The War That Saved My Life- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Image result for the war that saved my lifechildrens book

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2015)

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.
 
So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?
 
This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.

(via Goodreads)

I really loved this book. I am generally a fan of historical fiction (especially when it is a children’s author- I feel like those books are often done so well), and I needed a redemption for Manhattan Beach. Bradley certainly did not disappoint.

Poor Ada is shamed into never leaving a dingy, disgusting one room apartment in London, kept there by her mother “Mam.” We learn that it is because Ada was born with what is known as a “clubfoot,” that her mother keeps her locked up. It is so hard not to root for Ada through this whole book. She is actually extremely smart, and capable of many things, which she never would have learned had she not made a break for it when her brother was sent out of the city at the beginning of the war.

I loved the dynamics between the adults in this book. How some looked at Ada and thought the worst of her like Mam did, but also how some were able to see Ada as she really was, not just for her bad foot. I felt like that was an accurate way of portraying adults in that sort of situation.

I really loved Susan. I think that despite her heartache for her “friend” Becky, she made the most of the situation, and ended up coming out of it with way more than she anticipated. She was a good mother-figure to these two (Jamie and Ada), especially considering the living situations that they had previously grown up in. I liked that Ada (and Jamie) were free to do as they pleased, but still maintained some order with rules like baths before bed, dinner together, etc. I liked that Susan read them books, and taught Ada how to do things. She believed that Ada was just as smart and capable as everyone else, and was an advocate for her (Ada) being treated equally from day one.

These three characters leaned heavily on each other. They had bad days, and they had good ones, like a typical family. I especially liked that Susan just handled Ada’s meltdowns, rather than yell at her, or get angry herself about what was going on. “You didn’t want us” was a reoccurring phrase throughout the kids’ stay with Susan, but you could see when things started to change, and even though they continued to reiterate Susan’s original words, by the end, everyone knew they were no longer true, and hadn’t been for a long time.

The ending was slightly devastating, especially for Ada and Jamie. However, the book ended with me wanting more time with these characters. I needed to know more, regardless of the fact that it did tie up rather nicely.

I think this book easily runs along-side powerhouses like Number the Stars and Fever 1793. There is something about war that just draws you into a story, and that may be the case for some people with this book, but I honestly think that it was solid on it’s own.

 

As with any book I post about, I try to find some perplexing questions from study guides/book discussions to share with those who may have already read, or plan to read this book. Today, these few questions I got from Brightly’s Book Club.

  1. Freedom is a major theme in this book. Look at page 86 where Miss Smith and Ada talk about the meaning of freedom. Why is freedom important in this story? What does freedom mean to you?
  2. Describe Miss Smith. How does she empower both Ada and Jamie in different ways? How do Ada and Jamie help her?
  3. Why was Butter so important to Ada? How did Butter help her learn persistence and confidence? Do you have a pet or a hobby that makes you feel like Ada feels when she rides Butter?
  4. How did you feel at the end of the story? Which characters do you have empathy for? Who changed the most from the beginning to the end of this story?
  5. The title of the book seems like a paradox since we often associate war with loss of life. Discuss how this war saved Ada’s life.

 

I really liked the question about Butter. To be honest, reading through the book I kind of had Butter as a background idea in the story, something that just kinda happened to keep the story moving, with little relevance to the actual plot. Now considering that question, Butter means a bit more than I originally gave him credit for.

On the website, they also ask about what women’s roles were during wartime, which obviously is an important thing to ask but rather minor to my personal interest in the story.

Image result for page dividers

Regardless, this was one of the better books I’ve read so far this year, especially lately. I also noticed that I have read a bunch of war related books this year (more so than normal). Tell me what you think in the comments! Have you read it? Do you plan to? Have you read any other books by Bradley?

I am super excited to start this YA novel. It is actually because of all of you, and your love for this series/book that I decided to pick it up over one I already had in the wings. I look forward to talking about this book with you guys in the near future!

 

on deck bookOn Deck: 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

YA-ICON

Advertisements

Follower Recognition

 

IMG_0663

 

I just wanted to take a moment to highlight and thank all the new followers I have gained in the last few weeks! 20 may not seem like a whole lot right now, but considering I have only had my blog up and running for a few weeks, 20 is AMAZING!

Image result for happy GIF

So a very special thanks to the following blogs; if you haven’t already, please check out each and every one of these pages. There are some really wonderful people in this corner of the internet.

