Spookathon Readathon Day 4 & ‘Estranged’ Review

Well, I got one book finished for the readathon, and it wasnt even on my TBR for the week.

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

This middle grade graphic novel was an impulse grab at the library. That cover just called out to me and refused to be ignored. I found all of the art stunning and the slightly reminiscent of Labyrinth…but not really… but kinda. I can’t decide, but I loved it regardless.

The plot of the novel follows a Human Childe raised by raised by Faerie Royalty. Well, raised by a goblin nanny actually, as the King and Queen were excessively superficial and interested only in how fashionable having a human Childe is. When an evil faerie queen takes the thrown, Childe and his golem friend, Whick, travel to the human realm to enlist the help of the powerful changeling who has been taking his place in his human family.

Set against a fantastical backdrop, the story raises questions of identity, acceptance, loyalty and belonging.

I initially gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but almost immediately went ahead and gave it that last fifth star. Yup I went ahead and considered this a 5 star read. I found the queen a little to easy to defeat, but once I reminded myself that it was MIDDLE GRADE, and that I shouldn’t expect it to get as dark or as high intensity as a YA fantasy, I realized that I had no problems with it. 5 stars.


I had the coziest baseball mom set up today. But the dang wind kept blowing my pages and I was trying to keep my hands tucked into my sweater. I never get as much reading done as I hope to at the kids practices, but I always try anyway.

My Starbucks drink is a grande soy latte with one pump of vanilla.  It’s literally the only thing I know how to order.  That and steamed almond milk for the kids.


The Spookathon IG Photo Challenge for today was Ghosts. These are some of our Halloween picture books that fit the bill.


And finally…

Here is an update on my pages/challenges for the readathon:

My Plain Jane

  • Readathon challenge: Purple cover, Set in a different time
  • Currently on page 259 of 464

The Graveyard Book

  • Readathon Challenge: Has Picture, Spooky word in the title
  • Currently on page 35 of 307 This hasn’t changed since yesterday, even though I did listen to about an hour more.  I accidentally dozed off a few times while listening and have to go re-read whatever it was I missed.

Estranged

  • Readathon challenge: Has pictures
  • Finished

Spookathon Readathon Day 3 & T5W

Well, I feel like I haven’t done too much reading today… and I’m already yawning watching game 4 of the ALCS (Go Sox!)… so I don’t know how much more I’ll get done for day 3 of the readathon.

I read a little bit more of My Plain Jane when I woke up, then found the audio for The Graveyard Book on hoopla to listen to while I made lunch. It’s narrated by Neil Gaiman himself! I love his narration.

This afternoon I also started a middle grade graphic novel called Estranged. It is about changelings and the artwork is beautiful.

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On Wednesdays we library, and this Wednesday we did playground first. I got to squeeze in another few pages waiting for friends to meet us there.

The kids wanted to watch a movie when we got home….not just a movie.. my movie… so I cuddled up with then to watch and sing along.

Which brings us to today’s Spookathon IG photo challenge (candle), which I would have forgotten all about had my 8 year old not reminded me.


And now we move on to Top 5 Wednesday.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Check out the Goodreads group for topics and links.


This week’s topic is favorite Monsters/Mythological Creatures. This is hard, because just when I have 5 cool creatures to list, I think of something else.

1. Let’s kick this list off with my hometown monster: The Jersey Devil. Not gonna lie, I could use a refresher of his story/origin. But as a New Jersey native I gotta include it. That said… when it comes to hockey, I actually hate the NJ Devils. Go Rangers!

2. Goblins. Love ’em!

3. Dragons. Especially of the Luck variety, but Draco from Dragonheart and Dragon from Merlin are probably my two all time favorite dragons. I really need to read Seraphina… and feel free to send me more Dragon recommendations (but no GoT please, at this point it’s just not gonna happen).

4. Gargoyles. Architecturally I’m actually more a fan of grotesques, but I think that most of the time the terms are used interchangeably. My heart belongs to one Gargoyle in particular- Goliath. Oh my.

5. And finally, Chimera. Not so much in the Greek mythology portrayal (okay, them too), but the kind from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy… they are so freaking amazing!


