Musing Mondays #1

Musing Mondays #1
Posted on August 27, 2013 in Musing Mondays / 4 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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Food For Thought #1: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Food For Thought #1: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Posted on August 26, 2013 in Food For Thought / 0 Comments

Food For Thought: The Paris Wife   Food for Thought is a feature I have created where, if feeling particularly inspired, I come up with 20 book club-type questions about a book. Occasionally these posts will be used for contests. If you see a question that you want to answer, go ahead! If you want to answer all of them, do it! Responses are welcome. If you wish to create your own questions, leave them (or post a link to them) in the comments! I might even answer them myself. (: WARNING: This post might […]

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Favorites Friday (Character Edition): Best heroines with ‘K’ names

Favorites Friday (Character Edition): Best heroines with ‘K’ names
Posted on August 23, 2013 in Favorites Friday / 1 Comment

  Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins) The main character and narrator of the story. Katniss is slender with black hair, grey eyes and olive skin. She is sixteen years old and attends a secondary school somewhere in Appalachia, known in the book as District 12, the coal mining sector. She is often quiet and is generally liked by District 12’s residents, mostly because of her ability to provide highly-prized game for a community in which starvation is a constant threat. Katniss is an excellent hunter, archer, gatherer, and trapper, skilled just […]

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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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