August Wrapup + September TBR


Read:

  1. Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman *review*
  2. Paper Towns – John Green *review*
  3. The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11) – Carolyn Keene *review*
  4. The Pompey Hollow Book Club – Jerome Mark Antil *review*
  5. A Separate Peace – John Knowles

TBR:

  1. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness
  2. The Book of Charlie – Jerome Mark Antil
  3. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) – Libba Bray
  4. The Peach Keeper – Sarah Addison Allen

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Review: The Pompey Hollow Book Club – Jerome Mark Antil


The Pompey Hollow Book Club – Jerome Mark Antil

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Title: The Pompey Hollow Book Club

Author: Jerome Mark Antil

Release Date: December 7, 2011

Publisher: Little York Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 288

Source: Sent for review via author

A Novel First Edition “Mark Twain meets the Greatest Generation!The Pompey Hollow Book Club is the best kind of novel: charming, but with teeth. The narration exudes an experienced innocence with characters at once empathic and courageous. One might be tempted to call its setting a bygone era had this era not fashioned our world… this work moved me deeply.” –Stuart Horwitz, Book Architecture

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Jerry Antil is just a young boy at the beginning of this book. He lives with his dad, his mom, his brothers, Dick and Mike, and his beagle-cocker spaniel mix. Jerry is the youngest of all the brothers and Mike is the oldest. The Antil family moves into a new home in Delphi Falls from Cortland, New York. Jerry thinks he will hate living in the country, but his mom tells him one morning to go over to Farmer Parker’s house to collect some chicken eggs. Jerry watches Farmer Parker milk the cows after he calls them into the barn and then the farmer shoes the young boy how to get eggs from the chickens. Jerry thanks the farmer then heads home. Jerry goes exploring and finds that there are waterfalls in the woods right behind his house. He continues to explore and familarize himself with the woods. Jerry and Dick begin school and Jerry gets new friends that he sits with at lunch every day. Holbrook is his best friend and he introduces him to Mary and Barber who all start The Pompey Hollow Book Club, but this book club isn’t for reading. This club is for secret meetings to figure out plans for ten-year-old problems. Jerome Mark Antil contacted me and asked if I would read his books, The Pompey Hollow Book Club and The Book of Charlie. I was skeptical about starting this book because it takes place after the war, but I was pleasantly surprised. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this book, but I did. This book was full of adventure and it was a really cute coming of age story.

Characters:

There were so many characters in this book, but they weren’t hard to keep straight. Jerry and Mary and Holbrook were my favorites, though. Mary was basically the only girl in this book and Holbrook was Jerry’s best friend. Mary was so sweet and so smart for being only 10 or 11. Holbrook was just a goofy best friend. I really enjoyed all the characters.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose Mary without a doubt. She is so cute and thought everything through. She got to be part of the club and it was adorable how she went about some things. I really loved Mary in this book.

Huge thanks to Jerome Mark Antil for sending me this book!

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#FridayReads (12)


Wow. Totally haven’t done one of these since summer began. Anyway, I am currently reading A Discover of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness and have been for so long. I’m in a horrible reading slump along with being very busy. I don’t really hate this book, I mean it isn’t great, but it isn’t horrible. I’m on page 156 at the moment and just a reminder this is part of the Book Chain that I’m creating *more info here* My reading slump is not okay anymore. I usually finish a book relatively quickly and I’d say I’m a fast reader, but oh my gosh I’m reading this book so slowly. Not okay. One cool thing that happened though was that I was interviewed on the lovely blog of The Cheap Reader, so that’s pretty exciting :) I hope to finish this book sometime this weekend. I need to be done with it. Let me know what you’re reading! Comment below or tag me on twitter @dancer5899 :)

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Review: The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11) – Carolyn Keene


The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11) – Carolyn Keene

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Title: The Clue of the Broken Locket

Author: Carolyn Keene

Release Date: October 1, 1965

Publisher: Grosset and Dunlap

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 178

Source: Bookstore

Nancy Drew and her friends are plunged into a network of strange events when they visit Misty Lake. The very night they arrive, they meet pretty, red-haired Cecily Curtis, who seeks Nancy’s help in solving two mysteries: one concerning Cecily’s fiancé, Niko Van Dyke, a popular singer who believes that his record company is cheating him of royalty payments; the other, involving a family treasure hidden before the start of the Civil War–Cecily’s only clue being half of a gold locket.

