Kids Books

Grandpa’s Great Escape–David Walliams

Given the title of this book I thought it would be far more fun than it was. It was actually kind of terrifying for kids I think. Or at least for the 4 year old I read it to.

I had to keep editing a little because it deals with Alzheimers and really rough treatment of such patients. (Only because the operators of the facility were evil.)

I would like to see a book for kids where caretakers or nurses in this situation weren’t portrayed as evil. That would be nice.

Overall, this was a good book to learn about what is happening to your grandparent/loved one and helped explain Alzheimers in a nice and thoughtful way for the most part. That aspect wasn’t too scary. So if that runs in your family or you are having a hard time explaining to your kids, this might help.

Or make it worse. Depends on the kid, I suspect.

I didn’t like it that much. But, hello, not my age group.

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Classic, Kids Books

The Jungle Book–Rudyard Kipling

We all know what The Jungle Book is about yes? Okay.

I really liked it, but I don’t know that I should’ve been reading it to my little cousin. There’s a lot of carnage in here. Like a lot.

It even had a drawing in there of a dead/dying animal.

It was not okay.

However, it was a good book, maybe more for kids 10 and up though. But only because of that drawing.

As always with jungle themed books, it made me want to run away and live there Swiss Family Robinson style.

If only a wolf would adopt me.

Definitely a decent classic to read for sure.

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Constant vigilance!

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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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.