Wrap Up…August 2018

Books I read in August 🌞

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Title: Firelight (Amulet #7)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Publisher: Graphix

Date Published: February 2016

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Page Count: 199

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Click here for my review

 

 

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Title: Everything’s Eventual

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Gallery Books

Date Published: May 2007 (first published 2002)

Genre: Horror, Short Stories

Page Count: 464

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟  Click here for my review

 

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My son introduced me to one of his favourite book series…

Title: Dog Man

Author: Dav Pilkey

Publisher: Graphix

Date Published: August 2016

Genre: Middle Grade, Comedy, Graphic Novel

Page Count: 231

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟  My son, Owen, and I brought out our best acting voices and read this together. It’s hilarious! Owen’s read this one so many times he knew what the next line was going to be before we turned the page. It’s nice knowing who Dog Man is now, and I have to admit I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

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Title: Dog Man Unleashed

Author: Dav Pilkey

Publisher: Graphix

Date Published: December 2016

Genre: Middle Grade, Comedy, Graphic Novel

Page Count: 224

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟

 

 

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Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Date Published: February 2017

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Page Count: 444

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟  Click here for my review

 

 

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The Hate U Give…Spoiler-Free Book Review

The following is my spoiler-free review of a compelling, crisp, and crucial début novel called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  There’s a video interview with Thomas on Youtube where she talks about why she wrote The Hate U Give, and how it’s based on her own experiences as a young black woman. In the interview she explains that she wrote the book for the people of the black community, in particular the youth, who need hope for their future. As a white woman I feel like I’ve been given a special glimpse into their life. Black Lives Matter. If you’re one of those people who say, “What about white lives? What about police lives?” then this book is not for you, and you do not have the insight to appreciate a story like The Hate U Give. Check out the interview: https://youtu.be/w1gNYFka1-s

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Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Date published: February 2017

Page Count: 453

Hardcover

ISBN: 9780062498533

 

synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.” Goodreads

My Review

The Hate U Give comes from something Tupac said. Thug Life: T-H-U-G L-I-F-E: The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. Meaning, how we treat our youth will affect all of us.

Our main character is Starr, daughter of a grocery store owner who is known in the neighbourhood as “Big Mav“. Once a gang member, he did jail time to get out of the gang and make a better life for his family. He’s not the perfect dad, however, he loves his kids and he’s passionate. The part where he’s reciting the Black Panther’s Ten-Points with his kids…wow. It took my breath away. I love the relationship between Starr’s father and mother. Their marriage feels like a partnership, where they have each other’s backs even when they disagree.

The relationship between Starr and her mother is tender, yet tough. Her mother knows when she needs to make Starr laugh, when to let her yell, and when she needs wise words to remember.

“‘It’s okay. Like I was saying, I did everything right. I remember being in that delivery room, and when they pulled you out, I waited for you to cry. But you didn’t. Everybody ran around, and your father and I kept asking what was wrong. Finally the nurse said you weren’t breathing.
I freaked out. Your daddy couldn’t calm me down. He was barely calm himself. After the longest minute of my life, you cried. I think I cried harder than you though. I knew I did something wrong. But one of the nurses took my hand’ – Momma grabs my hand again – ‘looked me in the eye, and said, ‘Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right’.”

Starr and her two brothers attend a mainly white private school called Williamson, and live in a black neighbourhood called Garden Heights. Starr’s boyfriend, Chris, is a white boy that she goes to school with. She’s been dating him for over a year, but hasn’t told her Dad because Chris is white. Starr and Chris come from two different worlds, which reminded me of Romeo and Juliet. I think many readers relate to Starr feeling like she’s one person while at home in Garden Heights, then a different person when she’s at Williamson prep school.

When Starr was twelve her parents talked to her about what to do if a cop talks to her. No moving. No talking back. I never needed that talk because I never had to fear the cops. My daughter is almost twelve years old, and I can’t imagine having to talk with her about how to avoid getting shot by the cops. I take my white privilege for granted, and I’m thankful for a book like this that reminds me to remember how lucky I am.

