#FridayReads (15)


200 followers! Thank you to everyone who has followed me on my reading journey :) I will have a giveaway up soon! This weekend I will be reading Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A. Thompson. I am currently loving this book and I love Thompson’s writing style. I will probably finish that soon and I’m going to Mockingjay Part 1 tonight! I am so freaking excited about this movie. I loved The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and of course loved all the books, but I am so pumped to see the movie tonight! I love the broken world of The Hunger Games. I’m going to the movie with my boyfriend who also read the books and has seen the previous movies. He’s not nearly as excited as I am, but that’s probably because I’m overly excited about it. Oh well, it is what it is. Short post today, but if you want to see some specific books in the giveaway, comment below!

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Review: The Book of Charlie – Jerome Mark Antil


The Book of Charlie – Jerome Mark Antil

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Title: The Book of Charlie

Author: Jerome Mark Antil

Release Date: March 27, 2014

Publisher: Little York Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 302

Source: Sent by author

It’s a coming of age story beginning with a summer vacation, climaxing on a full moonlit Halloween night. They’re teens now – and their club president, Mary Crane, decides to follow her teacher’s suggestion of getting a Pen Pal for the summer. She writes to a boy her mother had read about in the newspaper – a Pennsylvania lad. He writes back. As the summer unfolds one of the teens is witness to a crime in progress. Innocently the young Pen Pal to the club’s president unwittingly helps them not only solve the mystery of just who the crooks are but they also solve what turns out to be an unresolved military mystery dating back to the War and still lingering in the shadows of the D-Day invasion. Was it coincidence that Mary’s Pen Pal just happens to be a grandson of the president of the United States? It’s more than a Halloween story, it’s a history book. It might be to today’s chronicles of the past what Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was in 1884. With a backdrop of rural life and times as they were in 1953 this novel reawakens our faded memory and colorfully illustrates two vanishing landmarks, both epics of an American culture and world history. The family farm for one and sad as it may be, the fleeting memories of the pivotal D-Day Invasion under Supreme Commander General Dwight David Eisenhower – the other. Without either we could have lost the War. This novel brings them both back to life in absorbing detail – it’s a fable with a solid footing of the times for the tale’s lasting cultural relevance. It all happened amidst five country towns, a few villages and hamlets where more than sixty five family farms were busy raising children, apples, corn, and wheat, and – all told – milking about 3,200 cows.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This book starts out by introducing Charlie. Charlie is the farmer who was best friends with Jerry in the previous book. Charlie is an angel in this book and tells the story through his perspective. Jerry gets a job at a hotel and smashes bottles and wet mops the floors with scalding hot water. He brings the crushed bottles up on an elevator to an alley behind the hotel. He brings the glass up and sees a young boy. He tries to talk to the boy for many days, even gives him some food, and finally the boy responds to Jerry. Jerry asks him his name; the boy says Bobby. Bobby tells Jerry that his dad is in jail and his mother is dead. Bobby ran away from an orphanage and is hiding until his dad gets out of jail. Jerry comes up with a plan to take the boy and keep him safe. Jerry has his older brother pick him and Bobby up from the hotel. They go to Jerry’s house and Bobby gets settled. Jerry and his best friend, Holbrook, see some sketchy men smoking under a bridge. The team of two try and come up with a plan to catch the crooks who they had witnessed stealing items from around the area. Will the catch the crooks? What happens with Bobby? I got this book for review from Jerome Mark Antil. Huge thank you to him :) Anyway, the writing tense was so odd in this book because the perspective changed from person to person without warning. It switched between Charlie, Jerry, and Dick, Jerry’s older brother. It was distracting. I liked the story line after I got into it, but it just took me a really long time to read.

Characters:

Jerry was the main character for the first half of the book and Dick was the main character for the second half. Again, the switching perspectives bothered me, but the new characters in this book were just so sweet and heartwarming. The new girls were my favorites from this book. I also like Mary because she was the main girl from both this book and The Pompey Hollow Book Club.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Mary just like from TPHBC. She’s so sweet and such a well rounded character. She has a pen-pal, I have a pen-pal. She likes to read, I like to read. We have a lot in common and are very similar. She’s one of my favorite characters from the book.

*Huge thank you to Jerome Mark Antil! I really enjoyed having the opportunity to read your book!*

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Pointe Taken Newsletter (8)


Happy Sunday! This week has been a really horrible reading week and I even “participated” in the 24 in 48 Readathon. I tried. I honestly did, but I was so busy this weekend. I had a lot going on so I read a total of…. 3 HOURS! Lol I failed so so badly. Besides the failed attempt at the Readathon, I set up a bullet journal. I am very excited about this because I used a journal that I had lying around my house. The purpose behind the bullet journal is to have to-do lists all in one place, basically a more efficient to-do list. I am always making to-do lists and can’t wait until I actually get the hang of it. You have different symbols for different tasks. All the information is found on the bullet journal website. If you’re interested just look up bullet journal setup on YouTube. I have an Erin Condren Life Planner for 2015 and cannot wait to use it, but this bullet journal will be carried in my purse instead of my backpack for school. I will transfer things like homework and school events to my bullet journal from my planner, and transfer necessary to-do lists to my planner. Seems a little redundant, but I’m still excited. I highly suggest looking up bullet journaling if you like having a set to-do list that you cross off. Other than my exciting paper goods, I have watched a lot of YouTube this week… mostly about planners and bullet journals. #SorryNotSorry. Anyway, I plan to finish The Book of Charlie soon, I will read tonight. I will start Take Me Tomorrow after that, and I am so excited to read it because Shannon A. Thompson is one of my all time favorite authors.

