Monday, August 29, 2016

Classic Book Review: And Then There Were None


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, September 12, 2013 (originally published November 6, 1939). 256 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: Own (not this edition though.)
Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.

The tension escalates as the survivors realize the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…
First Sentence:
In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I Want to Read It (26): Cloud and Wallfish



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet, October 4, 2016. Published by Candlewick Press. Source: Wishlist.
Slip behind the Iron Curtain into a world of smoke, secrets, and lies in this stunning novel where someone is always listening and nothing is as it seems.

Noah Keller has a pretty normal life, until one wild afternoon when his parents pick him up from school and head straight for the airport, telling him on the ride that his name isn’t really Noah and he didn’t really just turn eleven in March. And he can’t even ask them why — not because of his Astonishing Stutter, but because asking questions is against the newly instated rules. (Rule Number Two: Don’t talk about serious things indoors, because Rule Number One: They will always be listening).

As Noah—now "Jonah Brown"—and his parents head behind the Iron Curtain into East Berlin, the rules and secrets begin to pile up so quickly that he can hardly keep track of the questions bubbling up inside him: Who, exactly, is listening — and why? When did his mother become fluent in so many languages? And what really happened to the parents of his only friend, Cloud-Claudia, the lonely girl who lives downstairs?
Why: Everything about this book, at least from what I can tell by the synopsis, speaks to my history loving heart! I'm really excited to, one day, read Anne Nesbit's book that takes the reader behind the Iron Curtain and to follow Noah's story. 

Doesn't it sound like a thrilling read???

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, August 22, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?


Where are You Going, Baby Lincoln? (Tales from Deckawoo Drive, 3) by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, August 2, 2016. 112 pages. Published by Candlewick Press. Source: ARC from publisher.
Baby Lincoln’s older sister, Eugenia, is very fond of telling Baby what to do, and Baby usually responds by saying "Yes, Sister." But one day Baby has had enough. She decides to depart on a Necessary Journey, even though she has never gone anywhere without Eugenia telling her what to take and where to go. And in fact Baby doesn’t know where she is headed — only that she was entirely happy in the previous night’s dream, sitting aboard a train with a view of shooting stars. Who might Baby meet as she strikes out on her own, and what could she discover about herself? Will her impulsive adventure take her away from Eugenia for good?
First Sentence:
Baby Lincoln was dreaming.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

This Book Is SO (11): Long...and Things are Getting DARK




You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.



Things have been a little crazy this week, so, I decided that it was high time that I continued my reread of one of my favorite series. My reread was put on hold in January because, well, I was distracted by pretty shiny new books that I acquired for Christmas. 

Hints:
  1. It's a decently sized series
  2. This is one of the longest, if not the longest, book in the series.
  3. The foreshadowing is just brilliant in this series.
  4. It was one series that my sisters and I bonded over while reading. One of the few that we all collectively enjoyed.
  5. IT IS POPULAR!!

Inner dialogue as I resume my reread of favorite series. Oh gosh, I just remembered that this will get even darker in the next one..... *sobs*


When you remember that some of your favorite characters will meet their end in the next few books...before you even get to said books. Why'd you have to off them, dear author?!?!? WHY?!?!?

When you just cannot wait for the sassy dialogue to happen, and, just replay the sassy parts in your head when not immersed in what's actually happening in the book (i.e. not currently reading it)


That moment when you realize that even after all this time you still get emotional when you think of the book, nay the entire series and how incredible it was and still is. 

I am so sure that y'all know what book  series I'm talking about here. But doesn't it just hit you in the feels each and every time you read it! I know that it is one I will always dearly love because each time I read it something new comes to light.
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