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True Story Tuesday

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Kids Books

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing–Judy Blume

This book is dear to me only because I read it to my little cousin and he not only enjoyed the antics, but it kind of reminded me that he is an extra special little guy.

In that he’s articulate and does not throw tantrums the likes of this kids little brother Fudge.

In fact, I found that some of this was unrealistic (obviously, it’s a kids book made for entertainment not realism.) and didn’t show Fudge being a particularly verbal kid.

BUT I have to remember that not every kid is a little sass-pot like my cousin and that he is in fact the exception to the rule. (He’s a clever little twerp who told me just last week “I am capable of walking, thank you.” and to his sister when he was asked to do something “I am not available for that.” haha He’s four and amazing.)

This book also gave us the lovely phrase “Eat it or wear it.” to which I say whenever we are in an argument at lunch time and it helps us to ease our frustration with each other.

It was a cute book, definitely good to read to or with a kid. (Nothing like the weirdo Roald Dahl books that bordered on inappropriate constantly.)

Constant vigilance.

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Fantasy, Fiction, Teen

The ‘Sweep’ Series–Cate Tiernan

I’m going to review these all together because there were so many books in this teen series and if I tried to review all 15 of them individually I might explode.

Especially since they were grouped together in compendiums of three, so I think I’ll do the same and review them like that.

(Spoilers ahead.)

Book of Shadows/The Coven/Blood Witch

This series is about a teenager named Morgan who is learning that she is a witch. Things start to happen to and around her and she discovers she has powers. But not just an ordinary witch: a powerful as fuck witch. Her bloodlines date back centuries.

Now in this first compendium we are going through the motions with Morgan and learning all these things with her, she’s a very ‘Bella’ from Twilight type character.

Mousy to a fault, boyish body, can only survive on Diet Pepsi. or Coke. I don’t remember, but that was always something she did first thing in the morning and it annoyed me and grossed me out.

She’s a Plain Jane with a brilliant mind and quiet personality. Overshadowed somehow by her younger sister who thrives with her good looks and even better personality.

Then along comes Cal. Oo la la. A hot new boy in school. Go figure.

He doesn’t like anyone, all the girls have gone after him, but he casts them aside.

But what is this??? A mousy brunette too intimidated by him to speak???

HE MUST HAVE HER.

Okay, I’m over emphasizing. But that’s pretty much the entire plot of the first three books.

Turns out Cal is a real blood witch too and his mother is a psychotic power hungry piece of work who wants Morgans powers as her own.

Go figure.

Oh but I forgot the best part: Cal has a halfbrother who is British called Hunter and Morgan hates him on sight.

BECAUSE SHE’S UNDER A SPELL. Oooooooooo

For teen magical dramas, that’s pretty big.

Dark Magick/Awakening/Spellbound

These three dragged a bit at the beginning but picked up hard at the end, there’s a serious betrayal and then a….wakening. Ha.

She realizes that she was put under a spell and is breaking it and coming to grips with her heritage and what it all means.

The Calling/Changeling/Strife

In the first of these three the coven heads to New York in the hopes of finding Amyranth (another coven). Hunter is searching a wayward witch, Morgan is having issues controlling her powers, then she meets a long lost family member.

These three were obviously to set up the remaining books. So far, I really like these, they are easy to read and I love a decent witch story.

Seeker/Origins/Eclipse

These took a hard left when it came to plot. We find out that not only did Morgan’s father reappear, but so did Hunters. (He thought they were dead after so many years of being on the run from the Dark Wave.)

Basically: all dads have issues and these two are trying to deal with them.

 Origins is where I was like “What just happened???” because all of a sudden we are centuries back to literally the origin story of the dark wave, we don’t see our main characters for so long and it just seemed kind of out of place. I wanted to know what was happening with everyone and here I was reading about characters I didn’t know. It was fine, it gave a good back story, but I was still confused for a hot minute as to why she did this.

Reckoning/Full Circle/Night’s Child

These last three books were probably the best of the bunch. I love when things end with a bang!

Not only that but they moved forward in time so that we could see Morgans future child and I like when books tell us what happened to the characters in the future.

All in all, this series was pretty good even though I found it tediously long at times. I don’t think I’d read it again seeing as how it is meant for teens, but Teenage Alli would’ve been all over this if she only had it way back when.

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Constant vigilance!

Comedy

I Shouldn’t Drink While I Read

Love in a Nutshell—Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

Guys, I’m so far behind this from last summer. Yeesh.

Which means, that I also kind of don’t remember it because during the summer I have a tendency to read books that are lighthearted and silly, and what I lovingly refer to as “nonsense books”.

