Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Not Thrilled

Just not thrilled with the website. I'm not sure if everyone has had an opportunity to look at it, but I'm still not happy about the layout or basically anything about it. I feel like it needs a total wipe and I guess summer is a good time to do it. I'll have to do some sketches and try to find out where I'm going with this.

In the meantime, check it out if you'd like!

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Someday Birds

The Someday BirdsThe Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charlie was a bit unusual. Grams would call him Lysol Louie as he would wash his hands 12 times in a row. They’re not clean until they are washed 12 times you know. That would be the least of Charlie’s worries as his Dad is moved to a hospital on the east coast for a new doctor and brighter hope. Grams goes along with Dad and leaves in her place Ludmila, who showed up in their Dad’s hospital room out of nowhere and watches over him. One night Charlie’s sister, Davis, and her boyfriend decided that they are going to drive to Virginia to Grams and Charlie’s Dad. They never make it and this is where the adventure begins with Ludmila, Charlie, Davis, Joel, Jake, a 3-legged dog and a journal crowded together in a camper named Bessie heading cross-country on a journey they’ll never forget.

‘The Someday Birds’ by Sally J. Pla is just a good book. If you’re looking for a book that will just make you feel good by the end, then this is your book. The mystery behind Ludmila and her background explain her relationship with Charlie’s father. At first the kids were paranoid that she would rob them and kill them, but in the end she needed them just as much as they needed her. The characters were all very likable and true to their ages and Charlie’s transformation was heartfelt to watch as he learned that he could open up to people and new experiences. By the end, the letter from Dr. Tiberius Shaw was the perfect touch. This would be a great family read aloud as it’s perfect for everyone! I totally recommend ‘The Someday Birds’ by Sally J. Pla.

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Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard (Peter Nimble, #2)Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sophie Quire is a little bookmender in Bustleburgh and as a bookmender in her father’s book store, she has a deep love for books. It’s only natural that Sophie gets upset every year on Pyre Day when books are burned to celebrate the No Nonsense Movement contrived by Inquisitor Prigg. One fateful day, a very powerful book found Sophie by means of two adventurers - Jack Nimble and his trusty companion Sir Tode. It was’t by accident. Fate brought the book to Sophie just as fate brought the book to her mother many years ago and her mother died defending that very same book. The threesome set out to find the book’s companions to complete the set and to unravel the mystery behind Sophie’s mother’s death. Facing that same fate, Sophie sets out to destroy the very thing that killed her mother so long ago.

I really can’t say enough good things about ‘Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard’. The inside cover sounded interesting and the other book I read by Jonathan Auxier, ‘The Night Gardener’, was amazing. Mr. Auxier has an amazing way of twisting a tale around so that you’re never quite sure where you’re going to end up which makes reading his books an adventure in and of themselves. By the end, I was as exhausted as Sophie, but it left me with a small smile and an ear listening closely for ‘the hushed song of a story waiting to be read.’ I highly recommend ‘Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard’ by Jonathan Auxier. It’s a perfect summertime read!

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