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text 2017-09-05 10:52
Did I Read It? Looking Back on Past Book Hauls! (Part 2)

5/8/2015

 

Books by V.C Andrews (Ghost Written by Andrew Neiderman)

1. Eye of the Storm (No)

2. The End of The Rainbow (No)

3. Ruby  (No)

 

4. Beaches by Iris Rainer-Dart (No)

5. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (No)

 

Books by Sophie Kinsella:

6. Confessions of a Shopaholic (No)

7. Can You Keep A Secret  (No)

 

 

Books by Richelle Mead:

8. Vampire Academy (Yes)

9. Bloodlines (No)

 

10. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (No)

 

 

 

5/10/2015

11. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (Yes)

 

 

Books by Tess Gerritsen:

12. Vanish (No)

13. The Sinner (No)

 

14. Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown (No)

 

15. You Will Never Nanny In This Town Again by Suzanne Hansen (No)

 

 

5/15/2015

 

 

 

16. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Yes)

17. Magnolia by Kristi Cook (No)

 

 

Books by Caroline B. Cooney:

18. The Face on the Milk Carton (Yes)

19. Whatever Happened to Janie (No)

20. The Voice on the Radio (No)

21. What Janie Found (No)

22. Janie Face to Face (No)

 

23. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (No)

24. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (No)

25. Wish by Joseph Monninger (Yes)

26. Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price (No)

27. This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl (Yes)

 

 

28. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Yes)

 

 

29. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (No)

 

30 - 37 Harry Potter UK Edition Box Set. (I've read the series many times, but only reread the first 2 since buying the new set.)

 

 

5/22/2015

 

 

Books by Lois Duncan:

38. Daughters of Eve (No)

39. They Never Came Home (No)

 

40. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern (No)

 

41. The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (I have read it many times, but I don't think I have read it again since buying it.)

 

 

 I'm pretty sure I have a problem as most readers do. Used book stores are a curse and a blessing.

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text 2017-09-05 10:32
Did I Read It? Looking Back on Past Book Hauls! (Part 1)

This is part 1, because I did many book hauls on here, more than I thought!

 

I made a book haul post a couple years ago. I'm only going to list the books that were personally meant for me. Some were my husbands. I was curious if I read the books since I bought them! Let's see!

6/1/2015

 

Books by Sarah J. Mass:

1. The Assassin's Blade (Yes)

2. Throne of Glass (Yes)

3. Crown of Midnight (No)

4. Court of Thorns and Roses (No)

 

Between 5/29 and 5/31 /2015

 

 

by Tonya Hurley

5. Ghostgirl #2: Homecoming  (No)

 

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6. The Watcher's Guide Vol 1 by Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder

7. The Monster Book by Christopher Golden, Stephen R Bissette & Thomas E. Sniegoski

(No to both, but these are more for my Buffy/Angel book collection)

 

Books by Cecelia Ahern:

8. Thanks for the Memories (No)

9. Rosie Dunne (Yes)

10. The Book of Tomorrow (No)

 

Books by Tess Gerristen:

11. The Surgeon (Yes)

12. The Apprentice (No)

13. The Keepsake (No)

14. The Mephisto Club (No)

15. Bloodstream (No)

16. Girl Missing (No)

 

17. Haunted by Jeff Mariotte (NO, but this is for my Angel book collection)

 

Books by Caroline B. Cooney:

18. Hush Little Baby (No)

19. The Stranger (No)
20. Fatality
(No)
21. The Fire
(No)

22. Wanted (NO)

23. The Return of the Vampire (No)

 

But in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection, I have read them as a teen.

 

Books by Diana Hoh:

24. Win, Lose or Die (No)

25. Kidnapped (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

Books by R. L. Stine:

26. Lights Out (No)

27. Missing (No)

28. Broken Hearts (No)

29. The Cataluna Chronicles: The Dark Secret (No)
30. The Surprise Party
(No)

31. The New Boy (No)

32. The Dare (No)

33. First Date (No)

34. The Prom Queen (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

35. Resolved: You're Dead by Nicholas Adams (No)

36. Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan (No)

 

Books by Christopher Pike:

37. Remember Me by Christopher Pike (No)

38. Bury Me Deep (No)

39. Whispers of Death (No)

40. The Starlight Crystal (No)

41. The Midnight Club (No)

42. Monster (No)

43. The Visitor (No)

44. Scavenger Hunt (No)

45. Die Softly (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

What have I learned? I learned that I buy a bunch of books for the purpose of collecting, rather than reading right away! 


Out of all the ones listed here, I read 4 of them. You do the math!

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review 2017-02-25 21:46
Beautiful Oops! - Barney Saltzberg

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg is a very colorful book that includes a bunch of mistakes that are turned into something else. This book is so fun and shows children that it is 100% totally ok to make mistakes! It also has a lot of interactive parts, for example a page that is actually ripped or a part of a page that flips to show a surprise, that makes the children a lot more excited to read the book since they can play with the different parts! If I were to use this book in my classroom I would give the students a blank sheet of paper and tell them to make a mistake with the paper and then turn it into something totally new like they do in the book. I think this book would be crucial during Kindergarten and even 1st grade!

