Posts written by Caren

08Oct2011
Author
Caren
Category
Non-fiction, Young Adult
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Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow

Every so often I read a book that hits me so hard I know that I will never see the world the same way again.  All good literature changes me to some degree, but then there are those special books whose imprint is so strong that I know I will still be thinking about it years from now.  Susan Campbell Bartoletti's award-winning Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow is one of those.  It wa

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06Oct2011
Author
Caren
Category
Fiction, Young Adult
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Non-depressing Depression Era stories

I don't like reading depressing stories, and I don't like writing about them either.  Which is why I still haven't reviewed Per Petterson's doom-and-gloom Out Stealing Horses even though it's been months and months since I read it.  But I just recently finished three books that all take place during the Great Depression but were fortunately not depressing or difficult to get through.  They eac

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27Aug2011
Author
Caren
Category
Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Leviathan and Behemoth

I miss my old book group.  They were great at introducing me to new things that I never would have tried otherwise.  When I moved, we were getting ready to read Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld.  He's the same guy that wrote The Uglies series, which people are always surprised to hear that I haven't read yet so I guess I'd better get on that.  Having not read any of his other work, I don't know

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26Aug2011
Author
Caren
Category
Kids, Mystery
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A new appreciation for Ellen Raskin

When I was in the fifth grade, I read Ellen Raskin's Figgs and Phantoms.  It stood out to me as a breath of fresh air, but I honestly couldn't tell you what it was about except thinking it was funny -- both in the odd and the ha-ha sense.  Now that I've read two more of Raskin's novels, I am convinced that I probably didn't get as much out of Figgs as I should have or it would have been more mem

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18Jul2011
Author
Caren
Category
Fantasy, Kids, Mystery
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Three series I can’t get enough of

It's been awfully quiet on the RHE front lately, thanks to big moves for both of our families.  But even though life's chaos has gotten in the way of blogging, I have been doing a lot of fun summer reading.  And I'm betting that after long days spent unpacking, Jenny has likely managed to sneak in some time late at night with a good book.  Someday, maybe we'll get to hear what has kept her sane

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02Jun2011
Author
Caren
Category
Kids, Mystery, Non-fiction, Science Fiction
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5 reviews in 5 minutes

Note to self: Don't ever make a commitment to be more diligent in writing reviews.  That will just guarantee that life will increase in pace until it becomes completely frenetic and you can barely see straight. Having recently just made a big out-of-state move, I am currently despairing that I will ever get back into any routine.  So I'm going to try something different for this post.  Revie

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25Mar2011
Author
Caren
Category
Fiction
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Midnight’s Children

For some months I've been in a bit of a reading funk where I couldn't get excited about anything I was reading and couldn't seem to get my hands on anything that really stirred me.  So I asked my English Major sister for some recommendations on things she has read in school and loved.  I figured a little intellectual exercise would be a good way to get me out of my funk and excited about going t

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18Mar2011
Author
Caren
Category
Fantasy, Fiction, Kids
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How embarrassing!

You know it's been a long time since you've posted when you go to log in and you can't remember your password for the new site. Heh heh, how embarrassing!  Through a series of circumstances that have ramped up the demands on my time, as well as drastically reduced my access to a computer, I have been a huge RedHotEyebrows slacker.  But this is my attempt at doing a whirlwind look at what I've re

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29Oct2010
Author
Caren
Category
Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
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Co-review: I Am Not a Serial Killer

It's fitting that this review comes so soon after Jenny recently reviewed Brandon Sanderson's newest book, since Dan Wells credits Sanderson with pushing him to write I Am Not a Serial Killer in the first place. Having Sanderson's support wasn't enough to make it very easy to get a hold of, though. Initially it was only published in the UK, then was released in the US last spring. But I still ha

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28Oct2010
Author
Caren
Category
Fiction
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Slumdog Millionaire and The Wednesday Letters

I started out reviewing Slumdog Millionaire with Crispin: The Cross of Lead, because I read them at the same time, and they both came from my sister-in-law's library cleansing.  But I quickly realized that that would be a really unsettling combination, so Slumdog gets lumped with another strange companion, but one that is at least still geared toward adults. Slumdog Millionaire, by Vikas Swaru

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