Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pandemonium

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I think this is the first time in the history of me reading trilogies, that I have liked the second book better than the first.  This one is WAY better than the first.  It starts out strong and stayed good throughout.  I liked how the author told the story in a flashback and then present time and back to flashback.  The ending, of course, leaves you wanting/needing to read the last one.  And, here I am trying to move.  I've packed and stopped to read, pack and then read. LOL!

Summary from goodreads:
 I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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This is the first book in a trilogy.  I thought it was slow to start and even considered giving up on it at one point, but I am glad I didn't.  The pace picked up about half-way through and it ends in such a way, that you immediately want to start reading the second book in the series (which I have and it doesn't drag at all - I read the first 100 pages last night!)

Summary from Goodreads.com:
Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sweet 16

 My beautiful niece turned 16 this past week and had her birthday party on Friday night...a costume party!!  At first I thought, "What in the world am I going to wear?!?"  And, then I realized DUH!  I've been Queen ReadaLot for a week! haha!  So....Queen ReadaLot made an appearance outside of her library castle.  And, my niece was gorgeous as always.  I admire this girl so much!!  She is so much smarter, braver, kinder and good than I was at that age!!  Her Uncle put together a slide show to show at the party before the dancing kicked in and her mom & I cried every time a younger picture of her came up.  Time has gone by too fast!! 
 Seems like she should still be this age: :(
Sidenote:  Can you believe this party didn't revolve around horses???? LOL! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thirteen Reasons Why by Asher

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I think this is a powerful read for teenagers.  Suicide doesn't need to be a "taboo" subject.  This book gives a perfect opening into talking about it with your teenager.  It shows how others are affected by even our smallest actions sometimes.  We need to think about how we treat each other. It also was very insightful inside the teenage mind.  I only picked this book up because I overheard two teenagers in Barnes and Noble talking about how much they loved it.  I recommend it, and I recommend reading it together with discussions.  And, no younger than high school age due to some content.

Summary from goodreads.com:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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I LOVED THIS BOOK!  Add it to your "must read" list!  I read it in just two days and couldn't stop.  

Summary from www.betweenshadesofgray.com:
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost.
Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive.
It is a long and harrowing journey, and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?
Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

CrAzY Week!!!

 I was so exhausted by the end of this past week, I am sure I was running on just fumes.  Hopefully, a more detailed blog of these events will come later this week, but I make no promises.  If all goes well with appraisals this week, I imagine we will be in full blown packing mode.
Let's backtrack...first there was SETTING UP the book fair.  It's a big deal.  We set up a theme area for the kids to get to enjoy a game before shopping so everyone has fun at the book fair.  It takes a full day to set up and at the end of that day, it is the teacher preview.  I got to spoil my teachers GOOD this year.  Big Bear made BBQ sliders, bread pudding, a sausage & cheese tray, & veggie tray...so teacher preview was a hit! :)
 Then, Saturday (EARLY...like 4 am), Big Bear left for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with the mission team from our church.  He was gone for 5 days and we were getting ready for our house appraisal before he left.
 I tackled the rest of the week by myself, it was book fair by day. That equals getting to school by 7:15 each morning and standing in the car line with a sign advertising, dressing like Queen ReadaLot and staying on my feet all day & swallowing lunch whole because there is no such thing as a break with the book fair! :)
 It was book fair by day and then come home and work on redoing Kevin's bathroom by night.  I need to get an "after" picture.  It was worth all the work.  PLUS, we set an all time high in sales at the book fair!!
 Kevin came home late Wednesday night and then Thursday night a massive storm with straight line winds (although I'm not sure it wasn't a weak tornado) came through.  We had part of our big tree down all over the yard and on the roof.  But, we were lucky.  Our neighbors all around are missing shingles and had big trees down and fences knocked down or blown away.  CrAzY!!!  I had to miss my Donuts with Dad event Friday morning because I couldn't get out of the neighborhood due to downed powerlines and trees.

 We were without power from Thursday night about 8 pm to Saturday about noon.  BUT, the power is on now, everyone is safe, the debris have all been cleaned up, and we are safe.
Appraisal is Tuesday.  Say a prayer that all goes well and this week is CALMER!