 

Here is an update on my pages/challenges for the readathon:

My Plain Jane

  • Readathon challenge: Purple cover, Set in a different time
  • Currently on page 179 of 464

Estranged

  • Readathon challenge: Has pictures
  • Currently on page 61 of 224

The Graveyard Book

  • Readathon Challenge: Has Picture, Spooky word in the title
  • Currently on page 35 of 307

Spookathon Readathon Day 2

Last night I decided to start My Plain Jane as my first book for the readathon. I am really doubting I’ll be able to get to all 5 books from my tbr, BUT I realized I can easily double up the challenge prompts.

My Plain Jane will count for a book with purple on the cover (if you have the Owlcrate exclusive cover, that is…which I don’t, but I know that it exists and that it is purple, so I’m counting it), as well as a book not set in this time.

I read a whopping 8 pages before falling asleep last night, but as soon as I woke up this morning I managed to read to around page 86, and I am currently on page 118. I still don’t know if I’m going to love this book, but I do love that it is a quick and easy way to kind of revisit Jane Eyre. Kind of. In a really cheesy way. Definitely cheesy.

And now for a recap of my day in pictures:

  • Husband brought me coffee in bed, and I got right back to the book I barely started last night.

  • The Spookathon Photo Challenge prompt on Instagram was SKULL.  My son thought that this was the best book cover choice because the skull is so subtle.  In his opinion, people will like that more.  Okay, kiddo.

  • Kids and I went to the beach so they could catch Pokemon…

  • So many Pokemon!

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  • We stopped by Savers for book shopping… I mean… to drop off donations.  But I mean, we were there, soooooooooo.  We got some great books.

  • This kid could’t wait to start Dory Fantasmagory

 

  • I got a couple pages of reading in at soccer practice this evening.

  • I could watch my baby read a chapter book to himself all night.  He whisper read chapter one to himself, then had me read chapters 1 through 3 to him.  We’d recently read two other Dory Fantasmagory books that we checked out from the library and he loves them! LOVES THEM! They are pretty great, I must admit.  So we were so happy to find this at the thrift store today.


And now I am off to bed.  How many pages will I get to before my eyes give out on me tonight?  Place your bets now.

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books That You Rarely Hear About.


The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

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Once upon a time, I didn’t use Goodreads, or Youtube or blogs to find books to read. I browsed tables for featured books in stores and got emails from Barnes and Noble about up and coming releases. One such e-mail featured this book, and I was quite interested in it. Then nearly forgot about it. Such is life. Maybe a year later, a co-worker recommended this book to me and I remembered how amazing it sounded. I found it in the bargain section of Barnes and Noble and was both happy that it was a $6 hardcover, and sad that it apparently didn’t do so well to land itself there so soon (imagine my heartache years later, after falling in love with this book, to see it in the Dollar Tree).

I got it picked as the read for the book club I was in at the time and dove in.

The story starts with a man who has been in a terrible car accident. He was driving drunk and had spilled alcohol on the crotch of his pants, which accelerated the fire from the accident and focused it on this area of his anatomy. I’m pretty sure he is a porn star, and actually loses his money maker…. he is severely burned all over his entire body, but this is the injury that really stands out and shatters his sense of self.

A woman visits him in the hospital and ends up bringing him home to help him recover. As she ministers to him, she tells him all about their intense and tragic love from another lifetime. The book goes back and forth from their past life together to the present- he can’t help but think she is crazy, but is drawn to her none the less.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! My book club…. hated it.

“That would make her hundreds of years old…. it doesn’t make sense….”

IT’S A BOOK, KRISTA! LET REALITY BEND A LITTLE WOULD YA!?

I’ve actually only read this the one time, but whenever I look at it I have a swelling of emotion and fall back in love. I’m planning to re-read it this October, specifically the week of Halloween, as my wedding anniversary is 10/31, and this is one of the most intense love stories I’ve come across… even if it is incredibly dark and tragic. I always go into re-reads nervous…. what if I don’t love it anymore?

