Archive of Fiction

06Oct2018

Book #33 The Family Under the Bridge

I read The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson to my 11- and 8-year-olds, based on the recommendation from The Read-Aloud Family.  It’s about an old Parisian man, Armand, who lives as a vagrant, happily and by choice.  He encounters a young mother and her three small children, who have lost their father and their home, and then his spot under the bridge.  He begrudgingly starts

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06Oct2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Science Fiction

Book #32: Station Eleven

I like post-apocalyptic fiction, but I am a bit burned out by it.  I can tell how burned out because I’ve now waited a few months to write this post and I can barely remember what this book is about.  An airport?  Something with comic books?  What I do remember is that Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel seems to me to be more about the intersections of the lives of people who knew the

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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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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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29Jul2018

Book #20: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

I’ll admit that my only knowledge of this book was based on the Disney movie, The Secret of NIMH, and I hardly remember anything from that.  Only that it was like a horror movie done Disney-style.  Out of curiosity, I checked the description of reviews of the movie on www.commonsensemedia.org, and though it follows the same plot, it’s not the same as what I read aloud to my 11-year-old and 8

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