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text 2018-05-03 19:25
Let Me Indroduce Myself
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

My name is Galoopdaloop, and I'm here to blog about books. I want to talk about my favorite books, but let me start off by saying that reading wasn't my thing.

 

I remember when I was in preschool, reading pop up books. Nevermind that; I opened up the book and ripped the pop ups out, but I left the words in the book in. Sadly, I didn't read the words in the book, but those pop ups were so amazing, I ripped them right out of the book. I was a pretty weird kid.

 

Then, I went into fifth grade, and I had to read 25 books. "HOLY COW 25 BOOKS" I screamed in my head. Pretty strange how I was able to scream in my head, but not a story. It gets worse. Once I got into Sixth grade, I had to do ANOTHER 25 BOOKS! I felt like I read every book in the world after that!

 

But I was wrong. After I read about 3 books, I started a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. Don't ask me how i didn't read this one yet. I was very interested in the realistic fiction and the style of the book. Sadly, I didn't read the other books in the series until i got to eighth grade. 

 

What inspired me to read the other books is the high lexile level on those books. I read them, and I understood the book word from word. I thought that I was bad at reading until I came across these books.

 

I think the reason why I never liked reading is because I was never interested the first second I read it and I doze off. Then I keep reading and I wonder what's even happening, and yet again doze off.

 

Anyways, I'm glad I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It got me into reading.

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text 2018-04-18 15:29
Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 4 - Dog Days - Jeff Kinney

My favorite genre is suspense. I chose this author because i heard he was a great author from my friends. I have read a Harry Potter book for the recent book project. I chose it because i liked it. I have read that Greg does not like being outside during the summer. He is more of an inside person. He really likes to play video games. Also, his best friend is Rowley. I predict that he will do more active activities outside instead of being inside. I'm connected to this book because he likes to play video games and i do too. Plus i like staying inside like him. The authors style is kind of a childish read. It is still good for older people to read it too. There really isn't a certain passage that stand out to me. 

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review 2018-03-24 04:24

This was over all a fun read, though at times felt a little slow.

 

 38495405

 

In my opinion, it felt like it was missing a lot of details and actions. I could not get a clear picture of the surroundings or characters. However the descriptions of the bones and dinosaurs was handled really well.

I liked the main character. She was spunky, spoke up for herself and knew what she wanted to be and didn't let stuffy scientist guys stop her.

This is a fictional take on what if a little girl discovered some of the most known dinosaurs. The story was cute, there was segments that told the true facts of the dinosaurs she discovered, which I found really neat.

Any dino loving kid sound read this and hopefully it turns into a series of kids doing great things.

But, let's forget about age; anyone who enjoys middle grade may like this book. It is well written and if you like diary format, that is a plus. I also want to point out that I loved the artwork by Sarah Horne.

 

*Provided by Netgally*

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/38495405.The_Long_Lost_Secret_Diary_of_the_World_s_Worst_Dinosaur_Hunter
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review 2018-03-18 13:10
Dear Diary - Lesley Arfin,Chloƫ Sevigny

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This book was okay. I found it in the Little Free Lending Library, was drawn in by the interesting cover and cool diary-like book design, and figured, "Worth a shot". At first I thought it was a work of fiction as many "diary" books directed to young girls are. Then I actually read the description and realized it was a true story about a girl growing up who eventually gets addicted to heroin. Nothing to deter me yet.

Then I started reading.

Wow.

I can't believe this was written by a 28-year-old. I'm a year younger than Arfin was when she wrote this book and feel like I can be much more insightful and introspective about my messed up little pre-teen self.

The book consists of actual diary entries from Arfin when she was growing up (middle school, high school, college, after college, rehab, rehab again, etc.) along with "updates" from her current self. These "updates" didn't necessarily give any insight, but just kind of explained who people were and what was going on. She more just deciphered her cryptic teenage language of "I hate my life" rather than reflect on her life and the events that got her where she is today. There are also "interviews" where she reconnects with people from her past. This mostly consist of her reminiscing about all the funny things that happened when she was high and not-at-all-subtly steering the conversation back to herself whenever the other person tries talking about their own lives. This is a common theme throughout the book: it's the Lesley Arfin Show and no one else is allowed to think, feel, or do anything. 

