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Friday, October 2, 2015

The Way I Used to Be

Book #122 Read in 2015
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

At the start of this book, Eden is raped by her brother's best friend.  He tells her no one will believe her if she tells them what she doesn't.  This decision sends Eden down a path that no one would have ever predicted for her.  Told in four sections (each section is a grade level in high school) readers will read about Eden spiraling out of control and desperately in need of help.  This book is powerfully raw and heavily emotional...and oh so good....Smith writes well and has her characters complex enough to keep readers engaged for over 350 pages.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Reads

September Reads:

1.  Tombquest:  Valley of Kings (YA)  5/5  3rd in series
2.  Sophmores and Other Oxymorons (YA)  5/5  2nd in series  library book
3.  Dumplin'  (YA)   5/5
4.  Crenshaw (YA)  5/5
5.  Need (YA)  5/5
6.  Dead Boy (YA)  4/5
7.  Browsings (3/5)  library book
8.  The Scorpion Rules (YA)  4.5/5
9.  The Bubble Wrap Boy (YA)  4/5
10.  The Edge (YA)  5/5  2nd in series
11.  At Home with Books (5/5)  library book

121 Books Read in 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

At Home with Books

Book #121 Read in 2015
At Home with Books by Estelle Ellis et al

This book is perfect for book lovers.  It shows lovely photographers of the libraries of the rich and famous and literary.  Each person's section details that person's organizational method when setting up the library.  It is amazing how a room filled with books can provide insight into a person's inner workings.  I borrowed this book from my public library.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Edge

Book #120 Read in 2015
The Edge by Roland Smith

This is the sequel to Peak, which was a good read.  In this book, Peak is back and is requested to go on a "climb for Peace".  He agrees and heads to Afghanistan for the climb; his mother, a former climber, accompanies him.  Shortly after their arrival, Peak's mother and fellow climbers are kidnapped and Peak decides to try to follow their trail and rescue them.  Will he succeed?  Or will he be killed? This series is great for middle school and high school readers...especially reluctant and boy readers.  Peak has matured since the first book, which helps make him a believable hero.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Bubble Wrap Boy

Book #119 Read in 2015
The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

Charlie is known at school at the little, clumsy kid.  His mother is very overprotective and won't let him do anything.  Needless to say, Charlie's newfound love of skateboarding would not meet Mom approval so he hides it from her.  He soon learns that his mother has been hiding one heck of a secret from him.  Will the discovery of secrets bring this family closer together or tear them apart?  This is an excellent book for middle schoolers.  I received this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Scorpion Rules

Book #118 Read in 2015
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (YA)

In order to keep countries from declaring war on other countries, leaders and royals are forced to give up their children as hostages.  They are the keepers of the peace.  If war breaks out, the hostages are killed; this killing is caused by their parents making bad decisions.  Greta is one such hostage but she begins to question her way of life when Elian, a new hostage, arrives at the compound.  Will Greta's mother sacrifice her child for her country?  This book was full of action, as well as some romance and humor.  High school students as well as adults would enjoy this book.  I was sent this book by Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Book #117 Read in 2015
Browsings by Michael Dirda

Browsings is a collection of year-long columns that Dirda wrote about his love of reading, books, libraries and book sales.  It was nice to read about someone with a similar love for words and books.  I could relate to his excitement over finds at a book sale.  These columns were quick, good reads.  I borrowed this book from the town library.