Category: Reading

Book #13

I am back to make my excuses for why I took so long. I know that at this point it’s been nearly half a year, and I’m only halfway through, but this time I actually have a valid excuse.

The book was terrible.

The pacing was rushed. The writing was poor. The book began with an execution, then backtracked to explain how the witch and wizard, Wisty and Whit, were accused and discovered their magical abilities (including, but not limited to, using spells such as “Shazam” and “Bibbidi Bobbiddi Boo”. I kid you not.) They basically go in and out of jail and then, at the last second, the writers remember that they are supposed to do an execution and flash back to that. Wisty then says, “How did we get here? Well, don’t worry about that. We’ll be fine.” In case you didn’t get it, that means – there is no explanation. They just show up on an execution stand. Why? Who knows. I had to force myself to read it. 104 chapters of torment. I will NOT be reading the rest of the series.

So after that nightmare…

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

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The story of a biracial girl – This looks interesting. I should be going to the library tomorrow to get it, so hopefully it will go better than “Witch and Wizard” did. *SHUDDER*

Book #12

I am done with “A Wrinkle in Time”. I liked the idea behind it and many of the characters in it, but the writing still irritated me for some reason and the pacing seemed a bit rushed. I do see that it is a very good book, and there are some excellent lessons in it, but Newberry worthy…? Not sure,  but then I’m not familiar with the year it was published and then the other books published that year, so I am not one to judge.

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

I choose witch. I choose

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Another on my to-read list for a while, and time I got to it. It’s not particularly long, so a review should come later this week. I’m also reading the sequel to Six of Crows, though, so I’m not sure when I’ll start this. Hopefully tomorrow.

Book #11

Wow, I am ashamed of myself. I started this thing in July. I’m still not even halfway done! There aren’t really any excuses other than that I am a slacker and a procrastinator, and I keep starting other books outside of the challenge and getting sidetracked. So after that not-so-brief hiatus, I’m resolved to buckle down and finish, hopefully by the new year. This is just pathetic.

I like “The Good Earth.” It was extremely well written, but it was hard to read because of some of the material, such as the treatment of women. Throughout the book, it dealt with things like foot binding, and it referred to many of the females as “Slaves” rather than people. My favorite character, O-lan, was grossly mistreated by her husband, the main character, Wang Lung. Still, even though Wang had a lot of faults, I enjoyed his story and his connection to his land. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, but still satisfying. I definitely recommend it if you haven’t read it yet.

So, on to the next book…

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

One of my best friends has been obsessed with this book lately, so I guess I should read it. It is…

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I know, I know… I’m 15 years old and I’ve never finished “A Wrinkle in Time.” But when I started it God knows how many years ago, it just seemed boring to me. So, I’m finally going to give it another chance and this time I will make it through it. The good news is, I own it, so I won’t have a delay waiting for it to come in from the library. I’ll try to get a review up by Saturday at the latest, and if I don’t, leave me comments reminding me.

Book #10

I finished “Where the Red Fern Grows” on Monday, but apparently I am really bad at staying on track with reviewing. So, a date later than promised, here I am to give the next book. First I want to say that finally, after a bunch of mediocre, okay books, I finally got to read something amazing. Maybe I should just quit reading YA for this challenge. It never seems to turn out very well.

But anyway, the story, which I’m going to assume most of you know, was excellent. I’ve never been much of a dog person, but Billy, Little Ann, and Old Dan’s adventures were such fun to read about. The ending was naturally very sad. The only issue I had with this book was the lack of commas – a lot of times, a sentence that needed a comma wouldn’t have one. As a lover of Hamilton, I know how important commas are, so that bothered me, but the story itself made up for that.

The next book will probably take me a while…

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.

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This book is set in China. I’ve often said that if I were to tour the world, I’d go to China first. Not very practical, but I’ve always been a bit of a romantic. The font for this book is small, and it’s fairly long-ish, so I might take a while on it. I’ll try to post a review as soon as I finish it, rather than waiting around doing nothing for two or three days. 🙂

Book #9

Well, I finished Uglies on Wednesday, but I haven’t been able to post until now… what’s wrong with me? I did enjoy it. In this society, everyone twelve to sixteen is ugly, until they turn sixteen and get an operation. Tally Youngblood, the main character, is about to reach her birthday when she meets a friend who doesn’t want to turn pretty, and the story goes on from there. However, some of the jargon in the book was a bit stupid, to be honest. Little kids are called “littlies.” Older people are called “crumblies.” Things are not awesome or cool, they are “bubbly”. And the three cities in Tally’s society are called Uglyville, for the ugly people, New Pretty Town, for the beautiful people, and then Crumblyville for older pretties and children. The friendship in the story was once again far better than the romance, and the action was very well-well written, and the characters were nicely done. I’ll probably read the next book.

So, onto book 9. I should have read this book a long time ago.

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

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I know, I know, I should have read it already… so now I can redeem myself. I’ll try to have a review up by Thursday.

Book #8

See, I told you that wouldn’t take long. Well, here I am, done with “I am the Messenger.” Although Book Theif was better, I liked the book. It was sad, sweet, jarring, and interesting. Ed is a 19 year old cab driver, who is given names or addresses and then must discover what that person needs. To help people, he’ll do everything from buy ice cream to attempt murder. While it’s definitely not for anyone under the age of 15, I would recommend it.

Now, next book…

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

A book at the bottom of your to-read pile shall be…

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I’ve been meaning to get to it for some time, so why not now? It’s not very long, so expect a review on Monday or Tuesday.

 

Book #6

Well, I expect you’re ready to hear how “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours” was, but I didn’t end up reading it. I got about three pages in when I realized that maybe this was not a book for a 15-year-old girl (if you’re curious to find out why, just read the book yourself). Since it was a book of stories, I glanced at the others and didn’t find appeal in them either, so I picked a different book – a memoir about God’s grace.

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The story of a blogger named Edie’s hard childhood and redeeming adulthood, this book was beautiful and moving. Edie went through so many difficult things in her life – dealing with an alcoholic father, a divorce, and depression – but she overcame it all through the love of her new husband and God. I’m very glad I read this book.

And now, onward!

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

There are a lot of authors I’ve never read before, so this one is easy. Here is my next book:

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I have to request it from the library, so it may take a little while for it to come in. Bear with me. I’ll read it as fast as I can when it comes.

In the mean time, while I wait for my next great read, maybe you’ll find yours in my novel, The King’s Decree, available on Amazon for only $10.00! (Subtle Promotion. :D)