Paperback Cinema

Snow White Hates Apples

Chain Interaction

Allan Walsh

Plot Monster

The Critic Uncritical Bookworm

A Reader’s Journey

Kristin Kraves Books

Books and Wine Gums

Julie Davide

Harmony Books and Films

Blame It on Chocolate

Breakeven Books

Crazy Stuff Happens

Mrs. Robinson’s Library

Des’ Random Thoughts

This Is My Truth Now

Adventures in Bookworld

Never Not Reading

Touch My Spine Book Reviews

 

Related image

Related image

Related image

 

 

 

Manhattan Beach- Jennifer Egan

Image result for Manhattan beach book  adult book

Jennifer Egan (2017)

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.

Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life. 

(via Goodreads)

 

I would like to start by saying that this book took entirely too long for me to finish. I am not sure exactly what it was, but the story felt like it dragged on for the entire month. However, finishing this book means that I read both of my BOTM choices (October) before the end of the year, and that is pretty cool.

Manhattan Beach is told from three different point of views, with a main focus on the character Anna (daughter of Eddie Kerrigan, another POV). It takes place in NYC during the 1930s, in the midst of World War Two. The character Anna is working in the Naval Yard in New York and seeks out becoming one of the only female divers. It seems as if several different story lines are to come together in this book, but I just don’t think that it works well.

The novel starts with Eddie and his young daughter Anna visiting (our other POV) Dexter Styles in pursuit of a business partnership. Fast forward a few years and Anna is a young woman, her father having vanished years ago, and she runs into, and recognizes Dexter Styles, as one of the last “visits” she made with her father before he disappeared. Dexter however does not recognize who Anna really is at first.

Various different things happen to the characters throughout this novel, making it hard to pay attention to how all three of them intersect. The premise was interesting, and I was certainly interested in the setting of the story. I liked the slight mob-ish portions of the story, as well as Anna’s adventures into being a diver, and Eddies experience at sea, but because so much happened to each character individually throughout the book, it was hard to enjoy those pieces, especially that they had little to do with how the three characters were connected.

I just wanted to like this book so much more than I did. Again, I don’t know if I didn’t have enough time to devote to the story (much of it was read very sporadically over a long period of time) or if it was not my preferred writing style but I might be inclined to revisit this book at another time, to give it a 2nd try. It was my first time reading Egan, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect.

Simon and Schuster posted some discussion questions for this book. PLEASE NOTE– Reading these questions may reveal spoilers for the book. So if you have not read Manhattan Beach yet, proceed with caution.

Here are a few I found interesting:

  1. Why is the thought of what Lydia “might have looked like, had she not been damaged. A beauty. Possibly more than Agnes,” (page 16) so painful to Ed? Why is he unable even to cope with Lydia, much less love her, as Anna and Agnes do?
  2. How does Anna’s sexual relationship with Leon, during which she thinks things like “I might not be here” and “This might not be me” (page 120), relate to her feeling abandoned by her father? Why does she later invoke her father as “an abstract witness to her virtue” (page 122)?
  3. Why does Dexter insist on diving with Anna to try to find her father’s corpse? What does this effort represent for him? What do you think he comes to understand?
  4. Visions of Lydia push Anna to not go through with her abortion. Discuss the connection between Lydia and Anna’s unborn child.
  5. When Anna takes the train west, there’s a moment when she “bolted upright. She had thought of her father. At last, she understood: This is how he did it” (page 426). What allows her to understand and perhaps reconcile with her father?

Image result for page dividers

Have you read anything by Jennifer Egan? Do you like her writing style? Have you read Manhattan Beach? What did you think? Lets chat in the comments!

 

on deck book On Deck:

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

childrens book

Reread, Rewrite, Burn- Tag [Day 2]

Reread,Rewrite,Burn (1)

I saw, and started this “tag” yesterday. It was so much fun, but awfully long,  so I broke it up into two posts. This is Day 2.

Kristin Kraves Books did this tag, which she saw on booktube (Emily Fox) and it looked like some serious fun! I just HAD to try it out, especially with the end of the year coming up. This actually might be a fun tag to do with all your reads at the end of the year (for me; for all you speed readers, this might be fun every quarter of the year, just to really get an idea of how you felt so far). So THANKS Kristin, for yet another distraction :]

For this tag I will be using books that I have read in 2017.

