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review 2017-03-29 02:48
Harriet the Spy
Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet the Spy is about a girl who writes down everything she notices or feels about everyone, including those she calls her friends. This is a fantastic book that many students can relate to - whether they have felt isolated, bullied, or have been a bully. Students can learn from Harriet the Spy how be honest but gracious and nice.


With this novel, I would read it aloud as well as assign chapters to read for students in any grade between third or fifth grade. We would throughout the readings have class discussions on character, setting, plot and analysis, as well as have short quizzes when assigned chapters to read to test reading. In a fifth grade class, I would at the end of the reading have my students write an essay discussing when it is okay to write about people and why.

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text 2017-03-10 20:56
Friday Reads!
Lights, Love & Lip Gloss (Hollywood High Book 4) - Amir Abrams,Ni-Ni Simone
Heels, Heartache & Headlines (Hollywood High) - Amir Abrams,Ni-Ni Simone
Rumors - A.C. Arthur
Revealed (The Rumors Series, Book 2) - A.C. Arthur

I will be finishing up the Hollywood High series and starting on a duology (haven't heard of a third book thus far) by A. C. Arthur that I've put off for way too long. I'm having such a good time reading and catching up with the girls in the Hollywood High series. These books are easy reads that really are a fun escape.


You'll realize that I'm not sticking to my March reading list. Some books really do take me forever to read and days were passing by without me picking up my kindle. I decided to re-adjust my tbr and read some backlogged books that would surely get me going again. I will eventually get to the books on my March TBR, but I will feel better with books read, under my belt, than none at all or only a couple at months end. I wish I could read multiple books at a time, but I can't.


I don't have plans for the weekend so, these four books seem doable.


Happy weekend reading everyone!

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review 2017-02-19 02:37
Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumors - Zoë Howe

This is a re-release of a book from a few years ago. I received it from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
I have always been enthralled, "bewitched", and fascinated by Stevie Nicks. From the first time I listened to Fleetwood Mac in the mid-seventies until today. That voice. That music. And, later, when I would see concert clips of them on The Midnight Special and other shows, the pure enchantment of watching Stevie perform. And, later, to actually seeing them perform in concert in person. It would just fill me with a sense of wonder.
And the rumors. Of the drug use. Of the drama. Of the in-fighting. What to believe?
Well, it's pretty much all laid bare in this book. I found that I just could not put it down. And it left me, at age 57, still feeling the same way about Stevie Nicks as I did when I was a teenager. Fascinating!

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review 2016-01-18 11:13
Scandals, Rumors, Lies - Jessica Burkhart

4.5 stars! Finally(!!!) this one got delivered and I finally could find out more about what happened. The last book ended with a cliffhanger (ARGHHHHH), so I just needed to know how it would continue.


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review 2015-01-01 20:51
Rumors by Anna Godberson
Rumors: A Luxe Novel - Anna Godbersen,Nina Siemaszko

This is second book in the Luxe Series by Anna Godberson.




After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.

All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.

As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.



My Thoughts:


This series is like a soap opera, and I could see it as a TV show on the CW network, and I would probably watch it.  It might be worth it alone just for the pretty dresses.


The year is 1899 and Elizabeth Holland has just offed herself, or did she?  Now they are on the cusp of the new year and rumors are flying rampantly around about her demise and what her naughty sister Diana is up too.  There's more from Lena and her crew, always stirring up trouble for the Holland sisters.  Penelope is ever present as the queen bitch, deviously conniving her way to the top.  Sounds just like an overly dramatic soap, huh.  That's why I have to say this series is like a guilty pleasure for me.


I listened to this on Audio with Nina Siemaszko doing the narration.  This narration is better than the first book, because I could actually hear it.  Their were some mispronounced words and misnaming of people in one particular scene, although I don't know if the latter is the fault of the narrator, but anyway they did lessen my enjoyment of the book.  The narrator gets a 3.5 Star rating.



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