Writing-wise, I was surprised that Arfin has a degree in creative writing and is an actual writer who write actual articles. I'm fine with the appreciations and slang, but her writing just isn't very good. I'll leave it at that. 

Also, I'm not really sure what the point of this book was. From Chloe Sevigny's forward, I figured it would be a book for young girls to help them through all the horribleness of growing up female, complete with the bullying, peer pressure, and general mistake-making that go along with it. However, with advice like "If you really want to know what drugs are like, you should do them for yourself" and "My recommendation to younger girls who are having sex for the first few times: Get drunk", I was a bit uncomfortable with the idea of young girls using this as a guide or something to relate to. Yes, she talks about how horrible it was being addicted to heroin and all that, but she's pretty encouraging of other drugs and overall not-so-great decision making. Kids and teens are going to do drug and act irresponsibly anyway, no need to encourage them talking about how cool drug are.

This book is definitely not what I excepted. It was okay. There were little gems of insight tucked away in it, but nothing earth-shattering. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, because I don't think there's enough good in it to outweigh the bad, boring, and narcissistic in it.

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review 2018-03-02 04:48
The Diary of A Young Girl is exactly that and much more
The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition - Mirjam Pressler,Susan Massotty,Otto Frank,Anne Frank

I reread this for the Catch-up Book Club on Goodreads, and I'm glad I did. The last time I read Anne's diary I was younger than she was while writing it, and again, I'm annoyed at myself for being such a dumb kid. Also, it's changed since my initial read. There's more and we get more background in the newest editions.

I hate using stars to "rate" a journal that itself says how boring, juvenile, tawdry, silly and personal it is repeatedly, but I'm going to if only to keep the rating I gave it earlier and reinforce it.

As an older reader I felt for Anne's parents early in the book. She is oblivious to the many goings-on in preparation to go into hiding. She's living a child's life with her new birthday diary, while her parents have moved the family more than once to avoid Hitler only to get stuck in Holland. Nonetheless, they prepare for hiding by taking things piece by piece to the annex and preparing as much as possible before being forced to flee. I was impressed by her father Otto's ability to allow her as much carefree childhood as he could during what must have been incredibly terrifying days.

Anne's earliest entries show she's a child with a keen understanding that many people only show masks to the rest of us. This observation repeats itself through the journal, and her torment with others being less genuine than she would like is, in itself, heart wrenching. An historical document, a life in hiding with its mundanity and extraordinary qualities equally prevalent, this diary shows both extreme fear and incredible boredom. She goes from child to philosopher repeatedly.

Interested in a huge variety of things, Anne keeps herself busy writing not just in her diary but also short stories, genealogical studies, poetry, etc. She's got thoughts and ideals on feminism, love, God, war and peace, the culpability of regular people, families, self, discrimination, motherhood, pain, poverty, medical science, finance, the war machine, religion... This is not an idle idiot scrawling nonsense. She is very capable of growth, and we see it within the diary. She allows for her own earlier "childish" writing, yet leaves it included with some additional notes. While she was supposedly editing this for after the war, she remarks more than once that this diary is just for her, that it surely won't be worthwhile to anyone else ever. How wrong you were, Anne Frank.

Anne practices multiple languages, learns history and other subjects, reads voraciously and really only stops in to write in her diary occasionally once she and her family are in hiding. She also stays abreast of her schoolwork, always planning and even trying to expect freedom just around the corner. She's up on the war, keeps an eye on the Allied Forces and fully expects them to succeed. She knows she's being optimistic. She says she's doing it purposely. She watches the squabbles around her, getting annoyed at other people's annoyance, and only occasionally allows herself to wish for things she can't have. Instead, she simply plans for "after" the war.

One moment really stood out to me. While discussing the war, Anne notes that despite nationality, she believes that after the war "We can never be just Dutch or just English or whatever, we will be Jews as well." This is, to me, a remarkable statement. While Zionism had already begun, it becomes very clear that Anne - isolated and sheltered from the worst thus far - has figured out something absolutely vital about the world post WWII and about identity when someone is part of a marginalized group in a larger society. Much earlier she had started wrestling between her German identity and her Jewish identity and she will begin to include her Dutch identity too.

The Diary of A Young Girl is exactly that and so much more.

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