22Sep2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge

Challenge Update

I went to Goodreads this morning to make sure my records lined up with what I’ve read and what I’ve blogged about thus far and the website cheerfully reminded me that I’ve read 50 books.  And, ahem, that I’m 22 books behind schedule.  “I know, Goodreads!” I shouted at my laptop. “Shut up about it already!” I maybe not have handled that very well. So far I’ve blogged about 30

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10Aug2018

Book #30: Time Jumpers

In order of my favorite Brandon Mull series, #1 The Beyonders, #2 Fablehaven, #3 The Candy Shop Wars, #4 Five Kingdoms.  I know, it’s sacrilege not to have Fablehaven as #1, but that’s just how much I love The Beyonders series.  Having Five Kingdoms at the bottom of the list doesn’t imply that it’s bad, just not my favorite.  It was definitely fun to read aloud as a family each book as

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09Aug2018

Book #29: Zombie Kid

The things we do for our kids, right?  Like reading Zombie Kid by J. Scott Savage out loud to them because their older sister picked a “girly” book.  No offense to Savage, who impressed me at the LTUE conference, because I’m sure his other less bathroom-humor-oriented books are excellent.  This one tested my patience. Despite the gross-out jokes and general prepubescent-boys-being-them

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Book #28: Penny from Heaven

My 11-year-old wanted to read Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm for her book club.  Actually, she went to the book club without reading it, got excited by the discussion, then asked me to read it aloud to her.  I’ll admit, I wasn’t super excited about it.  My daughter couldn’t remember most of the details and the blurb on the book didn’t draw me in, but I promised and we went ahead.

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08Aug2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Fantasy, Fiction

Book #27: Oathbringer

If you haven’t read The Way of Kings or Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, then nothing in this blog post will make any sense.  So go and read the review I did for The Way of Kings and then decide if you’d like to commit to three 1,000 page books.  I think you should, but you know, epic fantasy might not be your thing. Instead of going through a synopsis of a book that is the third i

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08Aug2018

Book #26: Sabriel

Oh goody.  This is one of my favorite books, and the first in one of my favorite series of all time.  I suggested it for my book club and it didn’t even bother me that it wasn’t universally loved.  I don’t care.  It’s still awesome. Garth Nix is an amazing writer and Sabriel isn’t even the best book in his Old Kingdom series.  It’s a good hook to keep going, but I love the othe

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08Aug2018

Book #25: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham is very familiar to me as this was my third time reading it.  I needed to read it for an online class I was taking and decided for this time around, I’d read it aloud to my 11- and 8-year-old kids.  I wondered what they would think, considering the advanced vocabulary about navigation, math and sailing, but they didn’t mind.  They loved it.  That

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08Aug2018

Book #24: The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

I love books of lists, particularly books that are about books and include lists.  It’s a very specific obsession and I’m always on the prowl for them.  My favorites are Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt (and her companion books, Honey for a Teen’s Heart and Honey for a Woman’s Heart), The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin, and now

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30Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction

Book #23: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is slightly off.  You ever meet someone that doesn’t seem to have very skilled social graces?  This is Eleanor.  She’s literal, abrasive, married to her routine, and comes off as having Asperger’s Syndrome or maybe she’s on the autism spectrum.  She’s also scarred, physically and emotionally, as we come to read her story.  Her routine and life are disrupted by a co-

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30Jul2018

Book #22: World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today

This book pulls no punches.  Richard Maybury is the author of multiple books that force me to examine what I’ve always understood about history, politics and economics, but this was the first.  World War II: There Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today is a study of WWII from an economic standpoint and what he draws from his research and those of other historian/economists shocked me.

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