I’m reading Goodreads reviews now… apparently this was a very hyped debut release and didn’t live up to it… well I loved it, so *shrugs*

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

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Similarly, this book also deals with a tragic love story, and the reunion of the lovers lifetimes later.

From Goodreads:

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

I gave this 4 stars, its Goodreads average is 3.7, so I’m not too far off. I was easily able to fall into the story and become invested in the characters. I’m a sap, what can I say? A tragic love story is my kryptonite. At the same time…. I was able to put the book down for days at a time, so, take that as you will.

The ending though…. It really sets you up for the story to go on, and then it leaves you hanging. From what I understand this was intended as a trilogy but didn’t do as well as publishers wanted it to.

The Kulipari Series by Trevor Pryce

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As my kids and I watched this Netflix original series, I thought to myself: “I would read the shit out of this!” Imagine my joy when I actually paid attention to the opening credits and saw that it WAS based on a book series. We hit up the library so fast! The books, in order, are: An Army of Frogs, The Rainbow Serpent, and Amphibians’ End.

It was such a great read aloud for us. And so timely- it made current events accessible to my kids. The series focuses on the importance of access to water (Standing Rock pipeline), and touches on the treatment of refugees (45’s Muslim ban) forced from their homelands.

The illustrations are beautiful, and there are a lot of references to aboriginal mythology. I am looking forward to reading more in this world. There is a fourth book due to be released, as well as some comics we have to check out.

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

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From Goodreads:

Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.

One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon’s grandmother. Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before fate deals its next deadly hand.

The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler’s gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

This is a dual timeline story, following the character in the present as well as his grandparents (great grandparents? I don’t remember). I really enjoyed the old traveling circus element of this book, and the mystical symbolism (horseshoe crabs, man. Who knew?)

The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

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I saw this in the juv-fic section of the library and picked it up to read to my Red Sox obsessed kiddo. I didn’t realize how much of a fantasy book this would be. We loved it. There was a lot of Irish folklore mixed in with baseball history, and the book also dove into racism and identity. It was a really unexpected gem. The story centers around the 2004 World Series, when the Red Sox broke their 86 years long curse of the Bambino. But were the Sox actually the ones to break it? Or was it Oscar, the mixed race orphan who gets caught up in a hidden world of real curses and creatures?

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

I will always associate this book with the pain of a severely sprained ankle. But personal memories aside… this book was really well written and thought provoking.

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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the United States to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn’t the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village–they’ve all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men–her own “Siete Magníficos”–to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

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I love this dark book so much. Maybe it’s not a hidden gem, I don’t actually know. But I never hear anyone talk about it. This is another one that pre-dates my Goodreads, Booktube, and blogger days.

The writing is beautiful and haunting. It is a dark, fantasy, coming of age story embellished with grim fairy tale elements.

I also loved The Gates, by the same author, which I never hear anyone mention either.

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J Church

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This book kept me up reading all night. I was so swept up in the realness of it. Heartwarming love story? Happy ending? No, and no.

It is the story of a highly intelligent woman (in the 60s I think) who marries an older academic and makes sacrifices for the sake of his career; constantly reevaluating what she wants and what it’s worth. There is romance and loss and betrayal and science all written together beautifully.

Maybe it was the lack of sleep, but this left me emotionally exhausted…in the best way.

A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins

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Remind me of this book whenever I mention unhauling books from my shelves. I thought I would be okay letting this one go. I read it, I liked it, I needed the shelf space. But I’ve thought about it several times since saying goodbye and I wish I still had it around.

This story follows a man who is transcribing his father’s journals to be used in creating an artificial intelligence program. It’s not scifi-y or anything, but I learned a lot about the standards for evaluating AI (basically, the computer has to consider itself a real person).

I found it fascinating that by giving the computer his father’s language and some logic programming (now I’m just pulling comp sci terms out of my ass… I don’t know) he was able to relate to and connect with his father posthumously, in a better way than he ever had when his father was alive.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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This book doesn’t get as much love as its predecessor, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. And while I do agree that Ari and Dante is the better book… this one is just as beautifully and emotionally written. This is another one that kept me up way too late. I had to wipe my tears at 1 am and force myself to put it down.