“‘This is bigger than me and Khalil. This is about Us, with a capital U; everybody who looks like us, feels like us, and is experiencing this pain with us despite not knowing me or Khalil’.” – Starr

The plot is fantastic, however it’s the characters that truly shine in this dark story. I love how Thomas uses the appearance and sound of the English language to create distinct voices. I could hear each character’s voice in my head while reading.

The Hate U Give is suspenseful, and emotional page-turner. I couldn’t put it down.

Other reviewers have disliked the parts of this book that are racist towards white people. Anyone who gives this novel a low rating because the cop who shot Khalil is white, or that Starr says racist things about white people, you didn’t get the point of this story.

This is one of the best début novels I’ve ever read.

I’m not sure if I can summarize my thoughts into a sentence or two. I could write, and write, and write, about this book. I recommend The Hate U Give to every reader mature enough to handle its powerful message (probably 12-14 years old+). I urge you to read this ASAP.

About the author

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15049422.Angie_Thomas

Everything’s Eventual #stephenking #bookreview

Everything’s Eventual, a collection of 14 short stories written by Stephen King, has a couple of tales I couldn’t read before bed.

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Title: Everything’s Eventual

Author: Stephen King

Genre: Horror Anthology

Publisher: Gallery Books

Date published: May 2007 (first published 2002)

Page Count: 464

Paperback

ISBN: 9781416549857

 

synopsis

Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the fourteen dark tales assembled in Everything’s Eventual. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.

My Review

The short stories in Everything’s Eventual slowly build suspense, layering dread, until you start to feel like you simply can’t take anymore. A series of occurrences contingent upon some uncertain event.

“We’re in it together, after all. This is a date we’re on. We should have fun. We should dance.” Stephen King to his “Constant Readers”

Autopsy Room Four ✩✩✩✩
About a man awaiting his eventual autopsy, laying on the table, awake, and unsure if he’s really dead. I may have broken the world record for breath holding while reading this one.

“There’s a harsh ripping sound and all at once I am in white light; it is blinding, like the sun breaking through a scrim of clouds on a winter day. I try to squint my eyes shut against it, but nothing happens. My eyelids are like blinds on broken rollers.”

  • Adapted to TV in Nightmares and Dreamscapes, 7th episode

The Man in the Black Suit ✩✩✩✩✩
A man who hasn’t told anyone that as a child he met the devil in the woods eventually tells this story.

“…the terrible stranger turned his burning eyes on me again, his thin lips pulled back from tiny rows of sharp teeth in a cannibal smile.”

  • Adapted to Short Film in 2004

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away ✩✩✩✩
A man has felt lonely for too long and has eventually planned his suicide. I have read an entire sad novel and not shed a tear, yet this story made me cry three times in 15 pages.

“Alfie drew the book back to throw it, then lowered his arm. He hated to let it go, that was the truth of it.”

  • Adapted to 6 different Short Films

The Death of Jack Hamilton ✩✩✩
This one is about a real American gangster, John Dillinger, the eventual death of his pal Jack.

“I suddenly thought of Jack standing in the street after the Mason City bank job. He was firing his tommy gun and covering me and Johnnie and Lester as we herded the hostages to the getaway car. Bullets flew all around him, and although he took  a flesh wound, he looked like he’d live forever.”

  • Adapted to Short Film

In the Deathroom ✩✩✩
When you’re naming names it’s inevitable that a reporter named Fletcher finds himself in a South American interrogation room fearing for his life.

“He thought his chances of ever leaving this basement room in the Ministry of Information were perhaps one or two in thirty, and perhaps that was optimistic.”

The Little Sisters of Eluria ✩✩✩✩
A novella set in the world of The Dark Tower series about the gunslinger eventually discovering the nurses helping him to recover are vampires.

“The five were dressed in billowing habits as white as the walls and the panels of the ceiling. Their antique crones’ faces were framed in wimples just as white, their skin as gray and runneled as droughted earth by comparison. Hanging like phylacteries from the bands of silk imprisoning their hair (if they indeed had hair) were lines of tiny bells which chimed as they moved or spoke.”

