Archive of Fiction

05Mar2018

Book #9: The Snow Child

Before last week, if someone had told me what I needed in my life was another fairy tale retelling novel, I would have laughed at them and rolled my eyes.  I mean, we’re over it, am I right?  You, me, my kids, all the people.  No more fairy tales, unless they’re really awesome.  Oh wait, I guess I would if they’re really awesome. Enter The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Yes, this novel is

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28Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Fantasy, Fiction

Book #8: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

I was positive I’d reviewed this book.  I scoured the blog for the post I was sure I had written, but came up empty.  Then I checked Goodreads and found I’d read it in 2012, but in November, after the great drought had begun on the blog.  If only I could have kept it together for a few more months so I could have written my first impressions!  Reading it a second time was definitely worth

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22Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy, Fiction, Self-help, Young Adult

Book #7 Geoffrey P. Ward’s Guide to Villainy

Last week I made a trip to the Life, the Universe and Everything Writing Conference.  I had heard about this conference from my writer sister-in-law who is in the know about these sorts of things.  As a birthday present, my husband surprised me with a plane ticket to go with Caren and not really knowing what to expect, I excitedly headed off. I write.  Sort of.  I have mounds of thoughts an

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28Jan2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Goodreads, Young Adult

Book #3: Lord of the Flies

I don’t know how I managed to miss reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding in high school.  Isn’t it what most high schoolers read at some point and then speak only with hatred for the rest of their lives?  My thirteen-year-old daughter had heard of the urban myth about this particular book and wanted to read it, to see if it was as awful as predicted.  She asked me to read it as well,

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21Dec2017
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Goodreads

Five Star Fiction, 2017 Edition

This post contains affiliate links. This post is going to be a little longer, my friends.  In my non-fiction post, I left out a few five star books because they were homeschool-specific and I wanted to feature books that would appeal to all readers.  But fiction?  Everybody needs some of that, baby. Some of my five star books were repeat reads, but since I haven’t posted a book on this

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19Dec2017
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk, Fiction, Goodreads, Non-fiction

How I rate books

I’ve read 59 books this year so far and there were hardly any stinkers.  It’s not that I had good luck, it’s that I’ve gotten good at only guessing which books won’t be a waste of time.  I’ve spent so many hours of my life on books that weren’t worth the investment and I’m just too picky now to follow that same model. When I pulled up my 2017 list on Goodreads and sorted it my

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17Sep2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Guest
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My guest Beth and Gone With The Wind

Recently I started using Goodreads to keep track of my lists of books.  I thought I would do it in other ways, but why reinvent the wheel, you know?  I hadn't anticipated in using as a social media outlet, but I discovered that some of my friends write witty and fun commentary on the books they read.  It's like what I do, except without all the work of hosting a website!  How did they get smar

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02Sep2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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A Confusion of Princes

I'm an ardent fan of Garth Nix.  His trilogy, Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen rank in my top 100 Best Books of All Time.  No, it's not an official, written-down-on-paper sort of list.  I wish it was.  That's actually a good idea.  But it would take too long and require lots of effort, so how about I just do this review instead?  In particular, I love the audiobook versions of this trilogy, read

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17Aug2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Kids, Mystery, Young Adult
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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

I have reviewed every single book in Trenton Lee Stewart's series, The Mysterious Benedict Society.  That seems like overkill, really, but in this case, I don't care.  Often I won't bother to review later books in a series if I loved or hated them equal to the original.  What seems to happen with Stewart's books is that I love them just so much that I can't help but want to make people read the

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19Jul2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Young Adult
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The Fault in Our Stars

I'll admit that I'm a John Green junkie. I loved Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines, which were both deliciously angsty and witty. I love me some wit. Green moved off my radar for a couple of years for no particular reason other than life happening. Then a friend mentioned his Crash Course videos on YouTube, which I watched and loved. They're like 10 minute biology or world history co

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