Very quick reviews: November 2015, part 1 (picture books)

I read 28 books in November! And it was mostly a combination of romances and children’s picture books, which, uh…would make for a very strange (and long) post. So instead I’ll divide them roughly by type and split them into multiple posts! Here’s part 1: picture books. Btw, definitely recommend picking up a picture book or two if you ever get the reading blahs. They’re quick, they have pretty pictures, and the good ones are Read More …

REVIEW: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

The Secret of NIMH is one of my favorite movies, despite the many things that were changed from the book. In the movie, the rats have a kind of magical, mystically-thing going. The book is more scifi, though scifi with a hard edge of reality to it. It’s super sophisticated for a kids book, way more than you’d expect from a book with a mouse on the cover. Ana said something interesting in her review Read More …

REVIEW: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I haven’t read Ella Enchanted for a while, but it remains one of my favorite fantasy books nonetheless. Every time I read it, I fall more and more in love with the characters and the setting and the writing! The best part is, I think, the fact that Ella saves herself. She isn’t a damsel in distress; she has a prince, but she doesn’t need him to come rushing in with sword drawn. Multiple times Read More …

REVIEW: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix

Grim Tuesday, like Mister Monday, is full of stuff. Good stuff and bad stuff! Mostly good stuff, of course, because I did rate this thing a solid 3.5 stars. But the bad stuff is distracting me from how much I liked this book while I read it. We’ll get to that in a moment; for now: Good points: I like how the characters actually have layers! Like, Arthur isn’t just a hero-kid. He’s scared, he’s Read More …

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I have NEVER read a Maggie Stiefvater book before, which you’ll understand if you consider her previously published books. Paranormal romance trilogy with werewolves and a love triangle? Eh. Dystopian thingy? Eh. Not really anything that personally interests me at the moment, so even though lots of people love her books and there’s tons of hype about everything she does, I have neglected to actually read any of her stuff.1 Then came ALA, and there Read More …

REVIEWS: Wrapping up 2012

These are it! The last reviews for books read in 2012. I’ve only got a few so I’m just sticking them all in one post. Then it’s on to new things. Huzzah! I’ve watched various Sherlock Holmes TV shows so many times I can’t remember whether or not I’ve actually read the stories, so I think I’ll review the audiobook production instead. I got this version free for Amazon’s Whispersync promo thing; it’s produced by Read More …

REVIEW: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Series: The Hunger Games (you’re here!) | Catching Fire | Mockingjay I put off reading the Hunger Games trilogy for YEARS, mainly because I’m one of those people who want to read a book in opposite proportion to how many other people love it. Everyone went NUTS over this series from the get-go, and for some reason that meant I didn’t want to read it. It’s almost like if I didn’t discover a thing first, Read More …

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett

I really enjoyed Chasing Vermeer when I read it back in…2005? I liked the theme of coincidences-that-are-not, and the characters, and Blue Balliett’s writing, and basically just everything about it. It took me a while to read the sequel, The Wright 3, but it’s got everything I liked about the first book and MORE. What I like best about Blue Balliett’s books is that they’re magical and exciting and they make me want to be Read More …