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review 2017-10-02 22:35
Book Review of The Blue Diary by Shannon Allen
The Blue Diary - Shannon Allen

*PLEASE NOTE: THE AUTHOR DETAILS ARE WRONG FOR THIS BOOK ON THIS SITE. IT SHOULD READ SHANNON ALLEN AND NOT SHANNON WATTERS, NOELLE STEVENSON, GRACE ELLIS AND BROOK A ALLEN. *

 

Sometimes the most simple, but most endearing, moments are treasured in unexpected ways and methods.

 

Review 4*

 

I must admit that I am not a huge reader of memoirs. However, I was asked if I would be willing to read this one. I agreed and received a complimentary copy of this book from the author with no expectation of a positive review. This is a short memoir based on the memories of the author at a young age and is dedicated to her grandmother.

 

At the age of eleven Shannon (the author) kept a diary to record events she wanted to remember. This story gives us a glimpse into her thoughts and feelings of her younger self as she re-reads her entries now that she is older. As the story was short, I found it interesting to read, but it is more of a reminiscence than anything else. It only took me roughly ten minutes (if that) to read and didn't engage me emotionally. However, this is probably because I am used to reading novels rather than short stories.

 

After I finished this tale, I remembered that I tried to keep a diary as a child, but I never got the whole idea of writing down the events of the day. Most of the time I forgot to write in my diary and so it remained empty for the most part. I am envious of people being able to write their thoughts and feelings down every day. I'm generally too exhausted or have nothing of interest to say about the day's events now that I'm older to even consider keeping a diary. I'm sure reading back your diary's entries would bring back memories, but it would be the readers in the future who would probably be intrigued by the social aspects, or scratching their heads at some of the entries that wouldn't make sense to anyone but the writer of the diary.

 

Diaries are a snapshot into the social (mostly), as well as economic and political aspects of our lives. Today's diaries are now available in the virtual world as online blogs and vlogs. However, I feel there are some things that should never be made public. Diaries, blogs and vlogs can have both positive and negative aspects to their use. Future scholars may or may not find your diary, blog or vlog of great significance due to the contents. For the most part, it is still the best way to record your thoughts and feelings about the events (or non-events) that happen in your life. I wouldn't consider keeping one now, but I would encourage others to keep one if they feel the need to express their thoughts and feelings, either on paper or on a computer. It can be a useful tool for therapy or just to unload the detritus of everyday life. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-08-21 01:16
What The What Did I Just Read?!
Lumberjanes Volume 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis

This was not at all what I expected!  I honestly thought it would just be girls having adventures while camping; and while it is, it also isn't.  There is a whole other story going on and it's all bizarre and supernatural.  Strange things are afoot and the poor Lumberjanes keep stumbling into weirdness. It's kinda like a female cast of the Goonies meets the Brothers Winchester.  They are quirky and fun characters.  Their reaction to things and their terminology is so 80's!  It's like stepping back into my childhood.  I got this because I thought it would be something fun that both my daughter and myself could read and enjoy.  Well, this was a really fun read, and I have a feeling my daughter will like it even more than I did!

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text 2017-08-01 14:31
My July 2017
Artificial Sweethearts (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle
The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels) - Kendra C. Highley
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen
Die Stadt der besonderen Kinder: Roman (Die besonderen Kinder) - Ransom Riggs,Silvia Kinkel
Thor, Vol. 1 - Coipel Olivier,J. Michael Straczynski
Wilde Like Me - Louise Pentland
Artificial Sweethearts - 5 stars
The Perfectly Imperfect Match - 5 stars
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 - 5 stars
Die Stadt der besonderen Kinder - 4 stars
Thor, Vol. 1 - 5 stars
Wilde Like Me - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: every single one of them

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet:  Ich, Eleanor Oliphant

 

THIS HAS BEEN SUCH A GOOD READING MONTH.

I didn't expect it. I felt a bit of a reading slump coming but I powered through it. YOU GO, GIRL!!!! And I loved every single book I read this month.

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review 2017-07-23 23:47
LumberJames Volume 1
Lumberjanes Volume 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis

I can see why young kids love this graphic novel for its fast and it’s flashy. The youngsters in this novel are over-the-top, they’re loud, they’re super heroes (in their own way), and when they’re together they’re not afraid and they’re just what young kids need. This graphic novel is made up of adventures that the LumberJanes Scouts set out on to together. These girls are at a camp, a camp where they are not only living like ladies but they’re also learning how to live in the wilderness. While out on these adventures, they meet interesting and exciting characters bringing the girls closer together.

 

At the beginning of each chapter, there is brief but extensive overview of the LumberJanes Field Manual and a badge that is highlighted during the chapter. The illustrations in the novel are bright, busy and colorful. The novel definitely had a lively, cartoon feeling to it. I enjoy it when an illustrator uses a variety of text fonts in graphic novels, as I think that brings these types of novels to life and this novel is living proof of that. There are so many different type of text fonts and sizes in this novel, I really thought this was a plus in this novel.

 

My thoughts on the novel? I thought the story throughout was choppy and sometimes, bizarre. I had a hard time trying to decipher what was actually happening and why? So why were the girls beating up a bunch of foxes, saying, “what wacked-up eyes you haaaaave!” and then later after they had beaten them up, the foxes howled and said, “Beware the kitten holy.” What is this? I was thinking what had I missed. It wasn’t till way later, the words The Kitten Holy helps them get out of another mess. There seemed to be no logic to this madness at times. Yet at other times, brains…….you actually needed to have brains to survive some of their adventures and then, I thought this graphic novel was wonderful but yet, it failed to explain the full details in how they solved the puzzle using their brains. All in all, I think this book has potential, if it gets kids’ reading and it sometimes pulls their brains into the mix, I’m for it. I just might pick up another LumberJane graphic novel and see how it goes.

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review 2017-07-13 12:24
Lumberjanes Vol.1!!!
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen

I think I mentioned this before but I love Prime Reading, cause now I get a chance to check out all these amazing comics for free!!!

 

I love this one A LOT.
I love the girls. They are so AMAZING. Everyone is so different but truly great. Their friendship is the greatest thing. FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!!!
I loved all the stories we got in this volumen. So much fun to read and see.
I loved the art work.

 

This whole thing is just too cute and fun for me to handle!!!

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