Everything’s Eventual ✩✩✩✩
A Fantasy novella about 19-year-old Richard who was once broke and bullied, and is now living a life where he can have whatever he wants because of his special power, but eventually learns that this life comes with much sacrifice.

“I’ve always had something, some kind of deal, and I sort of knew it, but not how to use it or what its name was or what it meant. And I sort of knew I had to keep quiet about it, because other people didn’t have it. I thought they might put me in the circus if they found out. Or in jail.”

L.T.’s Theory of Pets ✩✩✩✩✩
A short story about how a dog and a cat, given as gifts, eventually led to a divorce and disappearance of a woman.

“My friend L.T. hardly ever talks about how his wife disappeared, or how she’s probably dead, just another victim of the Axe Man, but he likes to tell the story of how she walked out on him.”

The Road Virus Heads North ✩✩✩✩✩
This one made it hard for me to fall asleep after reading it. It’s a short story inspired by a picture King has in his home about a man who buys a creepy picture at a yard sale that changes and eventually comes to life.

“Richard Kinnell wasn’t frightened when he first saw the picture at the yard sale in Rosewood…the painting was a watercolor…it showed a young man behind the wheel of a muscle car…he was grinning, and his parted lips revealed teeth which were not teeth at all but fangs.”

  • adapted to Short Film and TV

Lunch at the Gotham Café ✩✩
A husband and wife agree to meet for lunch to discuss their eventual divorce when their waiter loses his mind.

“Time ceased to exist for me at the moment Alfalfa the maître d’ brought his left hand out from behind his back and I saw the butcher-knife.”

  • Adapted to Short Film

That Feeling, You Can Only Say What it is in French ✩✩
A woman on a plane repeatedly wakes from a nightmare about the death of her and her husband eventually learns the truth of what the visions are trying to tell her. As someone who often experiences déjà vu this story made me feel uneasy, but I’m not a big fan of “groundhog day” plots.

“Besides, it wasn’t just love that held people together. There were secrets, and the price you paid to keep them.”

1408 ✩✩✩✩
Stephen King admitted he scared himself with this story about a haunted hotel room. It gave me the eebie jeebies. Goosebumpies. Hair standing on the back of your neck. You know, the good stuff. It’s about a man who doesn’t believe in ghosts, who makes a living researching and writing about haunted places, eventually stays at a place that’s really haunted.

“Olin was really afraid of room 1408, and of what might happen to Mike there tonight…digital wristwatches don’t work in room 1408…”

‘You know the history of the room, beginning with the suicide of its first occupant.’

‘Five men and one woman have jumped from that room’s single window, Mr. Enslin. Three women and one man have overdosed with pills in that room…A man hanged himself in the closet…’

  • Adapted to a film by the same name starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson

Riding the Bullet ✩✩✩
A novella (according to Wikipedia, the world’s first mass-market e-book) about a university student hitchhiking home after getting a call that his mother had a stroke. He learns that all life is eventual.

“I wasn’t just afraid, I was terrified. Everything was wrong, everything, and I didn’t know why or how it could possibly have happened so fast.”

  • Adapted to Film, starring Jonathan Jackson and David Arquette

Luckey Quarter ✩✩
A short story about a single mom with two kids working at a hotel struggling to get by, and is eventually left a lucky quarter as a tip.

“She sat down in the chair beside the rumpled, abandoned bed with the quarter in one hand and the envelope it had fallen out of in the other, looking back and forth between them and laughing until tears spilled from her eyes and rolled down her cheeks.”

  • Adapted to Short Film

I give Everything’s Eventual 3.6 ✩ overall.

Firelight #Amulet Book 7…Review

Firelight is book seven of the Amulet children’s graphic novel fantasy series written by New York Times bestselling author, Kazu Kibuishi.

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Title: Firelight (Amulet #7)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade, Fantasy Graphic Novel series

Publisher: Graphix (Scholastic)

Date published: February 2016

Page Count: 199

Paperback

ISBN: 9780545433167

 

synopsis

Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They’re hoping to uncover the events of Trellis’s mysterious childhood — knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily’s Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.

