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review 2018-09-10 03:19
Smile by Raina Telgemeir
Smile - Raina Telgemeier

Smile by Raina Telgemeir is a level T on the Fountas and Pinnell reading level scale. Smile is about Raina Telgemeir’s story of when she was in 6th grade and got her front two teeth knocked out when she was running and tripped and fell. 6th grade is already a really hard time, but not having your front two teeth is really tough. This story shows her struggles as a preteen and getting through not having her front two teeth. This would be great to read to students who are going through a hard time and having issues of confidence as a preteen. You could also tell students to write in their journal of something they don’t feel confident about and how they manage to get through that everyday. 

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review 2018-08-14 18:31
Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile
Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile - Françoise Sagan

Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile, both novellas by Sagan have been on my TBR for years, and I am so glad I finally read them. 

There was no particular reason I wanted to read them other than that I heard so many readers speak of them, tho not about them. I was intrigued.

 

I had no idea that Sagan was only 18 when she wrote Bonjour Tristesse, but reading the novella I had been wondering what age group the author was writing for. You see, I didn't connect with the main character. She was quite young mentally and I was wondering if this was a novel that would now be found in the YA/NA section, except the writing is far too accomplished for NA. 

On the other hand, there are far more issues and layers to the stories than I'd probably expect from a YA (never even mind NA...) book. So, even if the novellas fit on either of those shelves - both certainly feature the angsty young people pursuing love interests as their main plot - the novellas are also more than they appear. I'm just not sure, that the reader is given much of a chance to explore the additional issues before the main plots - the romances in both novellas - end.  

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text 2018-04-02 22:30
March 2018-That's A Wrap!
I'll Bring You the Birds from Out of the Sky - Brian Hodge
Blanky - Kealan Patrick Burke
Deadfall Hotel - Matt Godfrey,Steve Rasnic Tem,Steve Rasnic Tem
Stinger - Robert R. McCammon, Nick Sullivan
Mystery Walk - Robert McCammon
Video Night - Adam Cesare
Jackrabbit Smile (Hap and Leonard) - Joe R. Lansdale
See What I Have Done - Sarah Schmidt
Saga Volume 4 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Saga, Volume 5 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples

I've read 14 books this month!

 

Graphic Novels

 

SAGA Volume 3 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples 5*

SAGA Volume 4 4*

SAGA volume 5 5*

TOTAL: 3

 

Novellas

 

 

BLANKY by Kealan Patrick Burke 5*

I'LL BRING YOU THE BIRDS FROM OUT OF THE SKY by Brian Hodge 5*

TOTAL: 2

 

Audiobooks

 

 

DEADFALL HOTEL by Steve Rasnic Tem 4*

STINGER by Robert McCammon 4*

MYSTERY WALK by Robert McCammon 5*

VIDEO NIGHT: A NOVEL OF ALIEN HORROR by Adam Cesare 4*

TOTAL: 4

 

ARCS

 

SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt 3.5*

JACKRABBIT SMILE by Joe Lansdale 4*

THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP edited by Ellen Datlow 4*

TOTAL: 3

 

Random Reads

 

SCARY HOUSE by Sean Thomas Fisher 3*

AFTERAGE by Yvonne Navarro 4*

TOTAL: 2

 

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

Status: 3/40

 

2018 Running Total: 48 

 

 

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review 2018-03-26 14:30
JACKRABBIT SMILE by Joe Lansdale
Jackrabbit Smile (Hap and Leonard) - Joe R. Lansdale

Hap and Leonard return to Hap's hometown of Marvel Creek in Joe Lansdale's latest release JACKRABBIT SMILE.

 

This time around our heroes are hired by a man and his mother to find their missing sister/daughter. The relationship between Hap, Leonard and Brett and their new clients isn't a good one, since both the man and his mom are openly prejudiced against any and all who aren't white. Which, of course, doesn't sit well with Leonard. Will the dynamic duo find the missing girl? Will the people who hired them get their due? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

The humor Joe Lansdale is famous for is here in spades, but there's a lot of darkness as well. Hap's hometown is full of racism, violence, and both false prophets and profits. (It's hard to believe good-hearted Hap came from such an ugly place.) All of this makes for a quick, extremely entertaining read.

 

 

If you're reading the Hap and Leonard series, you already know how addicting these books can be. If you're watching the television series on the Sundance Channel, you'll note some similarities between the current season and this book. Both take unflinching looks at the ugliness of racism in all of its different faces and forms; but they do it with bravery and a sense of humor. I think that's what makes this series, (both the books and the television show), so special and enjoyable.

 

If you're not reading this series or watching the show, what are you waiting for?

 

Highly recommended!

 

*Thanks to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for the e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This is it.*

 

 

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review 2018-03-10 02:28
A sweet read, but wanted to know more
The Lady's Smile (Highland Valiance Series) (Volume 4) - Fiona McKellar

This is a quick sweet read. Gelis and Tom are products of their worlds but find trust and love with each other. Gelis has a tough time believing Tom and spends too much time waffling for me. There are some moments of tears and sad smiles balanced out with glimpses of happiness. Tom was a real sweetheart, but I wished to know a little more about his past.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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