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text 2017-06-21 02:23
DNF: The Brain That Changes Itself
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science - Norman Doidge

While the concept of Neuroplasticity - the ability of brains to continue to change even in adulthood - is fascinating, this book is less so.  I felt like the author was trying to emulate Oliver Sacks to use case studies as a way to tell the history of the change in paradigm from a localized adult brain to the possibility of change, but not quite getting there.

 

 

I skidded out in Chapter 4 Acquiring Tastes and Loves - what Neuroplasticity Teaches us about Sexual Attraction and Love.  And since the book is due back at the library, I'm going to officially DNF and move on to more interesting (fiction) and my next Booklikes-opoly read.

 

 

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review 2017-06-20 17:49
Review: Double Trouble (PJ Sugar #2) by Susan May Warren
Double Trouble - Susan May Warren

Picking up about 6-8 weeks after book one ended, PJ Sugar is now working as an associate in Jeremy Kane's PI office and studying for her license. Kane still has feelings for PJ, but her high-school boyfriend/town detective Boone and PJ have been dating in those weeks and he has asked her to marry him. PJ hasn't given her answer (and won't until the very end of this book). The book starts off with PJ on her first stake out that gets the criminal but also gets her beloved green VW Bug totaled. Her next assignment involves standing in as a body double for a FBI witness in the days before she is to testify in court. There are other, smaller plotlines that all come together in the end.

 

I honestly did not figure out who was the stalker until the very end. And I still really love being in PJ's head and in the small town of Kellogg, MN. The semi-love triangle that I thought ended in the first book didn't  and continues on in this book and the next. Don't really mind it though in this series. I love that PJ has such an open heart and that she made real friends while doing body double work. Her mother and sister were a little mean to PJ for no good reason, especially Connie. I already have a hold on the third book in OverDrive.

 

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review 2017-06-20 00:18
Save Me a Seat
Save Me a Seat - Gita Varadarajan,Sarah Weeks

Save Me a Seat is a recent middle grade book co-authored by veteran Sarah Weeks and newcomer Gita Varadarajan.  While not explicitly discussed in the interviews, I believe the two authors met at a Teachers College Writing Workshop directed by Lucy Calkins and that the collaborative project may have been born during the workshop. 

 

The book features alternating chapters of the first week of 5th grade from two viewpoints, Joe (written by Ms. Weeks) and Ravi (written by Ms. Varadarajan).  Joe has lived in the same small town in central NJ all his life.  Ravi has just moved to the US from India.  Taking place over the course of a single week, the boys find common cause and the seed of a friendship as they are both targets of their class bully, an Indian-American kid named Dillon Samreen.

 

There were many moments of humor and realistic tween emotions throughout Save Me a Seat. I also liked the clever way the book used food as a framing.  However, I didn’t fall in love with the story or the characters. While seeing yourself represented in books is important, I thought it was just too convenient that Joe’s defining characteristic is a learning disability.  And there were times that the moral lessons of looking beyond the surface to find potential friends were just a bit too blatant for my adult eyes.  As I read, I kept wondering if this is a book kids would really be attracted to on their own or if it was written to be a parable and the basis of lesson plans and won’t find many readers outside that context.

 

Read for Tomorrowland 34 in Booklikes-opoly

 

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text 2017-06-17 01:36
Free Friday Read
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater,Fiona Hardingham,Steve West,Scholastic Audio

The Booklikes-opoly shake-up came in just the nick of time!  I was ready for a new audiobook, but a couple of days from finishing my current print selections and being able to roll again.  

 

So I'm picking The Scorpio Races as my first Free Friday read.

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 46 out of 727 minutes.

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photo 2017-06-15 21:47
Library Love

 

Picked up Blood Trade from my hold at the library. #LibraryLove

 

2017 Library Love Challenge
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