My Review

I absolutely love the style of the art in this series (Kibuishi also did the cover art for the Harry Potter 15th anniversary edition).

The first book in the series gets new cover art for the 15th Anniversary edition in September 2013.

Firelight is about the good and evil that power can achieve. It’s about the love of the family you’re related to, and the strength behind the families you create with friends. In book seven, Emily, her mother, her brother, and other members of the Guardian Council continue to learn right from wrong on their journey to fight the Elf King.

“A stonekeeper lost control and grew to enormous size. As the figure approached, it appeared to be on fire. Growing, burning – like a terrible firestorm taking the shape of a man.”

There is a lot of foreshadowing in Emily’s opening dream scene. Kibuishi lets his impactful, easy-to-understand art tell the story. Emily and some of the Council members are on an airship, letting Emily’s stone guide her and her comrades to Algos Island. Trellis is hoping to find his childhood memories so he’ll know how to defeat his father, the Elf King. Ambushed by Gabilan, the bounty hunter hired to kill Trellis, Emily decides to trust Gabilan because he knows how to enter the cortex to find Trellis’s stolen memories. Even though Gabilan despises Stonekeepers, he’s realized they are all fighting for the same cause. 

Meanwhile, Emily’s mother and brother, and General Pil are traveling to meet up with Emily. They agree to work on an airship restaurant in order to hitch a ride to Frontera. Their boss, a robot named Suzy, is one of my favourite characters in Firelight.

“Strange how they’re mounted on those pedestals. They look like chess pieces.”

Kibuishi uses a cartoon-like artistic style with some wordless, all-art pages that snag the reader’s attention and emphasize the most important events. I love the use of colour for emotion. I often stopped on a page just to admire Kibuishi’s images. The last 70 pages are action-packed, with lots of suspense. There is a touching (and funny) scene between Emily’s mentour, Vigo, and their robot friend Cogsley:
“She’s a smart kid, Vigo. She’ll be all right.” – Cogsley
“I know. But I was a father once, and that part of me will never go away.” – Vigo
“I’m a computer, so I have no idea what you’re talking about.” – Cogsley

If I remind myself that the Amulet series is for children, then I have no complaints. There are other reviewers who say the series is way too long, and the plot doesn’t move fast enough (and yes, the pace is slow), but I have to admire an author who’s willing to slow a child’s life down a bit, using unique artwork to make that child savour every page. My kids have each read the entire series at least 20 times. Dollar-for-dollar my kids get more entertainment from a $17 book than toys that cost four times as much.

Firelight is my favourite book in the Amulet series so far. I recommend it to ALL ages. Amulet is an easy-to-find, popular series. Our local library has the series, and we were able to buy them at Chapters, Walmart, and second-hand bookstores. The next book, Supernova, is coming September 25th, 2018.

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About the author

Kazu Kibuishi (born 1978) is an American graphic novel author and illustrator. He is best known for being the creator and editor of the comic anthology Flight and for creating the webcomic Copper. He has also written (drawn) the Amulet series. The webcomic artist and noted critic Scott McCloud has said that some of Kazu Kibuishi’s work is so beautifully drawn that “it hurts my hands when I look at it”.’ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/27372.Kazu_Kibuishi

 

My Top 5 Favourite Books I Read This Year

Here are my top 5 favourite books I’ve read so far in 2018…

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Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published: Sept 2017 (first published 2012)

Middle Grade, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

352 pages

 

 

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Title: The Astonishing Color of After

Author: Emily X.R. Pan

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Published: March 2018

YA Contemporary with Magical Realism

462 pages

 

 

 

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Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Orion’s Children’s Books

Published: Sept 2016

YA Fantasy

536 pages

 

 

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Title: Thief of Happy Endings

Author: Kristen Chandler

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Published: June 2018

YA Contemporary, Western, Romance

 

 

 

 

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Title: All Your Perfects

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Published: July 2018

Adult Contemporary Romance

306 pages

Blogaversary!

