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Jo rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Life by Mal Peet
Life: An Exploded Diagram
by Mal Peet
read in July, 2011
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This book sounded fascinating and I thought the idea was interesting and innovative and something I have never read in a YA novel.
But then… eh.
I’ll start with the things I liked. As Clem told the story of his grandma, his mother and father and then...more
Jo rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo
Holier Than Thou
by Laura Buzo
recommended to Jo by: About a million of my favourite ladies.
read in June, 2012
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So normally when I dislike a book that is obviously a well-written, unique and great book, I normally say something along the lines of “Oh well, this book obviously wasn’t written for me.’
I can’t really say that for this one, because… well, this book...more
Jo rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2011
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God. This book.


Note: I’m not sure where the words ‘On the’ went… I’m assuming it’s different for the British version and not that I have a defective copy.
Also… while I’m Note-ing: This review will be a lot shorter than other reviews because thi...more
Jo rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Creepy and Maud by Dianne Touchell
Creepy and Maud
by Dianne Touchell
recommended to Jo by: Reynje
read in October, 2012
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There is something wonderful about finding someone you know you can send them e-mails in the middle of the night full of capital letters and shoddy punctuation and even just ‘THIS BOOK’ and know that they will understand exactly what you are feeling....more
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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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Jo rated a book 5 of 5 stars
What They Always Tell Us by Martin  Wilson
What They Always Tell Us
by Martin Wilson (Goodreads Author)
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I’m going to shamelessly steal an idea from this book to describe how I feel about this story.

You know when you’re younger (Or, OK, when you’re not so young if you’re anything like me) and you’re on a set of swings in your back garden? And I’m not ta...more
Jo rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
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I feel it would take quite a bit to make me want to scramble around on Parisian rooftops. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not scared of heights in any way, and the views… well, they’d be pretty incredible, wouldn’t they?

But the more you think about, the less...more
Jo and 12 other people liked Reynje's review of Darkwater:
Darkwater by Georgia Blain
" Darkwater is a languid, atmospheric novel about murder and coming of age in 1970s Australia. It draws much of its strength from Blain’s use of setting; she paints an authentic and vivid picture of life in that time: summer days swollen with heat,... " Read more of this review »
Jo rated a book 5 of 5 stars
In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew  Smith
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I have a sneaking suspicion that Andrew Smith reads my reviews.

Actually, OK, that’s definitely a lie. That probably… fine definitely doesn’t happen.

But all I’m saying is that it’s a massive coincidence that he knows all the things that I harp on abou...more
Jo rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Ketchup Clouds
by Annabel Pitcher
read in January, 2013
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So, I have to admit, I’m extremely underwhelmed by this book. I’ve never read My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece but I’ve heard it’s great. It never really appealed to me though, I’m not sure why.

But Ketchup Clouds appealed to me, really it did. I wa...more
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H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

Gustave Flaubert
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
Gustave Flaubert

Madeleine L'Engle
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
Madeleine L'Engle

Virginia Woolf
“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
Virginia Woolf

Harper Lee
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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2011 Reading Challenge
Jo has completed her goal of reading 130 books for the 2011 Reading Challenge!
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