Archive of Co-Review

08Apr2011
Author
Co-review
Category
Co-Review, Non-fiction
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Co-review: The Total Money Makeover

Dave Ramsey is a radio talk show host, an author and a finance expert.  He's made millions by telling people how to get out of debt and save for the future.  If you haven't heard of him, I am shocked.  I've never listened to his radio show or read a book of his until recently, but I knew who he is.  He has a handful of books about finances, starting with Financial Peace, and each one is guidan

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19Mar2011
Author
Co-review
Category
Bibliojunk, Co-Review

Co-review: Best and Worst of 2010

I know what you're thinking.  "2010?  Are you serious?"  Yes, yes I am.  Just because we just celebrated St. Patrick's Day doesn't mean we can't take a little time to look back and reminisce at 2010, does it?  Okay, really, I had planned to do this post three months ago.  But I'm pretty sure the content won't change just because it's late.  Remember that this list only includes books we rea

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27Dec2010
Author
Co-review
Category
Co-Review, Fiction
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Co-review: The Book Thief

If you're going to read a book about the Holocaust and WWII, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a pretty good choice.  Stories from that time period have been told over and over again, but Zusak makes it new through the unique perspective of Death, the narrator.  Death is fascinated with a young German girl, Liesel Meminger, after having encountered her three times, the first being when her broth

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30Sep2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Co-Review, Fiction, Young Adult
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Co-review: Stargirl

Back in May, I wrote a post about the Top 100 Children's Novels poll that was done by the School Library Journal blog.  Going through the list is fascinating and I've often gone back to look for books for my children.  Caren suggested we pick a book from the list for a co-review, so we narrowed it down to #61, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.  We tried to find a book that was closer to the top of

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31Jul2010
Author
Caren
Category
Co-Review, Fiction
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Co-review: Beatrice and Virgil

It has been seven years since Yann Martel's unforgettable first novel was published. (And if you haven't read Life of Pi, stop what you're doing right now and request it from your local library.)  His second novel, Beatrice and Virgil, is much shorter in length and thinner in plot and character development.  Any reader of Life of Pi will be on the lookout for allegory and symbolism, and Martel

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30Jun2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Co-Review, Fiction, Mystery
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Co-review: The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag

Caren and I both loved Alan Bradley's book The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and decided, since we're on a sequels kick for co-reviews these days, that we would do one for his next book.  The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag is another tale of mystery and murder with Flavia de Luce, chemist, poisons expert, detective, adventurer, clever liar, and not-quite-eleven-year-old.  This time s

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30Apr2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Co-Review, Fiction
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Co-review: About A Boy

We weren't supposed to read About A Boy by Nick Hornby for our co-review this month.  We were supposed to read How To Be Good by Nick Hornby, but Caren's library system had a computer meltdown and couldn't get a hold of it, or find out if they had it.  They did have About A Boy on the shelves so she picked that up instead and I requested a copy for myself.  It wasn't what I had pick

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24Mar2010
Author
Caren
Category
Co-Review, Fiction
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Co-review: As Simple As Snow

Gregory Galloway's first novel, As Simple As Snow, has a deceptive title. There is nothing simple about either the story or it's characters, and the title itself comes to have multiple meanings by the time the novel is finished.Galloway's approach is unconventional in many respects. The story is told as a first person narrative, but we are never given the narrator's name. In fact, his name is c

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27Feb2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Co-Review, Fiction
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Co-Review: Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte's book Wuthering Heights is considered a classic in English literature. It takes place in the English moors, with most of the action between the two great houses Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights. The narration is interesting in that it's told by Mr. Lockwood, who is renting in one of the homes. He wants to know the turbulent history of the strange man Heathcliff that owns t

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31Dec2009
Author
Caren
Category
Bibliojunk, Co-Review

Co-review: 2009 Best and Worst

Happy New Year! But before we move on to 2010, let's take a look back at 2009. For December's co-review Jenny and I decided to share the best and worst books we read in 2009. Keep in mind that these are not necessarily books that were published in 2009, but rather were read for the first time that year.Caren's List of Favorite Reads:I had quite the battle trying to decide which books should mak

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