THE RULES:

  • Randomly choose 3 books
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).

Related image

 

Round One, Day 2;

Image result for talking as fast as i can   Image result for the couple next door   Image result for frankie landau banks

Reread: Lauren Graham is just adorable. She will always only be Lorelei to me, but that is completely okay. Talking as Fast as I Can just felt like an extension of Lorelei, or a far fetched couple of stories she would tell to anyone who was listening. I went through this pretty quickly and wouldn’t mind re-reading it, but I suppose that is why I bought it instead of just borrowing it at the library.

Rewrite: I wanted The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks to be better than it was. I LOVE the idea of a woman infiltrating and fooling a “gentlemen’s club” but I felt like it could have been done a little better. The foundation and the bones of a good story are there, if it were tweaked a bit, it would be perfect.

Burn: The Couple Next Door was not all that interesting to me. I read it pretty quickly, but did not feel all that attached or interested in any of the characters.

 

Round Two;

Image result for the sun is also a star   Image result for when you reach me   Image result for graveyard shakes

Reread: This is a hard one! I actually liked all three of these. If I had to choose, I would probably pick The Sun is Also a Star. I liked this book, much more that her other one. It had its flaws but I don’t think I would mind rereading this.

Rewrite: I really liked When You Reach Me. I might want to change just a couple of things but overall, I think this was a pretty interesting book.

Burn: Aw man, I really liked Graveyard Shakes. I actually just finished it yesterday. I suppose it could just be one of those books that you pick up, like and then don’t read again. This was a good set of three. Hard to pick between them.

 

Round Three;

Image result for Behind her eyes   Image result for 1984   Image result for edward tulane

Reread: I really loved The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I can see myself reading this aloud to my kids, and that is a huge drive to keep it in this spot.

Rewrite: AHHHH I really loved Behind Her Eyes. I thought it was fairly original, and interesting. Maybe I would change just a couple of things? But otherwise that is right up there with some of my favorites for the year. Just a really great suspense/thriller to run alongside The Girl on the Train and others.

Burn: This makes me sad. 1984 is obviously a classic. Granted, I skipped over a bit of this book, and found some parts to be dreadfully boring. BUT it is a classic for a reason, and in current times, it certainly leaves you feeling somewhat eerie. Another set where it was just too hard to decide among the three.

 

Round Four;

Image result for I work in a public library   Image result for march book 1   Image result for Nerd camp

Reread: I Work at a Public Library gives me life. It is literally things that I deal with on a daily basis that many people do not understand or expect. I would love to own a copy of this, just as a reminder of why I do what I do or even just to make me laugh at the ridiculous situations I am faced with daily.

Rewrite: I don’t know that I would actually rewrite March Book 1, but, I think I would really enjoy to see this turned into a young adult novel series. It could include the art from the graphic novels, but accompany it with a little more depth. I would totally read that.

Burn: Again, Nerd Camp may not deserve to “burn” per say, but I don’t think I will be revisiting this at any time. It was a fluffy read that served the purpose of trying out my library’s ebook collection. Cute but I can live without it.

 

Round Five;

Image result for ghost world   Image result for Genevieve's war   Image result for Forever or a long long time

Reread: I love a good historical fiction. Genevieve’s War is a newer children’s historical fiction that I actually really enjoyed. It is a quick read, and I recommend it to anyone in a slump, that needs something quick and easy, but with some substance.

Rewrite: For the most part, I also really enjoyed Forever or a Long Long Time. There were parts I might alter a little bit, but otherwise this book was another pretty good, newer fiction in children’s literature.

Burn: HATE. I really really disliked this book. I know that Ghost World has a movie counterpart that is supposed to be pretty decent but I just really did not like that characters or the story behind this graphic novel. Not something I would revisit (though I MAY be swayed into trying out the movie).

 

Round Six;

Image result for everything everything  Image result for pax cover Image result for into the water Image result for perfect little world

Reread: I was so anxious to read Into the Water, that I feel as if I may have missed a lot of the story. I think I would like to revisit it, now that the hype has died down, and really get lost within this little eerie town.

Rewrite: I don’t know, I think it would be awesome to read Pax as a graphic novel (drawn by Jon Klassen obviously). It was such a great book, but I definitely would have liked to have more illustrations by the wonderful Klassen, I think it would have really projected this story to another level.