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Today marks three years since I started this blog. I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who has stopped by. When I joined WordPress I thought I would basically just be writing for myself. It’s unbelievable to think so many people have taken the time to read one of my posts. If there’s anything you’d like to see me share this year be sure to leave a comment 🙂

Love you all! Happy reading!

Thanks Thank You Message Grateful Apprecia

 

Mid-Year Book Tag 2018

Is August Mid-Year? Naw. Just pretend like it’s Mid-Year 😉

The Questions:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

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The Last Unicorn has been one of my favourite movies since I was a child, yet somehow I never read the book until this year. Here’s the link to my review: My favourite book and movie: The Last Unicorn ~ Spoiler-Free Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) #BookReview #SpoilerFree

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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The Outsider by Stephen King

Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime written by Stephen King?! It’s too good to be true. I must get my hands on this one soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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I loved The Forgotten Garden and liked The House at Riverton a lot, so I was excited when The Clockmaker’s Daughter popped up in my Goodreads Upcoming releases by “my authors”.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a Historical Fiction novel with mystery, which sounds right up my alley. Expected Publication is September 20, 2018.

 

 

 

5. Biggest disappointment.

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After giving This Savage Song four stars I had high hopes for the sequel, Our Dark Duet. It was OK, the average Goodreads rating is over four stars, so I wouldn’t say not to read it, you might like it. I was definitely disappointed with this one.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Biggest surprise.

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I received an ARC from Netgalley for Thief of Happy Endings, and although I am very grateful for receiving free books to review, I was not looking forward to reading this at all. I don’t typically like stories about horses, or books with a cowboy on the cover, but man was I shocked. I LOVED this story and I highly recommend you check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

It’s a tie between Emily X.R. Pan who wrote The Astonishing Color of After, and Caighlan Smith who wrote Children of Daedala.

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8. Newest fictional crush.

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Graham. *swoon* He’s caring, generous, patient, selfless. Does he make mistakes? Yes. But you know what, no one is perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Newest favorite character.

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Hal. What a badass, strong young woman. She’s been through a bunch of crap that should have made her crude, but she just keeps pushing through. Hal is cunning and a fantastic character in The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Book that made you cry (Saddest book you have read).

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I’m sure you’ve heard of Wonder. It’s one of the most popular book to movie adaptations. I read the book, then watched the movie. Both made me bawl my eyes out (in a good way).

 

 

 

 

 

11. Book that made you happy.

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Every Harry Potter fan smiles while reading any of the books or watching the movies. Great characters that I’ve grown to love. Even when they are annoying, I can’t help but have an awesome time while reading these books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Hidden Figures (haven’t read the book yet), and A Wrinkle in Time (read the book and watched the movie).

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year.

I’ve written 32 book reviews so far this year. It’s hard for me to pick a favourite. My most liked review is Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) #BookReview #SpoilerFree

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and his son, Owen. I could stare at this cover all day. My father and stepmom sent me this one for Christmas and I still haven’t read it. I MUST get to this soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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TBR…August 2018

Monthly TBR: July… | Echoing Books

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Title: Everything’s Eventual

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Gallery Books

Date Published: May 2007 (first published March 2002)

Genre: Horror, Short Stories

Page Count: 464

Synopsis: “A collection of fourteen dark tales, Everything’s Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and “Riding the Bullet,” King’s original ebook, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade.

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Title: Toil & Trouble

Author: various

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Expected Publication: August 28, 2018

Genre: YA Anthology, Paranormal

Page Count: 304

Synopsis: “A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored”

After I finish those two books I’m going to do the “Try a Chapter” to pick the next one 🙂

What are you reading this month?