Nancy’s investigations lead her to Pudding Stone Lodge, where the sinister Driscoll family lives. Elusive humming noises, a flashing light in the attic of the lodge, the periodic apparition of an excursion launch which had sunk in Misty Lake years ago, and the fleeting appearances of a frightened girl who strongly resembles Cecily give Nancy plenty of opportunity to test her sleuthing skills.

Braving a series of dangerous situations and discouraging developments, the alert young detective perseveres in her attempts to solve both mysteries and reveal the astounding secrets of Pudding Stone Lodge.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Nancy’s father gets a strange letter with a key attached jump starting yet another mystery for Nancy Drew and her friends, Bess and George. The girls go to the lodge with the key and await the arrival of the young woman who is supposed to be staying there. The girls wait and wait, late into the night until they finally decide to fall asleep in the small cottage. The girls wake up when they hear the girl, Cecily. Cecily eagerly tells them to stay the night with her in the cottage. Cecily gets to talking to the girls and tells the three best friends that she is to be married to the famous popstar, Niko Van Dyke. She also explains that the reason she’s there is to find her great-great-grandfather’s family fortune so she has enough money to get married and to be settled after marrying the popstar. Cecily wears half of a broken locket given to one of her relatives by her great-great-grandfather, and with that locket is a clue to as where the family fortune resides. “With the iron bird…” Nancy Drew has taken me with yet another one of her old-time mysteries. I love Nancy Drew and I know I say that every time I review a Nancy Drew mystery, but honsetly they are the most fun books to read. They’re such quick reads that are so fun and so easy to understand. I will continue to love the Nancy Drew story forever.

Characters:

There were so many characters in this book, my goodness. There was Nancy, Bess, and George, and their significant others, Ned, Burt, and Dave. Then there was Cecily and her fiance’, Niko Van Dyke. Ther all the bad guys. Dang a lot of people. Anyway, Cecily and Niko were a really cute couple and even though it was obvious they’d figure it out in the end, I’m glad that they’re getting married.

Who Would I Be?:

I always choose Nancy, so I’ll be adventurous and choose Cecily this time. She’s dating a pop star and she’s chasing after her family fortune. Plus it would be super cool to be part of one of Nancy’s Mysteries. I’d love to be friends with Nancy, Bess, and George.

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Update.


I have the reviews written in my notebook for The Pompey Hollow Book Club and The Clue of the Broken Locket, but haven’t had time to type them out and post them. Those will be coming soon, promise. I am currently reading A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness and Blog Inc. – Joy Deangdeelert Cho. A Discovery of Witches is actually really slow. I was super excited to read this because I love fantasy, but the witches in this book are really irritating. Blog Inc. is probably going to be a weird review because it’s a non-fiction (kind of) book. It’s really about how to make your blog more successful. Very short update, but just letting everyone know that reviews are coming soon :)

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Book Chain.


What? Aubrey is still alive? Yes, yes. Worst blogger award goes to yours truly. We just got new computers for school and they only work at school. Everyone has to go to the school parking lot do do their homework every night and I don’t have time for that let alone blogging regularly. Until they get the server thing figured out for the new computers I won’t be blogging nearly as much as I’d like. I’m shooting for 2-3 times per week if I’m lucky. Yes I know that I haven’t posted anything since mid-August, but that’s because on top of all the internet problems I”ve been in a horrible reading slump. Like so bad that I haven’t finished a book in almost two weeks. Oops. It is what it is and I am finally getting over this slump of mine.