I also think that with a little altering Perfect Little World would have fulfilled my expectations. The idea itself is extremely interesting. It is what drew into reading it so quickly. But I certainly would look into fleshing it out a little differently, in order to better explore this unique plot.

Burn: Sorry but I really did not like Everything Everything. I was completely shocked by the ending, but something about this book did not sit well with me. I think that Yoon did a much better job with The Sun is Also a Star. But that is just my unpopular opinion

Image result for book page divider

And that’s all she wrote! I know it is only November, and I am sure that I will finish several more books before the end of the year, but I can save those for my end of the year wrap up. And anyway, this was too fun to hold back until the end of the year. Although, looking back, it was a fairly long post, I could have broken it up better but alas, you live and learn.

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of my choices? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Reread, Rewrite, Burn- Tag [Day 1]

Reread,Rewrite,Burn (1)Kristin Kraves Books did this tag, which she saw on booktube (Emily Fox) and it looked like some serious fun! I just HAD to try it out, especially with the end of the year coming up. This actually might be a fun tag to do with all your reads at the end of the year (for me; for all you speed readers, this might be fun every quarter of the year, just to really get an idea of how you felt so far). So THANKS Kristin, for yet another distraction :]

For this tag I will be using books that I have read in 2017. 

THE RULES:

  • Randomly choose 3 books
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).

Related image

Round One;

Image result for MArch book 2   Image result for ready player one    Image result for the hate u give

Reread: Easy, The Hate U Give. This book (I think it is safe to say) is my favorite of the year. It was so beautifully written, and really did such an amazing job of putting you in someone else’s shoes. I have said it since finishing this book, and will continue to tell people, this HAS to be read by EVERYONE. Especially right now. It is so very important, and will always be important. It should be read often, even just to humble you a little bit. Just perfection.

Rewrite: Ready Play One, I really really loved this book, and that surprised me a bit. I guess growing watching my brothers play countless video games really gave me an appreciation for that world and their fans. There were some parts that I glazed over because it got a little too fanboy-ish. I suppose I would rewrite those parts to make it a little more relate-able, or just delete them.

Burn: It actually pains me to say this but March book 2. This was also such a powerful book, and it kills me to have it in the burn section of this round, but I just liked it a little less than the other two. It was unfortunate it had to go up against two of my favorite books this year, but some things just aren’t fair. I am sorry John Lewis, I hope your other two books fair a little better than this one did.

 

Round Two;

Image result for Halfway Normal   Image result for esperanza rising  Image result for truly madly guilty cover

Reread: I almost want to put Truly Madly Guilty here, because I had such a severe book hangover after The Hate U Give, that maybe I didn’t give it a fair shot. However I think instead I will pick Halfway Normal. With a book that covers a topic that is so relevant to the world we live in today, I think it is worth keeping around, even just as a refresher.

Rewrite: This one will have to go to Esperanza Rising. Obviously this is a classic, and a really wonderful book, but there were some parts that I would not mind rewriting. I actually thought that the ending could have had more closure. The ending was left too open, and didn’t really satisfy me, so I would probably push just a bit farther to really tie up the characters.

Burn: Sorry, but Truly Madly Guilty is on the chopping block tonight. I know many people really enjoyed this and I just never got why. I mean, it could just be that I didn’t give it a fair read because it directly followed The Hate U Give, but I don’t know, I wasn’t impressed by this one. It was such a disappointment because I LOVED Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot. I hope some of her other books make it into the rotation, and that this one was just a fluke.

 

Round Three;

Image result for turtles all the way down cover  Image result for salt to the sea   Image result for the magnolia story

Reread: This is a tough one, but I am going to have to go with Salt to the Sea. Wow. This book was so gruesome and honest and just, it really made me feel like I was living alongside these characters. My heart ached for those who were lost. I felt a serious sense of desperation, every time I opened this book. It was just so good (and terrible) that it is worth several rereads.

Rewrite: Who doesn’t love Chip and Joanna? They are America’s sweethearts right now. Wholesome, talented, humble. Just the whole package. I picked The Magnolia Story, for the rewrite because I feel like you can only read someone’s life story so many times before it is memorized. I would instead include maybe excerpts from the kids (that would be adorable) or even write in different stories that didn’t originally make the cut. I would keep adding to the book, so that it was new and fresh every time I wanted to visit Chip and Joanna.

