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review 2018-09-10 04:11
Sideways Stories From Wayside School - Louis Sachar,Adam McCauley

Instead of 30 classrooms built NEXT to each other, 30 classrooms were built ON TOP of each other, but without a 19th floor!! Each chapter is a different story about one of the students in the class and of the craziness that happens at the school in Mrs. Jewls class on the 30th floor! I would use this book as a continued lesson, each chapter could be used to identify different traits of the characters or sequence of events and after reading the students could write their own crazy story based on the classroom.

Lexile: 460L

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review 2018-08-19 02:52
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
I really wanted to see this movie and decided to read the book first (and of course go see the movie!). So, this is safe to say a book review and a little bit of a movie review too. The rating is strictly for the BOOK.
The book:
Oh my, so many characters so much going on. It is not just about Nick and Rachel. Rachel's best friend Peik Lin. It's also about Astrid and her husband Michael. Astrid making a connection with someone from her past (Charlie). I thought there was just too much going on. Too many characters to keep track of. I wish the story has just focused on Nick and Rachel. Rachel's family history is also a lot more complicated.****more in the page break
It's an interesting look at location, wealth, culture. 
The movie:
I loved this and will be owning it when it is available to own. 
The movie did focus on Nick and Rachel, breaking down their trip to a period of a week or so as opposed to a whole summer. I just thought it flowed better. The HEA was also very clear. 
Ripped Bodice Bingo: Book That Is Now a Movie
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review 2018-08-10 19:20
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan - My Thoughts
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

What a fun read!  Lots of buzz about the movie and then the book went on sale, so how could I resist, even though it's not my usual fare. 

I will admit that I spent a lot of my reading time with a recurring thought of "Really?  Is this for real?" going on in my mind because the book seemed to me that it might be reinforcing stereotypes of Asians. But I haven't seen any kind of kickback about it or the movie online and with some of the people I follow, believe me, there'd have been outcry.  

Also, it was funny, but some of the scenes and characterisations harkened back to James Clavell's Noble House (which I also thoroughly enjoyed when I read it years and years ago.), mostly those having to do with family heirarchy, the clubs and businesses etc...  It was really weird because Clavell is one of the last authors you'd think of when reading a rom-com, right? 

Anyway, the characters were fun and seemed very real, despite the over the top setting.  I especially loved Astrid, the hero's cousin.  She was deliciously over the top yet very vulnerable when you got beneath the surface.  I also liked Rachel, the heroine's, friend Piek Lin a whole lot too.  Indeed her whole family! 

My only problem with the book, really, was that it seemed to end so abruptly.  I even checked to make sure I wasn't missing a chapter or an epilogue or something.  It doesn't end badly at all, it just felt sudden and quick. 

And the story's not done!  (It IS a trilogy. *LOL*)  So I'll be looking to pick up book 2 and looking forward to watching the movie whenever it hits Netflix or The Movie Network or whichever.  (I don't do theatres anymore).

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review 2018-08-09 13:19
One of my favorite series
Not Quite Crazy - Catherine Bybee

I am hooked on the Not Quite series.    This one was like a fairy tale.   Girl works while raising her best friends son, stops to help a stranger during a snow storm, and stranger changes her life.     The catch?   The stranger is her boss and CEO of a private jet company.  

 

The stranger is Jason Fairchild.   He lives to work.    Until a fateful night when Rachel Price gives him a ride after is Audi swerves into a snow ditch.   Immediately when these two met the reader could feel the attraction.   I knew their story would be interesting, fun, and sexy.    I loved that Jason immediately took into account that Rachel was a mom.    He made plans, dates that included Owen.    He connected with Owen just as quickly as he connected with Rachel.     

 

Not Quite Crazy is a fun and fast read.   The storyline was enjoyable, quick, and easy to follow.   There was flirting, sexy fun, and family time.   Add in some drama, some family discord, and some scary mom moments and it is the perfect story.      There are twists and turns throughout the story that changes some of the storylines from where I thought they were going to go but the ending was perfect.    I ended with hope for Owen to be happy and a full heart for Rachel to be living life her way with Jason who is going to give her the world.   

 

I definitely recommend picking up your own copy of Not Quite Crazy.

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text 2018-08-07 10:43
Germany & Central Europe, seen from the International Space Station

Tweet by the current commander of the ISS, German Alexander Gerst.

 

I'd been planning to shut up about the weather, but this just came too pat ... Will finally be shutting up now, though.

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