#FakeReadathon: 7 Books

Sharon and Chris joined us on Sunday for #FakeReadathon and it was fun. I also managed to finish seven books, which was also fun.

Happily Ever After: short stories about characters from The Selection series. It wasn’t bad, a lot of repeat of what happened in earlier books so the stories could be read as a stand-alone.

The Crown: The final book in the selection series. I’m glad it turned out the way I thought it would turn out.

There Is No Darkness: I finally finished this ebook that I started months (a year?) ago? I generally just read a chapter or two every time I traveled, while waiting for inflight wifi to kick in. Yesterday, I decided I was doing to finish it and I did. I don’t really love Science Fiction but I definitely enjoyed it. An interesting coming of age story. (Someone in an Amazon review said the Haldeman brothers wrote this in 1955, almost 20 years before Joe wrote The Forever War. I’m all… Wait, what!?! Goodness… Lorena wasn’t even born? Wait, what?!!! Is this true. Someone remind me to ask Lore about this.)

I checked four children’s picture books out of the library, two picture books and two board books (both Cybils), because I thought I might have a chance to read some new books to Pippin and Squshy when they were hear a couple of weeks ago. I also thought even if that didn’t happen, these might be books I would want to buy them for Christmas. Turns out… it was a mixed bag.

– Dinosaur Dance was boring. Unless your child really LOVES dinosaurs, in which case it’s still boring but your kid will still love it because dinosaurs.
– Look, Look Again was cute and interesting. It’s a fold out style book. The first page shows one… something (a mushroom, a strawberry, an apple, etc.) but when you fold out the connecting page, you see more than one something (and it’s actually a counting book.) Pretty cute. I liked it. I’d buy that.
– A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals. This book is troubling… if you buy it or check it out of the library, read it before you share it with your child. It might be fine, it might not be. Great illustrations but the “hungry lion” eats the cute animals… after the story tricks you into thinking that’s not what is going to happen, it wants you to believe the little animals have just created a surprise party for the hungry lion. Jokes on you because, yea, the hungry lion at the cute animals after all. Very troubling.
– Strictly No Elephants was a good story. Again, great illustrations and nobody gets eaten. The beginning is sad because the child with the pet elephant isn’t allowed to go to the club or party or whatever that the other kids with pets go to. But the child with the elephant meets a child with a skunk who also doesn’t have anyone to play with. They build their own club and make sure EVERYONE is welcome. Really nice story. I’d buy this.

The Witchfinder’s Sister

The Witchfinder’s Sister is not the best book about witchhunts but it’s not the worst, either. The only real problem with the book is that I didn’t really care about Alice very much so I wasn’t invested in her life. I have no idea why I didn’t connect with her but I didn’t.

The A to Z of You and Me

Such a sad book, The A to Z of You and Me but well worth reading. I was hooked from the letter A and pretty much didn’t put it down until I’d finished it.

The Weight of Zero

The Weight of Zero is on the YA Cybils shortlist and it’s good. It’s also probably very triggering for a lot of people. TW started reading it and before she got too far, she made me tell her whether Catherine dies or not…it’s a rough story. Definitely worth reading.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

I can’t believe how good Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus was. I picked it up because the cover was interesting and fun but I almost didn’t read it because I have a huge stack of Cybils that I knew I’d want to get through. TW read it first and said she really liked it, I see why.

A girl with no arms. A boy with Tourette. A fat boy. And, an old wild west style amusement park. Win win win win!

Off the Page

Awhile back, I was just wandering around the teen room in the library and noticed the sequel to Between the Lines (the book Jodi Picoult wrote with her daughter a few years ago.) I remembered thinking the first book was ok, and I needed some light and easy reads, so I grabbed Off the Page.

It was a light and easy read. It wasn’t great. I was compelled to keep reading to see how they solved the problem(s) that arose from characters jumping out, others jumping in, and some not where they want/need to be. I didn’t think there was a decent resolution to any of their situations and I pretty much hated the end. Though I shouldn’t because there is no decent resolution. Someone’s always going to be where they don’t want to be or where they shouldn’t be while some of the others have their “happily ever after” ending. Whatever. I’m not reading another, if there is another.

This Is Where It Ends

Ouch. What a painful book. This Is Where It Ends is on the Cybils shortlist. I reserved it at the library a few months ago and could not bring myself to read it. Too busy and absolutely not up for a book like this.

So, I tried again and I almost put it back down because ugh. School shooting. Ugh. But, I convinced myself to read it … and I’m glad I did. I ended up reading it pretty much one sitting, late into the night because… how can you not?

I’d love to know some teens who read this. I’d love to know what they thought of it.

Reading in October

Nine total – not bad considering it was the month we pretty much lived in Orlando and it was GHC month. I’ll take it.

4 were Cybils
2 were audiobooks
2 were non-fiction
1 was a graphic novel
7 were middle grade or YA (Which really explains how I was able to manage nine books for the month.)

Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale is on the Cybils shortlist in the audiobook category — so we listened to it on audio and I loved every single thing about it. I chuckled at the 70s southern characters. Little Miss Central Florida Tire… baton twirling… hahaha.

But it wasn’t all amusing, either. The three girls had a lot to deal with and they did it together. LOVED IT.

The Velveteen Daughter

When I was little, The Velveteen Rabbit was one of my favorite stories so I had to pick up The Velveteen Daughter. HAD TO.

I didn’t know a darn thing about Margery Williams, except that she wrote a bunch of children’s books long before I was born. I didn’t know she had kids. Or, that her daughter was a child prodigy. Or any damn other thing about her. And while this book is primarily about her daughter, I learned a lot about Margery Williams. So interesting.

About her daughter, Pamela Bianco… what a heartbreaking story! (The book IS fiction but it’s based on news accounts and personal correspondence.)