Burn: SORRY! Please don’t hate me, or burn me alongside this choice! I picked Turtles All the Way Down for this because I just did not enjoy it as much as some of his other books. I respect him as a writer, and I definitely respect what he did with this book, and how perfectly he portrayed what a mental illness looks like from the inside, but I just could not find it in me to defend it enough to keep it around next to these two books. Sorry John Green fans.

 

Round Four;

Image result for nerd camp 2.0   Image result for the mysterious benedict society   Image result for March book 3

Reread: Hooray for John Lewis! This one was a no-brainer. March Book 3 is exactly where it deserves to be. The conclusion of John Lewis’s re-telling of events that happened during the Civil Rights period of our history. While we may be fighting, what feels like similar battles today, we certainly have come far, especially in comparison to these graphic novels. Everyone knows MLK Jr. and Malcolm X, so it was interesting to be on the ground floor of this movement, and still have people whom you may never have known were involved.

Rewrite: The Mysterious Benedict Society. I really enjoyed this book! But there were some parts that felt a little dragged out, and that went on for a bit too long. It is part of the reason I have not picked up any of the other books in the series. So maybe I would edit out some of those passages.

Burn: Yikes. I picked Nerd Camp 2.0 up after finishing the first one (Nerd Camp). The first book was a complete surprise. I was playing around with the ebooks available through the library, and checked it out as a test run. I read it quickly and actually enjoyed it quite a bit! When I finished this one, I was not nearly as impressed. I knew going into Nerd Camp that it would be one of those “light and fluffy” reads, but when I enjoyed it, I guess I forgot to apply that same mentality to it’s sequel. Nerd Camp 2.0 was exactly what I had expected the first one to be. So sorry but, its curtains for you!

 

Round Five;

Image result for nest book   Image result for In twenty years   Image result for Swing It sunny

Reread: Surprisingly, I would have to pick Nest for this one. I read this a little closer to the beginning of the year, but cannot really remember it. I know I liked it though (such says my Goodreads rating) so I would want to revisit this. 

Rewrite: For this one I have to go with In Twenty Years. I wanted this to be so much more. I was desperate for that connection to my college friends. Few writers (that I have come across) have properly translated the need to reconnect with college life/friends in a satisfying way. This book was not an exception. I would rewrite so much of this book, in order to better mold it to what I wanted (and needed) it to be when I read it originally. 

Burn: Sorry Sunny, this was just one of those books that you read one time, enjoy, but don’t every really look back on. It’s nothing personal of course. Just a book that I enjoyed, but wouldn’t pick up again. 

 

Round Six;

Image result for FInal girls  Image result for we were never here  Image result for Fever 1793

Reread: This one was fairly easy actually. Fever 1793 was such an eye-opening read. Much like Salt to the Sea, it was honest and brutal, and had me worried about the characters as if I were right there alongside them. It paints a picture of what life was like at that time, something that could help those studying it. 

Rewrite: I wanted Final Girls to be so much better. I just needed more suspense, and a more creepy vibe I guess. It was alright, but I have certainly read better. 

Burn: Sorry not sorry. I really did not like We Were Never Here and have no remorse for placing it in the burn pile.

 

Sheesh! Calculating the books I’ve read so far, and putting them into groups of 3 would leave me with 12 (and a little more) rounds.. so maybe I will break this tag up into two separate posts, so that they are not overwhelmingly long.

Image result for tired GIF

I hope this was as much fun to read as it was to do! The last six (or so) rounds will be posted tomorrow. Have you read any of these books? Do you agree/disagree with any of my assignments? Let me know in the comments!

Calendar Girls (#11 November 2017): Best End to a Series

This will be my first Calendar Girls participation/reveal and I am super excited to share it with you guys. If you are unfamiliar with Calendar Girls events every month, check out their info page here. Thanks to Melanie and Flavia for putting this event together and engaging everyone in their monthly themes.

For those who don’t know, this month’s theme is “Best End to a Series.”

Related image

Now surprisingly, I do not read many series, at least not lately. Granted that is all I felt I read when I was a teenager, but certainly lately, it is rare for me to pick up a book that is part of a series, mostly because of my lack of commitment to stay in one world for very long. That being said, this theme was fairly easy to have a pick for. But before we get to that, let me speak first about a few runners up.

