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review 2017-11-14 06:09
The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) - Jeff Kinney

The latest entry in this long-running kid’s fiction series sees the Heffley family vacationing at a tropical island resort during Christmastime. As is expected from Kinney’s bestselling books, things go horribly — and are narrated by middle son Greg, i.e. the “Wimpy Kid.”


It’s really no secret this series has declined in quality in recent years, but I did enjoy The Getaway. As far as Heffley vacations go, it’s certainly no The Long Haul, but it does yield several laugh out loud moments. This series now seems to be at its best when it sees the family going somewhere. Kinney seems to have exhausted all plot ideas involving these characters hanging out at home.


A perfectly fine addition to the Wimpy Kid series, this doesn’t quite reach the heights of the early entries but it’s an enjoyable ride all the same.

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review 2017-09-10 16:33
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney


I saw the movie version of this a while ago and while I wasn't a huge fan of it, I've been wanting to give the book a try. I found a copy for a few bucks in the clearance section and read most of it in a day.

I can't stand Greg Heffley. He is one of the most irritating characters I have even encountered. Self-centered, selfish, and clueless, I really don't understand how this kid has even one friend. This is less of a diary of a wimpy kid and more of a diary of a total jerk. He never thinks of others, including his supposed "best friend". He makes fun of everybody and is overly focused on his popularity even though he hardly engages with any of his peers, besides writing about how stupid they are. Greg thinks he's better than everyone and isn't afraid to express it.

The worst part of the whole thing was that Greg learns nothing in the book. I'm a sucker for stories where flawed characters gain even a little insight into how horrible they are, but Greg is just too dense. Beginning to end, he is too focused on himself to even realize that other people have thoughts, emotions, and feeling.

I don't like overly sentimental books either, but this one had no depth at all. It's just a list of events that might be remotely humorous if I didn't hate the character so much.

A very quick read, but I did not enjoy it. 

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text 2017-09-05 13:10
Children Books I've Read Recently

Recently I decided to go on a binge of reading children stories. I was just in a nostalgic mood and ended up reading some books I never got around to reading when I was younger, and some that are newer published.


Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) 

#1 (4 stars)

I was browsing through the kid section of the overdrive library, because I was in the mood for some children/middle grade (possibly nostalgic stuff from my past) and I saw the cover for this book. I thought it looked cute, so I checked it out. I liked it. I think it was silly and fun, and of course cute. I'm in my 30s, but I like to believe I still have a firm grasp on my inner child. I can still relate to younger characters. In the case of these two, I can relate to their imagination and how they get along with family; especially annoying a sibling.




The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey

#1 (5 stars)

I think this book is fun, silly, weird, but I can see why it is a hit or miss with some people. I enjoyed the artwork.




Scream Street by Tommy Donbavand

Fang of the Vampire #1 (5 stars)


I thought this series looked interesting and it turned out pretty fun and cute.

Blood of the Witch #2 (4 stars)

I'm on the fence if I liked this one better than the first one or not. It was quite silly, but not in a bad way, and the author is obviously going with his own vampire lore of how vampires are made

and cured.

(spoiler show)

At least they don't sparkle. ha ha

A fun, quick paced read.




The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator)


Dinosaurs Before Dark #1 (4 stars)

I never read this series as a kid. It is just one of the ones I over looked and never thought about. But I thought this was cute and fun, especially for the age group it is intended for. The only reason adult me would give it a lower rating is because I would love more details and I believe even as a child reading this, more details couldn't hurt!

The Knight at Dawn #2 (3 Stars)

The only reason I give the volumes after #1 a 3 star instead of a 4 star is because of the repetitiveness. The summery of past books within the new story would be really helpful for a person who hasn't read the series in a long time. I will give this series that! So I understand why it happens, but it takes something from me as an adult reader.

However the books are cute and fun. I can relate to them, even as an adult, because I love books and would love to be in their shoes, to see all the worlds in the books, and who wouldn't want a magic tree house?

Mummies In The Morning #3 (3 Stars)

Now that I have finished the 3rd book in the series, I am starting to wonder... is the magic tree house really there, or are the children making up everything in their heads? Either way, I really like it!

Pirates Past Noon #4 (3 Stars)

So now we know who "M" is. I still wonder if the children are making up everything in their minds. Imagination is a powerful thing! Either way, this series is really fun. Sure, it's simple and short for adult readers, but that is completely fine by me! It is nice to sit down with some books without all the young adult drama. Also, I feel like these "children" books and other nostalgia type books are really good when you are in a reading slump.




Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

#1 (4 stars)

I think I would have rated this higher if the kid hadn't been such a brat. I know kids can be bratty, but he seemed way over the top! I would even say he has a meanness to him and doesn't care what the coincidences of his actions are. I felt sorry for his so called best friend.

I do like diary format in books. I might read more in the series. I hope he grows as a character as the series goes on.

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review 2017-07-30 05:25
Book based on an on-line game
Mystery of the Map (Poptropica #1) - Jack Chabert,Kory Merritt,Jeff Kinney



The Poptropica series is based on an on-line role-playing adventure game imagined by Jeff Kinney. In this book Oliver, Mya, and Jorge are on a hot air balloon ride that crashes on an unknown island. They soon realize the island is filled with Vikings and the balloon’s pilot has a sinister reason for bringing them there.


The graphics are bright and the story is fast-paced and exciting. There are four books in the series. Reading the books may encourage kids to check out the game or vice versa, but, it isn’t necessary to play the game to enjoy the book. 


The book was fun, but will appeal more to kids than adults.

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text 2017-07-22 23:41
#24in48 Read-a-thon Check In #3
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander

Stopping for the night at 8 hours and 33 minutes. 30 of those minutes were used to read aloud to the kids (3 picture books and 22 pages of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever). After the kids were in bed I started A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander and currently stand at 53% done.


Now I just need some sleep. Tomorrow more reading and grocery shopping is on the agenda.


Good night and for those about to pull an all-nighter, we salute you.

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