Wrap Up…July 2018

I read 6 books in July:
4 Adult (contemporary romance, mystery, historical fiction retelling)
2 Middle Grade (fantasy, sci-fi)

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Title: Slipper

Author: Hester Velmans

Publisher: Van Horton Books

Date Published: April 2018

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction/Retelling

Page Count: 378

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟  Click here to read my review

 

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Title: Call Me By Your Name

Author: André Aciman

Publisher: Picador

Date Published: January 2008 (originally published January 2007)

Genre: LGBT Contemporary Romance

Page Count: 248

My Review: 🌟🌟  Call Me By Your Name…Book Review

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Title: Her Pretty Face

Author: Robyn Harding

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

Date Published: July 2018

Genre: Adult Thriller/Mystery

Page Count: 352

My Review: 🌟🌟 Click here to read my review

 

 

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Title: All Your Perfects

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Date Published: July 2018

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Page Count: 306

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟  Click here to read my review

 

 

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Title: A Wrinkle In Time

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Date Published: January 2018 (first published 1962)

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Science Fiction

Page Count: 224

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Click here for my review

 

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Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Raincoast Books

Date Published: June 2003

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Page Count: 768

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 My review

 

 

I follow the Goodreads rating suggestions:
🌟= did not like it
🌟🌟= it was ok
🌟🌟🌟= liked it
🌟🌟🌟🌟= really liked it
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟= it was amazing

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix…Book Review

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth book of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling. Fifteen year old Harry learns that no one is perfect (not even Dumbledore), and no one is 100% good or evil. This book hits on big themes like social injustice, power, corruption, and propaganda.

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Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy (magic)

Publisher: Raincoast Books

Date published: June 2003

Page Count: 768

synopsis

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry. He is desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his world upside down…https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/532837.Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix

My Review

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is all about character development. Rowling uses lots of detail and lucious writing with fantastic dialogue that helps create a distinct voice for each character.

Is it normal for fifteen year old boys to be as selfish and immature as Harry and Ron? I found them to be extremely annoying in this book. Thankfully, Hermione is mature, smart, concerned with equality, fearless. It’s nice to see Ginny finding her voice, stepping into the main character circle. She and Neville are more developed in the books than in the movies. It’s wonderful to see a shy person be brave, and fight back against the Death Eaters.

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – Ginny

Luna Lovegood. Oh how I love Luna. She’s unique, courageous, and wonderfully weird. I love the chemistry between Harry and Luna.

“It’s alright” said a dreamy voice from beside Harry as Ron vanished into the coach’s dark interior. “You’re not going mad or anything. I can see them too.”
“Can you?” said Harry desperately, turning to Luna. He could see the bat-winged horses reflected in her wide, silvery eyes.
“Oh yes,” said Luna, “I’ve been able to see them since my first year here. They’ve always pulled the carriages. Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.”
Smiling faintly, she climbed into the musty interior of the carriage after Ron. Not altogether reassured, Harry followed her.”

I know there are a lot of people who hate Snape, but I have to admit, he’s my favourite character. He’s such a complicated character. I wish he could know happiness and love.

Umbridge. What a villain. She’s sweet, sneaky, cute, and corrupt.

St. Mungo’s hospital is a charming place. I wish it had been included in the movies.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is slow-burn, character-driven narrative that I had a hard time getting into. After the halfway mark things picked up and the last two hundred pages flew by at an exciting pace.

Harry’s personality was over-the-top, annoyingly selfish, and I didn’t like how Harry handled Umbridge abusing him. As a Middle Grade book I think it’s important that kids who are reading this know that if someone is hurting them they need to tell a trusted adult (even if that adult isn’t able to stop it, at least show the kid asking for help!).

I don’t like how Ron and Harry walk all over Hermione and take advantage of her. I don’t like Sirius. I think he’s an extremely immature adult, who doesn’t have Harry’s BEST interests in mind. He keeps bringing up Harry’s dead father, and even used it as a way to guilt Harry into taking a risk to do something he was unsure of.

Lupin helping Sirius make excuses for how James bullied Snape as kids made me want to slap Lupin in the face. It would have been nice to have Lupin and Sirius realize their wrongs, and apologize to Snape.

Although there are some choices I don’t agree with, I was thoroughly entertained. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat. As most cases, the book is better than the movie and I recommend you check it out.

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”