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review 2017-02-14 05:02
Charlotte's Web- Lexile level 680L
Charlotte's Web - Garth Williams,E.B. White,Kate DiCamillo

Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White, is about a little girl named Fern who saves the "runt" pig that her dad wants to get rid of. She raises the pig, and names him Wilbur. Wilbur is moved into the barn and begins to make friends with a spider named Charlotte. They go through many trials and tribulations as such strange friends. Eventually Charlotte dies, but leaves behind children. This is a great story to use for grades third through fifth where they can learn how to cope with death and the way of life. You can use this book as a whole group reading book where you assign certain amounts of chapters a week, and we discuss them later in class with incorporating multiple activities. You can also incorporate science by using it as a life cycle lesson, or even a lesson on spiders life spans. It would be a great book to keep them engaged and excited about reading. You could even incorporate poetry by having a themed poem sheet in the shape of a web, spider, or even a pig. You could do many different kinds of poetry lessons using this book  and it's characters, setting, and theme. I would use this book for grades third through fifth. 

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review 2013-11-28 22:15
Transported Me to a Different Place and Time
The Lotus Eaters - Tatjana Soli

This was a terrific read, which came through despite my not reading it in the usual way. I tend to be a fast, voracious reader. I'd have ordinarily made my way through this book in a few days, not a few weeks, but lately I've been forced to put my spare time and energy elsewhere. I'm not sure if that was to the benefit or detriment of the book.

The book is set during the Vietnam War and is centered on, Helen, an American woman photojournalist and her two lovers--Darrow, an American, Linh, a Vietnamese. I love books like this--one that can open up to you another world, and in these cases two, or rather three: Vietnam. The Vietnam War. Photojournalism. The book starts with a ferocious overture--like <i>Private Ryan's</i> D-Day landing--though in this case the Fall of Saigon, as we watch Helen stay for one more story and try to get out alive. By the time that beginning ended, and we then go back to her days as a tyro journalist in the early days of American involvement in the war, I was thoroughly hooked--and that part I read fast. The prose is strong, by turns visceral and lyrical--painting a picture of Vietnam beautiful, horrifying and mesmerizing. And I certainly cared about the central characters. In a way, my slow reading of the rest built on that, as I took time to get to know the characters, let them sink in.

The end did feel a bit to me like an anticlimax--or at least not enough--too abrupt after all this time spent with the characters. I do have another problem with the book--even if for me a minor one--but one that, for instance, would keep me from gifting this to a friend of mine for which it's a pet peeve: holding point of view. Soli doesn't. Now, yes, I know there's such a thing as omniscient. But well-done omniscient has certain hallmarks and quirks that ground you in that point of view. A certain narrative attitude, a bit intrusive in voice and opinion, statements about the future, and of course shifting points of view. When instead what you have in essentials a limited viewpoint mostly told through one character, but then you suddenly abruptly shift to a statement or thought or sight that couldn't come from that character, it feels jarring--worse I feel it's a violation of a contract with the reader. In this case, what was strong in the book--the characters, the sense of place and time--meant I found this a minor point I could overlook--but certainly did notice. But yes, I would recommend this to anyone for whom the subject appeals. As you might guess from the setting and theme this is not a light, happy book--but it does take you on a journey--one I was happy I made.

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review 2013-10-26 15:52
Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas
Prayers for Sale (Reading Group Gold) - Sandra Dallas

This book was so heart warming and cute that I wouldn't mind rereading this again and again. So many feels towards this book and I wouldn't mind buying it as a stand alone, I have four books in one. 


This amazingly sweet story is about a woman name Hennie who befriends a 17 year old married woman name Nit. The two met while Nit was looking at Hennie sign that said prayers for sale. Then the girl left with a prayer "bought" and Hennie provided one for her. The two became close and Hennie knew that she had to leave to live with her daughter. So Hennie tells Nit her story and many of them, plus taught her where the best of fruit for making pies were. Hennie and Nit love spending time with each other and Nit loves to hear Hennie's many stories. A lot of things has happen to Hennie and in the end was a bit of a twist. But it was a very good ending.


So like I said very heart warming and cute, plus, had a lot of feels. This story is totally worth the read if you are looking for all feelings. Well that is the end!

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review 2013-10-12 00:00
The Reading Group: A Novel (P.S.)
The Reading Group - Elizabeth Noble DNF. Thinking about reading this book made me depressed.
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text 2013-10-06 00:59
October TBR
Persuasion - Jane Austen
Jane Eyre - Susan Ostrov Weisser,Charlotte Brontë
Prayers for Sale (Reading Group Gold) - Sandra Dallas
The Nanny Diaries: A Novel - 'Emma Mclaughlin', 'Nicola Kraus'
Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens
By Sue Monk Kidd: The Secret Life of Bees - -Penguin (Non-Classics)-
Flirting With The Camera - Ros Clarke
At Arms - A. Rosaria

Since I'm still pretty new to the world of book sites and booktube (still debating on putting myself on youtube and sharing my book journey). I have decided to share my TBR's for this month I have, decided, that I needed to start sharing what books I will be reading. This is the first time I'm doing this so please bear with me! I will be reading a grand total of six books this month ok seven an e-book. So here is what I'm planning on reading dear god please help me he he he :)


Persuasion by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus 

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens 

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

and my e-books

Flirting with the Camera by Ros Clarke 

At Arms by A. Rosaria


I have been reading Persuasion and Flirting with the Camera at the same time so I'll have reviews up on those two. Also, for Lady Susan also by Jane Austen.


These books I know have been out for awhile and I don't have any really new books except for one. I had some of these books for a long time so I had to come up with away to reduce the books. But I love books soooo much! I can't help it! I love books!


So here they are until next month or if I magically finish reading all of them before the month is up hehehe yeah right until then Lovely Book Readings!



(not my gif don't own any gifs I will be using!)

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