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Ripley Read!
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

BrokenTune & I had discussed doing a buddy read of The Talented Mr. Ripley & I think here were a few others who were up for it! Let's figure out when we want to start!

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review 2016-09-27 18:46
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! Book and Audiocassette Tape Set (Paperback Book and Audio Cassette Tape) - Lucille Colandro,Jared Lee,Skip Hinnant

'There was an old lady who' is a great beginning for readers of all ages!  The classroom age range is likely 5-8 which means any class kindergarten through third grade would enjoy this book. 

I would be most likely to use this book at the beginning of the year when we talk about our summer vacations.  There is sure to be mention of the beach and this would fit right in.  I would use it to teach cause and effect, and as a writing prompt for older students.  What is the outcome of swallowing all those things??  A sandcastle?  Well imagine if a farmer swallowed.....  Students could certainly be creative in making their own stories to mimic this one and enjoy it!  This could even be an assessment of writing abilities and styles to kick off the school year.


grade level equivalent: 2.2

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review 2016-09-03 23:32
Summertime - DiscontentedWinter

Loved it and enjoyed reading so much but wish there was more STEREK scenes.


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review 2015-08-07 00:00
The Summertime Girls
The Summertime Girls - Laura Hankin This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More


I've got a lot of love for this book, and have recommended it to everyone! The relationship between best friends is amazing, and I think this book portrays that perfectly.

The story is told from two perspectives, Ally and Beth.  They've been friends since they were children and then one day they just drifted apart.  Beth's grandmother moving out of her house brings them back together and forces them to see where their friendship stands.

Ally is very much an artistic type.  She's a musician and tends to go with the flow. (One of the things I love about her) Beth is very controlled and likes to have a plan.  It's a shock that they are even friends sometimes.  Each of them has gone through a major thing and feel let down by the other.  I love both of these characters.  They both have their faults and great qualities.  It's finding the balance to deal with their lives and still be a part of each other's life.

I think the thing I loved about this book is that while there's a bit of possible forming romance, it's not the main focus.  I always love stories about friends.  We get to see the ups and downs, and sometimes how hard it is to maintain a friendship.  I think their misunderstanding of what happened on a specific day is important in showing how they drifted apart.  Both feel alone after the absence of each other, and it takes a lot of work for them to try to be how they were before adulthood.

If you like books about friends, then this is definitely for you!!!
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review 2014-09-04 14:07
Perfect Beach Reading
Beach Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories - Lisa Scott

Four out of the five short stories were fun to read on a random Sunday afternoon in summer, so I went with four stars (one star for each good story in the set). For cost savings, I would pick this set up rather than the individual stories.


#1 Ex on the Beach

Skip this story and start the set at story #2.This is a bad story about two dumb MCs reuniting a year after the wedding was called off. You could have drowned in the shallowness both MCs displayed. Maturity level all around was at negative 5 and dropping. The meddling families didn't help.


#2 She's Hot Now

This story hit close to home. I had the same body issues as the female MC did when I lost a lot of weight to get into the military. It is hard to see yourself as hot and attractive when for so long you were the fat friend. This story was done with sensitivity, humor, and grace. There is a nice turn of the tables on the bitchy frenemy at the end by both MCs and another (true) friend. Birds of a feather don't always flock together.


#3 Girls Just Wanna Have Finn

This was a good solid story as story #2. Male MC feeling the effects of his high school reputation.


#4 Washed Up

Now we are getting into cheesy territory, but still good storytelling. Give Grandma her due, she was right about the male MC being more than just good looks.


#5 Hot for Summer

Still cheesy, still fun. Great way to end the set.


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