On finally reading Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

I have loved Anne of Green Gables since I was about 9 years old. My Aunt Jill bought my sister an illustrated copy of the book and read some of it aloud to us when they visited one time. I think that’s when I found out that my cousin, Anne, is named after Anne Shirley. The “e” in her name suddenly became very important. Years later my sister and I became obsessed with the Canadian mini-series. We had tapped it off of TV – the Disney Channel, I think – and we watched it over and over again. Years later I bought the DVDs (for […]

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Shifting Genres: Less YA, More Adult Fiction?

Shifting Genres: More Adult Fiction, Less YA Fiction

Last week, I read Lauren’s (Bookmark Lit) post about being older and pickier, and it got me thinking about my own reading preferences. I used to read a ton of YA books, but I feel like in the last couple of years, I’ve been reading more adult fiction. I thought it would be fun to look at the numbers, and to analyze some of the reasons that adult fiction is appealing more to me recently -or- perhaps the reasons that young adult fiction is appealing to me less. The Stats – Adult vs. YA Fiction 2014 — Adult Fiction: 31 books (40%), YA Fiction: 47 […]

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Review: Rules for 50/50 Chances

Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

This book had more substance than I was expecting. I knew going into reading it that it was about a young girl’s decision of whether or not to find out whether she has the gene for Huntington’s disease. What I did not know is that it is also a contemporary inter-racial romance. I was happily surprised. McGovern handled both subjects very well. Rose’s mother is slowly dying from Huntington’s disease, and since she’s almost 18, she can decide for herself whether or not to get tested for the gene. She’s an amazing ballet dancer, and she’s having trouble deciding on colleges since her future health is […]

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Books I liked More or Less than I expected (Top Ten Tuesday #19)

Books I Liked More or Less Than Expected

I almost always have expectations going into reading a book. Usually I’ve read other reviews of the book, or I’ve at least read (and remember) the summary, and I have formed an opinion one way or the other. And most of the time, books meet my expectations. But sometimes they do not. Today I’m sharing 10 books that either exceeded my expectations or left me feeling disappointed. Books I liked more than I expected We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen (review coming next week) The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon Stuck in Neutral […]

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Review: The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke

The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

I loved the idea of this book. It sounds light and fun – three friends return to a year where they made some choices, and they try to make things better the second time around. In practice, this book was a lot heavier and a lot less enjoyable than I was hoping. Gabriela, Jessie, and Claire have some major drama in their lives – in both timelines. Fenton and Steinke did a great job of creating diverse characters. I loved Claire. She was practical and loving and fiercely loyal to her friends. Gabriela drove me nuts. She was stubborn to the point of recklessness. And […]

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Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless is Marissa Meyer’s first stand-alone book, and for me the pacing was a little off. Marissa is amazing at world-building, and she did a great job playing around within Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. She imagined many insane elements and situations, but as someone who was fairly familiar with the world, I thought the beginning of the book was rather slow. I wanted to jump into the action right away. Also, once the action did start, there was almost too much going on. That being said though, I did really love this story. Catherine wants to be a baker. She and her housemaid have dreamed of opening their […]

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Purging My TBR List

Purging My TBR List

At the beginning of 2017 my Goodreads “To Read” list had over 600 books on it. That’s a lot of book! It was starting to get a little overwhelming. So much so that I had stopped reading reviews towards the end of 2016 because I didn’t want to feel compelled to add anything to my TBR list. In late January, I went through my TBR list book by book and removed anything I didn’t recognize by title, cover image, or author. I ended up getting it down to only 116 books. I read 163 books in 2016, so that number seems completely doable. Ha! Not […]

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Review: Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Another Day in the Death of America chronicles the short lives of 10 youth in America who were shot and killed on November 23, 2013. British author, Gary Younge, picked that date arbitrarily to fit his schedule, but his intent was to highlight the volume of gun violence in America. This book isn’t outwardly political, but it is so by the nature of the content in the book. In addition to sharing the stories about the children killed on that date, Younge shares some staggering statistics and policy issues with American gun control – as compared to other developed nations throughout the world. This book is […]

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Valentine’s Book Covers (Top Ten Tuesday #18)

Valentine's Book Covers

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Valentine’s Day themed of course. It was supposed to be All About Romance Tropes/Types, but I instead decided to go with a Valentine’s Book Covers theme. Each of these 9 books (I couldn’t find a 10th) have either red and/or hearts on the cover. I have read and loved all of these books although they are not all traditional romance stories. Valentine’s Book Covers Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay Me Before You by Jojo Moyes The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett Eligible (The Austen Project) by Curtis Sittenfeld Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway The Best […]

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Review: The Movie Version by Emma Wusch

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

The Movie Version is a YA contemporary book that is much more character-driven than I was hoping. It’s written in first person from Amelia’s point of view. She is a high school junior, who hero-worships her older brother, Toby. He’s kind of an ultimate cool guy, who does a little more drinking and drugs for my taste. Toby and Amelia share a love of movies. They’re always quoting movies to each other instead of having actual conversation. And they imagine the “movie version” of their lives. I really liked the premise of this book. In execution, I did not enjoy it as much as I […]

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