I just love the way Sáenz creates these characters that I want to wrap up in a hug and comfort. I connect with their emotions so deeply- the way they feel lost and confused and angry and sad, without necessarily knowing why. I really feel like this is YA written for adults. I can read his books from a (slightly) more stable emotional state and think… YES! I felt that. Beautiful.


Some other mentions:

  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
  • The Paper Magician (series) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Have you read any of these? What made your list this week?

Friday 56: ‘The Wicked Deep’

Friday 56 is a linkup hosted by Freda’s Voice


RULES:

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your e-reader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet.

*Post it, and add the url to your post in the Linky below.

Also join in the fun on Instagram using the hashtags #Instagram56 #Friday56


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I just finished reading The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.  I loved it.

Page 56 happens to blank, so this excerpt is from page 57:

“From the black waters of the harbor, their song sinks into dreams, permeates the brittle grass that grows along steep cliffs and rotting homes.  It settles into the stones that hold up the lighthouse; it floats and swirls in the air until it’s all you can taste and breathe.

“This is how they do it– how the sisters are freed from their brackish grave.  They steal three bodies and make them their own.  And this season, they do it swiftly.”

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This book was well written without being to flowery.  It was dark and macabre without being scary or morbid.  It left me with a lot to think about in terms of love, loss and identity.

Let me know if you participate in The Friday 56.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead of you!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? vol. 2

Oh hi! I forgot today was Monday.  I’m so thrown off by my husband being home… yay three day weekends!!!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Last week I was able to meet my goal of finishing The Final Empire.  To get the second half of the book finished I ended up switching back and forth through e-book and graphic audio, and it made for a really immersive reading experience.  Once I started listening to it I was able to connect with the characters a little better- I heard the actors’ voices as I read on my own, and I picked up more on the humor and character interactions from listening to parts of it.

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I didn’t listen to or read anything else until I finished The Final Empire, but once I had that done I moved onto Fables vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland.  I really enjoyed reading this volume.  It did a better job at sticking to one story line than the previous volume did.  This was a very emotional and eerie installment.   I can’t recommend this graphic novel series highly enough. It got little ‘meh’ for a few volumes, but I really love the series overall.

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This morning I started The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.  I have very high expectations for it as the kickoff of my fall/dark/witchy/spooky/Halloweeny TBR.  Afterwards, I plan on reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.

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I also decided that I should go ahead and start the next Mistborn book, The Well of Ascension, and just take my time with it while reading some other things.  I know if I put it aside completely I am likely not to come back to it.

I also picked up Infidelity, a Memoir by Ann Pearlman from the library.  This sounded interesting, but I have a feeling it will be something I thumb through, not read cover to cover.  We’ll see what happens.


 

What have you been reading?  What will you be reading?

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Have a great week!

The Relationshipper Book Tag

I was so excited to see that I was tagged to do this by the ladies at Fiction No Chaser.  I had every intention of getting this posted sooner….but….kids.  I haven’t gotten a chance to sit here and compose coherent thoughts until now.

This post is all about the ships.

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The Rules:

  1. Answer the eleven questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  2. Come up with eleven new questions of your own!
  3. Tag 5 new bloggers!
  4. Mention the blogger who tagged you and have fun!!

 

This was harder than I thought it would be….

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What fictional character from a book would you date and why?

All of them.  For the sake of this tag I will pick Marko, from the Saga graphic novel series by Brian K Vaughn.  Because DAYUMMMMM can Fiona Staples draw one heck of a man! Yes I know he is a fictional character, but he is so hot! And sweet.  He loves so deeply and he’s a great dad, too….  Swoon…

What would your first date with this character look like? What would you do?

Bookshop and cuddle.  I’m also down for Netflix and chill.  Introvert dating.

What fictional characters would form your book significant other harem?

I want my harem to mesh well and have amazing chemistry, so I’m gonna make this easy on myself and say: you know The Lunar Chronicles? yeah…. that’s my harem now.

What’s your least favorite trope when it comes to book relationships?

Is miscommunication a trope?  Because I hate when that happens.  I hate when the characters are heart broken, fighting, or avoiding each other for no reason.  COME ONE GUYS!  Talk it out!   Stop jumping to conclusions!  You what they say: ‘when you assume….’

