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review 2017-09-19 00:07
Just because I could...
Bear, Otter, and the Kid - Sean Crisden,T.J. Klune

A while ago I decided to treat myself to one of my favorite series on audio book and that's how I came to listen to 'Bear, Otter and the Kid' I just needed to listen to something that I could enjoy and I liked and this series pushed all the right buttons. 

 

"Bear, Otter and the Kid" is narrated by Sean Crisden and once again Mr. Crisden did not disappoint and I thoroughly enjoyed his narration of this wonderful story.

 

And here is where I leave you because there's already a plethora of reviews out there to tell you how wonderful this series is so I won't keep you and you can go enjoy those awesome reviews or you can just jump right into the book or audio...just a thought ;)

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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 2017-07-24 01:31
The Colorado Kid (Three Cowboys & A Baby, #1) - Vicki Lewis Thompson

Ok, so you have Sebastian and Barbara, who find themselves neighbors to Mattie and Butch. Mattie notices Sebastian. Butch notices Barbara. Barbara notices Butch. Sebastian has his head up SOMEwhere and notices nothing. Butch and Barbara have a fling. Mattie finds out about it, confronts Butch who proceeds to plow his cessna into the side of a mountain. Sebastian pats her on the head and wanders off. Barbara files for divorce eventually and informs Sebastian of her fling. Sebastian is blindsided but says nothing.

 

2 years later...the book starts. At this point, Mattie has been widowed 5 years, Sebastian divorced a little over 2. He's decided to end his celibacy by inviting some chick at the bank over for dinner and benefits. Mattie is well aware of this because the chick has been boasting about it.

 

Enter Elizabeth, a baby, daughter of a girl Sebastian and his friends had been stranded during an avalanche with. Sebastian is convinced it's his even though the note the girl left him when she dropped the baby off on his porch gave no clue as to paternity.

 

I still have difficulty with the friends to lovers bit. In this case, the h has a crush and the H is oblivious. Hard to imagine a friend not picking up on that, when his buddy apparently did.

 

Eventually he comes to his senses but it was practically the last pages, and after the buddy had told him off.

 

As an aside, supposedly the dog had puppies 10 years prior, but then she didn't show up until 8 years prior so...

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text 2017-07-22 23:41
#24in48 Read-a-thon Check In #3
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander

Stopping for the night at 8 hours and 33 minutes. 30 of those minutes were used to read aloud to the kids (3 picture books and 22 pages of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever). After the kids were in bed I started A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander and currently stand at 53% done.

 

Now I just need some sleep. Tomorrow more reading and grocery shopping is on the agenda.

 

Good night and for those about to pull an all-nighter, we salute you.

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