Archive of Fiction

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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03Jul2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction
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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

One day I called my mom, just to chat.  We like to talk about books, naturally, so we got on the topic of what we've read lately.  As I started describing The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards to her, it sounded more and more depressing to my own ears.  It's a sad book with a sort-of redeeming ending, but man, I did not sell my mom on this book.  I try to be straight up with her on books

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21Feb2012
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Books I’ve devoured

I spent most of the last few months of 2011 in a book funk, which carried over into 2012 for the month of January.  I just couldn't seem to find anything to catch my interest for longer than a few minutes at a time.  Ideally, a book should be so good that I can't fall asleep at night or I sneak it into my lap while helping my kids practice the piano.  During a period I've decided to call The Gr

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18Nov2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Non-fiction, Young Adult
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Parenting at its worst

There's nothing quite like reading a book with some truly horrific family situations to make you feel like a stellar parent.  I don't often read books like this to build up my motherhood self-esteem, since mostly it just makes me sad, but when books are recommended highly enough by people I trust, I do it anyway. Jeannette Walls' book, The Glass Castle, is a memoir of her highly unconventional

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19Oct2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy, Fiction
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Kinda sorta like Jane Austen

I don't dare say that I've read some books that are remniscient of Jane Austen because I'm afraid that the secret Austen mafia that patrols the internet for blasphemous claims about their idol will hunt me down and sew me into an inescapable corset, doomed to take shallow breaths the rest of my life.  Or I'd get some hateful e-mails.  So let's just say that I've read a couple of books that aspir

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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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Caught up in four sentences or less

Oh my, what a summer I've had.  Between preparing for a cross-country move, driving about two thousand miles for a wedding and a vacation, moving 1700 miles away to the East Coast, frantically unpacking and getting ready for school to start, writing reviews of books has been so low on my list it nearly fell off.  But I'm back!  I'm ready to get caught up and dive into reviews!  Instead of decl

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