What’s your favorite ship?

How do I answer this?!  I feel like the ship in The Kiss Quotient is great.  It fell into that miscommunication trope I that I hate, but I feel like the respect and comfort that the relationship was built on was just…ugh… perrrrfect!  I will take Michael Phan over Christian Grey a hundred times over.

Also, Zuzana and Mik’s adorable relationship kind of steals the show in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.  I haven’t read their novella, Night of Cake and Puppets, yet, but I expect great things and swoony feels.

What’s a ship you *hate*?

Let’s go with Ana and Christian in the 50 Shades books.  I loved these WHILE I was reading them, but as soon as I finished the series (which I binged while high on pregnancy hormones) and started discussing it, I quickly realized how many problems I had.  These two characters used sex as a weapon.

Also- Just like Jess and Teagan… I HAAAAATE Cal and Mare!

What’s a ship you’d like to third wheel with and why?

Simon and Bram (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)- because they are so freaking adorable! I feel like I would get a giddy contact high off of their cuteness.  If I had to third wheel (cue prom weekend memories) it would totally be fun hanging out with these two love birds, I think.

If you could delete one ship from a book, who would it be and why?

That would be from my current read, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.  Vin and Elend do not need to be a thing.  I am always all for the romance in just about any story; and I am all for insta-love.  But no thanks.  Not this time.  My gosh the romance adds nothing to the story and it makes the character Vin ANNOYING!!!!

What two characters from different fandoms would you like to see together?

I don’t know, I’ve never really considered this…. hmmmm…..

Alucard Emery (Shades of Magic trilogy) and Jesper Fahey (Six of Crows duology).  Not only would this be a GORGEOUS couple.  Their playful personalities and hardcore flirtation would be electric!

What ship that ended are you still mourning?

I might break down and sob just thinking about this…. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo DESTROYED me.  I’ll leave it at that.

 Jacob or Edward?

Ok so… I was Team Edward…. BUT Team Taylor when it came to the actors.  If I read the books over now (I won’t) I have a feeling that I might just switch teams.


 

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My Questions:

  1. Who was your first book crush?
  2. Who was your most recent book crush?
  3. What popular ship do you sink?
  4. Which unpopular ship do you actually love?
  5. Do you have a favorite friends to lovers ship?
  6. What ship reminds you of your relationship? or the relationship you would like to have?
  7. What ship was just unnecessary?
  8. Imagine your favorite ship 10 years in the future (from when their book ends)… where are they now?
  9. Which book do you want to see adapted to tv/movie? Who would you cast to bring your ship to life?
  10. What is a relationship that you wish happened?
  11. What character(s) have broken your heart?

 

I tag:

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

Vikki @ My Mundane Life

Megan @ The Cozied Reader

And any one else who would like to play along.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday, Reader Friends!

I hope you had a good weekend and managed to read a bit… or not… it’s your weekend, you do you.

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As for me- I got to do some reading at the park on Friday, the beach on Saturday, and I even got to sneak a few pages in at the baseball field on Sunday.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

Last week I listened to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The audiobook was very well done- there were multiple narrators for the two main characters/timelines and the tabloid articles.

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I had heard nothing but wonderful things about this book. I have to agree, it was fantastic! Evelyn is such an engaging character- you simply cannot help but fall in love with her. She’s a manipulative bitch in the best way, and she is proud of it. She built herself up from nothing, didn’t allow the men in her life to dictate her success, and even at her most selfish moments she felt the need to protect the people she loves. The racial and sexual diversity in the book was amazing. The relationships were all so real in that they were full of the good, the bad and the ugly.

One disappointment I have, and this is just me, is that I didn’t cry. Every reading vlog I watched that featured this book left the reader in tears at the ending. I thought the ending was beautiful and, while sad, didn’t wreck me the way I anticipated.

If you love books with dynamic characters…. this book is where it’s at. check it out.

Also last week: I made slow progress through The Final Empire. I am definitely enjoying it, but I am so discouraged by my own reading pace.

Which brings me into my reading plans for this week:

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FINISH THE FINAL EMPIRE!

