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text 2018-08-16 21:24
Recently Read
Halloween Party - R.L. Stine
The Secret Bedroom - R.L. Stine
milk and honey - rupi kaur
Frindle - Andrew Clements,Brian Selznick
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,Dave McKean
And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson,Henry Cole,Peter Parnell
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures - Ben Hatke
The Sleepwalker - R.L. Stine
This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Earl, Esther Earl Lori Earl Wayne (2014) Paperback - Esther Earl Lori Earl Wayne Earl

For anyone curious, here is my most recent read books!

176271 Halloween Party by R L Stine [3/5 stars]

I'm really torn on what to rate this book. In many ways it is outdated and problematic, but the nostalgia factor hangs on really tightly to me. I've probably read it at least a few times since I was a preteen. This read through was the slowest I've ever read one of these books; it wasn't engaging me.

Started: July 2 Ended: Aug 2

Read for R L Stine: Fear Street Challenge (June book - was behind)

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The Secret Bedroom by R L Stine [3/5 stars]

I read it in one day. Some of his books are like candy, though that might be the nostalgia speaking. I felt a lot more engaged in this book. I really must say that I hated the mean girl aspect, which seems to show up in most RL's books. Also, why do the mean girls have to be redheads?! (Are we really seen as mean, stuck up people?)

Started: Aug 2 Ended: Aug 2

Read for R L Stine: Fear Street Challenge (July book - was behind)

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milk and honey by rupi kaur [4/5 stars]

I started this one on a whim after getting the Scribd subscription. I listened to the author "perform" these poems with the audiobook while reading the physical copy. That heightened my enjoyment of the collection. Some are very hard to hear/read and deal with abuse, sexual abuse and other things people might find triggering.

Started: Aug 8 Ended: Aug 8

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Frindle by Andrew Clements [4/5 stars]

Another book I started on a whim after getting Scribd. Nostalgic book. I enjoyed the story very much, but not sure how to rate it. Child me would probably say it is a 5 star. I'm not afraid to admit there were a couple parts that made me choke up in a happy way, especially the ending, which I adored. Is this book farfetched? Maybe, but I love that it might give kids and kids at heart a feeling that anything is possible.

Started: Aug 8 Ended: Aug 8

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman [5/5 stars]

I read the 10th anniversrary copy on Scribd. The 10th Anniversary Edition does not really offer that much more, so if you already own a copy of the book, I wouldn't suggest you buy the 10th Anniversary Edition, too. Unless of course you want to collect everything Neil Gaiman (I know some people like to collect multiple copies of the same book...etc.) This is my second time reading it. I still love the story (I even love the movie more. Shh, don't tell anyone.)

Started: Aug 8 Ended: Aug 8

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson [5/5 stars]

Ahhhh I love this picture book!

Started Aug 9 Ended: Aug 9

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Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke [4/5 stars]

I am proud to be an adult who still loves and finds comfort in books published/meant for children. I don't think books should have age limits anyway. This little picture book was very cute.

Started: Aug 10 Ended: Aug 10

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The Sleepwalker by R L Stine [4/5 stars]

I really liked this one. I read it as a preteen, but I couldn't remember the plot twist. My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is how R L Stine always writesa male characters who think they are entitled to the girl character and how the boy treated the girl when she turned him down. Very problematic element. Rape vibes and abusive treatment.

Especially, considering how she ends up getting back with that boy and they joke around with "maybe I like creepy guys." Uh...no thank you! People, please don't stay with a person who treats you how Link treated Mayra. His actions were way over the line, he even threatened her with the "you'll be sorry" line.

(spoiler show)

Started: Aug 13 Ended: Aug 14

Read for R L Stine: Fear Street Challenge (August book)

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This Star Won't Go Out by Esther, Wayne, Lori Earl, with parts written by friends and family. [3/5 stars]

I don't know how to sum up my feelings about this book. I've read it twice. I started it again this "Esther Day" in her honor. It is hard to read and heartbreaking because you know the end before you start.

5 stars for my feels for Esther for sure. 3/3.5 for the layout/presentation of the book.(All the pictures and drawings were great, though.) It was confusing in parts and if I was clueless about all the references, I'm not sure I would have understood much. I relate to Esther and her Nerdfighter ways, love of Harry Potter...etc. She was a great girl that we lost too soon.

