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text 2018-01-12 15:39
TBR Friday
Tales of Ancient Egypt (Puffin Classics) - Heather Copley,Roger Lancelyn Green
The Birdwatcher - William Shaw
Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language - Arika Okrent
Walls: Resisting the Third Reich: One Woman's Story - Hiltgunt Zassenhaus

How did I miss that yesterday was Thursday?  Oops!

 

I'm actually almost finished Tales of Ancient Egypt.  And I've also begun reading The Knife of Never Letting Go.  With any luck, I will finish the former this evening and be able to return it to the library tomorrow.

 

Next up, The Birdwatcher.  Because you know that I'm a bird watcher, plus who can resist a murder mystery investigated by a policeman with murder in his background.  I'm thinking this one will go quickly!

 

Then to Two Boys Kissing.  It's for my February book club meeting, which I will be missing.  I should feel bad, I guess, but I'll be bird watching in Taiwan, so not too bad.

 

Two non-fiction offerings as well, In the Land of Invented Languages (because I've always secretly wanted to speak Klingon) and Walls : resisting the Third Reich

 

I must have these finished before January 28th, when I fly to Taipei.  Fingers crossed!

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text 2017-12-27 20:17
16 Festive Tasks - Square 3 - St. Martin's Day
Release - Patrick Ness

I'm using Release for a book set in a rural setting

 

 

 

Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a book set on a vineyard, or in a rural setting, –OR– a story where the MC searches for/gets a new job. –OR– A book with a lantern on the cover, or books set before the age of electricity. –OR– A story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar).

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review 2017-10-29 21:04
Release
Release - Patrick Ness
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this novel. I was hoping for an emotional read, a novel that I would be thinking about for days but this novel was just ok for me. No energy charges or warm fuzzy feelings for me. I read it for what it was, a novel about a boy named Adam, who was a senior, whose life was about to get shaken up.
 
I liked the relationship that Adam had with his friend Angela. He knew he had something special with her, if only he was attracted to girls the two of them would make a terrific couple. I also liked Linus. Linus was Adam’s latest boyfriend and he was tired of Adam’s dream world. Adam was still carrying feeling for his previous boyfriend, Enzo. Adam felt that he had a deep relationship with Enzo and then suddenly one day, it ended. Linus is tired of sharing Adam with Enzo and I liked how Linus addressed this. Adam’s feeling about his sexuality felt real, his confusion and his mentality was authentic and sincere.
 
I didn’t care for Adam’s family. His father, a minister was not portrayed how I would have expected someone of his nature to be represented today. I was disappointed in his brother’s life event which was included in this novel. This event was to be a major shocker and again, I wondered exactly what year this book was written for. Couldn’t the author find something else for the brother to unleash to their parents that would have been more shocking than this? Perhaps it was the mood I was in when I was reading this novel but I was disappointed in the way the novel moved. It felt stiff and not comfortable. I really was excited to get my hands on this novel.

 

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review 2017-10-06 15:05
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Siobhan Dowd

This was a good book. It's not like there was anything necessarily bad about it. Cool story and a creative way of approaching the subject of loss and grief.

I think my expectations were too high for it though. I had heard really great things about it and wanted to read it before seeing the movie. I didn't really know what to expect.

I have not read any of Patrick Ness or Siobhan Dowd's writing before, so I am not sure how this compares to any of their previous work. It is a good book, especially considering it was based on one author's ideas and notes that another author wrote into a book.

The story was good and I liked the plot, but the writing was really simple. Obviously it is meant for a younger audience, but often it just felt too simplistic. Conor's character didn't really resonate with me either. He felt very two-dimensional and easy to figure out.

It's a quick read that is pretty predictable. Right when the monster shows up, you pretty much know what has to happen by the end.

But the journey to the end is still interesting. I enjoyed the idea of the three stories and having Conor come up with the fourth. Very interesting idea of how to confront various emotions.

I do think this is a great discussion book for young readers, especially when looking at some of the discussion questions in the back of the book. There is a lot going on in this book; it is just hidden beneath a layer of simplicity that is kind of hard to sweep away.

I think this book is a 3.5, but I bumped it up to 4 stars because of its ambitious approach of the subject matter.

Overall, a good read and I want to see how the movie version compares.

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text 2017-09-29 02:05
Halloween Bingo - Magical Realism
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Siobhan Dowd

For the Magical Realism square, I went with A Monster Calls. It's a YA horror book, but it wasn't scary at all. Definitely sad though.

 

 

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