Monthly Recap – April

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Books Read: 5

Top Pick:

1984 by George Orwell
Genre: Dystopia
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Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

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Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch
Genre: Realistic fiction, YA
4 stars.

Dairy Queen was heart-felt and real, with a protagonist who was both hilarious, humanly flawed, and relatable.

DJ Schwenk is on the cusp of her junior year of high school, but with her dad’s hip injury, her mom’s work schedule, and her older brothers away at college on football scholarships, management of the family dairy farm has fallen solely to her. She finds herself working dawn till dusk to keep the farm afloat. It isn’t until the spoiled, rich brat Brian Nelson, quarter back of her rival town’s football team, is sent to help her work that she begins to question her lot in life and what it is that she truly wants. Continue reading

Top Ten Things that will make me want to read a book

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish.

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Top ten things that make me immediately want to read a book has turned into top nine things, but I figured that was close enough. Read below to get a better idea of what my reading tastes tend toward.

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Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson

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Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson
Genre: Realistic fiction
4 stars.

“In those seconds, I suppose I learned that chaos doesn’t need to breed more chaos. Sometimes all it takes is the right person by your side to make everything all right in the end.”

Ten Birthdays was heart warming and unexpectedly poignant.

Poppy lost her mom on her 15th birthday. But what Poppy doesn’t know is that her mother has written her one letter for each of her next ten birthdays so that she could remain a part of her life. Each chapter follows another year in Poppy’s life, another birthday as she reflects on the previous year, and struggles with problems of growing up. Each year we wait with baited breath for the long awaited letter from her mother, filled with love, laughter, and advice on how to live life well. Continue reading

Top Ten Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday covers the most unique books I’ve ever read. Or, if we are choosing to be nit-picky with grammar, Top Ten Unique Books I have read, as “unique” cannot be modified by words like “most” and “very” since it already implies something that is singular, standing alone in it’s style or category.

Grammar aside, this list seems like a tall order and one that can be broadly interpreted. Does that mean top ten strangest books that I’ve read? Did I have to like the book? Is unique a good or a bad thing? I think I finally decided to boil it down to most unique books in terms of concept and/or characterization in books I’ve read in the past 3-4 years. So here we go. Continue reading

Booking Through Thursday: 5 required reading books I loved

Booking Through Thursday posts a weekly bookish question to respond to in a blog post.

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This week’s question: What books were you required to read that you ended up loving?

As an English Literature major in college, I had a lot of required reading. As an English Literature major, I also enjoyed a large amount of them, but I chose a few of the more surprising ones. Continue reading

Hunted by Megan Spooner

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Hunted by Megan Spooner
Genre: Fantasy, fairy tale retelling, YA
4 stars.

I have not read as genuinely delightful of a fairy tale retelling in years. Hunted follows in the hallowed tradition of Robin McKinley and Juliet Marillier, and I was immediately swept into the nostalgia of Spooner’s enchanted world.

Yeva, the youngest daughter of a wealthy merchant, longs for the solitude and magic of the forest, where she is free from the confines of society and can hunt as she pleases. When her father falls into financial ruin and then madness, disappearing into the forest in search of a mysterious “cunning beast,” Yeva has no choice but to follow him. When she finds a beast of nightmares looming over her father’s body in the snow, she swears vengeance on the creature who killed her father and that has now taken her captive to complete some mysterious test. Continue reading