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text 2018-09-20 10:58
Do You Have Goodreads? Are We A Match?

Reaching out to those of you who have and are active on Goodreads. I need some more variety in my feed! So please add me as a friend! I feel really awkward about adding people, most are random people from Booktube, or people whose reviews I've liked. What if they don't add me back? What if they think I'm creepy?

 

Sure, some of these people, I really like and wish they would notice me and take me under their wing, but it isn't like I binge watch their videos for hours or something. *cough*

 

 

Goodreads is like Tender for book lovers... 9 times out of 10, I don't get a match. (I've never used Tender. I'm married, plus I'm Asexual. What do I know?)

 

Don't mind me. Making friends as an adult is hard. You know, I'm just a tad bit sleep deprived. Some nights I just can't sleep. It is almost 6am, so tired, so headache... ugh. So snorey husband!

 

I'm lonely. There. Said it.

 

 

Leigha's Life [My Goodreads]

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review 2018-09-09 05:21
Imagine That
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend - Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend tells the story of Beekle, an adorable little marshmallow-looking character who is in search of a real child. You see, Beekle comes from a faraway land, where day after day he patiently awaits for a child to imagine him. After waiting for many nights he decides to do the unimaginable: embark on a journey to the real world. This short story is full of bright, beautiful illustrations and will undoubtedly capture the hearts and imaginations of young readers. Many children will be able to connect with the story by relating an imaginary friend that they once had (or have) with Beekle. 

 

After reading the story aloud I would discuss the themes of friendship and bravery. ("Beekle faced many scary things on his quest to find his friend...what are some ways that you show courage?") Another way to follow up the story would be to have students design their own imaginary friend. Since Beekle resembled a cute marshmallow puff, give students marshmallows (both jumbo and small), toothpicks, a sharpie, foil paper, scissors, and tape and let them go to town crafting their new friend! I also love the idea of connecting the story to Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are. In what ways are the stories alike? In what ways are they different? Students could draw a Venn Diagram to show the relationship between the two.

 

Recommended for Ages: 5-7

Lexile Level: AD480L 

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review 2018-09-06 20:42
The Faithful Friend - Robert D. San Souci,Brian Pinkney

Robert D. San Souci's Faithful Friend is a Martinique's version of the Faithful John, the Grimm story. 

I like this version far more. In part, it is because of the ending. But also because the woman in the story, here Pauline, is far more active in this version.

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review 2018-07-17 14:04
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend - Kody Keplinger
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This book was okay. Keplinger did some cool things with stereotypes and labels, but for the most part the book was just boring and repetitive. 

I watched the movie version at some point and honestly can't remember anything about it. I saw this in the library and the bright pink spine was just calling to me so I figured I'd give it a try for an easy read. This book felt like it took forever to get through. So boring. It is just mishap after mishap.

Maybe I am to the point where I am too old to read high-school books, but the whole time I was just like, "In real life, you would look back on this and realize how overdramatic you were. None of this is a big deal." Ironically enough, the things that were a big deal (father's alcoholism, having sex as a distraction) are the things Bianca doesn't tell anyone about. Freaking talk about your problems, it's not that hard. 

I think I rolled my eyes more than Bianca did. 

After reading the book, I read the author bio and saw that she wrote it her senior year of high school. This makes a lot of sense to me. I see the classic high-school-level-writing-stuff that I did myself in my stories from that time (all the boys love the main character, you analyze books you read in class, you overexplain everything). Kudos to her for finishing a novel, getting it published, and having it made into a movie. But this book was just not for me. 
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review 2018-06-17 15:35
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo★★★★☆
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo - Jeff Long

I might have paid more attention if my Texas History lessons had been more like this book. But then, I suppose such a candid examination of the characters and motivations of the real people who created our history would not have been considered suitable subject matter for junior high school students.

 

Despite its subtitle (The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo), Duel of Eagles is really about the Texas revolution, covering a period of history from Andrew Jackson’s inauguration in 1829 to Santa Anna’s death in 1876. It could be considered a revisionist history, using original sources that proponents of a heroic Texas origin story may disregard or consider unreliable. Some critics of the book claim the author is pro-Mexican, but it seems to me that he is simply giving equal weight to Mexican sources and doesn’t hesitate to skewer the characters and actions of Mexicans and Tejanos as much as the Anglo-Americans. He notes where there are conflicting accounts of events and provides the reader with 71 pages of footnotes and bibliography to document his sources.

 

Altogether, it’s an entertaining and horrifying account of the Texas journey from Mexican province to independent republic to annexation into the United States, blowing up myths of heroic deeds and high-minded Texians seeking freedom from oppression along the way. At some point, it got a little wearisome, because, yes, we get it, this was really just a combination of speculative land-grabbing by non-residents and a push to preserve the slave state and part of the precursor to Manifest Destiny, but I started to feel as though we were beating a dead horse by the time Santa Anna surrendered at San Jacinto.

 

Hardcover, received as a gift from my father in 1994, who was an amateur Texas history buff. And a little surprising that he gifted it to me, as the views of the author don’t seem to fit his. How I wish I had actually read this when he was living, so I could have asked him about it. But history and the Wild West mythos didn’t interest me then, and I forgot I even had this until he passed away in January. Now it’s too late, and I can only read his books and remember him.

 

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