Started: Aug 3 Ended: Aug 16th

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quote 2018-08-09 05:34
“Come here, little girl. I know what you want, little girl.” It was a rustling voice, scratchy and dry. It made Coraline think of some kind of enormous dead insect. Which was silly, she knew. How could a dead thing, especially a dead insect, have a voice?

She walked through several rooms with low, slanting ceilings until she came to the final room. It was a bedroom, and the other crazy old man upstairs sat at the far end of the room, in the near darkness, bundled up in his coat and hat.

As Coraline entered he began to talk. “Nothing’s changed, little girl,” he said, his voice sounding like the noise dry leaves make as they rustle across a pavement. “And what if you do everything you swore you would? What then? Nothing’s changed. You’ll go home. You’ll be bored. You’ll be ignored. No one will listen to you, not really listen to you. You’re too clever and too quiet for them to understand. They don’t even get your name right.

“Stay here with us,” said the voice from the figure at the end of the room. “We will listen to you and play with you and laugh with you. Your other mother will build whole worlds for you to explore, and tear them down every night when you are done. Every day will be better and brighter than the one that went before. Remember the toy box? How much better would a world be built just like that, and all for you?”

“And will there be gray, wet days where I just don’t know what to do and there’s nothing to read or to watch and nowhere to go and the day drags on forever?” asked Coraline.

From the shadows, the man said, “Never.”

“And will there be awful meals, with food made from recipes, with garlic and tarragon and broad beans in?” asked Coraline.

“Every meal will be a thing of joy,” whispered the voice from under the old man’s hat. “Nothing will pass your lips that does not entirely delight you.”

“And could I have Day-Glo green gloves to wear, and yellow Wellington boots in the shape of frogs?” asked Coraline.

“Frogs, ducks, rhinos, octopuses—whatever you desire. The world will be built new for you every morning. If you stay here, you can have whatever you want.”

Coraline sighed. “You really don’t understand, do you?” she said. “I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn’t mean anything. What then?”

“I don’t understand,” said the whispery voice.

“Of course you don’t understand,” she said, raising the stone with the hole in it to her eye. “You’re just a bad copy she made of the crazy old man upstairs.”
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,Dave McKean

I'm currently re-reading this book (I got Scribd back again!!) and I came to this scene. It really is true what Coraline says and I think we forget that. Also just because you might get everything you want... that doesn't equal happiness.

 

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[This bit of wisdom from a Children's book (though I believe no matter your age, you should be able to read any book/books shouldn't have age limits) Coraline by Neil Gaiman.]

 

 

 

*Not sponsored:(I'm nobody) For those who don't know, Scribd is an ebook and audiobook subscription service. I really like it! They don't have the largest catalog, but enough to make the price worth it. $8.99 a month, and I think they might have a free trial. Heck, if you read or listen to one book, I believe you got your money's worth. Scribd's worldwide! You'll be able to access Scribd in any country unless local service providers or authorities have blocked it. Please note: not every title is available in every country.

 

Sharing this, because I wish I had known about it sooner!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/17061.Coraline
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text 2018-04-09 22:36
Children books, reading apps & Anne Frank
If you know me at all, you'll know I love everything from children's books, even picture books, young adult, adult, horror, romance, fantasy... you name it.
 
I'm subscribed to Scribd which is a ebook reading service. $8.99 a month and you can read unlimited ebook & audiobooks they have on their website/app. With the sub, you get a free sub to another service, this one called FarFaria, which is a bunch of children stories; original stories just found on this app. Pretty cute stories. You can even have the stories read to you. :)
 
 
 
They have a classics section where they retell some classic or true stories. One was Anne Frank. I read this short story (10 pages or so) and it starts out happy, go lucky, like a typical cute picture book. Um.. okay.
 
 
I'm all for them getting kids introduced to Anne Frank and get them interested in her diary, but this story was just very, very, obviously condensed and some unsuspecting kid is going to get a shock on the last page where it does a huge time jump and says "oh, by the way, they died. Only the father survived. Go read Anne's diary. The end."
 
