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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/16/17

16 Oct

I was surprisingly able to get a little reading done last week, even with how busy I was. I read What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold and The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner and started Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar. I’ve got some catching up to do in terms of writing book reviews and posting them, so I hope to post at least a couple this week, so keep your eyes out for those.

Otherwise, this week I plan on finishing up Race to the Bottom of the Sea and ARC of The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen and maybe getting to The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko. What are you reading this week?


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Book Review: All the Wind In the World

11 Oct

11.jpgSynopsis: Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt live in a near future America where much of the land has become harsh desert-like conditions and the only work available is back-breaking harvesting in fields. But, Sarah Jac and James have a plan – they’ll work until they save enough money to purchase their own home near the ocean, but it’s not as easy as it looks when everyone’s out to save themselves at whatever the cost. Sarah Jac and James have to keep their love a secret and when an accident occurs they must run to a ranch that most steer clear of.. Real Marvelous.

It’s here where their dreams are challenged by the possibly cursed ranch and their love might not be strong enough to save them.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/9/17

9 Oct

I kicked butt reading this weekend. You know how when you eat a really great meal and you feel full, but so good? Well, that’s how I felt reading this weekend. I started out the week reading The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann, a romance novel a coworker told me about – it’s one of those cheesy books you don’t have to think about while reading, but it was a lot of fun with some really great librarian references in it. Then I spent much of the weekend reading some really great middle grade and young adult novels – The Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

3 Oct

boyfriendsandgirlfriends.pngI know, the first thing you’re going to say is, “There’s only 8 covers on your Top Ten list this week.” And there are, but coming from the perspective of an adult female where most of my reading involves characters who are children ages 8-16, I found this Top Ten Tuesday exceptionally difficult. I was talking with my coworker/friend and complaining that my middle grade characters are far too young to think of like that and most YA characters have some sort of fatal flaw and she, in a very pointed way, exclaims, “Is it that their fatal flaw is they’re 18 years old?” Which immediately made me laugh, so yes my list only has 8 titles, but I’m going to take two characters from the first two books.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    I’m taking both Charlie Weasley and Hermione Granger from this book – first of Charlie is one of the older siblings of the Weasley clan, plus he’s a dragon hunter/tamer, so I think that’s pretty cool. Bonus points to Charlie for surviving the fight and for being a Weasley (because who wouldn’t want to be a part of that awesome family?
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    And the other character I would choose would have to be Hermione – she’s pretty much the epitome of awesome – smart girl, stands up for what’s right, a reader and a really great friend. Done.
  3. The Girl From Everywhere
    Kashmir, an 18th century Persian who fluently speaks French, Arabic, Farsi and English and is described as having golden skin and dark curls. Plus, the way he interacts with Nix, I swooned. He calls her Amira, which I looked up, means Princess. Yep.
  4. The Girl From Everywhere
    Bee – an ex-cattle herder from Sudan who has a ghost wife, who she willing blames things gone wrong on. I loved this character because she’s tough, strong, but also caring and loves her wife, even years later. So, maybe having a ghost wife haunt your new relationship wouldn’t be great, but I think this is an awesome character.
  5. Throne of Glass
    I’ve only ready the first book in this series, but I already really like Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Guard for Prince Dorian and the man who helps Celaena train for the King’s Champion Tournament. As an expert swordsman and a man who keeps himself in shape for his career, I’m thinking he isn’t too hard on the eyes either.
  6. Matilda
    Hear me out, Matilda would be an awesome girlfriend, when she got older. She’s fierce, a reader, and caring. Plus having a girlfriend with special powers would be pretty awesome!
  7. The Star-Touched Queen
    With Maya’s horoscope, no one is willing to marry her, until she is forced to marry a mysterious man from an even more mysterious kingdom. What I liked most about Maya is that she doesn’t accept things as they are and continues to question loyalty, truth and her new husband as she bravely searches for the answers.
  8. Anne of Green Gables
    Gilbert Blythe – a man who doesn’t give up, is caring to a fault and loves with all his heart, what more could you want?
  9. The Invisible Library
    Kai is protective even as a new apprentice to The Library and dives head first into the adventure to save a manuscript from the fae. Plus, without giving anything away Kai’s secret, it’s a doozy!
  10. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
    I’m choosing Mr. Lemoncello because I think he’s a fun character, very well-read, educated and would probably be a crazy person to know! I honestly have no idea how old he is in the books, but to have earned all that money and build a library for your hometown means something to me.

So, what I’ve learned from this extremely difficult Top Ten Tuesday, is that I clearly need to read more adult fiction! Because book boyfriends/girlfriends should be much closer to your own age…

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/2/17

2 Oct

I can’t believe it’s October! The older I get, the faster time seems to go! I’m working on trying to read more throughout the week (rather than sitting in front of the television after dinner) and this week it seemed to work!

I got a chance to read:

  • Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

I also cracked open The Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste and will finish it early this week. My other titles to read this week include – American Street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia and if I get a chance What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold. I’m trying to read all the titles nominated to the long list for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Most are YA titles, but I’m enjoying the ones I’ve read so far and want to finish out the list.


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