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review 2019-01-20 02:17
Book-lovers will delight in and relish this little book about their reading obsession; the perfect bookworm gift
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life - Anne Bogel

This little book is a love letter to the joys of reading, and EVERY bookworm should have this one on their shelves.

I picked this book to fulfill my ‘reminds you of your happy place’ book choice for my #LitsyBooked2019 Challenge, and I absolutely couldn’t come up with a more apt choice for something that conjures up ‘happy place’ right now than books.

If you’re an avid reader and you are aghast at the idea of whittling down your collection of books to 30 books, or as Anne Bogel puts it, have spent time as a kid under the covers reading a book with a flashlight when you should’ve been asleep, then this is the book for you.

The book is short and sweet but packs in a lot, and you will see yourself in these pages even if you don’t know all the book titles she mentions. You will find yourself nodding and laughing and agreeing about all the things that only ‘book people’ will understand and recognize in their reading lives:

How 'normal' it is to have 1,593 books in your Goodreads Want-to-Read list, but will read a book by your favorite author as soon as it comes out. How normal it is that you've read every single book by Sarah J. Maas and have every edition of all her books, even the foreign read all the Outlander Series but have never read Jane Eyre.

How you've been that reader of all The Babysitter's Club Books when you were a tween, then you went through a phase of nothing but vampire books, then you struggled to find yourself with self-help books in your twenties, and now you read nothing but the latest bestsellers from a celebrity bookclub; you've just changed as a reader as you've got older.

Bogel mentions all these 'delights and dilemmas of the reading life' in her book and it felt like I'd found a new bookish friend, and I suspect that just about everyone picking this book up and seeing themselves in it, will feel like their circle of bookish friends just grew infinitely bigger.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/38502471-i-d-rather-be-reading
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text 2019-01-19 22:24
Reading progress update: I've read 36%. - well, that was disappointing
Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation: Cherringham 1-3 - matthew costello neil richards

After reading the 25th novella in this series "Secret Santa", I thought I'd go back to the beginning and have some cosy mysteries to snack on between novels.


I bought a compilation of the first three novellas. I've just finished the first one, "Murder On Thames" and I find myself rather underwhelmed. If this had been my first trip to the little village of Cherirngham, it might also have been my last.


The plot was slight, the characterisation was ok and some of the dialogue worked well. Neil Dudgeon's performance seemed only to come alive doing dialogue. Perhaps he found the prose too leaden but I think the producers should have asked him to do parts of it again so it didn't sound so much like a sight read.


Oh well, two more books to go in this compilation. Maybe the next one, "Mystery At The Manor" will be better.



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review 2019-01-19 04:34
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is on a 5.1 reading level (5th grade, 1st month of school). This story is about a toddler named Nobody who is raised by ghosts and other beings that live in the cemetery. Since most of the characters are introduced by their epitaph poem, this gives teachers an opportunity to study this type of poem with their class. From this point, students can write an epitaph for the remaining characters in the story, based off what they know about that character from the story. 


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review 2019-01-19 04:10
Book Review: Close Your Eyes
Close Your Eyes - Robin Jones Gunn

Title: Close Your Eyes
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Series: Sierra Jensen, #4
Format: bind-up
Length: 135 pages
Rating: 3 stars


Favourite character: Sierra
Least favourite character: N/A


Mini-review: I like this series more than I liked the Christy Miller series. Sierra seems to be maturing whereas Christy never really did. She just kind of woke up mature in time to introduce Sierra. Sierra is head-strong and Christy was a pleaser, which bugs the heck out of me in books. I liked this book. 


Sierra Jensen - Willow Shields
Tawni Jensen - Tiera Skovbye
Randy Jenkins - Christian Martyn
Amy Degrassi - Katelyn Nacon
Drake - Gavin Casalegno
Vicki - Isabel May
Paul Mackenzie - Shameik Moore
Wes Jensen - Dylan Sprouse

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review 2019-01-18 22:57
The Library Book - Susan Orlean

What die-hard book lover doesn't like books about books, or books about the places they are stored, or the sometimes fascinating lives of some of the people through history who championed for books to be available to the common person through libraries? 
The main focus of "The Library Book" was LA's Central Library, its history, the people who have been its librarians, and the fire that almost destroyed it, but also so much more. It shared information about books, libraries and their caretakers through history, its patrons (some were hilarious!) as well as exploring the crime (or was it?) that almost wiped out one of the largest libraries in our country. It looked at the man accused of his arson, and why there are still questions regarding the nature of the fire. The books was chock full of interesting tidbits and I know I exasperated members of my family, every day, having to read the next bit I felt so interesting I could not keep it to myself. I could all most feel, as I approached, them sending up furtive prayers "Please don't let her talk more about that book". : )
Each chapter started with a list of 4 or five books that somehow pertained to that chapter, and those list were thought provoking themselves, and contains an extensive bibliography at the end. 
But it was also a book more personal for the author as well as she felt an abiding love for libraries since her youth and the memories shared with her mother growing up, during their weekly visits there leaving with stacks of books, and her mom always saying that if she could have chosen any profession, it would have been a librarian. 
When I saw that Susan Orlean had written this, I got so excited because I had loved "The Orchard Thief" and just had to get this-- and I was not disappointed. I love everything about it-- not just the topic, or the way the story was told, but also the way it looks, the way it feels-- even the end papers inside the front and back cover were nice.

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