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100 Book Challenge, Fantasy, Fiction

Book #80: Newt’s Emerald

For my final book of 2018, I decided to polish it off with one of my favorite authors, Garth Nix, and a book I’ve only read once before.  I’ve never been much of a fan of Regency-style books, like those of Georgette Heyer. I keep trying, but I can’t get into them. But if you have Garth Nix write it instead, toss in fantasy elements, and I’m sold. Newt’s Emerald is about Truthful Newing

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Book #76: Goldenhand

For the holiday break, I wanted something familiar, comfortable and cozy to read. Goldenhand by Garth Nix hit the spot. It’s the final book in the Old Kingdom series, fourth after Sabriel, but counted as number five because of the prequel Clariel. I love this series so much and have gone on too much on RHE about it, but I do have to say that Nix’s writing got better as the series went on.

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Book #70: Searching for Dragons

As I finished up these posts, I started to notice something startling.  My numbers on Goodreads didn’t match my numbers on the blog.  That’s like when you balance your checkbook and notice you’re a dollar off.  I could ignore it, but I don’t want to.  It took some digging, but I found way back in January, I had finished reading Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede in the first fe

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Book #66: The Beyonders: Chasing the Prophecy

Is it bad manners to say ditto again?  The third book in the Beyonders series might be my favorite, but that might be because I’m so emotionally invested in these characters that I feel every step they take with such weight.  Dang, this series is good. Goodreads rating: 5 stars

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Book #65: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I’m probably making ridiculous demands on myself, reading-wise.  I’ve challenged myself to read 100 books this year, but I’m in rehab for that.  I’m in a book club with friends in the area.  I’m in a book club with the parents in my homeschool group.  I’m mentoring a book group with the teens in my homeschool group.  I’m subscribed to a monthly book club online where I get ment

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Book #61: The Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion

I reviewed the first book in this series here.  The second has far more world-building, which I enjoy.  I don’t have much to add to that review, so I’m going to make this easy on myself and say ditto.  Five stars, baby.

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Book #60: The Underneath

I’ve reviewed The Underneath by Kathi Appelt here, and it’s a pretty good summary, but I read it aloud to my kids over a year ago as well.  When I was writing the syllabus for my book discussion group, we had just read it aloud and I knew I wanted to introduce it to more young people in the world. It’s always easy to discuss a book based on what happened and who was in it. I wanted to ta

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Book #58: Dragonwatch: The Wrath of the Dragon King

The sequel to Brandon Mull’s first Dragonwatch book, which I briefly reviewed here, was just as fun, action-packed and great as a read aloud as expected.  I love enjoying these books as a family, all experiencing the highs and lows together.  To top it off, we went and met Brandon Mull at a book signing in Portland a few days after we finished reading it.  My kids hammered him with questions,

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Book #54: Frankenstein

My book club was reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley during the month of October, which is appropriately spooky.  I’ve read this in the past, so this time around, and after the success of reading Pride and Prejudice to my kids, I decided to read it aloud to my kids.  Wow, what a different experience it ended up being. Victor Frankenstein is just the worst.  I didn’t remember much about

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Book #46: Beanstalks and Other Hilarious Scarytales

I read a book called Beanstalks and Other Hilarious Scarytales by Kiersten White.  That time is now lost to me. Some books you read because your kids insist they’re funny and awesome and then you read them and think, “Do my children actually know what a funny and awesome book is?”  The only thing that redeemed it was portraying Snow White as a vampire, which is something I’ve been say

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