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review 2018-09-09 22:15
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

Lexile Level: 760 L 

 

This classic coming of age story by L.M. Montgomery tells the story of an orphan named Anne with a strong personality and a huge imagination. Anne stands out from her peers because of her uncontrollable imagination and her expansive vocabulary. Anne makes a great role model for students because of her individuality and her love of reading. Students could connect to her as she struggles through several conflicts. This book could be introduced to upper elementary students and could be used to teach reading comprehension skills. The book contains a large amount of advanced vocabulary and therefore would be perfect for teaching students to use context clues to infer the meanings of unfamiliar words. Students who need more challenging literature to read independently could benefit from reading this book. 

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review 2018-08-02 01:45
Against the Rules (Harts of Passion Book 1) by M.E. Montgomery
Against the Rules - M.E. Montgomery

 

Against the Rules dares to be cynical. We're all thinking it, but are not bold enough to say it. Sometimes we have to break a few rules to land on common ground. Jaxson and Grace fought the fine fight, but in the end lost the war. Their hearts claimed the ultimate victory in a surprise upset. Montgomery looks at love in a colorful way. It's not always rose colored glasses and caviar dreams. It's sleepless nights and emotional upheaval with a side of frustration for good measure. Against the Rules is a captivating tale that explores love from all angles with an edgy wit and a heartwarming outcome.

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text 2018-07-31 13:19
July Wrap-up
Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army - Edoardo Albert
Kitchen Witchcraft - Rachel Patterson
Haunted Castles of England - J.G. Montgomery
Ghost Boy - Stafford Betty
Llewellyn's Little Book of Life Between Lives - The Newton Institute
Woven in Wire - Sarah Thompson
Unnatural Creatures - Maria Dahvana Headley,Neil Gaiman
Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 2 - Jill Stansbury
Knitting Ganseys, Revised and Updated: Techniques and Patterns for Traditional Sweaters - Beth Brown-Reinsel

9 books this month, which is good for me. 6 of them were non-fiction which don't take as long (usually) and 8 of the 9 were from Netgalley.

 

I do have another 7 partial reads on the go which I hope to at least mostly finish by end of August and one more book from Netgalley that definitely won't fit into Halloween Bingo, so I'll start it next.

 

I have 5 books from Netgalley that I haven't started yet that just might fit a Halloween Bingo category, so I'll wait to see what they are before I start any of those! Unless I actually finish all of my current reads, in which case there is one less likely than the others.

 

I'm still working my way through the massive pile of samples. Hopefully choosing books for Bingo will lead to eliminating a few of those! There are a couple in my Horror folder that I hope to include in Bingo, not least of all the third book of the Jason Crane series. It's becoming a tradition to read one of these each year! Though I think this is the last of the series.

 

Of this month's books, the stand out was Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army, which I reviewed on my last post before this one. It earned a rare 5 star rating from me.

 

Two of the non-fiction books I read will remain among my reference books; Haunted Castles in England and Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals. The Jewellery and knitting books will also get some future mileage and hopefully I'll find time to try a few projects.

 

So not a bad month, but I definitely need some more good fiction reads in the upcoming months.

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review 2018-07-27 18:29
The Cuteness of Anne of Green Gables a review
Anne of Green Gables Novels #1 - L M Montgomery

Hello hello everyone and how are you all?! I am doing so great! I know I haven't been back for quiet some time and there is no excuse. But, I am back and I'm excited to be back. So, for today as you can see I am going to be doing another review and that is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and I have read this a while ago and I am now here to share what I thing about.

 

BLURB

 

Anne Shirley is an orphan who has been finally been given a home with a brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. But, what she didn't know and what they didn't know was that she's a girl. Marilla had wanted a boy to help out her brother. It was a misunderstanding and Anne was sent instead. Marilla wanted to send Anne back right away, but changed her mind. Anne now has a home and she is off having an adventure at her new home. 

 

My Thought

 

This book I ended up adoring and had wished to have discovered this as a young girl. It brought back memories of my own adventures as a kid and the crazy imagination that I used and still use!

 

Anne is just very cheerful, spunky, and very talkative. She lives inside her head a lot and I find I related to her because of that. The fact that she is a bit of a tomboy is just fun and not allowing herself to be completely afraid of certain adventures. There are a couple of things that was quite hard to read about and that is one her stubbornness. Two the fact that she brings herself down, because of not looking like every other girl and that is heartbreaking to read.

 

Now, there is a quote that I found funny when she first arrived and coming home with Matthew and it's about her talkative nature. It's both sweet and funny, it reminds me of how we were as children and how children still are it goes.

 

"It's such a relief to talk when one wants to be and not be told that children should be seen and not heard. I've had that said to me a million times if I have once. And people laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?"

 

I just enjoyed it and just laughed because it's something we all do as children.

 

Marilla at first I didn't like because of her treatment towards Anne at first, to make her feel bad that she wasn't a boy. It wasn't Anne's fault. But as time went by she became likable.

 

Matthew is just sweet as pie and the love he had towards Anne is just what he needed to be more open and just enjoy her life. I liked him from the get go and enjoyed the chemistry between him and Anne. A father/Daughter love.

 

Mrs. Rachel Lynde I did not like at the get go, the nosy neighbor who has to know everyone's business and she drove me crazy. I'm not gonna lie I did enjoy how Anne treated her when Rachel called her ugly. But she got somewhat likable in the end.

 

Diana is just what Anne need and the fact that she took to Anne right away was just so sweet. She is bubbly and fun as well.

 

Gilbert the poor thing I felt bad for him on how Anne treated him, because of one stupid mistake he did to her. But he is a sweet and kind boy, with a bit of mischief, but gives Anne fuel.

 

This story is just again just adorable and cute. I would love to continue reading the rest of the books. I was happy to see that Anne had gotten over her stubbornness towards Gilbert and allow herself to enjoy him. I would recommend this to the young girls at heart, and young girls. To mothers and daughters. I can't recommend this enough.

 

Well, I have come to an end. I'm so happy to be back with a post. I will be back next Friday with a brand new post. Until then I hope you all have a fantastic day/night where ever you are and I'll write to you next week!

 

Later Days <3

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review 2018-07-21 13:06
Haunted Castles of England
Haunted Castles of England - J.G. Montgomery

by L.M. Montgomery

 

Non-fiction

 

This started out with a dramatic scenario description, written in second person, sort of guiding the reader through a ghost encounter situation. After that, to my surprise, it actually explained ghost stories as only having life as stories and nothing real behind them. After that it gets into individual castles that are known for ghost stories and I was amused to find seven of them that I have been to.

 

Most of the book is a series of blurbs about each of the castles, giving a little history and relating what stories have been told about ghost sightings in them and any speculation about who these ghosts might be. The approach is refreshingly objective, though the author does admit to seeing three ghosts first hand at the end.

 

I expect to refer back to this book as a reference whenever I travel, to see what stories have been told about castles in the areas I visit. Though the individual entries are short, they are sufficiently descriptive to be a good travel guide for the castles themselves, with or without the ghosts.

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