First of all, I have to say that I had no idea this was book #1 in a trilogy until I finished it. Knowing that wouldn't necessarily have changed anyth...moreFirst of all, I have to say that I had no idea this was book #1 in a trilogy until I finished it. Knowing that wouldn't necessarily have changed anything, but I was really bummed with the way this one ended until I realized that, so I want to save others that same feeling of disappointment.
Diana is a witch, and she doesn't want to be a witch. Her parents were killed when she was very young, and she feels it was because of who they were. Because of their tragedy, she has spent her whole life denying who she is and all of her powers. Unfortunately, she can't deny them any longer because they seem to keep manifesting, despite all her intentions otherwise.
It took me a little over 100 pages to really get hooked on this book, and it bothered me at first that Diana wouldn't use her powers. It felt a little boring. However, once things really got rolling, I could not put this mammoth book down. It's definitely going to be a long wait for the next book.(less)
I really like this series and can not recommend it highly enough to moms with middle school age daughters. I have recommended it to three other moms a...moreI really like this series and can not recommend it highly enough to moms with middle school age daughters. I have recommended it to three other moms and two of the three have already read the first book aloud with their daughter and both love it as much as my daughter and I did. The third just heard about it this weekend but is pretty excited to check it out. This book follows the girls through their last year of middle school and the trauma of one of their members and best friend, Jess, leaving them to go to a local boarding school. They get to know girls from a school in WY through a pen pal arrangement that mimicks the story(ies) they are reading this year for Book Club. Along the way, the deal with new enemies, boys, first kisses, new family members and more. All of these books contain age appropriate content with enough boy excitement to keep my daughter hooked and excited, enough girl drama to feel realistic to my oh so girly girl, and yet it's still clean enough and has a good message that should make even the most conservative of moms happy. As an added bonus, this series has gotten my daughter curious about books she would have never of read otherwise, and that we may not have even known about. Next on our list, while we wait for the much anticipated 4th book, is Daddy-Long-Legs and my daughter can't wait to get started! (less)
This is such a cute series. It can be difficult to find books that interest my daughter but aren't too mature for her. This book is a wonderful soluti...moreThis is such a cute series. It can be difficult to find books that interest my daughter but aren't too mature for her. This book is a wonderful solution to that dilemma. The second in what is so far a two book series, this time The Mother-Daughter Book Club have quite a problem to face - Jess' family might lose their beloved farm. This time their inspiration comes from Anne of Green Gables which was just as fun to learn about with them as Little Women was in the first book. My daughter and I have read both of these out loud, and I think we both look forward to them as much as each other. I highly recommend this series for girls around the age of 12-13.(less)
This is a great book! The entire story is told through letters written back and forth among various people. I wasn't expecting that, so it took me a l...moreThis is a great book! The entire story is told through letters written back and forth among various people. I wasn't expecting that, so it took me a little while to get used to the style, but it didn't take long at all to get into the story.
The story is about a writer who is looking for the next subject of her book. While she is working on this, she receives a letter from a man who has a copy of a book she once gave away (Selected Essays of Charles Lamb) that still has her name and address inside the cover. He writes her because he really liked the book and is wondering if she might know if how he can get a hold of more of his writings. He can't find them himself because WWII has just ended and he is on an island in the English Channel. He reveals in his letter that he found this book through his book club The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which spurs a conversation between the two regarding the strange name of the book club and how the club came into being in the first place. Over the course of the story we get to know various members of the club and how the war affected them all.
I love how this story told itself through letters. This is a wonderfully written book with a beautiful story and a unique way of telling it. I will definitely recommend this to others and will probably read it again myself someday.(less)
This is the story of 4 girls who have just begun middle-school, and their moms' get the brilliant idea to start a Mother-Daughter Bookclub. Their firs...moreThis is the story of 4 girls who have just begun middle-school, and their moms' get the brilliant idea to start a Mother-Daughter Bookclub. Their first assignment: Little Women. Two of the girls are best friends, two of them used to be best friends but aren't any longer, and one of the girls is new in town. My daughter and I read this one out loud together, and I highly recommend it. Although it is relatively predictable, I found there to be many great discussion points for us and many great lessons woven through the story. This book addresses popularity, and the lack of it, boys on an age-appropriate level, family issues, and so much more. My 10 year old daughter and I both really liked this book and are looking forward to book #2.(less)
I listened to the audio of this book, and I wasn't that impressed. In all fairness, I was in the middle of interviewing for a new job, and then prepar...moreI listened to the audio of this book, and I wasn't that impressed. In all fairness, I was in the middle of interviewing for a new job, and then preparing to move to another city for said job, so I had a lot going on. However, I usually look forward to my books in the car, when my life is otherwise hectic, b/c they're such a good way to take my mind off things for a little while. This time I often found myself wanting to make phone calls, turn off the CD so I could think and plan, and just generally not looking forward to the story. It never grabbed me.
Thirteenth Tale is the story of a very famous, but mysterious, writer's life, as told by her biographer, as she's hearing the story from the writer. It bounces back and forth between present tense: where the author and biographer interact, we learn about each of their current situations, and about the biographer's past, and past tense: where we hear the author's story as told by her in chronological order, beginning from back when her mother was a child.
Because both of the main characters are writers, and lovers of books, there is a lot of prose about them. I loved these parts because they were so poetic, but unfortunately, books themselves were only spoken about from time to time.
Other than the beautiful prose about books, I largely found this book depressing and a little boring. Both writers have lived terribly sad, messed up lives, and I had a bit of a hard time truly caring about either of them. I found the biographer especially boring, and the famous writer's life was just so far out there, I could barely imagine what she was describing half the time.
All in all I don't really recommend this book. I don't regret the time spent listening to it. And if convinced by someone who truly loved it, I might even read it again some day to see if I like it better when I don't have so many of my own personal distractions, but all in all, it was not that great in my opinion.(less)
I've been reading this book for a few years now and it's going to be several more before I finish it, if I ever do. This is a great book for those who...moreI've been reading this book for a few years now and it's going to be several more before I finish it, if I ever do. This is a great book for those who want to get a little more out of their reading and are looking for a way to dig deeper. This book takes several different genre's and suggests reading material chronologically that she feels best encapsulates the writing of that period and the overall feelings during a particular era. She makes no attempt to pretend that this is a comprehensive list of the classics and fully acknowledges that some pretty major classics and/or popular books are left off of the list. However, this is not intended to be a '1001 Books to Read Before You Die' kind of book, but more of a self-taught literature class. For each genre Bauer guides you through the kinds of things you should be asking yourself and looking for throughout the story. She emphasizes the value of reading choronologically so that you can better understand how literature evolved over time and appreciate the works more for what they brought to their particular time-period and how they contributed to the evolution of writing.(less)