Anyway, what is a book chain? Many of you are probably asking this question and are possibly thinking of the paper chains we all made in elementary school, but it’s way cooler than stringing pieces of construction paper together. A book chain is sort of like a book club, but really it’s just passing a book through your friends and family. I saw a post on Instagram with the pages of a book written on with different colored pen for each different person. I was totally appalled by the writing in a book, but then I thought about it more deeply. It would be so much fun to do this with my viewers. I made a plan. I will write notes in the margins and underline sentences or passages in books and then I’ll make a post about everytime a new book is ready to be part of the chain. For now I will just be going by the comments on my posts or pages, but if I somehow make this more popular I will end up using some sort of raffle system. The first book that will be part of the chain is A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness. I plan to finish this book by the end of the week (hopefully) and will send it off to the next person in line.

Rules:

  1. This will be international! I don’t mind spending a few extra dollars on sending my book to another country.
  2. Anyone who loves reading can join!
  3. On the title page of the book you have to make a small square colored in with the color ink you will be using, your name, a website address (if you have one)  and what country you’re from.
  4. Writing letters and stashing it inside the book will bring this to a whole new level. Small gifts would also be fun if you’re in the financial position for it. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO EITHER OF THESE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO.
  5. You will have 2-3 weeks to read it after you get the book in the mail, then you will send it back to me in a timely fashion.
  6. Have fun with it! This can be a super chill thing. I would love to get some penpals out of this who actually send letters. I’ve literally always wanted a penpal and it would be super fun!
  7. All the information will be private. No one but me will ever get your address.
  8. Doodling and writing in the margins is completely fine! I was a firm believer in never ever letting a single mark enter my books, but then I realized it gives them more character.
  9. Pretty please don’t trash the book. I would really appreciate if no pages were ripped out or no coffee was spilled on the pages. I understand that accidents happen, but preferably small accidents.
  10. This is the most important part of this whole thing! COMMENT DOWN BELOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING PART OF THIS WONDERFUL NEW IDEA!

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Review: Paper Towns – John Green


Paper Towns – John Green

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Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Release Date: October 16, 2008

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 305

Source: Bookstore

Two-time Printz Medalist John Green’s New York Times bestseller, now in paperback!

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Quentin Jacobsen and his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman go to the park one day when they’re ten and find a dead man. They later find out that he killed himself, but still wonder why it was them that found him. Q and Margo stop speaking about it and eventually drift away from each other, but one night Q sees Margo outside his window tapping on the glass. He’s puzzled when he sees her, but he lets her in and she immediately says that she needs his mom’s car. It’s the middle of the night, but he agrees to drive her around because he’s been in love with her since they were ten. First they go to the grocery store and get fish and a hair removal gel kit and he just goes in and doesn’t ask why. He asks where she needs to go, and she tells him she has a couple errands. They drive around in the middle of the night sabotaging things and spray painting letters on houses and cars. The next day he wonders what he’ll say to her, but she doesn’t show up. Huh, weird. Understandable because they were out late, but then she doesn’t come for multiple days in a row. He feels like she has left clues for him so he follows them and finds that she went to a paper town because she was sick of all of the paper people living their paper lives… This was a beautiful book. John Green has a writing style that is so perfect and so unique. This is a book that needs deep thinking to understand. If you’re reading this book to finish, you won’t understand it or like it.

Characters:

Quentin was such a fun character to follow. He was the perfect example of a nerd. His best friends are in band, he’s weak, and he’s smart. He was perfectly flawed. Margo was an interesting character. She was a stereotype popular girl by not socializing with the nerds, but she was so much deeper than just a popular cheerleader. She was beautifully flawed as well.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose Quentin because he is a nerd. I love nerds. They are the ones who don’t peak in high school. They will succeed in life because they’re smart, but so under appreciated. Honestly nerds are the best people. Always fall for the nerd.

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