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review 2017-09-10 16:33
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

 

I saw the movie version of this a while ago and while I wasn't a huge fan of it, I've been wanting to give the book a try. I found a copy for a few bucks in the clearance section and read most of it in a day.

I can't stand Greg Heffley. He is one of the most irritating characters I have even encountered. Self-centered, selfish, and clueless, I really don't understand how this kid has even one friend. This is less of a diary of a wimpy kid and more of a diary of a total jerk. He never thinks of others, including his supposed "best friend". He makes fun of everybody and is overly focused on his popularity even though he hardly engages with any of his peers, besides writing about how stupid they are. Greg thinks he's better than everyone and isn't afraid to express it.

The worst part of the whole thing was that Greg learns nothing in the book. I'm a sucker for stories where flawed characters gain even a little insight into how horrible they are, but Greg is just too dense. Beginning to end, he is too focused on himself to even realize that other people have thoughts, emotions, and feeling.

I don't like overly sentimental books either, but this one had no depth at all. It's just a list of events that might be remotely humorous if I didn't hate the character so much.

A very quick read, but I did not enjoy it. 

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text 2017-09-05 13:10
Children Books I've Read Recently

Recently I decided to go on a binge of reading children stories. I was just in a nostalgic mood and ended up reading some books I never got around to reading when I was younger, and some that are newer published.

 

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) 

#1 (4 stars)

I was browsing through the kid section of the overdrive library, because I was in the mood for some children/middle grade (possibly nostalgic stuff from my past) and I saw the cover for this book. I thought it looked cute, so I checked it out. I liked it. I think it was silly and fun, and of course cute. I'm in my 30s, but I like to believe I still have a firm grasp on my inner child. I can still relate to younger characters. In the case of these two, I can relate to their imagination and how they get along with family; especially annoying a sibling.

 

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey

#1 (5 stars)

I think this book is fun, silly, weird, but I can see why it is a hit or miss with some people. I enjoyed the artwork.

 

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Scream Street by Tommy Donbavand

Fang of the Vampire #1 (5 stars)

 

I thought this series looked interesting and it turned out pretty fun and cute.

Blood of the Witch #2 (4 stars)

I'm on the fence if I liked this one better than the first one or not. It was quite silly, but not in a bad way, and the author is obviously going with his own vampire lore of how vampires are made

and cured.

(spoiler show)

At least they don't sparkle. ha ha

A fun, quick paced read.

 

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The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator)

 

Dinosaurs Before Dark #1 (4 stars)

I never read this series as a kid. It is just one of the ones I over looked and never thought about. But I thought this was cute and fun, especially for the age group it is intended for. The only reason adult me would give it a lower rating is because I would love more details and I believe even as a child reading this, more details couldn't hurt!

The Knight at Dawn #2 (3 Stars)

The only reason I give the volumes after #1 a 3 star instead of a 4 star is because of the repetitiveness. The summery of past books within the new story would be really helpful for a person who hasn't read the series in a long time. I will give this series that! So I understand why it happens, but it takes something from me as an adult reader.

However the books are cute and fun. I can relate to them, even as an adult, because I love books and would love to be in their shoes, to see all the worlds in the books, and who wouldn't want a magic tree house?

Mummies In The Morning #3 (3 Stars)

Now that I have finished the 3rd book in the series, I am starting to wonder... is the magic tree house really there, or are the children making up everything in their heads? Either way, I really like it!

Pirates Past Noon #4 (3 Stars)

So now we know who "M" is. I still wonder if the children are making up everything in their minds. Imagination is a powerful thing! Either way, this series is really fun. Sure, it's simple and short for adult readers, but that is completely fine by me! It is nice to sit down with some books without all the young adult drama. Also, I feel like these "children" books and other nostalgia type books are really good when you are in a reading slump.

 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

#1 (4 stars)

I think I would have rated this higher if the kid hadn't been such a brat. I know kids can be bratty, but he seemed way over the top! I would even say he has a meanness to him and doesn't care what the coincidences of his actions are. I felt sorry for his so called best friend.

I do like diary format in books. I might read more in the series. I hope he grows as a character as the series goes on.

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review 2017-08-18 22:27
A new twist for this pair
Jewels and Panties (Book, Seven): Dark Diary - Brooke Kinsley

Book seven in the Jewels and Panties series sees some happy, together time for Lincoln and Etta, or so they think. Just when I thought the series was winding to a close, Brooke Kinsley throws another wrench into the works and the couple has another problem. This one may be the biggest yet, considering it's personal and as far as Lincoln is concerned, coming out of nowhere.
This whole series has been one nail-biting thrill after another, with characters that seem like good guys, but maybe aren't so good, and bad guys that are the worst of the worst. It's packed full of enough twists and turns to give you whiplash, cliffys that will leave you holding your breath and keep you guessing, and the creep factor is over the moon. Add in the steamy fun and even some romance, and this series has it all. Each book is about an hour's read time and impossible to put down.
Overall, Dark Diary has a bit more romance in it, but it's still dark and of course, leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to see what's next in Lincoln and Etta's journey.

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review 2017-08-18 19:14
A Writer's Diary, Virginia Woolf
A Writer's Diary - Virginia Woolf,Leonard Woolf

For lovers of Virginia Woolf, but also those interested in writing itself, as well as history (Woolf details the approach and beginning of World War II, including the bombing of her home in London). This "writer's diary," edited by husband and first reader, Leonard Woolf, comprises those entries where Woolf discusses her writing and reading as well as encounters with literary acquaintances.

 

There is a pattern to her writing process whereby she's excited about a new idea (which sometimes comes while she's working on another project) and rides a sort of high until she completes it. This is followed by depression and ambivalent feelings about reviews. Some books come easier than others, but the overall pattern remains the same. Every one feels like it might be a failure or badly reviewed, and she attempts to convince herself she doesn't care. The ups and downs in her mood suggest bipolar disorder, which contemporary psychologists believe afflicted her. Knowing her fate (she drowned herself not long after the last entry of this diary) made reading portions very sad.

 

On the other hand, Woolf felt she had just begun to know her own mind in her 40s, which gives me hope! Elements of her process and the way one negative review overrode all the positive responses created a sense of affinity for me as a writer. Woolf changed literature, and I'm glad she kept such a diary.

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review 2017-08-15 00:45
Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu
Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu - Junji Ito
J-kun appears to have it all: a thriving career, a lovely fiancee, and a brand-new house. To make everything perfect he has invited A-ko, his fiancee, to live with him. He overlooked one thing.

A-ko has a cat.

And that cat that will not come alone.

Junji Ito sets a masterfully eerie tone with the framing of each panel and the absecene of pupils or irises in A-ko's eyes. Its not secret that horror and comedy often go hand in hand, and J-kun's transformation from cat-loather to cat-lover is extremely funny and disturbing.

Junji Ito's Cat Diary is a must-read for lovers of cats and the macabre alike.
 
 
 
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