This morning after scripture study Darik left for work and Ellie and I started what I hope to be our su...moreFour years ago I read this book and said, "eh."
This morning after scripture study Darik left for work and Ellie and I started what I hope to be our summer tradition - and hour of cuddling and read alouds every morning. I cannot believe how wrong I was four years ago, the difference of reading this book with a child.
How masterful of a command must one have on the English language to be able to draw out such feelings of hurt, sadness, longing, loneliness, grief, and love in such a way that any human being from age 4-99 could understand? How can one make me fall in Love with Maine and (Iowa? Montana?) without ever having been there. How can she create complex characters with so few words?!
Wow. Love, love, love this book. Ellie snuggled right in and loved every word. Darik knocked it because it didn't have dragons and adventure, but it did have mystery, suspense, and romance (will she stay or won't she?). Five stars for sure :)(less)
So there is another popular review out for this book right now that starts like this:
I was duped.
I thought The Girl With All the Gifts was about a gir...moreSo there is another popular review out for this book right now that starts like this:
I was duped.
I thought The Girl With All the Gifts was about a girl who had "all the gifts" and was somehow a modern Lilith (say, like, Lilith in Supernatural as the little girl) and would bring about the apocalypse if she didn't learn to control her gifts.
I was duped. Hard.
And I'm glad I was.
My review of this book will start with those same three paragraphs, and then strike the fourth. Because holy crap this received so much buzz and it seemed irresistible over there on NetGalley to not try to request it. But . . .
There's that moment 20% into a book you've agreed to read and review when you realize you just signed up for a violent zombie book full of fbombs?
Not my cup of tea.
I'm sure for graphic violence and zombie fans this hits all the right spots, though. Characterizations and plot were pretty tight, although it dragged in places. Ending totally surprised me.
a copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. (less)
a much buzzed about new YA release . . . basically #firstworldproblems with romance and a mystery.
I literally cannot say more, the book is much better...morea much buzzed about new YA release . . . basically #firstworldproblems with romance and a mystery.
I literally cannot say more, the book is much better if you know very little about it.
p.s. I do think the book succeeds in it's subtle retelling of many other tales: king lear, wuthering heights, fairy tales; and if you are aware of it's layers it does make it more complex. Very interesting.(less)
I read this on recommendation from Maggie Steifvater, an author I follow. I agree with her, it's a book you can read fast or slow. For me? FAST! I had...moreI read this on recommendation from Maggie Steifvater, an author I follow. I agree with her, it's a book you can read fast or slow. For me? FAST! I had it on audible audiobook and listened to it during my morning walks. For two days. And then on the second day I couldn't put my phone down, everything I did . . . including staying up late, was focused on what was going to happen next in the story (ok, to be honest, I stayed up playing 2048 while listening, so, dual purpose).
Anyways . . . Nick Cooper is a damaged, caring, good, trustworthy narrator. It's the world around him that is untrustworthy and shifting. He's an agent for a government agency tasked with eliminating domestic terrorists . . . the Brilliants. Those Americans whose DNA have advanced and been given special gifts . . . savants - but the incidence of such gifts have developed rapidly, and no one is quite sure what to do with them - especially when they disrupt society through innovation or . . . just plain being better than everyone else. This book is one part Jason Bourne and one part 9/11 parable. A lot to chew on, it's not an easy read if you want to dissect it and see yourself (or ourselves) in it . . . but if you want an easy fluff read it kinda functions that way too. It was, brilliant.
content warnings: swears in the line of duty, fade to black scene (less)
Wow. This book is organized in 24 short summary bios of women who have followed their passions and conquered the world. Super in...more3.5 stars, rounded up.
Wow. This book is organized in 24 short summary bios of women who have followed their passions and conquered the world. Super inspiring to read about (unfortunately not very compelling in the storytelling, as it has no plot ... just short bios). I very much see this book used in classrooms and libraries (hopefully) as a reference book any time a science topic / biography report is assigned. because these women will knock your socks off. Librarians read this! If you have a student who loves reptiles, guess what? You have a great example to show them of a world renowned herpetologist who flies into Congo on her own and collects king cobras in her backpack. Mountain climbers? check. Mountain climbing mummy-discovering archaeologists? check. Volcanic space explorers? check. Taxidermists? check. Ornithologists? check. Flora collectors? check. Tropical jungle canopy scientists? check. It goes on and on. Tis much easier to become something that they can see is possible, and this most certainly expands the definition of possibilities.
My favorite comment is that the herpetologist got an award for her groundbreaking work and courage in the face of danger, and her dad said, "She's not courageous, she's reckless!"
ha. Gotta love dads. But she does collect venomous snakes for a living.... so, he probably has a point. It's also interesting to see the influence families and friends can have on the passionate and adventurous -- even 100 years ago. (Okay, one more story: one woman fell in love while away at college, ran out of tuition money, had to return home and left again to earn money as a governess. In the meantime his proposal was misdelivered via mail and she never knew and resigned herself to marry another man. She found the letter after the engagement, and decided to keep her promise!! Seriously, people, be grateful for technology every day!!)(less)
Wow. I will be thinking about this one for days as it twists and hovers in my mind and imagination. Wow.
First of all, I couldn't put this down. I read...moreWow. I will be thinking about this one for days as it twists and hovers in my mind and imagination. Wow.
First of all, I couldn't put this down. I read it in a few hours. It was mysterious and dark and a little creepy and yet funny and hopeful and sad and frustrating. Wow! How could Aaron Starmer pull this off? Definitely the best book I've read so far this year. Plus it's a discussion book, if you read this, let me know so we can talk!
This book is for ages 12+, so it leans to an older audience, but if the Newbery Committee doesn't give this some hardware I'll be beside myself. Put this book in the hands of as many kids as possible. What a trip!
a copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)