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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20Dec2017
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Jenny
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Goodreads, Non-fiction

Five Star Non-Fiction, 2017 Edition

This post contains affiliate links. Some of you will ignore this post because you don’t read non-fiction.  That is perfectly acceptable.  If you don’t read non-fiction but are curious as to what you might like if you were to read non-fiction, this is a good place to start. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth I always thought of myself as a gritty person,

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19Dec2017
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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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16Dec2017
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Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Hiatus Interrupted

It’s been a long five years.  Why the silence?  Oh, lots of reasons.  Life became too intense to maintain what was essentially a fun hobby.  I put a husband through business school, built a business, then left it to move 3,000 miles away where we then experienced a few months of unemployment and illness, compounded with pregnancy.  Besides moving three times in five years, and having anothe

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17Sep2012
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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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12Sep2012
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Jenny
Category
Kids, Picture Books
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Fairy tales and retold fables

I haven't been totally inspired to write a post about children's books in quite some time.  Sure, I've gotten my hands on new Linda Ashman books, but you guys already know how crazy I am about her books.  Since I'm already talking about the dear woman, have any of you read Samantha on a Roll yet?  Or No Dogs Allowed?  We've read them so many times that I probably have them memorized.  What wa

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02Sep2012
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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
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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
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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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09Jul2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Non-fiction
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The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Did anyone read this article, "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" by Amy Chua, back when it was circulating around in the social networks six months ago? Please tell me you were just as astonished by it as I was. When my book group recommended we read Amy Chua's book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, I was all for it. I knew there had to be more to the story than just that article, which is an

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