The Monster Report

The Monster Report

October 20, 2014 The Monster Report 3

Welcome to another edition of the Monster Report. The Monster Report explores the book happenings of Kate and Kristen. Whether it be what we got in our mailboxes, what books we are currently hiding in, or fun stuff to look forward to this week at The Book Monsters, you can find it here. The Monster Report is inspired by Alea‘s This Week in Books, Tynga’s Stacking the Shelves, and Sheila‘s It’s Monday, What are you Reading? Also, Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It’s Monday, What are you Reading? For Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie Currently Reading: Atlantia by Ally Condie I had surgery this week so my reading got put on hold. For Review: Thea Stilton and the Missing Myth by Geronimo Stilton The Whisper by Aaron Starmer Beastkeeper by Cat Hellison The Book of Storms by Ruth Hatfield Witherwood Reform School by Obert Skye Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks Gift: I got my SLANTBox this week! Yay! Thanks to Amber at Creative Ideas for the Upper Elementary School. Read this Week:   Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics by Chris Duffy Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz Happy… Read more »

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Book Review: Snow Like Ashes

Book Review: Snow Like Ashes

October 19, 2014 Book Review 0

For Meira, her birthplace of Winter seems like a dream. The life she should have had taken away in an instant. Thanks to the evil king of Spring. From that instant, the country of Winter ceased to be. Its thousands of citizens killed or captured. Except Meira, the Prince of Winter, Mather, and a few other citizens. Their only hope to save their country lies in recovering the broken necklace of the former Queen. Snow Likes Ashes, on the surface, seemed to be everything I could have hoped for. A plucky, female lead with great potential. Magic!! Plus, a are-they / will-they type romance. This book just simply seemed to be screaming my name. However, for one reason or another, Snow Likes Ashes and I never connected the way I hoped. A female lead with a tragic past and an unknown future. Meira, early on, was a lead I could definitely get behind. Strong. Possibly fierce. Definitely a strong desire to prove herself. I found myself liking Meira almost right away, but at the same time getting frustrated often by how young she seemed. Throwing tantrums. Or risking it all with no indication that she has a chance. Meira is… Read more »

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Dewey’s Readathon Minichallenge – Shelfie

Dewey’s Readathon Minichallenge – Shelfie

October 18, 2014 Readathon 3

Welcome to my mini-challenge for Dewey’s Readathon! Needed a quick break from reading? I have a fun mini-challenge, just take a picture aka Shelfie of your shelves, or you and your shelves, post it up somewhere and link it below. Easy peasy, right? Here’s one of my shelves of graphic novels and fairy tales around my TV. You can win a book of your choice from Amazon (US) or The Book Depository (INT) up to $15. You have 3 hours to enter! Use #shelfie and #readathon if using twitter/instagram. The winner is Michelle @ Unraveling Pages!!

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Dewey’s Readathon

Dewey’s Readathon

October 18, 2014 Readathon 3

Well it’s here again! Dewey’s Readathon – 24 hours of book bliss. So, like usual I signed up to cheerlead, host a mini-challenge and even did a warm-up post. I’ve been doing this readathon for many years and love when it comes around. Sadly, I can’t be home the whole day. I have a teacher/blogger meet up at 3 pm about an hour away. I’m excited but sad I won’t have time to read. I even forgot to grab an audiobook from the library. Maybe I will do that before I leave for the event. I’m really focusing on Graphic Novels this time around, along with finishing a book I’ve been reading too long and chipping away at the honking huge new Rick Riordan novel. I’ll be checking in on this post regularly as I love mini-challenges. I will also be on twitter and instagram – both usernames are @bookgoil. Hour 1: 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m from Naperville, Illinois in the USA 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Looking forward to reading a good chunk of The Blood of Olympus 3) Which snack are you… Read more »

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Book View: Night of the Twisters

Book View: Night of the Twisters

October 16, 2014 Book Review, Book Views 0

Living in tornado alley made Night of the Twisters a really intense read. I loved the realistic way that the storm was portrayed and the conflict of an older brother realizes how much he loves his baby brother after the disaster hits. I love that this book deals with both the during and aftermath of a tornado. I’ve never had to experience one before and it’s scary to think how deadly and destructive they are. I think this gives readers a quick look into what has happened to several over the years when it comes to twisters and tornadoes. Night of the Twister really brings a tragic natural disaster to life and also shows how it can bring people together. I also liked the random Dungeons and Dragons reference and some other quirky moments in the story. Verdict: An intense story with a happy ending, great for younger readers.

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