The app itself is pretty awesome. If you have a kid or are a kid at heart, check it out. If you don't have Scribd, the sub for this is $4.99, I believe. They are not long books, they don't take much brain power to read, but the artwork is really beautiful, and sometimes you just have to shut off your mind and enjoy something simple. It's like meditating, but with picture books. Plus, I will always have these on hand for whenever my niece or nephews are around.
 
I will be 80 years old and still be young at heart, because I never restricted myself on what I like based on an intended age group.
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review 2016-10-30 06:38
Disclaimer - Renee Knight (Genre: Mystery)
Disclaimer: A Novel - Renée Knight,HarperAudio,Laura Paton,Michael Pennington

 

 

 

 

*Read through Scribd Audio*

 

Catherine's life is turned upside down when she recognises herself in a book that was mysteriously sent to her. The book, 'The Perfect Stranger', chronicles a dark secret from her past, one that she wants to remain hidden.

Stephen is an elderly gentleman who seems to be hell bent on ruining Catherine's life, enacting revenge for a tragedy that happened many years ago. He's responsible for publishing the book but this is only part of his plan and he's going to ensure Catherine pays dearly for her past.

This isn't the usual read I pick up but it was recommended by someone on GR, I'm very thankful for the rec as this was a highly enjoyable thriller that kept me guessing as to what Catherine's secret past really was. There are quite a few red herrings and I certainly didn't see things playing out as they did which made it all the better. No pretty ending here but one that I felt fit the story and was satisfying.

The two narrators did a fantastic job in bringing the characters to life. Catherine is a successful career woman who is happily married to Robert. Her failings seem to be as a mother, a role that she has never felt at ease with. She is an engaging character and it was easy to feel invested in what would happen to her.

The other narrator provided the voice of Stephen, he's out for vengeance over something he thinks Catherine did 20 years ago. At times it's really shocking to hear his hatred for Catherine especially when his plans to ruin her life take on more sinister tones. Whilst his actions are awful I still felt sorry for him, missing his dead wife and letting his grief turn to hatred.

Each audio chapter was alternated between the two characters, this kept the pacing tight and it was all too easy to start the next chapter to get closer to the true details of the incident.

Highly recommended.

 

11/25

 

Complete:

 

Read by candlelight or flashlight: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K Rowling

Magical Realism:

Witches: Witch Island - David Bernstein

Genre: Horror:

Black Cat:

Diverse Authors can be Spooky Fun: Poisoning Eros - Wrath James White

Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses:

Young Adult Horror: Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

Scary Women (Authors):

Reads with (Booklikes) Friends:

Grave or Graveyard: Graveyard Blues - Reina Salt

Genre: Mystery: Disclaimer - Renee Knight

Free Square: Gilded Needles - Michael McDowell

Gothic:

Creepy Crawlies:

'Fall' into a good book: Falling Angel - William Hjortsberg

Locked Room Mystery:

It was a dark and stormy night: The Rain Dancers - Greg F. Gifune

Set in New England:

Full Moon:

Vampires vs. Werewolves: Written in Red - Anne Bishop

Supernatural:

Classic Horror: The Monkey's Paw - W.W. Jacobs

Pumpkin:

Set on Halloween:

 

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text 2015-10-02 16:00
Fabulous Finds Friday: September 30: Scribd Edition
The Steampunk Trilogy - Paul Di Filippo
Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches - Cherie Priest
TARDIS Eruditorum - A Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 3: Jon Pertwee - Philip Sandifer
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld,Keith Thompson
Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century - Matt Hills
Tanglewreck - Jeanette Winterson
The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines - Mike Madrid

You may have heard, but the book subscription service Oyster is getting ready to shut down. (On the plus side, they were pretty much acqui-hired by Google, rather than simply going out of business). The news has prompted me to spend more time on Scribd, lest it should be the next to fall, and I've added a bunch of new and interesting things to my library this week. Here are just a few:

 

The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul di Filipo

 

Maplecroft (audio) by Cherie Priest

 

Tardis Eruditorum (volumes 1-6) by Philip Sandifer

 

The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

 

Triumph of a Timelord by Matt Hills

 

Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson

 

The Supergirls by Mike Madrid

 

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