I love Janet Evanovichs work, she’s hilarious and after reading the description of this book, I DO kind of remember it.

It’s about a woman whose husband left her, she was fired from her job, so she goes back to her parents summerhouse “The Nutshell” to try to turn it into a B and B while working as a spy for a beer company to pay the bills.

Roughly.

I remember liking it, I gave it a solid 3 stars so I definitely thought it was funny and entertaining.

Good summer read. The end.

The Husband List—Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

Okay, I’ll level with you. Even after reading the description of this book to remind myself what it was about: I don’t remember it.

But I also gave it three stars so I enjoyed it last summer!!! I must have.

God I have to start writing little reviews on GoodReads to remind myself later.

Like Hansel and Gretels trail of breadcrumbs so I can find my way back.

I might have to reread this because reading the description it sounds funny and interesting.

Too bad it didn’t stick in my brain. I must’ve been drinking too many Caesars at the cottage when I read this.

Hot Stuff—Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks

Maybe I just shouldn’t read during the summer….

Or while drinking.

Yet another summer read where I don’t remember diddly. But this also got a 3 star rating from me on GoodReads!

Basically this book is about a girl who rents a room in a condo belonging to a drag queen. She’s then made to look after his dog because his apartment keeps getting broken into. Cate starts falling for some cop. There’s socialites and tyre salesmen, all in all, it’s the same kind of humour as her Stephanie Plum series.

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Classic M.I.A. Post

Hey there sports fans!

So I’ve been inconsistent as hell lately. And yes, I realize I make a posting like this one every summer…fall…winter….spring….

But I’m human and sometimes daily life takes priority and I forget to write reviews for a year. SO there’s that.

Let’s see, what have I been up to recently? Mostly making things for my shop, conning myself into reading books to get out of my reading rut (Great Expectations was SO good that I kind of was left for awhile in a state of ‘This book isn’t good enough…this book isn’t good enough…” We’ve all been there.) and finally crawling my way back out.

It is my goal this week to get back on track with this and writing a bunch of new reviews and Keep Moving Forwards! …given that I’m a year behind on these things…*shrugging emoji*

Thank you for your patience (as ever) with my inconsistency.

But more items are coming to the shop soon and I’m hoping to open a more broad shop with Shopify and getting my act together in general.

Hope you are having a great summer and that you’re not in a book rut!

…did I just gypsy curse you???

Constant vigilance!

Allison

Comedy, romance novels

Full House–Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes

I need you to not judge me about these books.

Well, actually, no I don’t. I found them enjoyable and light and fun. Great summer books, shenanigan type plot, and romance thrown in.

My favourite kind of book!

So the start of this series is written about Billie Pearce, a single, divorced, mother of two, and a polo instructor Nicholas Kaharchek. Billie lets Nicks cousin DeeDee live with her while her kids are away for the summer, and all hell breaks loose.

It was funny and silly and just the kind of thing you need when you are day drinking at the cottage and warm in the sunshine and don’t want too heavy of a plot dragging you down.

That’s my favourite thing about Janet Evanovich books, they are clever while still being readable, and have adventure and thrills without being dragged down by clinical terms or police driven plots, and have romances that feel like that’s how they would actually happen, not the kind where they are running towards each other on a beach. (If that ever did happen you better believe that one of them trips and gets a face full of sand.)

Good old fashioned fun books.

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Fiction

Juliet, Naked–Nick Hornby

Music lovers listen up: this book is for you.

It was however, not for me.

It drags on in the beginning and then only got really good around the last 50 pages.

I want to like Nick Hornby’s stuff, but I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me. My sister had an unpleasant reading of one of his other books as well, and I don’t know if I’ll carry on with his books unless someone can suggest one that I’ll really REALLY like.

Anyway, this book was about a couple, Duncan and Annie, where Duncan is obsessed with a singer by the name of Tucker Crowe that just disappeared after a heated fight with his girlfriend in a public bathroom. 20 years ago.

Annie eventually begins to correspond with Tucker Crowe after she voices her opinion on a fan website that contradicts what all his “true” fans are saying about his new album ‘Juliet, Naked’ where it’s the stripped down version of the original album he made.

This was an okay book. Don’t get me wrong, I like music, but like Annie, I’m not IN that world or obsessive about it. Not like I am the world of cross stitch (which I’m well aware sounds incredibly insane.) . We all have our things and music, while amazing and soul-healing, isn’t something I’m GOTTA HAVE IT about when it comes to records or albums.

I just love it in the sense of what it makes me feel when it wanders into my life.

This book was difficult for me to focus on because of that.

Which is why I say: it’s for music lovers. You’ll be into it. Maybe.

I don’t know your life. Constant vigilance.

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