 

Reading Level: K-1

Lexile Level: 40L

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review 2016-09-21 22:44
A Dreaming City
A City Dreaming - Daniel Polansky

[I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

 

Quite a strange book, in that it didn't exactly have a plot, more of a collection of "slice of life" moments. Well, moment in the life of a being able to bend reality to his will, or almost, surrounding himself, whether he wants it or not, with other exceptional beings.

 

After years, decades of wandering around, M is back in New York, where he gets reacquainted with old friends and enemies (not mutually exclusive), gets entangled in the local magic politics, finds himself facing strange worlds and creatures at times, all the while trying to remain "in good terms with the Management"—in other words, balancing feats of magic just right enough to live nicely, without getting much of backlash. And let's be honest, M's friends are often worse than his foes, considering the dire straits they take him into.

 

The New York M evolves in is definitely strange and enchanting in its own ways, mixing daily mundane places and events with happenings out of this world. Immortal mages trying to kill each others, the two Queens of New York trying to get the upper hand each int their own sly ways, revenge and curses, magical underground trains, apprentices coming out of nowhere, traders playing at human sacrifice... There are so, so many odd things in that city, in M's world in general.

 

The major problem I see with this novel is the fact it's a collection of mini-adventures, connected by a loose red thread much more than by any kind of solid plot. M meets some old friend who drags him on a crappy errand, or has to go and trick pirates to free another friend who got kidnapped, or finds himself in an alternate world whose rules may very well trample his own perception of reality... and so on. The blurb was misleading, in that its wording led me to believe there would be more of a plot (there's no real war between the Queens, for instance, and some of the stories felt repetitive). Instead, the connectors are people and places rather than events leading to other events, and not in the way of a more traditional narrative. Which is an interesting thing or not, depending on how you perceive it.

 

While I wasn't too convinced at first, in the end, this technique nevertheless offered glimpses into a magical world, and I found myself wanting to see which new adventure would unfold in every new chapter—not to mention that whenever connectors met, they still gave a sense of things tying together, but just a little, just enough, not as a series of convenient coincidences. (Because -that- can also be a problem, when a plot is too well packed and loose ends are too nicely tied.)

 

These stories also provide an interesting view on modern life: night scenes, drug addiction, poverty (so many people around you, who won't see you as you're being dragged down...), making and losing friends, art and pleasure, unpleasant acquaintances, wealthy lifestyle vs. a more subdued kind of existence, choices to make in the face of adversity, responsibilities, humanity...There's a strong current of life to this New Work, carrying its people just as much as its people carry it, and the author pictures it funny, dark and loving tones all at once.

 

Conclusion: I can't say I absolutely loved this book, however it contains a lot of imaginative elements, and the New York, the City with a capital C described in it, was such a vivid backdrop that it may just as well be called a character as well. 3.5 stars, going on 4.

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review 2016-06-15 20:48
Riverkeep
Riverkeep - Martin Stewart

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

A coming-of-age adventure in a world that is both threatening and full of wonders, following a boy who embarks on a journey to save his father: after Wulliam witnessed his dad being possessed by a river spirit, he decides to take his only parent to the sea, hunting down a legendary beast whose fluids are rumoured to have many healing properties. And even if it means abandoning his duties as the keeper of the river, Wull feels he doesn't have a choice: either that, or let his father wither and die.

There were quite a few magical, poetic descriptions and moments in this book, and I never found it hard to picture the characters' surroundings, or to imagine the mormorach, diving in the dark waters, preying on ships and crews bent on taking it down. Nor was it hard to imagine little Bonn, or Tillinghast's strange body (bodies?).

However, I was a bit disappointed in the “adventure” itself, for it was rather sluggish in more than one place, and some events and character arcs felt put on a bus after a while. Most of the people Wulliam meets have their quirks and an aura of mystery: from the undertaker to Tillinghast the man who's not alive, from Mix and her strange tattoos to Remedie cradling her strange baby, from the solitary scientist in the Deadmoor to the silent Mr Bent. The problem is that some of those people were given their own adventure... yet said adventures were never really concluded: only Wull and Tillinghast seem to have an ending of their own (as well as a few other characters, but let's just say that their ending is a little more, uhm, permanent). As a result, it felt less like an open ending, and more like the author wanted to get to Wulliam's ending mostly, with his quest being a little... on the side? I may be mistaken, but that's how I keep on feeling about it now. I still don't know why Mix doesn't eat, or what happened to Remedie and Bonn.

Wulliam was also pretty annoying as a character. On the one hand, I could understand his desire to save his Pappa, along with his underlying somewhat selfish reasons (he wants to save him because he loves him, of course, but also because he doesn't know how to be the Riverkeep in his stead, and wishes for his guidance some more); I could also understand how he'd come to be angry, considering everybody seemed to hitch a ride and not lift a finger to help. On the other hand, well... those characters helped in different ways (Till does pay for the trip, after all, and Mix does have a knack to gather resources unseen), and Wull after a while became more the annoying, tantrum-throwing type than the rightly-annoyed, unfairly-treated one.

Conclusion: ~ 2.5 stars out of 5. I liked the atmosphere, the depiction of the river and of the places travelled in this novel. Nevertheless, the pace was rather uneven, and unless it's the first book in a series and we're bound to learn more in a second one, not bringing closure to other characters' stories made me feel unsatisfied.

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