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text 2018-04-03 19:08
My April TBR

I have a few book club books for April, plus some library books. Here are a list of books I want to read during April.

 

Deadly Divas Book Club is reading The Secret Mother

 

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The Name of the Book club is reading Assassin's Apprentice

 

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Peter Likes Books is doing a group readalong for VC Andrews starting with My Sweet Audrina

 

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and then Heaven.

 

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 Library books:

The Tale of Despereaux: The Graphic Novel

 

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Speak: The Graphic Novel

 

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Josie and the Pussycats Vol. 1

 

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Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!

 

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Of course I suck at keeping up with TBRs, but here is hoping I can read these books in April! I probably will read a bunch of others as well, depending on mood!!

 

What books will you be reading in April?

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review 2018-03-28 03:42
Judy Moody #1 by Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

Why yes, I am an adult who reads children books.

 

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I will be 80 and still reading picture books. It doesn't matter that books like this are targeted toward preteens or teenagers. I think it is sad if we get to a point in our life where we say "Well I'm XX now, can no longer enjoy that thing I used to enjoy..." It's fine if we naturally outgrow things of course, but don't force yourself to do so if you don't want to.

Judy Moody is a series I could have read when I was around the "right" age, not a preteen, but a teenager. I never read it because of pressure of trying to read things for my age or things that were above my reading level.

I was Judy's age once. It is fun to read about her silly adventures and put myself in her shoes. I never want to get to the point where I can't relate to younger (or older) characters.

Judy and her family are great. Kids of all ages, and kids at heart should get to know them.

*I read this twice. Once from the library and once provided by Netgally*

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/930612.Judy_Moody
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review 2018-03-25 07:24
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Trigger warning: Rape

 

This is the third time I've read this book.

 

 

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I know I read it first when I was a teenager. I read it again when I was in my late 20s. Even though I knew the story was important, I did not care for it either time. I did not like the format, it did not flow with me. I felt bad that I didn't like the book, and I don't really know why. I feel mood and life experiences can really play a part in how you feel about something.

I decided I wanted to give it a second chance, well a third chance. I am glad that I did. I don't know why I couldn't like the book the first two times, but I could really relate to the main character this time around. Her anxiety, how she felt about having to be silent, like nobody would care or understand. I know how that feels, though for different reasons. I feel like I've grown as a person and I am better able to put myself in her shoes.

 

I also want to point out that the format did not bother me at all this time. In fact, I really liked the writing style and the way it was made to look like a diary. I'm not sure why I didn't like it before, because I've loved diary books for ages.

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Original rating was 2 stars:

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You know, I just did not like this book. I think it was the format of the book that put me off. However, I think this story is important and needs to be told/read.

 

(I really wish I wrote proper reviews back in the days. I still have trouble with them, but at least I think I'm trying harder.)

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review 2018-03-24 04:24

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

 

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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 2018-01-29 15:15
Clara by Christophe Lemoine & C├ęcile (Artwork)

A very short, but powerful graphic novel about a young girl coming to terms with a death of a family member.

 

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Beautiful, touching and heartbreaking are a few words that come to mind when thinking of this story.

 

This was hard to read. I was crying at the halfway point and really sobbing at the end. I could put myself in the little girl's shoes. Death is a thing I never can quite wrap my head around and it really terrified me as a kid and even as an adult. I loved the art style. I loved that the little girl used her imagination to help her deal with her loss.

 

This story would be good for any young person going through something similar. It could help them understand death and that their loved one did not abandon them.

 

*Provided by Netgally*

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