My ebook actually contains the entire trilogy- a whopping (and intimidating) 2,045 page count. I think I’ve made it to the half way point of the first book so I am hoping to get it done by the end of the week, and with that, the end of the month.

The next question is: go right into book two, The Well of Ascension, or take a break from this world?

I am worried that if I don’t continue right away, I will take a long time to get back in and finish the trilogy. HOWEVER… as of right now, I feel like I need to move on to something different. I am very eager to start my fall/Halloween reading, and this series is not giving me those spooky vibes. I guess we will see how book one ends and if it leaves me needing more right away.


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Last week, with the kids, I read The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. I vaguely remembered it as something I read in early elementary, and we picked up a copy from the thrift store to read together. It was a really fun read- the kids both loved it and always wanted me to “read the next chapter!”

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The kids also started listening to The Penderwicks at Last audiobook. We actually read about 90% of the book together but then never finished it (well they didn’t… I went ahead and read the last couple chapters myself).
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The kids also started reading some books on their own last week:
So the reading goals for the kids’ week will be for kid 1 to finish The Magic Tree House #10- Ghost Town at Sundown, and for the little brother to finish Frog and Toad All Year.

We also have a bag bursting of picture books and graphic novels from last week’s library trip. There is no shortage of books in our house!


What are your reading plans for the week?
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8.24.18 At the Moment

It is 8:15am on Friday. I slept really well, my husband made some exceptionally good coffee for me today, the kids are awake and watching some TV before we start our day.

We spent yesterday at the beach and the baseball field. Today will probably be park before baseball. I’m hoping to do some reading outside. I always bring a book, but end up watching the kids’ practice like an I’m an obsessed fan. Well, I kind of am, aren’t I?

I finished my audiobook (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) yesterday and I’m trying to decide if I should start another or focus all my energy on The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve made it to part 2 of the book and I’m hoping I can pick up speed from here. I have the graphic audio recording to try and help move me along, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. A regular audiobook might be better. Or no audio, just read it…cant quite decide on my own mood.

This post is really just a stall tactic- I don’t know why I’m not picking up my nook to continue The Final Empire. I will regret it later if I don’t read at least some before I start my day.

My weekend plans:

  • Clean the house…yeah right
  • Map out the kids’ fall ball schedules
  • Kid 1 has an away game
  • Read Fables vol 18
  • Make progress in The Final Empire

Update 8:48am

T5W: Redemption Arcs

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  The topic schedule can be found in the Goodreads group.


This weeks topic is Redemption Arcs.

I feel like redemption arcs are more than just a case of learning some background that justifies a characters antagonistic actions.  I think that is a matter of insight rather than redemption.  When I consider redemption, I want it to be a character doing something big to make up for the horribleness that has defined them up to that point.  But that’s just me and what I’m thinking about this week as I make this list.  Whether or not that is the true definition of a redemption arc… I really have no idea.

#5- Holland (from: Shades of Magic trilogy)

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I’m kind of breaking my rule right off the bat.  We learn about Holland and his torture at the hands of the Dane Twins who force him to carry out their sinister wishes… but he lets himself be defeated and sent into Black London for the greater good.  Or so we think……….. I won’t spoil any further.

#4- Prince Robot IV (from: Saga)

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This dude is the worst.  Until he has something personal to fight for, and all of a sudden he is side by side with our favorite moony in the universe.  PLOT. TWIST.

#3- Prince Charming (from: Fables)

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He is introduced as a silver tongued womanizer who cares only about wealth and power- but a few volumes in you realize he is a strategical genius and the one to lead Fabletown to victory against the Adversary.  I remember the moment I paused my reading and realized: “Holy crap, I don’t hate him anymore.”

#2- Loki (from: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

We went from this slimy asshole in Avengers…

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…to this: Thor’s Brother-From-Another-Mother (and Father for that matter) fighting to save his adoptive home.Screen Shot 2018-08-22 at 7.17.39 PM.png

Loki, I think I love you. No… I KNOW I do.

#1- Darth Vader (from: A Galaxy Far Far Away)

No explanation necessary.

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