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review 2017-07-07 12:00
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
Mister Monday - Garth Nix

This book is very different from what I usually read and there's kind of a backstory to why I ended up reading it. I was at the library with my boyfriend and I really wanted him to read The Raven Boys because it's my fave, so I agreed to read a book that he picked out for me. Yeah, our reading tastes are not the same. It's not that I didn't want to like this book, it just isn't for me. Even when I was younger, I probably wouldn't have picked up the book because I was even more of a cover snob and the main character was a boy (ew boys - middle school me probably).


Anyway, onto my actual review. This book wasn't necessarily bad, it just isn't something that I usually enjoy. While I have read some really good middle grade books, the majority of them don't appeal to me because I find it more difficult to connect to the characters. Arthur isn't an unlikable character, but I couldn't really connect to him. His sole motivation seemed to be curing people of this virus and while that's not a bad motivation there wasn't really any insight into who he was as a person, other than he's a decent human being that doesn't want people to die. 

The plot of this book was kind of confusing. I'm not really sure why the Will needed to do what it does because the real world seemed fine. The weird world that Arthur goes to doesn't seem to be in the greatest of shape, but there wasn't really anything outright wrong with it, I think. The book also kind of just throws you into the world without much help, except for the info dumping that occurs sporadically, but always during or right before it's most convenient. The rules of the world don't seem to be clear and seem to allow for pretty much anything to happen, especially if it'll move the plot along. 

The side characters all seemed to have ridiculous names that I found distracting. At one point, Arthur says that one of his siblings was named Eminor and is a musician, but he changed his name and I just found that so ridiculous. What kind of a name is that, at least go with Melody if you're trying to go with a music name. The side characters were all just kind of weird and honestly not really important for the most part, except for maybe Suzy. Suzy gets a lot more page time than most of the other characters, aside from Arthur, and she would have been a great character if her dialogue wasn't so bad. She's supposed to be from the time of the bubonic plague, but sometimes she talks like she's from the 1900s or like she's from the south. It didn't really make much sense. 

The story was definitely creative and I could see many middle grade readers really enjoying this book, but it wasn't my cup of tea. I don't really plan on continuing this series, mainly because there's seven books, unless they get a lot better.

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text 2017-05-20 04:33
"Meatier" finds in public library ebooks
Michael Symon's Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers - Michael Symon
Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings - Ray Lampe,Leigh Beisch
ManBQue: Meat. Beer. Rock and Roll. - John Carruthers,Jesse Valenciana
Wicked Good Burgers: Fearless Recipes and Uncompromising Techniques for the Ultimate Patty - Andy Husbands,Chris Hart
Woman's Day Monday Night is Chicken Night - Woman's Day Magazine,Woman's Day
Perfect Grilled Meats: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-146 - Matt Kelly
Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook - F.L. Fowler

More to checkout for me (my library uses overdrive).


Durn autocorrect keeps trying to make "public library" "pubic library" ... er?

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review 2017-04-20 20:30
Poppy Mayberry, The Monday
Poppy Mayberry, The Monday - Jennie K. Brown
In Nova City anyone born during the week, Monday through Friday, receives a special power dependent on the day that they were born.  Mondays have the gift of telekinesis, Tuesdays are able to teleport, Wednesdays are able to manipulate electricity, Thursdays can read minds and Fridays have the gift of invisibility.  Most kids are able to use their gift between 10 and 13 years old.  Poppy Mayberry, a Monday hasn't been able to use her gift until Ellie Preston, a Thursday, makes Poppy so mad that Poppy sends Ellie's headband flying right off of her head.  Poppy is still far from controlling her gift however, and is sent to Power Academy, a summer school for those who have to improve their weekday skills.  If that wasn't bad enough, Ellie is her roommate and in her weekday group.  Power Academy is run by the totally mean Headmistress Lariby.  Headmistress Lariby singles out Poppy's group by issuing them a challenge.  If they succeed, the four weekdays can leave Power Academy early.  Now, a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will have to come together, harness their abilities and see if they can claim back some of their summer.
Poppy Mayberry, The Monday is a perfect story for younger middle-grade readers.  I enjoyed reading it as an adult, but I'm sure I would have loved it more as an eight to eleven year old. Poppy Mayberry is very easy to relate to.  Poppy is trying to do her best at school while worrying about developing her gift, Ellie dislikes her for reasons unknown and now she has to go to summer school.  Incorporating themes of friendship, development, and teamwork in a fun and humorous way, young readers will easily understand Poppy's struggles.  I loved the growing relationship between Poppy and Ellie and I'm glad a female friendship was the main focus, although there is a hope of some summer romance.  I would love to find out more about how Nova City came to receive its powers and how the four teammates are progressing.  Hopefully, more will be explored in future installments.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 


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review 2017-04-18 03:29
Monday With a Mad Genius- Booklikes-opoly
Monday with a Mad Genius - Mary Pope Osborne,Sal Murdocca

This is a book I read with my son. It also happens to fit well for my Booklikes-oply book. We started it two nights ago  and finished it tonight.


In this Jack and Annie are on a Merlin Mission. They are on a quest to "find happiness." This time they travel back and end up meeting Leonardo da Vinci. I live how Pope spins a great tale for kids while a accurately depicting the time period and history of thd content involving the subject matter.


My kid really likes this series, we have a large collection of these, just missing the few most recent books. I love that he likes these, I do to and don't get too bored while reading. I am so glad he has surpassed the "see spot run" level.


Just under 150 pages


$20 + $2= $22

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text 2017-03-23 13:47
Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 240 pages.
The Black Monday Murders Volume 1 - Jonathan Hickman

this reminds me a bit of The Names by Peter Milligan, except maybe even more condemnatory of the world's worship of money. greed tied to supernatural power and manipulation is a freaky, scary idea.

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