It came as no surprise that our interplanetary archery competition was canceled the day Bucky Littlejohn shot hims
First Line of the second chapter:
It came as no surprise that our interplanetary archery competition was canceled the day Bucky Littlejohn shot himself through the foot with a field point arrow, p.14.
Recommend this book to the male, teen reader who thinks there’s nothing out there to read that’s as strange and weird as himself.The Alex Crow is not an easy read since there are four seemingly unrelated stories wrapped into one book. Keep reading though, and you’ll find out how an Arctic discovery, a born again Middle-Eastern refugee, a six-week summer camp for boys, and a man who hears Joseph Stalin and an internal navigation system, come together.
What Dazzled: Andrew Smith is a genius. I don’t how he does it, but he can take the most random, unrelated things and weave them in such a way that you feel all kinds of emotions you’d think impossible to feel. I laughed, then cried, then laughed some more. There’s so many conversations that can happen around the ideas, characters, and themes in this book.
What Fizzled: Hmmm…
Jots and Thoughts: Why aren't more people talking about this book??? I would recommend Andrew Smith books all day long! Read 100 Sideways Miles next. *language, rape, masterbation, violence ...more
52 Small Changes for the Mind is for everyone. Unless of course you are that someone who doesn’t struggle witFirst Line:
Small changes work, p.10.
52 Small Changes for the Mind is for everyone. Unless of course you are that someone who doesn’t struggle with stress, productivity, remembering things, or happiness levels. That person aside, this book offers 52, like the title says, small changes to improve your mind. Read one change a week and over the next 52 weeks you’ll (hopefully) have made 52 changes for the better of your mental health. What better way to start 2017!
What Dazzled: The layout. Each bit-size chapter begins with a quote, followed by a couple paragraphs of research, and concludes with several suggestions for integrating the change. Some reviewers commented “there’s nothing new here”, and I agree there isn’t anything groundbreaking here, but why would I want something elaborate and complex when ‘small’ works just fine. Besides, I cannot call myself a master of speaking up or silencing my inner critic or being as confident as I should be. There’s information here to be had even if you can call yourself a master. Brett Blumenthal also includes an index where you can find all her sources for the chapter research. Doesn’t that give you warm fuzzies? It does me.
What Fizzled: Unfortunately she also includes a section called tools and resources. Basically it’s worksheets to go along with some of the chapters, and can be download from the internet, but I don’t feel like they add a ton of value. I’m not sure how to make this section better, but if Brett decides to write another book (which I hope she does) this section could use some attention.
Jots and Thoughts: I had so much fun reading this book with my husband. Yup, he was dragged along with me on this once-a-week-small-change-habit. Eventually he admitted to enjoying listening to me tell him why he should give himself a time-out and eat outside more often. ...more
The Female of the Species is for the female reader who wants to see justice done no matter the cost, oFirst Line:
This is how I kill someone, p.1.
The Female of the Species is for the female reader who wants to see justice done no matter the cost, or really any reader who craves some social justice. Fair warning though, this is not a “fluffy” book that will leave you feeling all warm and happy inside. It’s vicious. With a capital V. Alex Craft is not a sociopath or a psychopath. She’s something else, and you won’t want her to stop.
What Dazzled: Mindy McGinnis has written a story you’ll want to blaze through, because each page reveals a little more about Alex and she is one interesting character. There are things McGinnis writes that will make you cringe and want to cover your face, but you’ll keep reading.
What Fizzled: The cover. The bright chartreuse background is not something I think Alex would approve up. Perhaps brown? Also the woman on the front does not resemble Alex at all. Was this artwork suppose to? The girl on the back could be Branley. Oh, be sure to look under the book-jacket. Other than the color and misrepresentation I loved the cover!
Jots and Thoughts: I’m going to give this book a couple warnings for those out there thinking about recommending it to middle / high schoolers. This book contains: language, rape, underage drinking and drug use, sex, and violence. I do think teen readers will love this book, but if they going in blind they may not appreciate the shock, and they’ll probably refuse to ask you for another recommendation. ...more
This graphic novel would be a great pick for an open-minded and quirky book club. Even better if the cFirst Lines:
Dad! Look at me! Dad! Dad! p.1.
This graphic novel would be a great pick for an open-minded and quirky book club. Even better if the club is intergenerational, because there’s some pretty heavy topics dished out. Miss Lasko-Gross has created a world populated by anthropomorphic cats who staunchly follow an often brutal faith based on blind and unquestioning devotion. Henni does not blindly follow and does ask too many questions. This makes her a target for her fellow citizens and Templemen. After Henni commits a blasphemous act she flees for her life and ends up finding out there’s worse things in her world, but also, miraculously...hope.
What Dazzled: Subtle blues and purples set against black and white artwork sets a cold and cruel atmosphere. I was memorized by the occasional all-back-pages highlighting a single image, stunning. The artwork and themes lend themselves for some great conversation.
What Fizzled: This appears to be the first book in a series. As it stands right now it’s pretty bleak and I didn’t enjoy that. Henni found hope in a few characters, but that just wasn’t enough for this reader. The world was also pretty confusing and lacked enough world building for me to jump in wholeheartedly. Henni was an interesting character, but didn’t have enough characterization to be fulling compelling.
Jots and Thoughts: I can’t find any information about a sequel, so beware that when you start this book you may never ever know how it ends. Dun, dun, dun!!! (Said in a dramatic tone.) ...more