 

Image result for percy jackson last book I vaguely remember blowing through this series when I first re-started reading for pleasure a few years ago. I was utterly impressed with these books, and very much enjoyed the end to them. Though I guess this is not the technical end of the series since these characters make guest appearances in other Rick Riordan books, but for the purposes of this post, we will stick with this being the end to the Percy Jackson series.

Image result for mockingjay Unpopular opinion here, but the Hunger Games will always have a spot in my bookish heart. This book certainly had it’s flaws, and while the story as a whole was not perfect, I still felt that it tied up this trilogy fairly well. It was nice to think that after all that chaos and fighting and just utter depressing situations, that Katniss and the majority of the rest of Panem could live peacefully (for now).

 

And without further ado, to the the surprise of absolutely NO ONE, my pick for “Best End to a Series”

Related image

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Regardless of the fact that I am a huge Harry Potter nerd, this is arguably one of the best series in all of time. And even though Harry himself makes an appearance in the Cursed Child play, I don’t really count that because this was very clearly the intended end for Harry Potter.

Lets just talk for a minute about the detail in this book. And for those who are strictly Potter movie fans, shame on you. The background on Dumbledore alone was so juicy and satisfying at the same time. To be honest, it was hard for me to like Dumbledore as much as I did when I was blind to his history, however, a lot of what happened throughout the series made sense which helped to make it a satisfying ending. I also think that because of that background knowledge of Dumbledore’s life, and his connection to Grindlewald, that the anticipation for the movie version of their battle is extra high (set to be revealed in one of the Fantastic Beasts sequels).

Related image

I think the process to finding the remaining horcruxes was important too, something that the movies kind of glazed over because it wasn’t as action-packed or “exciting” as non-book lovers would have liked. The locations of the horcruxes made sense, and helped tie the ending up in a nice big bow, unlike in the movies where some of the pieces were found very quickly and without much background. Why was it important that Hermione destroy the cup, as Ron destroyed the locket? Movie fans may never know… but us bookworms sure do!

Related image

Many died, but such is the reality of wartime. The battle scenes were epic, and your favorite characters really shone through (unless they died, and in that case, often died heroes).

It was satisfying to know that the trio stuck together, after everything, and remained close FAMILY. The bonds of love and friendship really held tight, defeating the dark lord once and for all, leaving the wizarding world in peace once again. How could you end such an epic and important series any other way? That is why this is without a doubt, the only answer there is for “Best End to a Series.”

Image result for harry potter GIF

 

This was tons of fun! I really look forward to chatting all month long about everyone else’s picks, and for the reveal of next month’s theme! :]

Book of the Month- November 2017

It is that time again! New month, NEW BOOK! But before we get into my Book of the Month choice, I do want to take a few minutes to say thanks to those lovely people who have followed this book blog. It really means a lot to me. I know that I don’t post super often (I am a slow reader) so I really appreciate you sticking with me and being so very patient.

Thanks to

Des’ Random Thoughts

This Is My Truth Now

Adventures in Bookworld

Never Not Reading

and Touch My Spine Book Reviews (MY FIRST FOLLOWER!)

Ya’ll the real MVPS today

 

Now, to get down to business. I am already kicking myself for not adding a specific book to this month’s choices because everyone is raving about how great it is already… So I guess I’ll have to pick it up on my own some time this month instead.

However, I am ECSTATIC for this month’s choice. I have heard nothing but rave reviews for it, which only makes me anticipate reading it even more. It has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while already, and now I own it, in my hands… and well, let’s just say it will take a lot for me to patiently wait for the right time to devour it.

IMG_0628

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Find your magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. (via Goodreads)

Related image

I have not read any other books by Alice Hoffman as of yet, but speaking with some book reviewers, it doesn’t seem to matter for this prequel. I am just soo anxious to read this witch-y story. I love the historical fiction feel of it (based on the description), and I am just dying for another good magical story. Granted, I am not huge into Fantasy stories, but something magical just surrounds this book, and makes me want to dive right in.

 

I am still working my way through Manhattan Beach at the moment. It has been a crazy couple days so I haven’t had much time to read. Once that is completed, I will get started on a Children’s novel, and then after that YA. And then FINALLY I will get around to Rules of Magic. I know a lot of you have read this already so I very much look forward to chatting about it once I’ve finished it.

Are any of you BOTM members? What were your choices this month? Have you read Rules of Magic yet? what do you think?

Until next time my friends!