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#24in48 Readathon


Today I haven’t had a ton of time to read, unfortunately, but I plan to stay up very late reading. For more information on this readathon look at the tumblr page here. Here are a series of questions they asked everyone to answer!

  1. What part of the world are you reading from this weekend? – Iowa, United States
  2. What book are you most looking forward to reading? – Take Me Tomorrow – Shannon A. Thompson
  3. Are you planning on reading from someplace besides your house or apartment this weekend? – Yes! I read at a bridal show I helped at!
  4. Tell us something about yourself! – I love drinking tea. I also love to dance.
  5. If you’ve done this readathon before, do you have any tips for other readers? If you haven’t, is there anything you’re nervous about? – I have never done this readathon, but I’m nervous because it is almost impossible to read 24 hours for me! I’ve been really busy this weekend and have things to do tomorrow. I will try and do the best I can to read as much as possible though!

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24 in 48 Readathon TBR


I just found out about the 24 in 48 Readathon today, but decided I had to join! I am so excited to be part of this. For more information check out their tumblr page. Here is my very optimistic TBR for the next two days:

  1. Zombies vs. Unicorns (chapter 2 – for book club)
  2. The Book of Charlie
  3. Take Me Tomorrow
  4. Girl In Between
  5. King Dork Approximately

This is, like I said, a very ambitious TBR. I will start at midnight Central Standard time. It is currently 11:40ish and I will be starting to read right at midnight! Good luck to anyone participating, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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#FridayReads (14)


Happy Friday! Today I didn’t have school so I got to stay home. I got to start Zombies vs. Unicorns, which is my book club read, and started to crochet a hat. For the books of the week, I’m currently reading Zombies vs. Unicorns and The Book of Charlie. I’ve only read one of the short stories in Zombies vs. Unicorns, and I’m not sure I like reading anthologies. I knew they were short stories, and it won’t be a bad book, but I already know that I don’t like anthologies that much. I am really in the mood for some high fantasy right now, but I have review books that need to be read and reviewed as soon as possible. I’ve decided that I’m going to read the first Game of Thrones book over Christmas break. I get that it’s a ways away, but I am so pumped. I think I’m going to be confused, but I really love fantasy, so I’m going to go for it. Also, I almost have 200 followers! This week I will try and get some books for the giveaway. I will also be participating in the 24 in 48 hour Read-a-thon this weekend. The idea is to read 24 of the 48 hours in the weekend. It starts at midnight tonight. I will stay awake and read as much as I can tonight/early hours tomorrow :) Join here! I will be posting a TBR later tonight, it will be very ambitious, but I want to be optimistic about this!

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Pointe Taken Newsletter (7)


Hey hey and welcome to my weekly post about what I did this week, both bookish and non-bookish. This week was a really good reading time for me. Of course I did a lot of YouTube watching, but I did end up finishing my book club book, King Dork. I posted that review today and something pretty awesome happened. So, if you know me from Twitter you know that every time I publish a post it sends out a link in a tweet telling everyone to come and read it, well Frank Portman (the author of King Dork) favorited and retweeted my tweet about it! He also tweeted at me telling me that he was glad I enjoyed his novel! That honestly was the highlight of my day. On Saturday I participated in a fashion show that was happening at my local “mall.” I put quotations around the word mall because it is the worst mall with about 5 stores. Two of which are old lady stores and another is a sketchy laundromat, but there is a really expensive boutique with teen clothes. I got a dress that I modeled for 30% off, so that’s cool. After the fashion show deal I just went home and read, watched YouTube, and decorated my planner. I seriously had so much fun just chilling at home. I did get my Erin Condren Life Planner that I was freaking out about before (!!!!) There is a picture on my instagram. *instagram name: aubreybrowning* It’s beautiful and I’m seriously in love with it. I also decided to start writing in a journal. I highly suggest writing in a journal. Even though this week wasn’t extremely stressful I just felt more put together right before I went to sleep because I wrote down my thoughts on my day. Exciting, right? Wrong actually. I have a pretty boring life that is busy with activities; therefore, no actual social life with friends. KEWL. I don’t know if any of you remember, but I decided to start the book chain! A Discovery of Witches is the first book on the list! Comment if you’re interested in being part of my book chain :)

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