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review 2019-11-17 11:34
Wakenhyrst - Michelle Paver

DNF @ 35%


Baaah. This turned into an incredibly cliched and boring story at around the 20% mark. 


Even tho the story picks up pace a little after we get to the father's journal, it is still an incredibly annoying and boring story with none of the characters being really interesting. 


Is this meant to be YA?

That's what it reads like to me, and that really is not a good thing.


Anyway, on to something more engaging.

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text 2019-11-17 10:50
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Wakenhyrst - Michelle Paver

Erm, ... Do we need all the details of Maud's life? Really? 

This had better be worth it.

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review 2018-03-02 19:49
I'm Bored - Michael Ian Black,Debbie Ridpath Ohi
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I'm a little conflicted about this one. It's a fun, entertaining, hilarious, engaging book, but in the past week, I've read it over and over again with a few 3-5-year-olds and now they all love to say how bored they are. But I still think it's a great book, because any book that kids demand you read over-and-over again until you almost never want to see it again has got to be good.

I'd say this is a good book for older children. You know, the ones who say "I'm bored" all the time. the ones this book was meant for. It has a great message about children and boredom. Downside to reading it to younger kids is that I basically just taught them all to say "I'm bored" all the time (I'd like to publicly apologize to all of the parents of the children I work with). The message at the end is pretty subtle and it can easily be missed by young children.

I loved how random the picture were. Every time I got to the first potato page, the kids I read it to were like "Potato?" The looks on their confused little faces were great and the way their eyes widened because they wanted me to keep reading so they could find out what was going on was priceless.

This is also a great book to take turns reading. The text is within the pictures and is usually physically near the character who speaks the line. My kids had a blast taking on the lines of the potato. 

This is a pretty great book and I'm not afraid to admit that I enjoyed it just as much as the kids did.
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review 2017-01-02 08:07
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart - Peter Swanson

George is having a midlife slump and then his girlfriend from college, who he hasn’t seen in 20ish years, walks into his local bar, needing him to help her out of the mess she’s in.


This book felt like a noir movie, but I just couldn’t buy into it. I found the story to be slow, predictable, and trite. This book has two time lines, and I thought that the college time line worked a lot better, which caused the story to drag more for me. George was such a dull character to me that having him as a narrator was painful. Also George at 40 something was basically the same character as George at 18. One thing I did enjoy was the open ending of this story, I was glad to write in an ending that I found less painful than this book.

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text 2016-05-06 20:43
Reading progress update: I've read 37%.
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley (2015-08-07) - Andrew Michael Hurley

Still waiting for this one to get going and wondering why Stephen King recommended it so highly. I hope there's a payoff by the end.

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