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Book Review: The List

5 Oct

33846933.jpgSynopsis: This science fiction, dystopian novel opens with Letta transcribing a list of words. Soon, we learn that Letta’s community, the Ark, only has a pre-approved List from which to communicate – 500 words. Specialized workers receive additionals words in order to do their job. But, when Letta’s master disappears under mysterious circumstances and Letta learns that the powers-that-be want to reduce the list even more, she is forced to make a difficult decision. Does she hold onto her trust for the community in which she has been raised or does she fight for what she believes is more importants – words, feelings, art, expression?

Review: I really enjoyed this dystopian novel. I was interested in the concept of a place where communication is limited to very basic words. Where discussing your feelings, talking with neighbors and sharing ideas is unheard of. Scarily enough, the author paints a picture of the world before the Ark and it is a very familiar setting – people who don’t take climate change seriously, until the world breaks down. And what’s left is a small group of people living under the control of a man who believes that talking is not the answer.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story – Letta is a strong apprentice who, at the beginning of the story, believes in her village and what her elders say, until she begins to understand the power of expression and the importance of words. Her relationship with her master is one of deep respect, love and trust and when he disappears, the world as she knows it disappears as well.

If you have kids who have loved Hunger GamesDivergent, or The Giver have them check out this title – it would make for a great discussion about climate change, censorship, art and more!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Letta’s village only speaks w/ 500 words & the threat to reduce the List forces Letta to befriend someone who can help, but at what cost?

Title: The List
Author: Patricia Forde
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Page Number: 336 pgs.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/25/17

25 Sep

I’m back! I made it safely back to the States last Monday evening and spent the last week catching up on sleep, laundry, emails and work. I’m glad to say that I think I’m starting off this week in a really great place – and that I read far more than I expected over the past few weeks. I’ll share more about my vacation later, but for now…

I was able to complete:

  • Her Book Boyfriend by KR Grace
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • All the Wind In the World by Samantha Mabry
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden (graphic novel!)
  • Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Goodnight, Little Bot by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by Kim Smith
  • Rufus Blasts Off! by Kim T. Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
  • Maurice the Unbeastly by Amy Dixon, illustrated by Karl James Mountford
  • Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone, illustrated by George Ermos

There will be a lot of reviews to come, so look for those. Otherwise, I’ve got a few more books I want to read this week, including:

  • The Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  • Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were a Chore to Get Through

5 Sep

difficult books

I read a number of these years ago and I’d really like to go back and re-read at least a little bit of them to see if I feel the same way. Most of the books on this list are loved by others, but for whatever reason I just couldn’t get into them and that’s what is awesome about books – if you don’t like one (or ten), there are about a gazillion other titles to try!

  1. Fair Coin by E.C. Myers
  2. The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet
  3. The Finisher by David Baldacci
  4. Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
  5. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
  6. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
  7. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  8. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
  9. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
  10. What Came From the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Audiobooks

18 Jul


My regularly scheduled blog post for Tuesday is on hold until August, so I created my own list – Ten Middle Grade audiobooks – perfect for summer vacation!

  1. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler; music, Corky Siegel
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, narrated by  Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson
  3. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp
  4. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Jenna Lamia
  5. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin, narrated by Kim Mai Guest
  6. Ghost by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard
  7. Booked by Kwame Alexander, narrated by the author
  8. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, narrated by Josh Hurley, Vikas Adam
  9. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by
    Adam Gidwitz, narrated By Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby
  10. Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh, narrated by Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson, Kelly J. Baptist

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

20 Jun


I decided to focus on YA series and specifically chose series that I’ve never started – there are so many series that I start and then abandon at a later date. I’m notorious for stopping in the middle of trilogies as it’s difficult, in my opinion, to write a strong trilogy in which all the books are equally well written. For my job, I often start a series to at least get the idea of the storyline, but often won’t continue through a series unless it’s something I really enjoy. And I hate reading a series that hasn’t been completely written yet. Because, even when I love the first book, I usually forget everything about the book by the time the next title is published and it’s my choice of either spending the time to re-read the first title or reading the second and not remembering enough of the first story to really enjoy it. So, needless to say, I don’t often finish series, but these are titles that I haven’t read at all!

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  4. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  5. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Gone by Michael Grant
  9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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