would not hesitate to introduce writing of this magnitude to my children. Content (few spoilers) Clearly this story takes place in the future (or at least that was the message I got). Cheetahs are extinct, digital overlays are part of everyday life, and apes are dealing with racism.The main idea here, I believe, is that humans shouldn’t be superior to other animals just because we don’t all […]

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Favorites Friday: Books with Great Court Cases

Favorites Friday: Books with Great Court Cases
Posted on August 9, 2013 in Favorites Friday / 0 Comments

  Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell Dovey Coe says what’s on her mind, so it’s no secret that she can’t stand Parnell Caraway. Parnell may be the son of the richest man in town, but he’s mean and snobby, and Dovey can’t stand the fact that he’s courting her sister, Caroline, or the way he treats her brother, Amos, as if he were stupid just because he can’t hear.So when Parnell turns up dead, and Dovey’s in the room where his body is discovered, she soon finds herself on trial for murder. Can the […]

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Favorites Friday: All-Time Favorite Books

Favorites Friday: All-Time Favorite Books
Posted on August 2, 2013 in Favorites Friday / 4 Comments

  Graceling by Kristin Cashore In a world where people born with an extreme skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.She never expects to become Po’s friend.She never expects to learn a new […]

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The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
Posted on August 2, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style Even though this is written for younger readers, I still enjoyed the writing. If a bit simple, she didn’t waste her time trying to describe too much. She told just the right amount of story. Some words even I didn’t know, however, so it kept me on my toes a bit. If not an intellectual read, it was worth reading just to see what happened next. Content  It was quite a nice story. Short and simple, yet enjoyable. There were certain points towards the beginning when I felt the characters’ despair, it […]

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Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
Posted on August 2, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Length  Julie and Julia is just a little too long. There were several fake-out ‘the ends’. Yes, I recognize it’s supposed to cover a year of cooking. And it tried, it really did. But while it only covered a few weeks out of the year, those were very, very drawn out. Hardly a detail was omitted. If it was interesting to read, I wouldn’t mind. Which brings me to the next point. Content  It seemed, to me, like half the book was Julie whining and complaining about something, and the other half about […]

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